Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of 90-minute videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging Media, Documentary, Producing, Film Music, and Theater.

In this video, Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program moderates a discussion with Director Ryan Coogler, Composer Ludwig Gorasson, and Sound Designer Stephen Boeddeker on creating the soundscape for BLACK PANTHER. Using a deconstructed scene from CREED, they illustrate how different elements of sound--dialogue, ADR, sound FX, music, loop group, etc.--are layered and mixed to create the finished soundscape. They discuss their collaboration process and Coogler explains that involving the composer before shooting starts is his 'secret weapon.' Coogler reminds new directors to embrace the power of music and sound to evoke emotional response in viewers and advises them to talk to composers as they would an actor, focusing on feeling and tone.

Other conversations in the series include those with editor Dylan Tichenor, actor/director Ed Harris, writer/director Karyn Kusama, writer/director/producer Kasi Lemmons, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, and others.

Ryan Coogler was born in Oakland, CA. He was an avid student-athlete and earned a football scholarship to St. Mary's College and later transferred to California State University, Sacramento, where he graduated with a degree in Finance. Having always harbored a talent for storytelling, Ryan discovered his own passion for filmmaking as a college freshman, and began shooting shorts with his teammates and friends. After being admitted into the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he went on to create his award-winning shorts LOCKS, FIG and GAP. more...
Ludwig is a Swedish composer, conductor, and record producer. He has scored films such as FRUITVALE STATION, the ROCKY franchise entries CREED and CREED II, VENOM, and TENET. For his work on the 2018 BLACK PANTHER, he won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media and the Academy Award for Best Original Score, and he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. Göransson is also known for his work on American TV series like COMMUNITY, HAPPY ENDINGS, NEW GIRL, and THE MANDALORIAN, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for the last. more...
Sound Designer
Steve Boeddeker is a three time Oscar Nominee and Emmy Award-winning Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer based in San Francisco. He has worked all over the world including London, NYC, Vancouver, LA and is based at Skywalker Sound in Northern California. Boeddeker started in movie sound design and music with his first feature film project, David Fincher's thriller SE7EN. more...

Join the Discussion