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Review of Paul Berry's short film Sandman

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Introduction

´╗┐Segun Balogun 11A Review Sandman P1) Intro: The Sandman. This is what I would call an extraordinary piece of brilliancy. Created by Paul Berry in 1992 this short movie/film? whatever you want to call it, is absolute genius. This 9 minute wonder was nominated for an Oscar less than a year it came and out and I am not surprised it did seeing as it is a marvellous piece of art. This film is in line the with the Genre; gothic. Well what is ?gothic?? Gothic Genre is an important genre of literature that combines both horror and romance. The effect of Gothic fiction depends on a pleasing sort of terror. Prominent features of Gothic fiction include terror (both psychological and physical), mystery, the supernatural, ghosts, haunted houses and Gothic architecture, castles, darkness, death, decay, doubles, madness, secrets and hereditary curses. Without a doubt this film fits perfectly in line with the genre. P2) Section A: Narrative & Plot: It is nearing bedtime; the child dances and beats his toy drum in the living room as his mother works on her embroidery. ...read more.

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The staircase is huge, coarsely timbered and shadowed. Even the living room induces a dark, oppressive mood. The animation is beautifully crafted with a firm grasp of the psychology of fear and nightmare. There is also a frightening climax together with some haunting images after the credits have rolled. I must focus on the set for this has such a dominant effect on the atmosphere. The staircase is huge, coarsely timbered and shadowed. Even the living room induces a dark, oppressive mood. P4)Section C: Characterisation: The puppeteer?s manoeuvring of the Sandman himself is a key ingredient. This is no sprinkler of magic sand into the eyes to whisk a child into the land of sleep and dreams. From his first appearance behind the moon to his creeping up the stairs there is a predatory threat to the fiend. The animation is beautifully crafted with a firm grasp of the psychology of fear and nightmare. There is also a frightening climax together with some haunting images after the credits have rolled. I must focus on the set for this has such a dominant effect on the atmosphere. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though both films start off with a more cheery beginning as in the sandman the boy playing his drum and in alma the boy skipping down the street, they end up have tragic endings however the sandman?s ending is far more effective than alma?s and this is why the sandman is much more suited for gothic than alma is. P7) Section F: Conclusion: The Sandman combines many of my favourite things, which of course is why I like it so much. Stop-motion is one of my favourite forms of animation and the Sandman executes it beautifully. The horror is gothic and surreal, telling the tale of the mysterious Sandman only through music and visuals. You don?t know much about the monster, just that he?s terrifying. And honestly, that?s enough. When I was a kid, a little kid, I was scared to death of the Boogeyman. I thought for sure that there was a monster living in my closet that would creep out in the dead of night and try to eat me. The Sandman is a perfect realization of that childhood nightmare; monsters lurking underneath your bed or in the shadowy corners of your room. You can?t see them, but you know they?re there. ...read more.

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