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Give a detailed analysis of the film 'The Sandman'

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Give a detailed analysis of the film 'The Sandman' The theme that appears to be the most prominent is that of childhood fears. The director has exhibited this by using an abundant amount of creative and interesting camera techniques. The techniques cause us, as an audience, to become captivated in the short film's horror. As the film begins, the mis en scene is very welcoming - a mother and her son in their residence, doing natural and everyday things. Whilst the boy is playing, his mother is sewing in a rocking chair. This leads the audience into a false sense of security, making them think that everything is perfectly fine when - in actual fact - it is the total opposite. The director does this to add to the effect of eeriness and mystery that was created in the opening scene before the title - which was a mysterious place that seemed out of this world, we get the sense that this was the case by the camera zooming down giving the sense that Earth is below. The young infant appears and acts relaxed but only before the clock chimes. After the clock chimes the boy seems to be anxious and worried of what is about to happen. ...read more.


The sound effects also become light but as the boy begins to drift asleep the noises begin to change - the sound effects become louder making the audience feel that this is intentional and a real, intense and dramatic scene is about to occur. The director brings in another distraction - the window opens. As this happens, the young child shots up, sitting upright and tense; the director has created the feeling that something foreboding is present or about to enter. The sheets of the bed then begin to shake, giving yet another obstruction. The young child reaches under the bed to examine what is beneath it. The camera techniques which the director uses; such as close-ups and low angle shots, giving the audience the feeling of relief. The, now pleased, boy returns to his bed relieved and thankful. But this is all about to change! The director then cuts to the next scene - where we first see the Sandman. The Sandman slams the large, oak door - giving the impression that he intentionally wants the child to feel threatened and know that he is there. The director has now created dramatic irony - the audience know that the Sandman is present, unlike the young boy - who, at this moment, again awakes in shock. The Sandman begins to ascend the stairs. ...read more.


the young boy's eyes. From this we get the sense that there is a reason as to why the Sandman plucked the eyes from an innocent child. The reason is then revealed- to feed the Sandman's offspring. This brings the audience to believe that the Sandman is not as malicious first thought - he is only providing for his family. By doing this the director has caused us, as an audience, to think about whom is most caring and considerate out of the Sandman and the child's mother. I believe the answer is the Sandman - as it is he who would do anything to protect and fend for family. In conclusion, I believe that, 'the Sandman' is a short, horror film, which shows just how much insecurities there are in a child's life and how far a parent would go, be it mother or father, to protect and fend for their offspring. 'The Sandman' is a film which would leave most of the audience feeling both insecure, themselves, and also more weary about the insecurities of a young child. It is the director use of the fascinating camera techniques, sound effects and also colours which have given this film the effectiveness, which it has. Leaving the audience feeling astounded that so much horror and fear could come from a cartoon. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alisha John Media Coursework 'The Sandman' Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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