Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Exclusive: Hang Around With Spider-Man in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Storyboards by Warren Drummond

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - by Maurice Mitchell 4

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Usually when you hear a movie is going back for re-shoots, it means it's bad. But, in the case of The Amazing Spider-Man this was obviously an exception. Back in 2011, ComicBookMovie reported that they were filming re-shoots in New York City and some panicked. Since the film is widely regarded as a raging success the re-shoots were a good thing.

Warren Drummond is an excellent artist who also worked on Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and A Beautiful Mind. He's one of the storyboard artists that worked on The Amazing Spider-Man and shared his experience with me. He also sent me some exclusive storyboards from the film.



How did you get involved in the project?
I originally got a call from the production designer, Michael Riva in early 2010. I was on the movie ABDUCTION and couldn't take the gig. I was heart broken as I am a life long Spider-Man geek. [J. Michael Riva] (production designer) unfortunately recently died weeks ago while on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. I never had the chance to work with him on a daily basis. Good man.

Last fall, the production supervisor JoAnn Perritano, whom I had worked with on other films called me in when the movie was about to do additional photography or "reshoots".

This is done when there is new footage that needs to be added do to various reasons. In this case, director Marc Webb wanted to explore some ideas that were not shot initially, like the first time Captain Stacy sees Spider-man.

I was told I'd get about a week's worth of work. I got about five weeks as Marc kept coming up with good ideas and I guess he liked the way I worked. The three storyboard artists who got screen credit did the lion's share of the work, but I did some cool stuff.

Q: I notice there were quite a few close ups and tracking shots. Were these from the director or your own designs?
Marc had a basic camera idea for every scene he had me do. Many of the shots were planned by him, but he let me be creatively free and involved. I was able to contribute, but ultimately, he had the final say on the shots, which worked out fine. Smart filmmaker.

Q: What was it like working on Spider-Man?
A dream come true. I grew up on John Romita Sr's drawing and his son JRjr is a buddy. I keep missing the opportunity to get on these super-hero films. I did to do one reshoot scene for X MEN: FIRST CLASS, but I was in and out. Maybe this will up my "Cape Cred".

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See more of Warren Drummond storyboards at WarrenDrummond.com

What do you think of the storyboards?

About the Author

Maurice Mitchell
Lover of science fiction and art.

4 comments:

  1. Spider-Man has always been a hero moviefans could relate to. Clever use of light and action as Spidey swings around NY makes this movie thrilling to watch.

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  2. Spacerguy, web swinging is what makes these movies great.

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  3. Again, a very interesting post :) As someone who has nooooo art in him.... they are some great drawings (or storyboards, if that's more proper :)

    PS... what happened when I came through Customs for the first time shall remain a tale untold... to be shure, to be shure :)

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  4. Mark, I have some drawing skill but nothing like this. Warren is fast and skilled. PS What happens in customs stays in customs...

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