Thursday Open Thread | Ryan Coogler breaks down Black Panther’s casino fight scene

After an opening weekend for the ages, it seems likely that we’ll be examining Black Panther for long time to come. However, director Ryan Coogler is getting a jump on everybody else by breaking down one of Black Panther‘s signature action sequences. In this extended video, Coogler explains nearly everything that went into the casino scene from the film’s second act, from the colors worn by the lead performers to some unexpectedly complicated fight choreography.

Coogler made this video for Vanity Fair‘s “Notes on a Scene” series, and he began by explaining the costume choices he made for Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Chadwick Boseman. As noted by Coogler, Nyong’o’s Nakia and Gurira’s Okoye are the only characters in the scene wearing green and red, respectively. Taken together with the black suit worn by Boseman’s T’Challa, Coogler intentionally invoked the colors of the Pan-African Flag.

Additionally, Coogler dived into the different fighting styles of Okoye and Nakia while also revealing why Okoye was so offended at the notion of wearing a wig for this undercover assignment. While the scene plays out fairly quickly onscreen, Coogler demonstrated that every move in the fight had a purpose. Nakia and Okoye’s weapons of choice also provided a contrast between a modern Wakandan warrior and a traditional fighter.

Perhaps the most impressive part of this sequence is the way that Coogler moved the camera from the first floor of the casino to the second while following the action on both levels. According to Coogler, pulling that off proved to be a technical challenge, but the end result was one of the most memorable shots of the film.

What did you think about Coogler’s breakdown of this Black Panther scene?

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96 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Ryan Coogler breaks down Black Panther’s casino fight scene

  1. GrannyStandingforTruth. says:

    Trump is eliminating Affordable Housing in his bill while rents are rising at a rate average people can’t afford. People are being evicted and having to move because they can’t afford the high rent. Here in California one bedroom rent for $1,805 and up,two bedrooms rent for $2,494 and up, and three bedrooms rent for $3,000 and up.

    The homeless population is growing out of control. I’ve passed elderly, children, and disabled people living under freeway underpasses. It’s sad, heartbreaking, but mainly it is disgusting. This shouldn’t be happening in a country like ours.

    Not only that, he’s eliminating so many programs that needed assistance to the poor, elderly, and disabled. The man is insane, cold-hearted, and shouldn’t even be sitting in the oval office.

    Mueller needs to hurry up and send his crazy ass to prison. That sign the woman held up on Saturday Night Live might be a little prophetic when it’s all said and done.

    Did you ladies see this?:
    She’s crazier than a road lizard. Another false prophetess who doesn’t know God because if she did she’d know what God says about leaders: Hosea 8:4 They have set up kings, but not by me; they have made princes, and I knew it not; of their silver and gold have they made them idols that they may be cut off.

    • GrannyStandingforTruth. says:

      Btw, when I read the article about the so-called prophetess Kat Kerr, my thoughts were this: Begone witch, you have no powers here!

  2. GrannyStandingforTruth. says:

    I’m going to see Black Panther tomorrow. Taking my daughter and two granddaughters.
    I can’t wait to see it.

  3. eliihass says:

    ‘..Lord, I beseech thee – give me the overconfidence of a mediocre white man…’

  4. eliihass says:

    All the ‘best’ people.. Extreme vetting strikes again..

    Trump pick to lead Indian Health Service withdraws after @WSJ reveals that he was a hospital clerk, not a medical center executive as he claimed— Elizabeth Williamson (@NYTLiz) February 23, 2018

  5. eliihass says:

    Extreme vetting .. All the best people..


    Trump pick to lead Indian Health Service withdraws after @WSJ reveals that he was a hospital clerk, not a medical center executive as he claimed— Elizabeth Williamson (@NYTLiz) February 23, 2018

  6. eliihass says:

    Hope this keeps..

    @nationalcares, I'm an Executive Elite member and a life long gun owner. I will never be a member of the @NRA. They do not represent the values of the vast majority of America. Please reconsider your support of the NRA or I will have to consider other car rental options.— Millard Fillmore (@Millard_Filmoor) February 23, 2018

    Thank you for contacting us, Mr. Fillmore! We have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26. Thank you again for reaching out.— National Car Rental (@nationalcares) February 23, 2018

  7. eliihass says:

    Just as we foresaw fam… This is the workings of the lazy, dumb, chest-puffing, perpetually whinging and winging it, incurious, non-existent mind of a very, very small, soulless, hollow, thin-skinned, insecure, desperate, megalomaniac buffoon – surrounded by his puppet masters who chew up words and ‘ideas’ and spit in his mouth …new words he repeats endlessly as he fundamentally mistakes the awesome set-up, resources and structure of the Federal government for yet another punishment tool in his douche toolbox …to be wielded at will when he doesn’t feel sufficiently praised and kowtowed to..

