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The Sandman star is glad the show isn’t a ‘CGI orgy’

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In a time when CGI budgets are higher and more noticeable than ever, there’s been some debate about exactly how to get them to TV shows.

The nature of television doesn’t really allow for the same time and money that visual effects require, but as TV becomes more and more of an arms race, companies are certainly willing to try incorporating as much as they can.

Which is all to set the stage for The Sandman on Netflix, which featured a real talking raven. Not really (sorry if you’re learning it here, but ravens don’t speak human).

But it did feature a raven voiced by an actor on set, and played, in scenes, by a real raven — something Tom Sturridge, who plays Dream, found delightful. “A real raven!” Sturridge exclaims to Polygon. “And a very tall man with a pumpkin on his head [playing Mervyn Pumpkinhead, voiced by Mark Hamill].” Though there were so many other reasons he wanted to be part of Sandman, the choice to have practical production wherever possible — even when dealing with an actual bird — stuck out to him. “There’s a danger with these kinds of productions, that it becomes a kind of CGI orgy.

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