Editing ‘Black Panther’

Degree: B.A. in Film/Media and Communication Studies

Career: Film editor

A panther has taken down the Titanic and Michael Shawver ’07 is among those responsible.

That’s right. The URI grad co-edited “Black Panther,” the futuristic superhero flick that has surpassed “Titanic” in earnings, making it the third-highest-grossing film in North American history. “Black Panther” is Shawver’s fourth collaboration with superstar director Ryan Coogler.

Shawver said his communication studies classes at the Harrington School laid the foundation for his approach to storytelling. “I learned I could evoke emotion in people. I learned how to find the truth in every moment,” he said. “I use what I learned at URI every day.”

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