Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Co-Director Shares Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from Filming (Exclusive)


It is no shock that so many human beings are already calling Beyoncé's Black Is King "iconic." Ever in view that the singer's visual album (an associate to the song of The Lion King: The Gift) premiered on Disney+ final Friday, the Beyhive has been raving over the project, with celebrities like Kerry Washington, Adele and Keke Palmer taking to social media to reward the visuals, costumes, cinematography and more.

Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Co-Director Shares Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from Filming (Exclusive)


Now, in an special new interview with ET, co-director Kwasi Fordjour is spilling all the important points on how Black Is King got here to be and what it was once like touring all over the world with Beyoncé.

"It commenced a yr ago, and at the time, it wasn't a grand idea; it used to be a video," Fordjour tells ET's Kevin Frazier. "We had simply completed 'Spirit.' That was once the first visible from the album, and she desired to launch greater visuals. We have been discussing what we would do, what the method would be, and it truly is how it all started."

"For me, it is noticeably exciting," he adds, of what it is like working on such a huge production. "Your adrenaline begins to rush and it turns into like, 'OK, what are we going to do, how are we going to do it, the place do we start?' When you get into the area the place you are so involved and enthralled with growing worlds and spaces, it will become fun, and she makes it fun."

Fordjour tells ET that Black Is King was once filmed in countless locations, from South Africa to Belgium to London, and even Bey's domestic in Los Angeles.

"The tree shot in 'Already,' that used to be her backyard," he reveals. "Yeah, that was once the adrenaline [rushing] due to the fact she was once like, 'I prefer to shoot, let's do it. Let's begin at my house.' I was once like, 'Hell yeah, let's do it!' So we scouted and we discovered the tree that felt like it was once the most relative to The Lion King."

"Because it was once the first video, that video took the longest to shoot," he adds. "I prefer to say we shot that one throughout perhaps like 4-5 days."

While the visible album is stuffed’ with memorable scenes, one of the most talked about is the outdoor tea party, which aspects Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, and her and JAY-Z's 8-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. Fashion curator Zerina Akers, who labored intently with Fordjour, tells ET that was once her favourite scene to style... mainly with Tina being involved!

"Miss Tina truly used to be a last-minute addition to that shot. She got here to set that day and Beyoncé used to be like, 'Mom, you have to be in this,'" Fordjour recalls. "So we put her in her purple look."

Akers additionally joked about having to pack an entire suitcase of garb and add-ons every time Bey calls. She says Beyoncé had a complete of sixty-three costume modifications inside the 85-minute film.

"You have to be prepared," she exclaimed. "If she says, 'I simply prefer to shoot, I suppose it would be clearly first-rate in a T-shirt,' I'm like, OK, 10 ball gowns, please. Just in case! Because extra probable than not, we get there and it is like, 'Oh, it is so beautiful, we want something greater grand.' And we form of permit it to shape-shift."

Akers usually makes positive to pack some more objects for Blue, too, as she is persistently shocking the crew. "The cool aspect about Blue that no longer a lot of humans comprehend is that a lot of instances she chooses when she desires to [be involved]," Akers shares. "She may also see her mom doing a shot she thinks is cool. When she sees something in it, she might also be like, 'I desire to do that, and can I have a flip to do that?'"

"She receives up and she just sort of does her thing," she adds. "It all type of comes to life."

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