At Adobe’s annual MAX conference held in Los Angeles, California, the Creative Cloud company teamed with Columbia Pictures and Sony Picture Animation for a deep-dive discussion into the animation of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman.
Ugh, we know another Spider-Man movie. But it brings up an important topic: How do you tell a story that’s been told dozens of times over?
It might be a cliché, but you need to look outside the box, before throwing that box away and pushing the story to a place no one expects. Think about perspective, setting, plot, character, conflict, and theme. Tell a different point-of-view. Raise the stakes. Do what you can to make it standout. A fantastic and recent example of this is season two of HBO’s The Deuce, where Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character, Candy, is turning the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood into a gritty porn set in the streets of New York. Yes, a Little Red Riding Hood porno, and it works on so many levels.