Director Marc Webb Defends "Spidey Vision" in The Amazing Spider-Man
08.04.11 by BJSprecher
When it was first announced that Sony would be relaunching its Spider-Man movie franchise without director Sam Raimi or Tobey Maguire in the title role, there was panic in the comic book movie fan community, to put it mildly. Unlike the Batman franchise at Warner Bros., which had become campy and in dire need of a makeover, many fans felt that Raimi and Maguire had perfectly captured the tone and essence of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and were worried about how the character would be handled in the hands of (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb and his new web-slinger, Andrew Garfield.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures tried to allay fan trepidation by explaining in a joint statement that Webb was chosen because he is a filmmaker who can "capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery," but to many the statement seemed like just a bunch of corporate hype. Now that the first teaser trailer is out, however, it's clear what they meant by "in Peter's shoes" as the trailer ends with a first-person perspective romp over the buildings and streets of New York City. While many fans are thrilled and excited by the prospect of seeing more of this "Spidey Vision" on the big screen, others have already complained that it's too first-person shooter. In a recent interview with MTV, Webb defended the technique, explaining that it was a way for him to express the "visceral feeling" of being Spider-Man. But, even if you're not a fan, Webb said that the technique is reserved for "certain moments."
We shot and conceived of this movie in 3-D and...I wanted there to be moments where you really feel and see the world through Spider-Man's eyes. I wanted to get that visceral feeling. In 3-D, I thought there was something about the experiential process, in a big theatrical environment, that was really special that I had [not] seen before. I was like, "If I'm going to do a movie in 3-D, I want to give the audience that experience."
Webb went on to say that as much of the action as possible was shot live, rather than using CGI, but that CGI was used for scenes where he wanted to "exploit 3-D in a way that is epic and massive."
We try very hard in the movie to make the stunt work grounded and real, and anything we could do live or practically, as they say, we did live or practically. We built this huge rig on Riverside Drive in Harlem, a traveling rig of hundreds of feet, and we slung our Spider-Man over cars, through traffic in a real way, which hadn't been done before. That was really exciting.
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