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Sony Files Patent For New Animation Tech In ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’
By Yoon Sann Wong, 13 Dec 2018
Image via IMDb
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse might only be swinging into cinemas on 14 December, but it’s already racked up rave reviews that include New York Film Critics Circle calling it 2018’s best animated film, while bagging a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Animated Feature Film’.
These accolades have the animation’s novel visual language to thank, where each frame inside the 116-minute film comprises a computer-generated image (CGI) overlaid with a hand-drawn illustration.
The result is a stunning visual treat that brings never-before-seen comic book-like aesthetic to the big screen. Just take a look at its trailer, featured below, and you’ll get a good idea on why Sony now wants to patent the animation technology.
According to Deadline, Sony has filed for patent to shield the animation processes and technology, claiming that the advances of the film has pushed the envelope on what’s been formerly seen in animation as well as CGI, and qualifies as a wholly new invention.
Rodney Rothman, one of the film’s three directors, told Deadline that the team really challenged how animated movies are made by starting wholly from scratch, adding that there were moments the team doubted if what they were trying to achieve would even work.
It could take three to five years for the US Patents and Trademark Office to announce the results of the patent application.
In the meantime, you can look forward to this unique animation style, which took the combined efforts of 140 animation artists, the largest ever in Sony’s history.
[via Deadline, video via Sony Pictures Entertainment, images via video screenshot]
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