Vancouver animation team major part of Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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      An animation team from Vancouver was one of the major contributors to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which took home an Oscar award last night.

      While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse involved several animation teams from around the world, the largest one was based in Vancouver.

      The Sony Pictures Animation feature collected an Oscar for best animated feature on February 24. The feature beat nominees including The Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Mirai.

      The film, the first animated feature film in the Spider-Man franchise, revolves around a Brooklyn teenager of Puerto Rican and African-American descent who develops powers like Spider-Man after he is bitten by a radioactive spider.

      The Vancouver team was based at the headquarters of Sony Pictures Imageworks, which relocated from Culver City, California, to Vancouver and opened in 2015.

      Senior animator Nick Kondo told CBC News that the inspiration for developing a unique aesthetic for the film, which combines the look of traditional hand-drawn animation with computer graphics, came from Japanese animation.

      Another Oscar win that had a Vancouver filmmaking connection was First Man, which won an Oscar for visual effects. In an acceptance speech, DNEG supervisor Paul Lambert thanked "all my people at DNEG Vancouver" for their contributions to First Man.

      In other animation news at the Oscars, Canadian storyboard artist and director Domee Shi's "Bao" won an Oscar for best animated short.

      Meanwhile, another movie based on Marvel Comics, Black Panther, received seven Oscar nominations and won three awards: costume design, production design, and original score. 

       

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