Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas (The fact that this movie is a…
Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas
The fact that this movie is a stop motion animation is what creates a magical feel to it. The ability to shoot from almost every angle is what gives the film a special feel to it. Recreating many of these shots will create a childhood feel to this film and allow the audience to reminisce on their childhood, bringing forward the idea of how much they have changed since being young. This then allows them to focus on who they are now and their own roles in society. Whether it is for better or worse, bringing forward childhood tendencies allows the audience to understand who they are and therefore who society is. Within our movie, I will use a special beige coloured tinge that will create the idea of an old book, something very often linked to being a child and reading a story, this will create the childhood perspective.
The magic of Tim Burtons swirls.
I will attempt to recreate the iconic Tim Burton swirls by using both visual images such as the swirl of the record player and movement of the character, twisting the character will create a visual swirl of the image being projected during sequences.
Adds a childhood and magic feel to the movies. It also expresses the absurdities and distortions of life and therefore the human condition.
The low camera angle makes Jack look powerful and therefore scary/evil even though his motives and plans are that for the benefit of society. This is a representation of how society assumes the outcast is to be feared even though they are not there to hurt anyone. Similarly, I will use this method to showcase how The Mender is seen as scary and dangerous by society even though he only want to help.
The juxtaposition of 'Halloween town' versus 'Chrstmas Town' to showcase the outsider being cast aside from society. The happy world of Christmas is accepted by society whilst Halloween is cast aside because it's seen as scary and weird.
Dark, gloomy, scary, confined, a sense of being trapped with no escape. Makes the audience wonder what lies within the darkness?
Bright, full of light, very open and free, colourful, happy, exciting, celebrative.
Tim Burton creates his own world 'Halloween Town' in his create of A Nightmare Before Christmas. This small world is a mirror of society with all it's selfish flaws such as our tendencies to abandon friends for the benefit of ourselves etc which is exactly what Jack does when he 'Christmas'. When creating my piece, it will be important to create my own world to showcase the tendancies of society to treat the outcase differently and cast them aside. By creating our own little world, the audience will be able to delve into this idea by being placed right within the heart of 'The Menders' small universe.
Messages explored: As will influence our film 'The Mender', one of the main themes is to not take risks. Jack takes the risk of opening up to the new and strange world of Christmas and in doing so is cast aside by others in Halloween town. Much like our film, The Mender takes the risk of being different from everyone else by fixing hearts and by doing so is cast aside into his own little world. He is completely abused and used by those around him. This idea being explored is that by pushing the limits and taking risks we are actually more likely to seek failure and be cast aside rather than actually achieve something and get to a point of success and happiness where society is grateful for our courageous choice and courage.
Jack Skellington is no stranger to feelings of emptiness and inadequacy and much of his life is full of occupational depression. He has "grown so tired of the same old thing." Jack wants to try something new; hence hed like to move his existance in a new direction,m as 'The Mender' does when he opens himself to falling in love with 'Eden' or the blonde entrepreneur. Taking the risk is what ultimately leads to both their demise.
And how did the writers of Nightmare choose to reward Skellington's brave attempts at bettering himself? By having their version of society (the military) shooting down his sleigh from the sky with ballistic fire, blasting his efforts to smithereens. With our story, our character is so driven to help the members of society that he not knowingly gives a piece of his own heart and dies because of the selfish thoughts of society.
Jack Skellington: Jack Skellington is the outcast. Whilst the beggining of the movie shows him praised by society. As soon as he makes the decison to take a risk , the town sees him as a threat and casts him aside, hence he is the outsider of the story and therefore the main character.
Sally: Sally is the vision of hope. She is essentially the blonde Ingenue who wishes to bring follow Jack through thick and thin. Where or not she agrees is not important.