Sony Hopes to Patent New Animation Tech From Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Following an incredibly positive reaction to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony has applied for patent protection of the animation technology used to produce the film.
The distinctly unique look of the film, which combines both CG animation and hand-drawn imagery, has become the center point for much of the film’s critical success. Each frame of the film attempts to replicate the original look of the Miles Morales-centered Spider-Man comic book series. To achieve the right effect, each frame featured an overlay of hand-drawn art, rivaling the typically used clean imagery that is usually employed by CG films.
The unique rendering of the film also employed “stylized quantization” to create the comic book look, as well as specially-controlled lighting called “screentones” that hits objects and characters in a distinctive way.
While the patent process could take up to five years, the film will be available for audiences to watch in theaters on December 13.