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Design in a Frame of Emotion

Design in a Frame of Emotion


Hannah Beachler with Jacqueline Stewart and Toni L. Griffin

The MIT Press 2021

SKU S03859


A conversation about design, filmmaking, Afrofuturism, and other topics with Hannah Beachler, Academy-Award-winning production designer of Black Panther.

Hannah Beachler is known as an award-winning production designer, but she tells an audience that she considers herself to be more of a story designer. As film stills and concept art from a few of those stories—Moonlight, Miles Ahead, Creed, Lemonade, and Black Panther—flash across a screen, Beachler engages in a meandering conversation with Jacqueline Stewart and Toni L. Griffin about set building and curation, urban design, location scouting, Afrofuturism, fictional histories, and Black feminist narratives, and describes her role: a designer behind on-screen tableaux that provide not only visual feasts of artistry and imagination, but also intimate spaces of emotion, humanity, and constructed memory.


72 pp., 5 x 7 in, 25 color illus., 2 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9783956795596