Sony Seeks Patent for SpiderMan Into the SpiderVerse Animation Tech

first_img As soon as Sony revealed its eye-popping trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (the movie hits theaters on December 14), it’s clear that the much-anticipated film’s visual component will became a core storytelling feature all of its own.Film critics and press are already hailing the animation — which features Ben-Day dots of comic artwork, split-screen panels, thought balloons, dialogue boxes, written sound effects, overlaid onto 3D animation — as innovative and ground-breaking. The movie has already won a New York Film Critics Circle award for 2018’s best animated film, and racked up nominations for the 2019 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and 2019 Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, days before its release.Photo Credit: Sony Pictures AnimationAnd now it’s up to the the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to determine whether they agree with  the accolades for the movie’s inventive animation.Deadline is exclusively reporting that Sony has applied for patent protection for the animation process and technologies used in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman.In the application for patent protections, Sony claims the innovations of the film “go beyond stylistic originality or envelope-pushing success and qualify as a distinctly new invention,” reported Deadline. The filing cites a half-dozen specific components of the process.Rothman told Deadline that the team received a mandate “to basically challenge how animated movies are made and what they can be, from top to bottom.”Not surprisingly, the production was intensely meticulous and required years to complete. Completing the animation for the film required up to 140 animators, the largest crew ever used by Sony Pictures Animation for a film. Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation created a new visual language and rebuilt the animation and lighting pipeline wholly from scratch.Photo Credit: Sony Pictures AnimationRothman said there were moments the team doubted if what they were trying to achieve would even work.Patent or not, there’s no doubt that Into the Spider-Verse is a visual treat. Attempting to replicate the original look of the Miles Morales-centered Spider-Man comic book series, each frame inside the 116-minute film comprises a computer-generated image (CGI) overlaid with a hand-drawn illustration. The result is a visual energy that is so different from the “digitally clean and perfectly precise CG animation that has become the standard language of most recent animation blockbusters,” according to Deadline.Just like a film production, a patent review process could take a long time — up to five years. In the meantime, we’ll be flocking to theaters on December 14.More on and Jordan Brand Announce ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Shoe, the Air Jordan ‘Origin Story’These Are Stan Lee’s Best CharactersBest Spider-Man Gifts for Your Favorite Web-Head ‘Spider-Verse’ Creators Plan Sony Marvel TV ShowsWatch These Movies Before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Stay on targetlast_img

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