Show Your Kid How Animated Films Are Made By Following The Artists On Social Media

Show Your Kid How Animated Films Are Made By Following The Artists On Social Media

On Twitter, Simon Willison gives us a fantastic roundup of behind-the-scenes content from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, straight from the artists themselves. Two thoughts: 1) Kudos to Sony for allowing this level of transparency, and 2) Every Spider-Verse-obsessed kid needs to see this!

Following directors, animators and crew members on social media—Twitter, Instagram and Facebook — is a great way to give your kids a deeper dive into the shows they love (and it’s much cheaper than simply buying them all the merch).

It’s a little bit like taking them on a tour of the production studio — they can learn how much thought goes into every detail, how first attempts are never perfect, how there will always be external challenges, and how every successful project requires an incredible deal of collaboration.

Here’s what artists shared about the making of Spider-Verse:

Film director Miguel Jiron showed some of the film’s first story boards.

Composer Daniel Pemberton shared how musicians did the percussion in the Prowler scenes.

Comic artist and character designer Jesús Alonso Iglesias revealed some early development drawings.

Visual effects supervisor Michael Lasker‏ discussed the making of Peni Parker.

Animator Nick Kondo shared the challenges of working with different animation styles.

Co-writer and co-director Rodney Rothman talked about the time constraints the team faced.

Rothman also shared the film’s entire script.

The next time your kid falls in love with a CG film, take a look at the credits and follow some the makers. And if your young fan has a specific question about a scene or style or decision, just ask them. I’m sure they’d love to share more about the artistic process.

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