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Breaking The Rules Pays Off In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The late Stan Lee often said Spider-Man was his favourite superhero, and the character has also been a long-time fan favourite, making his small-screen debut a mere 15 years after first appearing in a comic book.

In the intervening years, the character has seen a number of iterations, but the introduction of Miles Morales as Spider-Man in 2011 opened the door not only for a new take on the character in the comic books, but also for the character on the big screen.

Enter Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, who saw the opportunity to bring a new Spider-Man to the masses. But this new Spider-Man had to be different and that was the challenge put forth to the crew behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse including VFX Supervisor Danny Dimian of Sony Pictures Imageworks.

“As a visual effects supervisor, I'm sort of the coach of all the artists and engineers,” Dimian explained over the phone from SPI’s Vancouver office. The challenge with Spider-Verse was that neither the coach nor team knew what the game they were playing looked like.

The Challenge

“The only thing we knew at the beginning of the project was what we didn't want it to look like. We didn't want it to look like something we'd seen before," and finding that new look was a challenge Dimian and his team were ready to tackle. “Doing individual effects that nobody has seen before is not that scary but we wanted to find a new visual language and that was kind of scary for me: keeping it emotional and still being new.”

Continue reading Marina Antunes' interview with Danny Dimian on our website.


Illustration by Valeriya Nyukalova. leranyukalova.com

Still Time to Get Early-Bird Savings on SPARK FX Conference Passes

SPARK FX is coming February 9 and 10, 2019 and early-bird conference passes are now on sale for the low price of $150 including GST which is a savings of $75!

Taking place at Emily Carr’s Reliance Theatre, SPARK FX 2019 will include two days of conference presentations, the Career Fair on Saturday, February 9 and a Diversity Summit on Sunday, February 10.

In the past few years, SPARK FX has featured presentations on major projects including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, War for the Planet of the Apes, Blade Runner 2049, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian among others so you can expect the 2019 edition to feature even more groundbreaking talks.

Early-bird pricing is limited to the first 100 passes and discounted pricing is only valid until December 31, 2018 so get yours while you can.

Hotel Deal for SPARK FX Attendees

Looking for a place to stay during SPARK FX? OPUS Hotel is the official hotel of SPARK.

Centrally located in Yaletown, the OPUS is near SkyTrain which provides easy access to Emily Carr University, as well as a variety of restaurants, pubs and the waterfront.

SPARK FX attendees can take advantage of the preferred rate of $190 per night (+tax), which includes continental breakfast and wi-fi.

Register today to receive the SPARK preferred rate!

John Musker Masterclass Tickets Selling Fast

Looking for a unique, unforgettable gift for your loved one (or maybe for yourself)?

Tickets are still available for the day-long masterclass with John Musker taking place Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Emily Carr University, Reliance Theatre.

A 40-year-veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Musker has done it all. Writer, producer, character animator and director, he is credited with two of the most notable Disney films of the 1990s: The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. In 2016, he wrote and directed Moana which went on to be nominated for two Academy Awards.

When: Saturday, March 23 @ 9:30 am (doors open at 8:30 am)
Admission: $125 // Groups (5+): $112.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales
Admission includes GST.
Where: Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Reliance Theatre
520 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: Event Website

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