Box Office | “Motherland-Uganda” Behind the Scenes with Talking Film Crew of ‘The Black Panther Movie’

Posted February 23, 2018 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Box office - Black Panther ~ 3,402 views


By Angelo Izama — With all the excitement about Black Panther, I caught up with Derrick Kibisi, founder and director of Talking Films. This is the Ugandan production house that worked on Disney’s Queen of Katwe and coordinated the aerial shots that gave the Marvel film some of its breathtaking portrayals of ‘Wakanda’ (the fictional civilization in Black Panther).

I have been aware of the aerial filming since late 2017 – it just so happens that my cousins Derrick Kayonga and Tristan Zitoni both work part time on Talking Film projects – part of an extended creative family doing content work on news, film and documentaries from Uganda.

They include Justin Dralaze of Take 5 Productions and my new collaborators on content projects Michael Owor a.k.a Bush Baby and Joshua Mwesigwa who we call Josh the Fixer (both from Raising the Bar Productions and VUQA Television).

Ugandan film production is more or less dominated by small and individual projects – mostly for local consumption. The bulk of it goes into music videos, skits, ads and small advertorials but feature length work is also done. Interest in medium is growing and good production techniques mean that Ugandan producers and their audiences have escaped the low-quality birth pains of mass produced content from NollyWood – Nigeria.

While firms like Talking Film make their money and their mark from servicing more established production companies like Anglo-production company Marzano Films (Black Panther) or MoonLighting Films (Queen of Katwe), their involvement is a gateway to greater participation of local talent on global cultural products that are of significance.

Both Queen of Katwe and Black Panther have struck a chord with local audiences and stirred an interest in issues of African identity, pride and cultural contributions ( which folks like me consider the important work of film in giving future Africans the tools to tell their own story.

Black Panther featured aerial shots over the Rwenzori Mountain range and Bwindi Impenetrable Rain Forest (home to mountain gorillas). Both are well known tourism destinations. The movie may yet find that it has created a new awareness of the natural wonder of these areas – just a part of the many great sights to see in Uganda. Local enthusiasts would probably like to know that Marzano shot the scenes in Uganda and titled it “Motherland” so few knew that it would end up in the Marvel epic.

Talking Film and the Marzano team used two helicopters and three Carvan Planes ( according to the company), 15 vans for transport and 35 crew in total. The Ugandan police provided 15 officers and two close protection body guards were independently hired ( the value of local film production is the direct employment and use of local services).

About the Movie storyline — After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Please note two of the images above (of lake Bunyonyi) are sourced from the twitter handle that trended a few days ago  #WakandaisUganda

Release date: February 16, 2018 (USA)
Director: Ryan Coogler
Worldwide Box office: 520 million USD
Budget: 200 million USD
Producers: Kevin Feige, David J. Grant

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