Fig. 1. Edward Scissorhands Poster (1990)
Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) (see fig 1) is a gothic heroes tale of love and loss. The titular main character is Edward (Johnny Depp), a man who was constructed by an inventor (Vincent Price) but was never finished due to the inventors untimely death. Edward is found by a woman who brings him back home to a conventional suburban housing estate, at first everyone loves him but actively uses him, some for financial reasons and others for pleasure. It takes a turn for the worse when the town betrays his trust and runs him out of town, one boy even attempts to murder Edward.
Bo Welch was the production designer for the film, he used creative visuals to show the extremes of both worlds, the colourful suburban housing estate and the gothic castle atop a dark forested hill. “One of the biggest challenges I had was marrying the film’s two distinct visual aesthetics,” Welch said. “It took some time to wrap my head around that.” (Bo Welch 2015) Welch explains that designing the movie was not an easy task. A great example of this contrast is towards the beginning of the film when Peg Boggs adjusts her car mirror and sees the castle (see fig 2) this shows just how juxtaposed the setting is, considering a "modern" american housing estate is accompanied by an ancient european castle.
Fig. 2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Welch found a newly built development of homes in Tampa, Florida and knew that was the location they needed, a new slate they could do anything with. The inhabitants were relocated to hotels during production. “This neighborhood in Florida also had a particular graphic quality, and interesting skies with its clouds.” (Bo Welch 2015) Welch states his interest at the time with the location and how he felt it had that particular look that would suit the movie well. In 2015 a photographer named Andrew Creameans traveled to Tampa and took photographs(see fig 3) that matched the stills in the movie to show how the location looks now.
Fig. 3. Tampa (2015)
Burton, Tim Edward Scissorhands (1990) Directed by Tim Burton [DVD] USA: Tempa, Florida: 20th Century Fox
Welch, Bo (2015) [Interview by Jason Guerrasio, 12th October, 2015]
Welch, Bo (2015)[Interview by Matthew Chernov, 7th December, 2015]
Figure 1, Edward Scissorhands Poster (1990) [Advertisement]
Figure 2, Edward Scissorhands (1990) From: Edward Scissorhands Directed by: Tim Bruton [Film Still] USA, (Accessed 13/10/16)
Figure 3, Creameans, Andrew (2015) Tampa [Photograph; Comparison of set design to modern day location] at: http://mentalfloss.com/article/67093/what-edward-scissorhands-candy-colored-neighborhood-looks-today (Accessed 13/11/16)