Custom Animation References Made For Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse

Here are some of the self-made references produced by Eric De Carolis for the most recent Spider-Verse movie.

It's always a delight when Character Animators working on top-tier AAA games and blockbuster movies offer an insider's perspective on their creative process, revealing the true essence of animating characters for high-budget projects.

Eric De Carolis, a Senior Character Animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks, recently treated us to this very experience, releasing a series of videos that provide an up-close view of the animation work for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the 2023 animated superhero film that serves as a sequel to the 2018 hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Through these videos, Eric shared some of the self-made references he personally filmed during the production, allowing viewers to compare them with the stunning final results showcased in the film. Attached below are some of the clips shared by the artist, you can check out more by visiting Eric's Twitter page:

"Shooting reference/any planning before you start animating is very important," commented the artist. "You want to get buy off from your director and supervisor before you even set one key frame. You also find small details in your reference you would've never thought about if you just started animating."

Earlier, an Animator at Walt Disney Animation Jordan Barg also showed a self-made animation reference made for Spider-Verse's "this is where the traffic is" scene, noting that the workflow comprised filming multiple different versions and gestures, picking the funniest recordings, and then quickly animating them in Maya, saving " hours if not days of work".

And back in 2019, Animator Emma Shih showed how live-action materials were used as references for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the first movie in the series:

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