Santa Clarita resident John Douglas has worked in the entertainment industry in various capacities, but it was on the American-produced Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1993) where he arguably made his greatest contribution. Although his most obvious credit was penning two of the show’s episodes (“A Quartet of Creatures” and ”The DaDa Effect”), this interview reveals … Continue reading ULTRAMAN GETS A REWRITE! John Douglas on Scripting Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero!
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!
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!
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!
Robyn Bliley starred as Julie Young, a member of the monster-fighting WINR team, in the American-made series Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero in 1993. Her other television credits include: Weird Science, Step by Step, Murphy Brown, Night Stand with Dick Dietrick, and Beverly Hills 90210. More recently, she has worked behind the camera as a producer and director. … Continue reading SHE’S A WINR! Actress Robyn Bliley Shares Her Memories of Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero!
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!
Troy Slaten is an actor who began his career at a very early age and found success in a variety of television shows. Mr. Slaten’s best-known role is that of Jerry Steiner on Fox’s early ’90s television hit Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (in which he appeared one of the three leads). He also appeared on … Continue reading AMP IT UP! Troy Slaten on the Making of Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad!
Bill Mumy’s memorable credits in the science fiction genre include the Lost in Space TV series (as Will Robinson), the “It’s a Good Life” episode of the original Twilight Zone, and (of particular interest to readers of Vantage Point Interviews) Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero. Mr. Mumy, a longtime Godzilla fan, discussed his association with the … Continue reading WILL ROBINSON ON ULTRAMAN! Sci-Fi Icon Bill Mumy on the Japanese Kaiju Genre!