Elizabeth Entenman
March 21, 2016 4:40 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is well underway. Director James Gunn is hard at work and just gave us a peek inside his creative moviemaking process, sharing a hand-drawn frame from a storyboard. Gunn posted the pic on Facebook, revealing how immersed in every individual shot he is.

“I draw every single shot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 before we ever shoot a frame,” Gunn wrote. “I’ll spread whole scenes over my office floor or all around the walls, sometimes hundreds of shots, and it will give me an idea of how the scene flows, what’s smooth, what’s jumbled, and even what works comedically. Over the entire film I draw thousands of these thumbnails.”

In the comments, a fan asked the director if he keeps any of these drawings, and Gunn replied that no, he doesn’t. But he should! Sketching every single moment of the movie must take ages, but we bet it ultimately benefits the filming process in the long run. He clearly has a vision for the film, and it’s cool to know that this project exists entirely in doodles somewhere. The drawing surfaced because fans requested to see some of them, and the director will be sharing more in the future with #WhatWeShotWednesday.

“Many of them are messy and it’s impossible for anyone other than me to tell what they are,” Gunn continued. “Maybe you can match the thumbnail to the shot when the movie is released.”

This shot is easy enough to understand. The drawing depicts what looks like a Baby Groot holding some sort of lizard or rodent creature. We’ll definitely be on the lookout for it in the sequel!