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.
These are some of the first boards I did for #SpiderVerse and one of our first attempts at "panelization." Right from the beginning, we wanted to make sure to ground all our cool comic book tricks in character and story– in this case, Mile's first spidey-sense! pic.twitter.com/phd7XRN7ob
— Miguel Jiron (@mibaji) December 21, 2018
Composer Daniel Pemberton shared how musicians did the percussion in the Prowler scenes.
— Daniel Pemberton (@DANIELPEMBERTON) December 19, 2018
Comic artist and character designer Jesús Alonso Iglesias revealed some early development drawings.
Some dev drawings for #milesmorales and #peterparker fighting together. Two different personalities, two different ways. More here: https://t.co/o83OLHEpOs… #spiderverse #SpiderManUnNuevoUniverso pic.twitter.com/kMhrjWi8rb
— jesusalonsoiglesias (@hombreoctubre) March 5, 2019
Visual effects supervisor Michael Lasker discussed the making of Peni Parker.
Peni Parker was very unique in that she was probably the biggest departure from how a typical CG character shades. Every aspect was a challenge; flat mouth shapes, anime skin surfacing, simplified hair treatment…she was definitely a project! #SpiderVerse #IntoTheSpiderVerse pic.twitter.com/OBSXCGyn5t
— Michael Lasker (@mlasker) January 25, 2019
Animator Nick Kondo shared the challenges of working with different animation styles.
This was by far the most technically challenging shot I animated for #IntoTheSpiderVerse taking ~2 months to finish. As an animator it was really fun to work with all the different animation styles that the characters brought with them from their own universes!#Spiderverse pic.twitter.com/xbkGCvQGFY
— Nick Kondo 近藤 (@NickTyson) December 16, 2018
Co-writer and co-director Rodney Rothman talked about the time constraints the team faced.
The 3rd act of #Spiderverse was practically improvised. We had no time left and had to use everything we'd learned so far at lightning speed to try to visually tie everything together and fully realize our ideas. This @dbleich color key is a particular favorite. https://t.co/UkQAcQs2GN
— rodneyrothman (@rodneyrothman) February 15, 2019
Rothman also shared the film’s entire script.
— rodneyrothman (@rodneyrothman) December 29, 2018
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.