‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: How to Create a Visual Epic with Not Enough Resources

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: How to Create a Visual Epic with Not Enough Resources
Over the years Shaka King was developing, writing, and struggling to get “Judas and the Black Messiah” made, a constant source of comfort was the promise of collaborating with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young. And then — scheduling conflicts.

“I had a relationship with Bradford,” said King. “So I would be working with one of the greatest cinematographers in the world, but also someone who was my friend. We were out to everybody, just trying to find a good replacement.”

What eased the sting? King’s agent told him Sean Bobbitt loved the script. “I’d never met Sean,” said King, who was surprised to have lured the Dp. “But I knew [his] work. ’12 Years a Slave’ is one of the best-looking movies of all time.”

King sat down in New York with Bobbitt, who was color timing his latest collaboration with Steve McQueen, “Widows.” They instantly clicked in how they saw “Judas.
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