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:

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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:

(Click below for more...)

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

FX Guide: Black Panther – Building Wakanda

Like Black Panther's Suit? These Are the VFX Tricks That Made It Awesome

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:

(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:

Industrial Light and Magic:


Interview with RISE VFX Supervisor Jonathan Weber

VFX Science: The RISE of Black Panther

RISE Visual Effects Studios: Black Panther

Method Studios:

Interview with Andy Brown and Todd Sheridan Perry of Method Studios on Black Panther VFX

Computer Graphics World: Power Shift – Black Panther

Creating Black Panther's Power Suit



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: