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How Ugandan production house was fooled by ‘Black Panther’ film crew

Wakanda

A scene from the movie. COURTESY PHOTOS

The block buster Marvel movie Black Panther has caused a stir in issues of identity, pride and cultural contributions among African and Afro-American communities, and Uganda has not been left out of this Wakanda excitement. Last week pictures of Lake Bunyoro were shared on social media with many claiming that this was where the aerial views of the fictional civilization in Wakanda were shot.

However, Talking Film, the production house that coordinated and shot the aerial views has come out to dispute these claims. Derrick Kibisi, the company founder and director says that, to the contrary, Black Panther featured aerial shots over the Rwenzori Mountain range and Bwindi Impenetrable Rain Forest (home to mountain gorillas).

The crew, which was servicing Marzano Films, an Anglo-production company did not know that the movie they were shooting would have such worldwide impact since Marzano titled it “Motherland” so few knew that it would end up in the Marvel epic.

“We did not expect Black Panther to be this massive. We are super excited and proud to have been part of the production. There was actually no Black Panther during the shoot. The film was called “Motherland” when we shot it,” Kibisi says.

Korea using first-class equipment from renowned aerial director of photography John Marzano.

He added that Black Panther is a wake-up call for film studios that Uganda is a prime location to shoot anything from commercials, documentaries and feature films.

Black Panther

Talking Film and the Marzano team used two helicopters and three Carvan Planes, 15 vans for transport and 35 crew in total. COURTESY PHOTOS

“For the Ugandan crew – we learnt a lot and also happy to always promote Uganda as a filming destination in the region. We think of Uganda as the go-location between Morocco and South Africa,” Kibisi told angeloizama.com.

The movie’s gorgeous aerial shots also included views taken in South Africa, Zambia and South Korea and used first-class equipment from renowned aerial director of photography John Marzano.

Talking Films also worked on Disney’s Queen of Katwe and is comprised of Justin Dralaze of Take 5 Productions, Michael Owor (commonly known as Bush Baby) and Joshua Mwesigwa. They have also worked with American Chase Bank for a commercial in Bwindi, a Spanish thriller Sarah’s Notebook, DJ Diplo, ESPN, National Geographic and HBO.

Derrick Kibisi on location at a past shooting.

Behind the scenes

According to Kibisi, Talking Film and the Marzano team used two helicopters and three Carvan Planes, 15 vans for transport and 35 crew in total.

The Ugandan police provided 15 officers and two close protection body guards were independently hired.

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