Sintel Essay

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Melissa LongWR 121Essay #2Samantha HafnerOctober 29, 2014SintelEven though the short film, Sintel, was made to promote Blender, the software program used to design it, it deserves as much praise as one person can give. Had I seen this film in the previews at a movie theater I would have given it a standing ovation. With no basis in reality it is a hard thing to critic but, as with every great film, there is always something that could have been improved upon. The meaning of the word explains the premise of the movie so easily, making it the perfect name for this short film and for the main character. Sintel is a piece of glowing coal or metal. It glows brightly, burns, and then becomes ashes.The opening scene and the music leading up to it might have been exaggerated, but I think that with this kind of film it can be allowed. The dramatic and yet intriguing music before and during the battle between Sintel and the man with the staff is a little obvious but I have to admit it fits the scene pretty well. The little push it received from the music in the beginning is the reason I watched it through to the end.After defeating the man, Sintel seeks shelter in a cabin not too far from where she is. There is an old man that in the cabin and as she warms up in front of the fire, he asks her why she is in this place. She says that she is "looking for a dragon". The creators used that line as a set up for the flashback, and I would normally gasp in horror at this. However, they were able to deliver it in a way that wasn't too terrible.During the flashback we learn that Sintel, the woman in the mountains, was homeless and looking for food when she found her pet dragon. Scales, as he was aptly named, had an injured wing and she nursed him back to health. This 'feel good' scene was well placed and definitely helped to give a backstory to the tough girl we saw fighting in the introduction. Without that the story would have been missing a huge chunk of emotion and it wouldn't have had the soft undertones. It wasn't until Scales was nursed back to health, that the evil masterminds in charge of this film, took the first major left.Sintel and Scales were playing and she was watching as he flew around with the birds. Scales was enjoying himself and showing off a bit, when a larger dragon swooped down and grabbed him. I watched, trapped up in the horror that Sintel clearly expressed, as Scales cried out and tried to get back to his friend. As the dragon fades into the sky, we see Sintel's face change and harden into a look of sheer determination. As part of the audience I found my face follow hers, something I'm sure Colin Levy, the director, planned on happening.I was reminded of just how good the graphics in the film are as they show her traveling great distances in search of Scales. The music set the pace for that scene and it renewed my interest in her quest once more. I grew to love the main character as I watched her fight against beasts, the weather, and the...

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