Robin George of Lacombe was one of the lead animators on Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse. Photo submitted

Lacombe animator wins Oscar for Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Robin George becomes interested in film-making while attending Parkview Adventist Academy

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, which made $372 million, was in part the result of Lacombe film producer Robin George who was one of the lead animators on the film — which eventually went on to win a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

“There were about nine teams on the movie and I was the lead for one of them,” George said. “I was in charge of assigning shots to my team, making sure they were hitting their deadline and I was ensuring they had the right style. We all reported to the animation coordinator.”

He said it felt good to be on a film that saw success.

“With some films that people may not have watched or only kids have watched, you know you have done good work but nobody else knows that except for people in the industry,” George stated. “It is nice to be part of something that did so well, even though I was just did a small part of it.”

He added when producing a film, it is often difficult to tell whether it will be a great movie to watch — but all the animators knew that Spider-man was going to have a unique style.

“Everyone wanted to be on it because everyone knew it was going to look cool,” he said.

George works for Sony Imageworks Canada in Vancouver and said much of his time was spent collaborating remotely with producers in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

The resulting film is something George said he will remember forever.

“It is something I will be super proud of forever. I get to say I was the lead animator on Spider-man and maybe it will open some doors,” he said.

He first became interested in film after winning an animation award in 2002 while attending Lacombe’s Parkview Academy in 2002. He choose to study graphic arts in Tennessee after high school, party due to being a dual citizen.

Afterwards, he moved between a number of studio jobs before settling in at Sony, mostly from the film’s success and because he is getting married at the end of this year.

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