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'Spider-Man 2': How did they create Rhino and destroy Times Square? -- EXCLUSIVE GIFs

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When the Sony Pictures Imageworks special-effects team got the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they quickly realized that with great box-office comes even greater responsibility for technical wizardry. The scope of the sequel was much bigger than Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot, and in contrast to the numerous night action sequences that dominated the first film, the new movie would extensively showcase Spider-Man slinging through New York in broad daylight, an entirely new set of creative challenges. “For some of the shots of Spider-Man swinging through the city [in sunlight], the computer could take 40 hours to render one frame of the city of New York,” says Jerome Chen, the film’s visual-effects supervisor. “And there’s 24 frames for one second.”

Oof.

New York, it turns out, might be the most high-maintenance character in the entire Spider-Man franchise — mostly because it has to be entirely digitally re-created. Times Square, which hosts the first big smackdown between Spider-Man and Electro, took a team of more than 50 artists an entire year to build (and that’s not counting the characters’ effects work in that scene). “I told the team, ‘You’re going to be working on this thing for a whole year, it’s going to be really, really hard, and if you do it right, nobody will know that you did it,’” says Chen. “And they were into that.” READ FULL STORY

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