    He’s in for not just a serious wake-up call, but several surprises..

    The president says he is “thinking about” removing ICE from California so crime spikes to unprecedented levels and then California would have to beg him to bring ICE back.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 22, 2018

  8. vitaminlover says:

    Just read a profound statement “the Trump Administration is a Golden Age for Corporate Crime” (nymag,com) via Joy Reid on twitter.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Very upsetting, but needs to told so that all decent people will demand that the AR-15 be banned.
      The radiologist wrote:

      I was looking at a CT scan of one of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who had been brought to the trauma center during my call shift. The organ looked like an overripe melon smashed by a sledgehammer, with extensive bleeding. How could a gunshot wound have caused this much damage?

      The reaction in the emergency room was the same. One of the trauma surgeons opened a young victim in the operating room, and found only shreds of the organ that had been hit by a bullet from an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle which delivers a devastatingly lethal, high-velocity bullet to the victim. There was nothing left to repair, and utterly, devastatingly, nothing that could be done to fix the problem. The injury was fatal.

    • vitaminlover says:

      I wonder were the doors locked?

    • eliihass says:

      Poor fella opted to resign/retire..

      And that’s a guy who’s trained to use guns, and whose job essentially revolves around guns..

      Guy opted to resign/retire..

      Imagine poor teachers being forced into this gun-wielding farce …that even gun ‘professionals’ a.k.a sheriff deputies are selectively opting out of..

    • majiir says:

      Greitens deserves everything he gets. He’s a smarmy, bullish, b*st*rd who lied to get elected, and after getting elected, used his power as governor to push every politician around who didn’t agree with him, even members of his own party. Greitens could use some GOP backers in the state legislature at this point, but few want anything to do with him, and I can’t blame them for not running to defend him.

  9. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.

    • eliihass says:

      The tide is turning..

      Wayne LaPierre this morning …that was the screeching of a desperate, terrified, money hungry, power intoxicated, paranoid extremist grasping at straws as he senses what’s in the offing..

    • eliihass says:

      Mueller is turning the screws so hard..

      Life as he knows it is now entirely over for Paul Manafort …

      If Manafort isn’t soon curled up in a fetal position, sucking his thumb, rocking back and forth and murmuring repeatedly, ‘I want my Mommy’ ..

      Rick Gates better give up everything he knows ..

  10. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    These photos are fabulous!

    “These Photos Of Black Kids Watching ‘Black Panther’ Highlight Why This Film Was Needed”

  11. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Our Invisible Wakandas: A Black Planning Scholar’s Reflections on Black Panther & Saving Historic Black Places”

  12. eliihass says:

    In response to a post about Black Madonnas, someone posted a derogatory comment on my FB page about Michelle Obama. On Twitter someone compared me to a suicide bomber. As I'm deleting or banning these accounts, I often wonder: What form of "Christianity" or "morality" is this?— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) February 21, 2018

    • eliihass says:

      This is a tweet from a bewildered Catholic priest wondering out loud what form of ‘Christianity’ the despicable right-wing, dude-bros and those of like mind, practice..

  13. rikyrah says:

    From BJ:

    Adam L Silverman says:
    February 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Then Mayor of Burlington Sanders took an official trip to Russia shortly after his marriage to his second, and current, wife Jane. As an up and coming politician, there is no way, shape, and/or form that the KGB did not ensure that he was surveilled the entire time he was in the Soviet Union. Should Senator Sanders have been the nominee that material would have leaked. Should Senator Sanders become the nominee in 2020, that material will be leaked.

  14. rikyrah says:

    If Bernie runs in 2020 this will be a major issue-when did he know the Russians were interfering on his behalf and why did he say/do nothing? Along with his wife’s FBI bank fraud investigation. And his pro gun votes. And his anti identity politics stances.

    — Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) February 20, 2018

    • majiir says:

      Bernie is too busy blaming HRC for not informing him about possible Russian interference in the 2016 elections to answer any of the questions Marcus H. Johnson is asking. He’s in deflector mode, so don’t expect him respond to any questions he asked or accept responsibility for anything.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver also said despite what’s in Mueller indictment about Russian support for Sanders, “The factual underpinning of that in the indictment is what? Zero. … I have not seen any evidence of support for Bernie Sanders.”

    — Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 21, 2018

  16. eliihass says:

    Finally, someone who refuses to glorify the buffoon..

    Have to say that John Brennan absolutely handles the buffoon and co. exactly how he ought to be handled and referred to..

    No ‘president’ …just straight up first and last name, and a solitary ‘Mr’ thrown in for good measure …LOL..

    And he’s one of the few who’s consistently refused to cede any ground in the media’s ‘same-same’ and ‘whataboutism’ and their various attempts to gloss over and elevate the bumbling buffoon with random lies about that time ‘Obama’ failed to do this or that..

  17. eliihass says:

    Consciously, insistently and aggressively market and sell guns to evil people and scary bad guys.. and then turn around and insist that the ‘good’ guys a.k.a every other person, needs to buy a gun too, to protect from the guns sold to the bad guys..

    NRA greed and ‘capitalist’ gaslighting..

  18. Eliihass says:

    Russia’s Wayne LaPierre doing his owners bidding – smearing and gaslighting, while faux-indignant about ‘socialist’ ‘smears’..

    And the very same complicit media – Chuck Todd, Mika/Scarborough, Dana Bash etc., who’ve all rallied around once again normalize and to rah-rah again for the buffoon …praising him for ‘being presidential’ for a photo-op complete with cheat sheet in hand to remember to empathize and to inject a few ‘I hear yous’..

    As Jeffery Goldberg(!) of all people said to Scarborough this morning: ‘The soft bigotry of low expectations.’ Indeed.

    So the NRA via Wayne LaPierre, gets to have expensive, prime, uninterrupted airtime …all gratis..

    • Ametia says:

      Aware not fooled /dupped Every politician who come forward with some fake cocern for Americans gunned diwn like wild animals have been given the NRA talking points, including orange POS

  19. rikyrah says:

    You gotta be 21 to drink…but, can get a weapon of war at 18.

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Sooo. Do you remember the outfit the museum director woman was wearing in the movie? That’s the main costume for me for Halloween, right? TeeHee.

    • eliihass says:

      Same young man somehow slipped through the vetting cracks and got to tell a few truths to the buffoon.. with Betsy DeVos looking on with a permanent smirk..

  20. rikyrah says:

    GOP’s Tenney: Many mass murderers ‘end up being Democrats’
    02/22/18 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    For quite a while, the public could see a headline that read something like, “GOP lawmaker says something nutty,” and make certain assumptions about who the Republican was. More often than not, the quotes in question seemed to come from Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, or Paul Broun.

    But the torch has now been passed to a ridiculous new generation. Now, “GOP lawmaker says something nutty” can refer to any number of newer members of Congress. Take Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), for example.

    Many mass murders are perpetrated by Democrats, New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney said Wednesday in a radio discussion on gun control following the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school.

    “Obviously, there’s a lot of politics in it,” the congresswoman told the “Focus on the State Capitol” podcast hosted by Fred Dicker. “And it’s interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but we don’t want to, the media doesn’t talk about that either.”

  21. rikyrah says:

    New right-wing Mike Flynn legal theory grasping at straws

    Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about new developments in Robert Mueller’s Trump Russia investigation and a new right-wing hobby horse about Mike Flynn’s guilty plea.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Sealed document in Manafort Gates case sparks eager speculation

    Rachel Maddow describes a new sealed document in the case of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and what new development it could portend.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Americans rally for gun safety with Trump, GOP the only obstacle

    Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting, and who is now the managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, talks with Rachel Maddow about the gun safety ideas that are ready to be implemented if they have a willing partner in Congress.

  24. rikyrah says:

    America’s youth become America’s conscience on gun violence

    Rachel Maddow reports on the nationwide student demonstrations for gun safety and the particular pressure on legislators in Florida where students still grieving from the gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rallied in the largest protest Tallahassee has seen in decades.

  25. I couldn’t stop crying listening to this kid talking about his friend and his little brother. It pained my soul. It’s a disgrace before God that kids have to beg our government for protection. #ListeningSession

  26. If these people are attacking, smearing and disrespecting white kids who have suffered horrific gun violence, just think how they feel about blacks and people of color being slaughtered? Frightening times, folks.

  27. Look at these terrorist thugs…. how are they any different from ISIS?

  28. vitaminlover says:

    Good morning, rikyrah.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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