Creative Master Series Brings Workflows to the Forefront

Chadwick Boseman on Black Panther.

Exploring innovation and collaboration in storytelling, today’s Creative Master Series features informational and inspirational conversations. Designed to provide audiences with a better understanding of advances in film and television production, these discussions focus on the intersection of creativity and technology.

On Monday, teams involved with “Black Panther” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” will take the stage to share their experiences, while legendary director of photography Janusz Kaminski will participate in an indepth discussion of his career, approach to cinematography and long-standing collaboration with director Steven Spielberg.

Highlighting collaborative post production, the 10:30 a.m. discussion “Black Panther: Telling a Superhero Story Like No Other” brings together members of the film’s creative team, including editor Michael P. Shawver, rerecording mixer/sound designer Steve Boeddeker and visual effects supervisor Geoffrey Baumann.

Moderated by Norman Hollyn and presented by American Cinema Editors (ACE), the panel will review how the editorial, sound and visual effects departments worked alongside director Ryan Coogler and Marvel to tell an unprecedented superhero narrative that bridges culture, geography and time.

“With ‘Black Panther’ we have a project unlike anything we’ve done before,” explains Marvel Studios President and “Black Panther” producer Kevin Feige. “We are introducing a superhero from [Wakanda], a country in the middle of Africa that has been shrouded in secrecy for centuries and then pulling back those layers to find this highly-advanced nation that surpasses anything on the planet,” he said. “It’s great to be able to delve into the world of Wakanda, see Black Panther’s lineage and heritage, and meet these amazing, rich characters that surround him.”

At 11:45 a.m., the Creative Masters series presents a conversation with director of photography Janusz Kaminiski, produced in conjunction with the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 (ICG). “Janusz Kaminski: Three Decades of Image Making” will explore some of the cinematographer’s extraordinary visuals — seen in films such as “Saving Private Ryan,” “Lincoln,” “Minority Report” and “Schindler’s List” — as well as recent projects such as “The Post” and “Ready Player One.”

This discussion, held with ICG magazine’s Executive Editor David Geffner, will explore the Oscar-winning cinematographer’s combination of instinct and technique, his on-set creative process, his insights into the growing role of post production in imaging, and his experience working with virtual production for the first time on “Ready Player One.” Kaminski also will discuss his ongoing creative partnership with Spielberg, a collaboration that stretches back 25 years.

Members of the team from “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” including series creator and writer Melissa Rosenberg, colorist Tony Damore of Encore, cinematographer Manuel Billeter and production designer Judy Rhee will gather at 2:15 p.m. to discuss their immensely popular Netflix series, and how it achieves a distinct, contemporary noir tone.

“We came up with a clear vision that was off the beaten path and we stuck to it,” said Billeter in a recent interview with David Heuring. “That was our recipe for creative success. The noir atmosphere was woven in from page one of the first script. The character is living somewhat in hiding and she is often watching people. [We] thought it would be good to put a lot of layers between the camera and the actors — reflections, foreground obstruction and visual occlusions. Combined with some unbalanced framing, it supports the story and creates an impression on the viewer. You have to dig deep and peel away those layers to get to the core of this character.”