14-year-old got to animate a scene in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Preston Mutanga is already building a career.

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The Future. Minor spoilers, but an early scene in the hit Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is set in an animated-Lego dimension… and the team behind the movie hired a 14-year-old amateur animator in Toronto to pull it off after wowing the producers with a video of his own. The remarkable story may demonstrate that if you have real talent, social media has truly given artists of any age or background the ability to impress their heroes and launch their careers.

The real Peter Parker
Preston Mutanga is already building a career.

  • After painstakingly recreating the trailer for the new Spider-Man movie using Legos and posting it on Twitter, co-writers, and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller saw it and were impressed.
  • When the filmmaking team decided that one of the dimensions in the movie should be Lego (for one scene), they had producer Christina Steinberg reach out to Mutanga to see if he wanted to animate it.
  • Mutanga jumped at the opportunity, spending much of his free time (after homework, of course) animating the scene.
  • He also had bi-weekly meetings with Miller to go over notes.

Self-taught on YouTube videos and using the software blender on a computer he built with his dad, the Spider-Verse team said that Mutanga’s work “blew us all away, including some of the best animators in the world.”

This kid has a bright future ahead of him.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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