Tim Burton; a well-known American director who has created multiple eerie movies. Two of his most famous films include the very original and touching story of Edward Scissorhands which was released in 1995 and his 2005 rewritten version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. These films use numerous amounts of different cinematic techniques to help tell their distinct stories, but Tim Burton’s immaculate use of colors and lighting causes the viewers to stay interested within the movie.One of the most fundamental elements any director can use to help create a story is color. Whether it is the color of the sets, costumes or even the tint that is added in the editing process, the lighting has a lot to do with how we see those colors. The majority of Burton’s films contain a dark and mysterious theme, but typically the moviegoer assume that his films are all dark and creepy, but they would be wrong. In fact, in both Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton uses bright, popping colors in many of the scenes to symbolize what we might usually associate with adept things. In the early scenes of Edward Scissorhands, Burton uses energetic colors such as bright baby blues, pastel pinks and golden yellow with beautifully neon green lawns to represent the perfect image of the suburban life. However, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the colors of the depressed impoverished scenes of Charlie’s environment, opposed to the the candy factory that is incredibly bright. Which shows Burton’s usage of color in both situations to show that just because a place might be colorful, it does not mean that it is actually happier. In fact, in both films, the happiest and most genuine places or even characters were almost always dimly lit with darker tones. Although, lighting is one of the biggest tools that Burton uses to create a tone the audience may not notice the way the camera shoots a scene can impact the director’s true meaning as well.Tim Burton surely does not accidently do anything in his films, and every shot is planned. While both films are extremely different in story, Burton’s similar style is shown off in each film. In the opening scenes of both films, Burton captures the setting with establishing shots that explore the films. Edward Scissorhands contrasts the beautifully perfect suburbs with a horrifying looking mansion, while Burton opens Charlie and the Chocolate Factory painting the entire town as a depressing city with establishing shots of a dull, snowy, poor place to live. As both films go on, the viewer is introduced to every important character at eye level shots and usually using a close up and sometimes even an extreme close up of just their face to show more emotion. This type of shot creates the understanding that this character is important in one way or another. Burton continues to shoot the scenes from a perspective that the viewer is actually at the table with Edward Scissorhands or even looking up at Willy Wonka, as Charlie would. These shots allow the audience to have the same experience as the characters would. However, Burton does not choose just one character to film from this angle. He wants the moviegoer to feel what it is like to be several main characters and realize that each has a completely different perspective, and that it is one hundred percent normal to feel something is odd, but to not push it away or stray from it in fear.In conclusion, Tim Burton is anything but simple. His vision is complex and creative, yet he still has the ability to present intricate and eye-catching themes in a simple and fun movie. Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are just two examples that demonstrate Burton’s connoisseurship of lighting and colors. His odd style and ability to create the most meaning out of cinematic techniques like these are what makes Tim Burton a genius and one of the best and well-known American directors in recent history.