Eiichi Asada in March 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on March 13, 1949, Eiichi Asada got his start at Toho Studios in the early 1970s as an assistant director, working on such movies as Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Submersion of Japan (1973), Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974), and Espy (1974). In later years, Mr. Asada … Continue reading TOKUSATSU BEGINNINGS! Eiichi Asada on Becoming an Assistant Director at Toho in the 1970s!
Reuben Bercovitch in 1977. Photo © Reuben Bercovitch. As a child, Fred Bercovitch, the son of film producer and screenwriter Reuben Bercovitch, always loved to draw, even though neither of his parents could draw a stick figure. Cartoons and animation were his favorite pastime at that age. He learned to draw The Flintstones by watching them on … Continue reading DESIGNING THE GARGANTUAS! Fred Bercovitch Reveals His Childhood Contribution to ‘War of the Gargantuas’!
Reuben Bercovitch in 2017. Photo © Stephen Bercovitch. Reuben Bercovitch was a producer and screenwriter who worked with Henry G. Saperstein at United Productions of America (UPA) on various film productions throughout the 1960s. On UPA's collaborations with Toho, Mr. Bercovitch's credits include: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Monster Zero (1965), The War of the … Continue reading A SCREENWRITER FOR ALL SEASONS! Reuben Bercovitch’s Family Reflects on His Accomplished Life and Career!
Don Frye in July 2014. Photo © Brett Homenick. 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 … Continue reading CAPTAIN GORDON’S FINAL WAR! Actor Don Frye on Starring in ‘Godzilla: Final Wars’!
Inside the Shanghai Studio in the 1990s where the Godzilla films were dubbed by Omni Productions. Front row, from left to right: Henry Coombs, Sharon Crose Szmidt, and Ina Chow. Back row, from left to right: Craig Allen and an unidentified individual. Rik Thomas is in the background. Photo © Craig Allen. When Craig Allen … Continue reading SYNC OR SWIM! Craig Allen Remembers Dubbing the ’90s Godzilla Films in Hong Kong!
Photo © Martha Humphreys. Martha Humphreys is a film and television producer and scriptwriter with more than 30 credits to her name. Some of her best-known work includes the TV programs The Bionic Woman, Jason of Star Command, and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. She also wrote for Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla (1978-79), which is a … Continue reading UP FROM THE DEPTHS! Martha Humphreys on Writing for Hanna-Barbera’s Animated ‘Godzilla’!
Photo © James O’Mara. In 1969, Marv Newland animated a 90-second film whose popularity and notoriety has endured for more than 50 years. That short film, Bambi Meets Godzilla, has gone on to be screened in animation and film festivals all over the world and has become one of the most famous animated shorts of … Continue reading GODZILLA MEETS MARV! Animator Marv Newland on Creating the Classic Short Film ‘Bambi Meets Godzilla’!
Eizo Yamagiwa in November 2020. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on July 22, 1932, Eizo Yamagiwa began his career in the film industry at Shintoho in the mid-1950s as an assistant director. During his time at the studio, he worked on the seventh entry in the Starman film series, Super Giant: The Space Mutant Appears … Continue reading RUMINATIONS ON DIRECTING HEROES FROM THE STARS! Eizo Yamagiwa Looks Back on a Varied Career That Took Him from Starman to Ultraman!
Masao Nakabori in September 2019. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on February 12, 1943, in Nippori, Arakawa City, Tokyo, Masao Nakabori joined Tsuburaya Productions in the mid-1960s and became a cinematographer on some of Japanese television's best special effects series. Among his tokusatsu credits are Ultraman (1966-67), Ultra Seven (1967-68), Operation: Mystery! (1968-69), Silver Kamen … Continue reading THROUGH THE LENS OF TOKUSATSU! Cinematographer Masao Nakabori Goes Behind the Scenes of the Ultra-Series!
Shogo Tomiyama in March 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on February 27, 1952, Shogo Tomiyama rose to prominence in the Japanese movie industry by becoming a producer at Toho Pictures. Internationally, Mr. Tomiyama is well-known for producing the Godzilla series from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) through Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Mr. Tomiyama officially joined … Continue reading CARRYING ON GODZILLA’S LEGACY: Producer Shogo Tomiyama on Guiding the Godzilla Series into the New Millennium!