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Meet Autumn Durald Arkapaw, the Fil-Am cinematographer behind 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' and 'Loki'

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Jul 28, 2022 11:09 am

Are there tears in our eyes or are we just watching the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer again?

In case you missed it, Marvel has released its series of new trailers in preparation for Phase 4 of its box office hits, and there's definitely one film that stood out among fans.

Following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever serves as a fresh take on the fictional country of Wakanda mourning the off-screen death of King T'Challa. 

With riveting performances by Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, and Lupita Nyong'O, we see the kingdom shaken to its core by the loss of their leader, as Tems' rendition of Bob Marley's No Woman, No Cry mixed with Kendrick Lamar's Be Alright masterfully swoons in the background.

The trailer has been massively shared on social media and serves as Marvel's biggest trailer release to date with 172 million views in 24 hours.

Along with the song choice, fans have been praising the trailer's masterful color, lighting, and framing depicting Wakanda's tarnished state. Such details are the work of an expert cinematographer, and we have Filipino-American Autumn Durald Arkapaw to thank for that. 

With works such as Palo Alto, Teen Spirit, and The Sun Is Also A Star under her belt, Autumn has been quietly providing Hollywood with her works since graduating from American Film Institute.

Per IMDb, the Los Angeles-based cinematographer has also done her fair share of music videos and stand-up TV specials, such as SZA & The Weeknd & Travis Scott's Power is Power, Haim's Falling, and Aziz Ansari's Right Now.

She's recently joined the Marvel talent team, serving as the cinematographer for all six episodes of DisneyPlus' Loki series, which nabbed six Emmy nominations including Best Cinematography for a Single-camera Series.

Her works have since caught the eye of Hollywood critics, as she's been included in IndieWire's 2018 list of "7 Other Women Who Deserved Oscar Nominations" alongside Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Ellen Kuras.

Autumn was born in Ventura, California, and regularly shares about her son and filming career on social media.

PhilSTAR L!fe has reached out to Autumn for her take on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever buzz.