The Sandman star is glad the program isn't a CGI orgy

The Sandman star is glad the program isn't a CGI orgy ...

There's been debate over how to get CGI budgets to television shows. Television's nature doesn't really allow for the same time and money that visual effects require, but corporations are willing to try and incorporate as much as they can. Which is all to set the stage for The Sandman on Netflix, which featured a real talking raven.

Quite unassuming (sorry if you're learning it here, but ravens dont speak human). It did have a raven voiced by an actor on set, who was played, in scenes, by a real raven, something Tom Sturridge, who plays Dream, found enjoyable.

Sturridge yells at Polygon. And a very tall man with a pumpkin on his head [playing Mervyn Pumpkinhead, voiced by Mark Hamill].

Although there were many other reasons he wanted to be a part of Sandman, the willingness to make use of his skills wherever possible even when dealing with an actual bird remained a top concern for him.

There's a danger in these kinds of performances that they're a kind of CGI orgy. And Sturridge says that the intention with this is always to make everything practical. The creatures in Hell were all actors wearing prosthetics, so you could smell their breath. And it makes such a difference when so often you're expected to make such leaps in your imaginations as an actor.

Sturridge does not want to discount other shows that rely more on VFX, or the parts of Sandman that utilize CGI to enhance the plot of the show. But with The Sandman, Sturridge hopes that the practical effects would benefit the viewer more than just in terms of his own enjoyment of the show.

Dreams are so mysterious that you dont know what you're getting into them, and they're quite real. So its essential that in all of these fantastical environments, it appears like you could touch it. And we could touch it, we could feel it, according to Sturridge. The leaps were small, and it makes it so much easier that way.

Tasha Robinson has provided further commentary.