R. J. Kizer stands in front of a New York City theater showing Godzilla 1985. Photo © Francoise Charlap. R. J. Kizer, born and raised in the New York City area, attended New York University Film School, from which he graduated in 1976. Following graduation, Mr. Kizer moved to Los Angeles in 1978. In May … Continue reading REVISITING THE LEGEND’S REBIRTH! Director R. J. Kizer’s In-Depth History the Americanization of ‘Godzilla 1985’!
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!
It’s not every day that the editor and publisher of a magazine devoted to Ray Harryhausen ends up working on a Godzilla film. Ernest D. Farino did just that by designing the opening title sequence for the New World version of Godzilla 1985 (1984). He performed the same job on such blockbuster sci-fi films as … Continue reading BURNING GODZILLA INTO OUR MEMORIES! Ernest Farino on Creating the Main Title Sequence for ‘Godzilla 1985’!
Michael Spence began his career as an editor, working for Sunn Classic Pictures. His first television program was an episode of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. Following that experience, he edited the films Hangar 18 (1980), The Boogens (1981), and One Dark Night (1982). Overall, Mr. Spence has cut about 30 feature films and TV movies. … Continue reading GODZILLA MAKES THE CUT! Editor Michael Spence on Trimming ‘Godzilla 1985’!
R. J. Kizer, born and raised in the New York City area, attended New York University Film School, from which he graduated in 1976. Following graduation, Mr. Kizer moved to Los Angeles in 1978. In May 1979, he began working at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. There he met Tony Randel and pursued a career … Continue reading URBAN RENEWAL! R. J. Kizer on Directing Godzilla’s 30th Anniversary Reboot for American Audiences!
Tony Randel is a successful filmmaker, screenwriter, and film editor, whose credits as a director include Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), Children of the Night (1991), and Ticks (1993). In the mid-1980s, Mr. Randel produced the American scenes of Godzilla 1985 (1984) for New World Pictures, which were directed by R. J. Kizer. More recently, Mr. Randel directed the … Continue reading GODZILLA ATTACKS THE NEW WORLD! Producer Tony Randel on Bringing ‘Godzilla 1985’ to American Shores!
Born and raised in New Jersey, Lisa Tomei is a Clio- and Emmy Award-winning visual effects artist whose credits span a broad range of media, including: commercials, broadcast promos, show opens, episodic television, and music videos. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ms. Tomei entered the entertainment industry as a production assistant and ultimately … Continue reading REWRITING GODZILLA! Lisa Tomei on Americanizing ‘Godzilla 1985’!
Eric Saarinen started his feature film career at Roger Corman's New World Pictures as a second unit director of photography, but he quickly moved up the ranks and became a cinematographer on many notable films, including The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Modern Romance (1981), and Lost in America (1985). Japanese science fiction aficionados might recognize Mr. … Continue reading SHOOTING THE ‘TIDAL WAVE’! Cinematographer Eric Saarinen Recounts Filming Roger Corman’s Japanese Adaptation!