The creators of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” discussed the eye-catching art style of the best animated feature Oscar winner at a Variety Screening Series.
“A lot of things that you see in most CG films, we didn’t want,” co-director Peter Ramsey said. “We wanted a look that was going to make you feel like…walking into a comic book.”
Producer Chris Miller revealed how he and writer Phil Lord were approached by fellow producers Amy Pascal and Avi Arad four years ago to make an animated Spider-Man movie.
“We talked to each other and thought, ‘How could we make a movie in a world where there are many superhero movies?'” Miller said. “Two things came to our mind: You could tell the story of Miles Morales, and you could make an animated movie that felt like nothing you’d ever seen before — like you could walk into a three-dimensional comic book.”
Miller revealed how the film took about four times as long as a normal animated movie to make due to the never-before-seen visual effects.
“[Sony] Imageworks were good sports,” co-director Bob Persichetti said, “but at first they were a little bit scared.”
Ladj Ly made his full-length feature directorial debut with “Les Misérables,” which examines the real-life police brutality in Montfermeil, France. The drama also became France’s entry for best international feature film at the 92nd Academy Awards. “It’s amazing. Just making the movie was not even guaranteed at all. Now, being at the Oscars, the visibility [...]
How do you make an audience relate to the plight of a severed hand? The filmmakers behind “I Lost My Body” had to tackle the unique problem in their movie, which earned an Oscar nomination for animated feature. “It’s not the body missing the hand, but it’s the hand missing the body. Giving the conscience [...]
Director Todd Phillips dove into the meaning behind the pivotal bathroom scene in “Joker” during the Variety Screening Series presented by Vudu. Played by Joaquin Phoenix, failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck slowly transforms into the murderous villain in Phillips’ movie, which picked up 11 Oscar nods, the most of any film this year. “One of [...]
A prolific stage, television and film actor, BD Wong said he is perhaps most recognized for his role as FBI agent/forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” But for a long time, the 59-year-old Tony winner did not understand fans’ affinity for the soft-spoken doctor with the soothing bedside manner, […]
After 16 seasons as the faces of “Project Runway,” Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are ready for a change. The pair have jumped to Amazon for “Making the Cut,” a new competitive reality series. “One of the reasons Heidi and I wanted to fly and saw the opportunity of Amazon as a brand new threshold […]
Variety’s Angelique Jackson sat down with “This is Us'” star Sterling K. Brown for the season finale to discuss everything from the importance of mental health and how it’s projected on television, how many times his kids have seen “Frozen 2” and even took a break to sing a little “Shallow” from “A Star is […]