Sunday, February 17, 2019

Building Black Panther

For last week's Cellphone Cinema workshop at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre, I put together a collection of links and videos on the making of the film Black Panther.

Early storyboards for the ancestral plane sequence by artist Simeon Wilkins:
http://www.storyboardsinc.com/boards/view/id/215/sectionId/2/categoryId/0/#9750

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An animatic is a video showing how the panels from a storyboard would look as a sequence of shots. Here are a few from Simeon Wilkins, starting with the ancestral plane sequence above:

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An interview with cinematographer Rachel Morrison: "I was trying to understand how to read a comic..."



Director Ryan Coogler breaks down the casino fight scene:


These pages give an overview of the hundreds of visual effects (VFX) shots on the movie:

Marvel’s Black Panther VFX Breakdown
http://www.animationboss.net/behind-scenes-marvels-black-panther-vfx/

FX Guide: Black Panther – Building Wakanda
https://www.fxguide.com/featured/black-panther-building-wakanda/

Like Black Panther's Suit? These Are the VFX Tricks That Made It Awesome
https://www.wired.com/story/black-panther-vfx-bts/




Dozens of visual effects studios worked on the film. Below are the showreels for just a few of them: Luma PicturesPerceptionIndustrial Light and Magic (ILM), Rise Visual EffectsMethod Studios, Scanline VFX, and Trixter.

Early storyboards by Dan Milligan for the car chase in Busan, South Korea:
https://www.danmilligan.com/353628916383

(more here)
Director Ryan Coogler breaks down the car chase scene:


CartoonBrew explains "Why The Craziest Stunt In ‘Black Panther’ Took 214 Versions":

A VFX breakdown of Luma Pictures' work on the car chase:



Perception has a fascinating in-depth page on their work on the film, including visualizing Wakandan technology like the kimoyo beads, "vibranium sand," and other elements in Shuri's lab:
http://experienceperception.com/black-panther-fui.html





Industrial Light and Magic:



RISE:

Interview with RISE VFX Supervisor Jonathan Weber
http://www.artofvfx.com/black-panther-jonathan-weber-vfx-supervisor-rise/

VFX Science: The RISE of Black Panther
https://vfxscience.com/2018/03/21/the-rise-of-black-panther/

RISE Visual Effects Studios: Black Panther
https://www.risefx.com/rise-visual-effects-studios-work-project-detail.php?id=5



Method Studios:

Interview with Andy Brown and Todd Sheridan Perry of Method Studios on Black Panther VFX
http://www.artofvfx.com/black-panther-andy-brown-vfx-supervisor-todd-sheridan-perry-associate-vfx-supervisor-method-studios/



Computer Graphics World: Power Shift – Black Panther http://www.cgw.com/Publications/CGW/2018/Volume-41-Issue-1-Edition-1-2018-/Power-Shift.aspx

Creating Black Panther's Power Suit
http://www.cgw.com/Press-Center/Web-Exclusives/2018/Creating-Black-Panthers-Power-Suit.aspx

ScanLine:



Trixter:





Beyond the directing, cinematography and visual effects, here are some more interesting behind-the-scenes videos.

Costume designer Ruth E. Carter pulls back the veil on the costumes in two key scenes:



More on the costume designer as storyteller:
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-black-panther-costume-designer-found-inspiration-worthy-of-a-superhero