Peter Ramsey

Director Peter A. Ramsey used his artistic talents to build a career in animation that found him gaining a legion of fans for his fresh take on a beloved superhero. A native of Los Angeles, after college he began working as a storyboard artist for a number of films, including "Predator 2" (1990), "Backdraft" (1991), "Independence Day" (1996). He also worked as a second unit director for John Singleton on "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Higher Learning" (1995). He began working in animation as a storyboard artist for the Will Smith vehicle "Shark Tale" (2004). The relationship with that film's studio, DreamWorks, proved fruitful when he was selected to direct the television special "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space" (NBC, 2009). He stepped up to directing features with "Rise of the Guardians" (2012) about mythological characters banding together to stop an evil force. The film earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. He continued lending his artistic talents to other films while also developing what would become his breakout project. Along with Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti, he took the reigns of an animated feature built around Marvel's Spider-Man. Instead of focusing strictly on original alter-ego Peter Parker, the story looked at a group of other characters from the comics who had worn the web-slinging costume. The resulting "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (2018) earned critical raves for its visually arresting style and sly humor. The film went on to win a Golden Globe and earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.