Edward Scissorhands

There are many overall features that strike my attention and give meaning to the actual movie’s “vibe” during its trailer. Throughout the entirety of the trailer, we can see that they chose to use a simple color scheme of blue and black. This dark color scheme that they use, communitcates the movie’s omninous quality. Along with that, we see that throughout the video, they make use of lots of shadow casting and low light. This goes along to show the “threatening” energy that Edward gives off to those that can’t look past his outer qualities. In the first image in particular, I noticed that off the bat, the font also aids in the “boldness” and darkness that this movie portrays. I especially notice this from the “sharpness” on the curves in both the u and the o in this screenshot. In the second image I have added, they use the motion of the words “Edward” and “Scissorhands” coming apart from each other at the ends, much like scissors, which is also something they use to portray the movie’s elements. Another motion used throughout the trailer is the slow motion zooming in to these singular objects. This adds to the suspenseful feeling you get when preparing to watch this movie. I wanted to talk about the last picture I’ve added in particular as well. In that last picture, we see that the use of low light and shadows cast on these semingly normal hands. As they zoom into these hands, one may get this very foreboding feeling. This is also used to communicate a message of the movie: the semingly normal may not be and the obvious use of hands sets the stage to talk about the main character, Edwards Scissorhands. Another cool feature that I think helps communicate the movie to the audience is the fading in and out of the words (as you can see in the last image). The music throughout the trailer also provides some dissonace to the setting

Discussion — One Response

  • Taylor Brooks 04/24/2021 on 10:44 AM

    The Edward Scissorhands opening sequence is an epitome of Tim Burton’s filmography style, from the lighting all the way down to his common collaboration with Danny Elfman for his soundtracks. You mentioned the hands towards the end and the feeling they create, but I also think that some of the other imagery is just as important to convey the aesthetic as well as what the movie entails. Shots such as the staircase with the cobwebs covering the railing give a sense of abandonment and emptiness while things out of laboratory give an uneasy feeling as it leaves the audience wondering. What goes on inside?

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