Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Exclusive: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Web-Shooters Designed From 'Actual Spider' Said Ed Natividad

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - by Maurice Mitchell 15

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Ed Natividad is a master concept artist. His most famous work is on Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, but he recently lent his skills to The Amazing Spider-Man.

I got in touch with him recently and he shared some tidbits on the designs for the film including why he designed the web-shooters using bicycle parts and helping to design the "iconic suit."  he also sent me some high-resolution images of his work.


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"Concerning the web shooters, It had always been an issue with me how he could produce an infinite variety of web configurations with one push of a button. After discussions with the production designer, J. Michael Riva, I based the new web shooter nozzle with that of an actual spider." Natividad said.

"All have several 'spinnerets' which discharge the web for a respective function. I visualized there to be three or four independent nozzles which can intertwine the silk to form rope or construct a wide net, ect... It wasn't fashioned after a specific species of spider in this case. 

"Ultimately, the web shooter hardware was to be constructed from items accessible to Peter Parker such as watch and bicycle parts."

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"Conceptualizing a new Spiderman suit was the next challenge. Under the direction of costume designer Kym Barrett, we set out for a month or two exploring several departures for the character. However, after due diligence, it was time to combine some of those elements with the graphic of the iconic suit.

"Everyone felt that too much of a departure would upset the fans, so the evolution would be in the details and textures."
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See more of Ed Natividad's portfolio at EdNatividad.com. Please note that I previously used the wrong website as his official site. This has since been corrected.

@2012 Ed Natividad, Marvel Enterprises, Columbia Pictures. Used with permission. All rights reserved

What do you think of the illustrations? Does it make sense to have the spinnerets?

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15 comments:

  1. That's a cool design. He really put some thought into the webshooters.

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  2. I know! I never thought about how his shooters can make lines and nets and stuff.

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  3. I just reviewed Spider-Man,
    http://thereeldealreviewer.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-amazing-spider-man-12a-2012.html, and I love your blog. This was really interesting, its always good to learn a bit about the production of these films. 

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  4. no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. how can web steek on the blading and web line is can fanish.

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  6. how can web shooter steek on the wail and web shooter can fanish

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  7. i will never say it!!!

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  8. are we able to buy web slingers

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  9. Giovanni, not real ones but there are some at Toys 'R' Us.

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  10. i will never say it!!!

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  11. If so, we all would be slinging across states.

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  12. can you actually tell wat bycicle parts and watch parts you used

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