WonderCon 2023 Recap: Creatives Behind-the-Scenes Panels


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For this year’s WonderCon, excited film, television, and video game fans dove into the world of entertainment at Impact24 PR’s Panel Superblock Series, the ultimate destination for a behind-the-scenes look at projects like “The Last of Us,” “Outer Banks,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Daisy Jones and the Six,” “Doom Patrol,” and more!

The “Scene Breakdown: Behind the Camera of Film and TV Shows” panel gave attendees a look at what it takes to bring a project to life. The panel featured showrunner/ executive producer Anthony Sparks (Queen Sugar, Bel-Air), VFX Supervisor at FuseFX Art Codron (Outer Banks), editor S. Robyn Wilson (A Black Lady Sketch Show), production designer Cabot McMullen (Shrinking), executive producer Rachel Watanabe-Batton (Sneakerella), composer Andrew Morgan Smith (The Old Way, The Owl House), and was moderated by actor Chris Villain (Mystery Incorporated).

“All you need is a piece of paper, an idea, and a pen or pencil. You can change your world or the world that way. Writers often think they need to come up with something that they’ve never seen,” explained showrunner Anthony Sparks. “That can be a great idea, but what tends to get you some new traction as a new writer is writing about something you’ve been running away from or are scared of. Put your experience and stories on paper.”


The “3rd Annual “It’s Alive!”: Designing Sci-Fi, Horror, and Comic Book Genre Film and TV” panel saw entertainment creatives give insight into bringing thrilling and often chilling words to the screen. The panel featured production designer John Paino (The Last of Us), cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin, ASC ACS (Ms. Marvel Episodes 4 and 5), editor Tayor Joy Mason (Dahmer: Monster, The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), executive producer/ co-creator Elle León Nostas (Mark of Death), composer Stefan L. Smith (Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham), and producer Christopher Kaminski (Cobalt Knight), and was moderated by voiceover artist and actor Queen Noveen (Redfall).

“They’re making the path and we’re making environments. All of this has to be developed with the game in mind,” said “The Last of Us” production designer John Paino about his work in the series. “We always went back to concept art.”


The final panel in the Superblock Series, “All in the Details: Costume, Makeup, Hair, and Production Design for Film and TV,” focused on the magic of transforming actors and sets for entertainment. The panel featured makeup department head Rebecca Wachtel (Daisy Jones and the Six), hairstylist/ wig maker Justi Embree (Missing), costume designer Jennifer May Nickel (Gotham Knights), production designer James Bolenaugh (Kevin Can F**k Himself), and costume designer Carrie Grace (Doom Patrol, The Boys Episodes 1 and 2), and was moderated by voiceover artist and actor Queen Noveen (Redfall).

“When you read a book, you kind of imagine the characters in your head,” said “Daisy Jones & the Six” makeup department head Rebecca Wachtel on starting the series. “Once I knew who was cast, I couldn’t wait to bring the characters to life.”

The Impact24 PR Panel Superblock Series at WonderCon 2023 provided an unparalleled behind-the-scenes experience for attendees as industry professionals from various departments gave them an exclusive insight into the making of popular films and television shows. Attendees left with a newfound appreciation for the artistry that goes into their favorite projects.