Ann Ault came to Japan in the mid-1960s with her father, Air Force Brigadier General Richard Ault (1917-2009), and it would be this experience that would launch a lifelong career in entertainment. It all started with a role as a nurse in the enduring cult classic The Green Slime (1968). From there, Ms. Ault embarked … Continue reading DIVINE REFLECTIONS ON JAPAN! Ann Ault on Her Spiritual Journey through the East and West!
Joan van Ark is an accomplished actress who is best known for her work on the hit television series Dallas and Knots Landing (as Valene Ewing in both series). An Emmy- and Tony Award-nominated performer, her other credits include television programs as diverse as The Mod Squad, Bonanza, Night Gallery, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, … Continue reading CHASING THE LAST DINOSAUR! A Candid Conversation with Joan van Ark!
King Wilder may have directed all 13 episodes of the made-in-America series Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1993), but his involvement in the entertainment industry stretches far beyond that. Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Mr. Wilder lived most of his early life in Long Island, New York. In 1986, he secured a job as location … Continue reading THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR! King Wilder on Directing America’s Take on Ultraman!
Paulette Rubinstein has worked with everybody in the dubbing business from Ingmar Bergman to Godzilla. As one of Titra’s most respected directors, Ms. Rubinstein enjoyed a successful career dubbing all kinds of films from all over the world. While she is most proud of her work with cinematic heavyweights like Jan Troell, she also occasionally … Continue reading FROM BERGMAN TO GODZILLA! Paulette Rubinstein Looks Back on Her Career in Voice-Acting
Julie Avola served as producer on Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (a.k.a. Ultraman Powered), a 13-episode series produced in 1993 by Tsuburaya Productions. Prior to her involvement on the only American-made Ultraman program, Ms. Avola did post-production work on such films as Troll (1986), Rawhead Rex (1986), Puppet Master (1989), and Robot Jox (1990). She also co-produced … Continue reading REMEMBERING ULTRAMAN: THE ULTIMATE HERO! Producer Julie Avola on Bringing Japan’s Greatest Hero Stateside!
Bruce Fuller makes monsters for a living. In the course of working on such blockbusters as Predator 2 (1990), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Mr. Fuller built many of Ultraman’s opponents for Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1993), designed the Gryphon’s Probe-Bat for … Continue reading MAKING GODZILLA AND ULTRAMAN! Bruce Fuller on Recreating Japan’s Greatest Sci-Fi Icons!
Keith Emerson (1944-2016) is best known worldwide as the keyboardist for the progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but following his departure from the band, Mr. Emerson began composing film scores. In 2004, Mr. Emerson, along with Nobuhiko Morino and Daisuke Yano, composed the score to Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla's 50th anniversary film. In 2007, Mr. Emerson … Continue reading PROGRESSIVE GODZILLA! Keith Emerson on Composing the Film Score to Godzilla: Final Wars!
Andrea Barshov Stern served as associate producer of the American version of Godzilla 1985 (1984). Before working on the Godzilla series' first-ever reboot, she line-produced commercials in New York for several years and worked on The Cars' groundbreaking music video “You Might Think.” After that, she moved to Los Angeles where her career has mostly … Continue reading GODZILLA’S LINE PRODUCER! Andrea Stern on Godzilla’s Mid-1980s Comeback!
Shelley Sweeney, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, lived for many years in the small town of Kelowna, British Columbia, in the Okanagan Valley, an area of the Rocky Mountains. After being scouted and signing a modeling contract in Japan, she moved to London, England, where she attended the Corona School, a drama academy for young … Continue reading A CANADIAN ACTRESS IN TOKYO! Shelley Sweeney Discusses Her Career in Godzilla!
Kevin Hudson is one of Hollywood's leading visual effects artists whose impressive career runs the gamut of decades. Mr. Hudson’s SFX credits include: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Batman Returns (1992), Contact (1997), Stuart Little (1999), The Polar Express (2004), Superman Returns (2006), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In 2017, Mr. Hudson made … Continue reading HOW TO MAKE ULTRAMAN! Kevin Hudson on His Experience Creating Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero!