Sony Makes Studio-Wide Effort for Amazing Spider-Man
Culver City, CA -- Teams from across Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) came together in a close-knit collaboration for the production of Columbia Pictures’ superhero blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, currently in worldwide release in 2D and 3D. Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) created many of the film’s stunning visual effects sequences, the Sony 3D Technology Center consulted on the film’s stereography, Sony Pictures Post Production provided sound services, and Colorworks, SPE’s digital intermediate facility, performed final color grading and editorial finishing.
“A tentpole release on this scale really puts the studio to the test, and challenges each group to set the bar higher than ever before – from the teams working on the sound stages to the technicians in the DI suites. To a large extent, The Amazing Spider-Man was created at Sony Pictures from image-capture to answer-print and I’m proud to acknowledge that the excellent work on our lot sets a new standard for creative and technological collaboration,” said Gary Martin, President, Production Administration at Sony Pictures.
“Marc had a specific vision for Spider-Man’s world: an organic, naturalistic New York City, a place full of dirt, scaffolding, and steam. He wanted Spider-Man to be more physical, to really react with this environment, rather than a stylized version of the character,” says Chen. “I loved this concept, but I knew that an organic, naturalistic Spider-Man would make the visual effects work a lot more challenging, because the CG imagery would now demand a higher level of visual sophistication.”
The film’s soundtrack was completed on a dubbing stage at Sony Pictures Studios by re-recording mixers Paul Massey and David Giammarco. Massey and Giammarco have collaborated on a number of films, including 3:10 To Yuma, which brought them a 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. Sound design and editorial, Foley, ADR and scoring were also completed by Sony Pictures Post Production Services.
At Colorworks, digital intermediate colorists Steve Bowen and John Persichetti led a team that completed final post work and prepared a variety of 2K distribution masters (in 2D and 3D for film, digital cinema and IMAX projection), as well as analogous 4K masters for archival purposes.