Boy, 14, hired to animate Spider-Man film

A 14-year-old boy has contributed a scene to the latest film in the blockbuster Spider-Man franchise after executives spotted his talent on social media.

Preston Mutanga, who lives in Canada, had recreated the trailer for Across the Spider-Verse shot-for-shot in the style of LEGO blocks and posted it online.

Christopher Miller, a writer and producer on the film, told Rotten Tomatoes that a colleague first brought Mutanga’s talents to his attention – saying “look at this, we should get this kid to do this animation”.

“So we contacted him and his family and offered him a contract to do it. And he made those shots that are in the film,” Miller adds.

“He did it in spring break [from school] and said ‘any revisions I can do after my homework’ – and it was a delight.”

Mutanga himself says:

Quote Message: I adored the first movie and was so hyped for the second one, so getting to work with the people who actually made this masterpiece was honestly like a dream.”

I adored the first movie and was so hyped for the second one, so getting to work with the people who actually made this masterpiece was honestly like a dream.”

The 14-year-old plans to become an animator full-time, according to the New York Times.

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