An animated trio of an older white man, Black boy, and young white girl stand curiously with electric rays around them in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse"
(Sony)

Things We Saw Today: Go Behind the Scenes with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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It’s been over a year since Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hit theaters, but we’re still in love with the ridiculously clever and gorgeously animated film. In fact, doctors agree that re-watching the film lowers blood pressure and eases anxiety (okay, they didn’t say that, but it sounds true right?).

Like all great films, Spider-Verse began with a great script. But that script went through countless revisions and adjustments before becoming the movie we know and love. Phil Lord, who wrote the script with Christopher Miller, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, shared pictures of the massive whiteboards the team used to break the story and build the world of the Spider-Verse.

Editor Andy Leviton then shared his own board:

Fellow writer Rodney Rothman shared his copious notes:

These tweets are a great peek behind the curtain at the intensive labor and hard work that goes into developing a feature film. Creating multiple universes is not easy! It’s also a fascinating look at the creative process the team went through, and how they kept re-envisioning the story until very late in the production process.

While the road to getting there was messy and disorganized, the final result was pretty much flawless. Well done, Team Spider-Verse.

(via io9, image: Sony Pictures Animation)

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