It was already noticeable in the trailers, but then hardly to be overlooked in the complete series: Straight heads and faces occasionally appear elongated in The Sandman, as if the footage has been compressed into a different format (see for example the title picture above this article). Unsurprisingly, voices of astonished fans were soon found on social media, wondering whether there might be technical problems with Netflix or whether their televisions and players were broken.
Such problems actually occur again and again with the streaming services, in this case, however, the unusual images of “The Sandman” are fully intentionalas Netflix clarified in a statement that also underlines the idea behind it:
“As you’ll notice, a lot of the environments on the show are surreal, and we often say it feels pretty much like a dream.”
The sometimes stretched images in “The Sandman” are therefore a conscious creative decision by those responsible, above all the series creator trio Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg and the cinematographers Will Baldy, Sam Heasman and George Steel .
Like the US industry magazine Variety writes, the stretched images could have been created by a combination of an old-fashioned lens and a modern camera, or by using a wide-angle lens.
And even if such technical details certainly lead too far here, shows the astonishment about “The Sandman”, how little work is done with such means at Netlix and Co. in particularwhich have actually always been part of the basic craft of filmmaking and photography.
As can be seen from the largely positive, if not enthusiastic, response to “The Sandman” from fans and the trade press, However, the unusual images are unlikely to have frightened or irritated anyone.
Rather, it seems that the idea behind it – consciously or unconsciously – has contributed to the fact that “The Sandman” works so well for many in the audience and that the adaptation of the similarly wacky imagery of Neil Gaiman’s comic book template into another medium is so successful.