Recreating the mythical world of webbed wonder Spiderman in a
contemporary setting proved to be just another day at the office
for Andrew Wedemeyer ’87.
the general foreman of construction for Spiderman 2, Wedemeyer picked up right
where he left off with the original boxoffice smash back in 2002.
Back then, the now 38-year-old
propmaker replicated the New York City hotel balcony using
authentic tile and special-effect features.
The balcony, which the
Green Goblin destroyed in the movie during the Oscorp Industry
Unity Festival, took three months for Wedemeyer’s crew to
He also built the set, pictured above, which Peter Parker
and his guardians, Aunt May and Uncle Ben, called home in the
“It’s a whole process,” Wedemeyer said, noting that the blueprints
for every prop must be carefully scrutinized before construction
“Sometimes things won’t work the way the designers
intended, and sometimes we can’t find the hardware that is needed
to construct what they have drawn,” he said.
Wedemeyer and his fellow team members always manage to finish
the job as well as ensure that each set is “stunt-performance friendly.”
“Occasionally, we will have to remove our windows and replace
them with special-effect windows,” Wedemeyer said.
In the case of
Spiderman, the replacement windows allowed the comic-book hero
to swing effortlessly through a glass window.
Despite the long hours, limited access to the actors and directors,
and inconsistent employment that many propmakers face,
Wedemeyer considers himself fortunate to be in this field working
on the sets for such Hollywood movies as Species, Speed, Basic
Instinct, Addam’s Family Values, The Doors, The Deep End of the
Ocean, Hollow Man, Sea Biscuit and now Spiderman 2, scheduled
to hit theatres this month.
“It’s exciting to see the finished project and
have it do what it’s supposed to do,” he said.