MAKING GODZILLA AND ULTRAMAN! Bruce Fuller on Recreating Japan’s Greatest Sci-Fi Icons!

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!

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PROGRESSIVE GODZILLA! Keith Emerson on Composing the Film Score to Godzilla: Final Wars!

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!

MILES ABOVE THE REST! Concept Artist Miles Teves on Monsters and More!

Miles Teves, one of Hollywood‘s most accomplished concept artists and art directors, has worked on such top-grossing films as Legend (1985), RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Congo (1995), Men in Black (1997), Spider-Man (2002), The Passion of the Christ (2004), and Peter Jackson’s King Kong (2005). As a youngster, part of Mr. Teves’s inspiration to work in the … Continue reading MILES ABOVE THE REST! Concept Artist Miles Teves on Monsters and More!

LIVING THE DREAM! Wes Caefer’s Journey into Japanese Monster SFX!

Wes Caefer has lived the dream of many G-fans. Having grown up on Godzilla films, he eventually became involved in the movie business as a special effects technician and worked on such projects as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-96), Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1995), and Godzilla (1998). In 2007, Mr. Caefer took a fond look back at … Continue reading LIVING THE DREAM! Wes Caefer’s Journey into Japanese Monster SFX!

A VOICE ACTOR’S VOICE ACTOR! Larry Robinson on His Dubbing Work at Titra!

Lawrence Hamilton Robinson (1929-2006) was one of Titra's voice-acting MVPs. If you’ve ever seen a dubbed Japanese monster movie, chances are you’ve heard Larry Robinson’s voice. Although he’s best known for supplying the voices for Yu Fujiki’s sidekick characters in Atragon (1963) and Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964), he can also be heard in Godzilla … Continue reading A VOICE ACTOR’S VOICE ACTOR! Larry Robinson on His Dubbing Work at Titra!

BURNING GODZILLA INTO OUR MEMORIES! Ernest Farino on Creating the Main Title Sequence for Godzilla 1985!

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!

AN ACTOR AND A GENTLEMAN! Ulf Otsuki Talks Tokusatsu in the 1970s!

Ulf Georgii-Hemming, otherwise known as Ulf Otsuki (and sometimes mistranslated as "Wolf" Otsuki), is a Japanese actor who has appeared in several SFX films and television programs during his acting career. Most notably, he played the bearded Seatopian agent in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), but he also guest-starred in such tokusatsu shows as Warrior of … Continue reading AN ACTOR AND A GENTLEMAN! Ulf Otsuki Talks Tokusatsu in the 1970s!

BLOWN AWAY BY RODAN! Darren Schnase on His Role in Godzilla: Final Wars!

Darren Schnase appears as the flamboyant gangster in Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and even though he had just a small amount of screen time, Mr. Schnase managed to outshine many of the film's monsters. In 2005, Mr. Schnase answered a few questions about his turn in Godzilla's 50th anniversary film. Q: Had you … Continue reading BLOWN AWAY BY RODAN! Darren Schnase on His Role in Godzilla: Final Wars!

NYC’S FINEST MEETS RODAN! Mick Preston Remembers Shooting Godzilla: Final Wars!

Mick Preston was cast as the tough-talking New York City cop in Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), Godzilla's 50th anniversary film. While his scene may have been short, it is one of the most memorable parts in the entire movie. In this 2005 interview, Mr. Preston recalls working on what would be Godzilla's last … Continue reading NYC’S FINEST MEETS RODAN! Mick Preston Remembers Shooting Godzilla: Final Wars!

GODZILLA GETS AMERICANIZED! Straw Weisman on Rewriting Godzilla 1985!

Straw Weisman, born in Brooklyn in 1952, is a successful writer/producer/director. Among his credits, he has directed the horror film Dead Mate (1988) and Man of the Year (2002) with John Ritter, which was shot with 20 cameras and 25 actors in one house in one night. He’s also worked on over 2,500 movie advertising campaigns, … Continue reading GODZILLA GETS AMERICANIZED! Straw Weisman on Rewriting Godzilla 1985!