SPEED RACER MEETS GODZILLA! Peter Fernandez Reflects on His Storied Career as Voice Acting’s Leading Writer-Director!

Writer/director/voice actor Peter Fernandez (1927-2010) has never appeared in a Godzilla film, but in the 1960s and '70s, his voice graced many of them. Mr. Fernandez not only voice-acted in many Toho sci-fi films such as Mothra (1961), Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964), and Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), he also wrote and directed many of … Continue reading SPEED RACER MEETS GODZILLA! Peter Fernandez Reflects on His Storied Career as Voice Acting’s Leading Writer-Director!

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A LIFE IN PERFECT SYNC! Corinne Orr on Her Prolific Voice-Acting Career!

Corinne Orr is an accomplished voice actress who found fame by lending her voice to such popular anime programs as Speed Racer (1967-68) and Marine Boy (1969-71). But she’s also well-known among Japanese monster movie fans for providing the voices of children in numerous kaiju films. Ms. Orr can be heard voicing young characters in such … Continue reading A LIFE IN PERFECT SYNC! Corinne Orr on Her Prolific Voice-Acting Career!

CAPTAIN DOUGLAS GORDON REPORTS FOR DUTY! Don Frye on Starring in Godzilla: Final Wars!

Don Frye is an accomplished Ultimate Fighter and mixed martial artist who made the transition to movie star with Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), the Big G’s 50th anniversary film. Mr. Frye, as Captain Douglas Gordon, won praise even from Final Wars’ harshest critics for his witty one-liners and his commanding screen presence. When it comes … Continue reading CAPTAIN DOUGLAS GORDON REPORTS FOR DUTY! Don Frye on Starring in Godzilla: Final Wars!

GUNHED MEMORIES! Brenda Bakke on Her Starring Role in Toho’s Futuristic Actioner!

Brena Bakke is an American actress who landed one of her first starring roles in Japan. Born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Ms. Bakke grew up in Beaverton, located in the outskirts of Portland. When she reached the age of 18, Ms. Bakke moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of acting. Because she wanted … Continue reading GUNHED MEMORIES! Brenda Bakke on Her Starring Role in Toho’s Futuristic Actioner!

SAVE THE EARTH! Vocalist Adryan Russ Reflects on Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster!

Adryan Russ is a prolific singer/songwriter who has written music and lyrics for an off-Broadway musical and even films, such as the lyric for “White Lies” for The Check Is in the Mail... (1986), starring Brian Dennehy and Anne Archer. Her career writing songs for films dates back to the early ‘70s when she co-wrote … Continue reading SAVE THE EARTH! Vocalist Adryan Russ Reflects on Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster!

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH GODZILLA ’98! SFX Supervisor Guy Himber Reveals the Secrets of the First Americanized Godzilla!

Creature shop supervisor Guy Himber lived the dream of all Godzilla fans. After growing up as a dedicated G-watcher, he became deeply involved in the film industry and ultimately landed a coveted job -- supervising the amazing animatronic effects seen in TriStar's Godzilla (1998). Mr. Himber's other SFX credits include such popular titles as Gremlins … Continue reading BEHIND THE SCENES WITH GODZILLA ’98! SFX Supervisor Guy Himber Reveals the Secrets of the First Americanized Godzilla!

DEFENDING THE EARTH! Actor Jonathan Legg Remembers Shooting Godzilla: Final Wars!

American-born Jonathan Legg is an actor and model who has worked on both sides of the Pacific. When he lived in Japan, Mr. Legg appeared in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) as an Earth Defense Force soldier. In 2007, Mr. Legg shared his memories of the shoot with Brett Homenick. Brett Homenick: How did you get involved … Continue reading DEFENDING THE EARTH! Actor Jonathan Legg Remembers Shooting Godzilla: Final Wars!

WILL ROBINSON ON ULTRAMAN! Sci-Fi Icon Bill Mumy on the Japanese Kaiju Genre!

Bill Mumy’s memorable credits in the science fiction genre include the Lost in Space TV series (as Will Robinson), the “It’s a Good Life” episode of the original Twilight Zone, and (of particular interest to readers of Vantage Point Interviews) Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero. Mr. Mumy, a longtime Godzilla fan, discussed his association with the … Continue reading WILL ROBINSON ON ULTRAMAN! Sci-Fi Icon Bill Mumy on the Japanese Kaiju Genre!

JAPAN AND ITS SPECIAL EFFECTS! Oscar Winner Richard Edlund on His Interest in the Land of the Rising Sun and Godzilla!

Richard Edlund is a four-time Academy Award winner (winning for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi) who helped revolutionize the area of visual effects in moviemaking. Mr. Edlund's extensive effects credits include such blockbusters as: Poltergeist (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Die Hard (1988), Batman Returns (1992), … Continue reading JAPAN AND ITS SPECIAL EFFECTS! Oscar Winner Richard Edlund on His Interest in the Land of the Rising Sun and Godzilla!

A BURNING LOVE FOR GODZILLA! Kyle Cooper on Designing the Opening Title Sequence for Godzilla: Final Wars!

Since the early 1990s, Kyle Cooper has been and remains one of Hollywood’s leading title designers. Mr. Cooper has widely been credited with revitalizing the craft with his main title for the hit movie Se7en in 1995. In the years since then, Mr. Cooper has served as title designer on innumerable motion pictures, such as … Continue reading A BURNING LOVE FOR GODZILLA! Kyle Cooper on Designing the Opening Title Sequence for Godzilla: Final Wars!