Daytonian who gave ‘Black Panther’ his claws talks about making her dreams come true



There was a Raider behind the Black Panther, and she is fierce.

Amelia Robinson chatted with Hannah Beachler — the production designer who worked with director Ryan Coogler to give Marvel's "Black Panther" its jaw-dropping look — for the latest episode of the What Had Happened Was podcast.

Beachler has been nominated for an Oscar in production design for her work on the film.

>> Hannah Beachler earns historic Oscar nomination for ‘Black Panther’

>> Wright State grad plays pivotal role in much-anticipated Marvel movie

Long before she managed that movie’s reported $30 million arts budget, Hannah was a single mother with film-making aspirations at Wright State University in Fairborn.

She talks about her life-changing experience at Wright State; hanging with the skater kids and overcoming bullies as a kid in Centerville; her upcoming induction into the Dayton Region's Walk of Fame and what it would mean to her dad; her grindhouse girl gang movie and how advice from Madonna changed everything forever.

>> 6 things to know about Hannah Beachler

Hannah — who has received mega praise for her work on “Fruitvale Station” “Moonlight,” “Miles Ahead,” “Creed,” and Beyonce’s “Lemonade” — also announced major plans to help high school and college students here in Dayton.

>> Woman behind ‘Black Panther’ launches large scholarship fund for Dayton-area students 


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