Considering this is a Tim Burton movie, it’s pretty toned down. And I guess I’m back to talking about lighting between fantasy versus reality. Big Fish was one of my favorite movies growing up, and while the narrative helped carry the story and help the audience understand that we’re jumping into this fantasy tale, the lighting helped enforce this understanding.
Aside from the colorful backdrops, the lighting was there to help enhance the surrealism of the world – with either saturated lighting like at the carnival or this unrealistic glow to the characters, which can be subtle at times like with the giant. Tim Burton had stated that he wanted to limit CG effects, but it’s hard to imagine that he achieved that bloom without any software, because I’m not sure how else he could have.