Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2002 - Spiderman Sequence Opening

 This is the first sequence I boarded on the first Spiderman. Peter Parker is bitten by the "super spider" in this scene.  It was originally going to be a tour of Norman Osborn's genetic lab but was changed to a more generic lab that a high school class would attend.
   The location where this sequence was shot is the Los Angeles Natural History Museum rotunda. The huge statue of the three woman in the center of the rotunda was covered over by art department and made into a huge electron microscope.   Neil Spasik did a great job with this set.  The Director wanted the action to move combining the 3 or 4 story lines into one scene.  We had 3 days in this location and a lot of shots to shoot.  First unit would shoot during the day and Second unit would come in at night.

   I usually over board my sequences with extra shots which gave the Director options with his DP. We were working in a round space so we could use the camera economically.  It came down to 54 shots which was a lot of work but when you watch the film it tells Peter's story so simply and layered.


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