James Gunn is letting fans in on his creative process.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director posted a storyboard image from the upcoming sequel on Facebook, with a caption saying that he draws “every single shot” in the film “before we ever shoot a frame.”
“I’ll spread whole scenes over my office floor or all around the walls, sometimes hundreds of shots, and it will give me an idea of how the scene flows, what’s smooth, what’s jumbled, and even what works comedically [sic],” he wrote. “Over the entire film I draw thousands of these thumbnails. Many of them are messy and it’s impossible for anyone other than me to tell what they are. Some of them get turned over to accomplished storyboard artists to flesh out. Some of them go directly to our pre-visualization team to turn into animated storyboards. And others just stay in their primitive state.”
After getting requests from fans to see the drawings, the director says he’s decided to share some of these storyboard shots with a new hashtag, #WhatWeShotWednesday. The first installment shows what looks like a Baby Groot grabbing a rodent-like creature.
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The guess of what’s going on is as good as any; Gunn writes he won’t describe what’s going on at all.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in theaters May 5, 2017.