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Why Does The Screen Look Stretched In 'The Sandman'?

Because we were all wondering.
Why Does The Screen Look Stretched In 'The Sandman'?
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Netflix's The Sandman has been out exactly one week today, and it's safe to say that it's been a hit with fans. The 10-episode series is based on the DC comic book series by Neil Gaiman, and it follows the Sandman, aka Dream, (the person who controls all dreams) after he's captured and kept as a prisoner for almost a century.

But amongst the cosmic themes and crossing between different worlds as Dream tries to fix the chaos that has been caused in his absence, viewers are all asking the same question - why does it look like the screen has been stretched? After its release, a string of tweets addressed the unusual visuals, with people wondering whether it was a technical issue or a deliberate artistic decision.


"@Netflix_Sandman@netflix #TheSandman is fabulous so far but why does everything looked so stretched upwards? Is it supposed to be dreamy and I'm just an uncultured swine or is there something wrong with my #aspect ratio?" one user asked, as another said: "So is The Sandman shot to look a bit vertically stretched or is my TV'S aspect ratio slightly off?"

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While it was mixed reviews in terms of the elongated look - one Twitter user even joked that it reminded them of a "stretched Edward Cullen" - it seems that the aspect ratio was completely intentional, apparently. Due to the show being set in a dream-like state, the warped visuals were a creative choice to help enhance the surreal atmosphere.


Will Baldy, Sam Heasman and George Steel (the show's cinematographers) are yet to make a comment addressing the type of lenses they used in production. But according to Variety, specific ones could have been used to create the effect, including vintage lenses "mixed with an 8K camera."

Regardless of whether you're a fan of the unique visuals, there's no denying how completely binge-worthy The Sandman is.

The Sandman is now streaming on Netflix.


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