Paddle to the Sea

20 Feb

Paddle to the Sea is a short directed by Bill Mason in 1966. It orginates from a book of the same name, and is intended for a young audience. It tells the story of Paddle, a boat carved by a young boy. Paddles trip to the ocean is met by potential disaster almost constantly. The film uses narrative structure and time-lapse to turn a ten minute film into Paddle’s expedition, which lasts over a year. The enviornmental scene changes are what make this most believable; the appearance of snow and falling leaves help to make the film believable. The film uses a voice over to tell the story, and there are nearly no actors, except for the child early on, and the few people that Paddle encounters along the way.

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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in 1961-1970, Bill Mason


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