The Sandman Short Film
Sandman is a highly stylised puppet-animation – a beautifully crafted, but ultimately horrible, interpretation of an old European folktale that preys on our childhood fears and nightmares. The Sandman, traditionally the character that sprinkles dust into children’s eyes to send them to sleep is, here, a menacing creature that brings horror to children.
The basic plot of this short film is that on a dark and desolate night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed. The child is wary and then frightened. The child hears something climbing the stairs and we see a birdlike man, his head like a moon, stealthily approaching the child´s room. His mother appears to kiss the child good night. The viewer, wonders – has the sandman been a figment of the child´s imagination? We soon know that it wasn’t as the Sandman appears in the child´s room and, as the child sleeps, leans over and takes something. The Sandman leaps to the window, throws open the sash, and flies to a nest where two hungry fledglings cry.
Director: Paul Berry
Run time: 10 min
Awards: Oscar Nominated for Best Short 1993, nominated for Chicago International Film Festival award 1992