Joe Darko – Sony Pictures Imageworks

Joe Darko

Senior Animator/Lead/Supervisor

Joe (he/him) was an Animation Lead and Senior Animator at Sony Imageworks, with over 8 years of Industry experience ranging from VFX to Feature Animation. He most recently served as Head of Animation on the upcoming Spider-verse Short: The Spider Within, as well as Animating on Across the Spider-verse and Leading an Animation team on Netflix Animation’s The Sea Beast!

About Sony Pictures Imageworks

Sony Pictures Imageworks logoSony Pictures Imageworks is an Academy Award®-winning visual effects and animation studio known for photoreal live-action visual effects, dynamic creature and character animation and full-CG features. Having created visually stunning images for more than 100 live-action and animated productions over its 30-year history the studio is also a leader in technology, developing software and tools that have helped solve industry-wide challenges and deliver spectacular visuals to the big screen.

Speaker Series: Keynote - The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story

Join Bournemouth University graduate Joe Darko for a special presentation of “The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story,” an original short film from Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ mentorship program, Leading and Empowering New Storytellers (LENS), for which Darko served as animation supervisor.


In “The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story,” Miles Morales struggles to balance his responsibilities as a teenager, friend, and student while acting as Brooklyn’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. After a particularly challenging day living with these pressures, Miles experiences a panic attack that forces him to confront the manifestations of his anxiety and learn that reaching out for help can be just as brave an act as protecting his city from evil.

Location: PhoxTrott, Hilton Bournemouth, Terrace Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5EL
Date: Thursday 23 November 2023
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

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