THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
About The 3D Photography
The Amazing Spider-Man was shot in 3D, and for the filmmakers, it is a key
choice. "3D isn't right for every movie, but 3D was made for Spider-Man," says
Avi Arad. "It is another way we have of keeping the audience immersed in the
storytelling. You see the world through his eyes and you feel like Spider-Man -
the exciting moments are even more exciting. But what might be surprising is
that 3D makes the intimate moments more intimate as well - I can think of some
scenes that are quite emotional that are even more emotional in 3D. It's a
perfect choice for this movie."
"We wanted to put people in Peter Parker's shoes and Spider-Man's shoes in
this film, to let them experience the thrills themselves. What better way to do
that to enhance the reality than through 3D," notes Webb. "It's the ideal format
to allow the audience to viscerally experience the quality of moving through
space, flying through the air, swinging through Manhattan."
Webb referred to the "3 Vs" - "Velocity, Vertigo, and Volume" - as keystones
for his approach. "It seemed to me that Spider-Man was the perfect venue for
immersing the audience into the experience of flying with the character," he
says. "I like to shoot things from a subjective point of view, so in creating a
connection between the camera and the character, the three dimensionality of it
gives you the feeling of the sense of velocity when Spider-Man swings through
John Schwartzman, the Academy AwardÂ® nominated director of photography, and
Rob Engle, Sony Pictures Imageworks' 3D visual effects supervisor, were chosen
to collaborate with Webb on lensing The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D. The Amazing
Spider-Man is the first movie to be shot in 3D using the Red Epic camera mounted
on 3ality Digital's newest, most lightweight rig. "You could not have chosen a
better movie to shoot in 3D than this one," says Schwartzman. "It would have
been shortsighted not to, given the technology that has been developed."
"One of the things that's great about working with Marc is that he is so
driven to tell this story, to make sure that the story beats are clear, and that
the 3D helps support that," says Engle.
Marc Webb adds, "3D enabled us to capture not only the thrills of a huge
action sequence, but the portable handheld rigs allowed us to capture
emotionally charged, more intimate scenes, such as a scene between Peter and his
Aunt May that felt palpable, real and authentic."
"John has a knack for creating really beautiful images, but what we did for
this film was try to create an enhanced naturalism," explains Webb. "I wanted to
create environments that felt realistic and not super stylized - John was able
to give them a tinge of fantasy; he elevated them with his lighting so that the
environments became warm and inviting. You wanted to spend time in this world
and there was beauty and sophistication in even the simplest of moments."
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