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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Team Breaks Down the Making of Gwen’s World

This week's Your Nerd Side Show:

Members of the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse crew share some creative insights into the making of Gwen's world.

These tidbits are featured in a clip from the home release of Across the Spider-Verse,which has been released exclusively by Screen Rant. Art director Dean Gordon noted, “The look for Gwen’s world comes from her comic books and there’s a lot of unusual color choices. In our world, the primary colors are yellow, red and blue. In her world, they are cyan, orange and violet.” Mike Lasker, a visual effects supervisor, added, “Gwen’s world, it’s a very wet medium, it’s brushy, we have dripping paint.”

Visual development artist Jay Thakur doubled down on the comic book sensibilities of Gwen's home dimension: “It was more of a loose watercolor style along with influences from the comic books, which had these graphic cutouts.”

Closing out the clip, Gordon elaborated on the unique visual style which Gwen's Earth has. “There’s a lot of vertical brush strokes," Gordon said. "So we took that and we actually amplified that. One of the things we really liked in her world was color doesn’t always respect the boundaries of objects. A lot of times within the silhouette, the colors would blend through the objects.”

The Animation of Across the Spider-Verse

Taking place after 2018's Into the Spider-Verse, Across the Spider-Verse shows Miles Morales grappling with strained family ties as he hides his superhero identity from his parents. As well as having to contend with the villainous Spot, Miles is ostracized from the multiversal Spider-Society, coming into conflict with group leader Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099.

Miller recently acknowledged that Across the Spider-Verse allowed the production team to "show the limitless possibilities of animation in a studio film." Kemp Powers, one of Across the Spider-Verse's directors, also talked about the film's ambitious creative direction, noting that there was an "openness to trying just about anything, both in terms of the visual and the storytelling language."

While the film has been well received and has performed well at the box office, there has been criticism surrounding the animation team's working conditions, which reportedly caused over 100 animators to quit. The next installment in the franchise, titled Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, has currently been removed from Sony's release schedule due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be released on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on Sept. 5, 2023.

Source: Screen Rant

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