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.
Paddle to the Sea