“The Sandman”: Netflix explains that a skewed aspect ratio is a creative choice

With Neil Gaiman’s highly anticipated “The Sandman” released this week, some viewers have quickly commented on the show’s proportions, which seem somewhat inappropriate.

Why did everything seem so stretched upwards? Is this supposed to be sleepy and I’m just an uneducated pig or is something wrong? user he asked.

“Sandman” viewers noticed the skewed images in the show’s trailers for the first time, causing some anxiety among fans of the original comic book series. Distorted images were not isolated from the trailer, remaining the mainstay of the series itself.

Some have questioned whether a technical problem was the cause of the characteristic visual effects. A Netflix spokesman, however, confirmed that image distortion is a deliberate creative choice in “Sandman.”

“As you will notice, many of the environments on the show are surreal and we often say that’s what a dream would be like,” said the streamer.

The series is based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Tom Sturridge stars as Dream – that is, Morpheus. He lurks in a realm called the Dreamer, and when he is captured his absence triggers events that change both the sleeping and the open world.

Throughout The Sandman, the distorted images show the cast with elongated faces and stretched images, giving the show a surreal feel.

The cinematographers for the series are Will Baldy, Sam Heasman and George Steel. The group has yet to comment on the type of lenses they used to film the production. If, for example, old lenses were used and mixed with an 8K camera, combining the old glass with the new camera could work to distort the image. Alternatively, using an old school wide angle lens with side distortion would create stretched visuals.

So there is no need to fix the TV and adjust the aspect ratio. The Sandman looks exactly as its creators would like it to be.

See some of the concerns of series viewers below.

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