GODZILLA GETS A TRIM! James Melkonian on the Post-Production Process of ‘Godzilla 1985’ at New World Pictures!

Photo © James Melkonian. Readers of Vantage Point Interviews probably know James Melkonian for writing and directing the mid-1990s comedies The Stoned Age (1994) and The Jerky Boys (1995), but he got his start in the film industry at New World Pictures in the '80s, working in the post-production department. During this time, he worked … Continue reading GODZILLA GETS A TRIM! James Melkonian on the Post-Production Process of ‘Godzilla 1985’ at New World Pictures!

A YOUNG LIFE IN CINEMA! Hiroyuki Kawase on Acting in the Godzilla Series and Working with Akira Kurosawa!

Hiroyuki Kawase in February 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on August 28, 1963, Hiroyuki Kawase got one of the luckiest breaks any actor could receive by getting cast in Akira Kurosawa's Oscar-nominated drama Dodes'ka-den (1970) as a child actor, playing the son of a beggar. Following this auspicious role, Mr. Kawase starred in Godzilla … Continue reading A YOUNG LIFE IN CINEMA! Hiroyuki Kawase on Acting in the Godzilla Series and Working with Akira Kurosawa!

THE GODFATHER OF GODZILLA’S ATOMIC RAY! Sadao Iizuka on His Optical Effects Work at Toho!

Sadao Iizuka in January 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on December 26, 1934, Sadao Iizuka joined Toho Studios in 1954 during the production of the original Godzilla, working as an assistant in the tokusatsu art department. Mr. Iizuka stayed at Toho for many years thereafter, eventually pioneering Toho’s trademark optical effects that would become … Continue reading THE GODFATHER OF GODZILLA’S ATOMIC RAY! Sadao Iizuka on His Optical Effects Work at Toho!

MECHAGODZILLA’S FIRST CO-STAR! Masaaki Daimon on His Acting Career in the 1970s!

Masaaki Daimon in April 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on March 10, 1949, Masaaki Daimon launched his acting career in 1971 with a brief appearance in episode 18 of Return of Ultraman (1971-72). Shortly thereafter, Mr. Daimon was cast as a lead in Yasuzo Masumura's tragic drama Games (1971), which led to work in … Continue reading MECHAGODZILLA’S FIRST CO-STAR! Masaaki Daimon on His Acting Career in the 1970s!

‘GODZILLAMANIA’ HITS THE ’70S! Richard Campbell on Editing and Publishing the Kaiju Fanzine of His Youth!

The back cover of Godzillamania #7. Image courtesy of Damon Foster. In the 1970s, fanzines were in wide circulation among horror and science fiction fans, and American Godzilla fandom was no exception. While most Godzilla fans tend to think of The Japanese Fantasy Film Journal and Japanese Giants as the most popular fanzines of the … Continue reading ‘GODZILLAMANIA’ HITS THE ’70S! Richard Campbell on Editing and Publishing the Kaiju Fanzine of His Youth!

THE MASTERFUL MAKER OF MONSTER BEAMS! Sadao Iizuka on His Early Life and Career at Toho!

Sadao Iizuka in December 2020. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on December 26, 1934, Sadao Iizuka joined Toho Studios in 1954 during the production of the original Godzilla, working as an assistant in the tokusatsu art department. Mr. Iizuka stayed at Toho for many years thereafter, eventually pioneering Toho's trademark optical effects that would become … Continue reading THE MASTERFUL MAKER OF MONSTER BEAMS! Sadao Iizuka on His Early Life and Career at Toho!

THE KING OF THE MOVIE POSTERS MEETS THE KING OF THE MONSTERS! Ezra Tucker on Creating the American Release Poster for ‘Godzilla 2000’!

Photo © Ezra Tucker. Ezra Tucker is accomplished artist who specializes in depicting wildlife, but he got the chance to portray arguably the wildest creature of all when he was selected to create the American release poster for Godzilla 2000 (1999). At the time, Mr. Tucker was no stranger to painting movie posters, as he … Continue reading THE KING OF THE MOVIE POSTERS MEETS THE KING OF THE MONSTERS! Ezra Tucker on Creating the American Release Poster for ‘Godzilla 2000’!

REFLECTIONS OF MISS AIRLIFTER! Kathy Horan Remembers Her Acting and Modeling Career in Japan!

Kathy Horan's first Miss Airlifter photo, appearing in Pacific Stars and Stripes in 1967. Photo © Pacific Stars and Stripes. Kathy Horan was born in Roswell, New Mexico, on March 5, 1948, and came to Japan in the 1960s as a military brat during her sophomore year of high school. She subsequently appeared in a … Continue reading REFLECTIONS OF MISS AIRLIFTER! Kathy Horan Remembers Her Acting and Modeling Career in Japan!

MEMOIRS OF A GODZILLA FANDOM PIONEER! Bradford Boyle on Publishing the Seminal Fanzine ‘Japanese Giants’!

A recent photo of Bradford Boyle in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Photo © Bradford G. Boyle. In the mid-1970s, Bradford Boyle took over the publishing duties of the Godzilla-oriented fanzine Japanese Giants from its creator, Stephen Mark Rainey, after issue #1. However, following the publication of issue #4, Mr. Boyle decided to move on to other … Continue reading MEMOIRS OF A GODZILLA FANDOM PIONEER! Bradford Boyle on Publishing the Seminal Fanzine ‘Japanese Giants’!

DOCUMENTING GIANTS FROM JAPAN! Stephen Mark Rainey on Creating the Celebrated Fanzine ‘Japanese Giants’!

Photo © Stephen Mark Rainey. Horror novelist Stephen Mark Rainey (who also goes by Mark Rainey) has written countless shockers over the years, but his audience may not be aware that, during his teen years, he published a fanzine on Godzilla and other giant monsters from Japan. His fanzine, Japanese Giants, would eventually see other … Continue reading DOCUMENTING GIANTS FROM JAPAN! Stephen Mark Rainey on Creating the Celebrated Fanzine ‘Japanese Giants’!