'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse': Here's The Technical Reason This Movie Looks So Incredible

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which has earned rave reviews so far, is being hailed as the best animated movie of 2018. That comes down to a matter of taste, which makes the claim debatable. But here’s something that’s definitely not up for debate: this film doesn’t look like any other animated feature.

So how exactly did directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman achieve that look? I sat down with them last week and asked them about their visual Into the Spider-Verse technique, and while the full interview will be published closer to the film’s release, their answer to that question is worth highlighting now.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Technique

At the movie’s press junket, I spoke with Persichetti (The Little Prince), Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), and Rothman (writer of 22 Jump Street) about how they pulled off that incredible new look.

Spider-Verse Took Four Times Longer To Make Than a Typical Animated Feature

At almost every press screening, members of the press are given production notes with a description of how a project came together and several quotes from the filmmakers. One of the most interesting elements I learned while reading this film’s notes is that during a typical animated film, it normally takes an artist about a week to animate four seconds of footage. But this film is so complicated that it took a week to animate only one second of footage. Not only that, but the shot count in Into the Spider-Verse is two to three times higher than most animated movies.

Here’s a video featurette from Photoshop that gives a bit more insight into the process:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse arrives in theaters on December 14, 2018. Stay tuned for our full interview with the directors, as well as a conversation with producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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