“Black Panther’s” two-minute intro took four months to make.
The biggest challenge was that it’s one long continuous shot, which makes it tough to add transitions when bringing in new elements.
The intro takes on a unique style — millions of grains are sculpted and imposed on subjects. Their density, size, and sharpness are all altered to match the movement and distance of the camera.
Another challenge was clarity of what’s happening. The animation needed to match Sterling K. Brown’s narration, so trying to visualize it and maintain coherence was a tough task.
Storm Studios is behind the intro’s VFX, and a team of about 20 people helped create it. They finished about one month before Black Panther came out.