THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR! King Wilder on Directing America’s Take on Ultraman!

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!

REMEMBERING ‘ULTRAMAN: THE ULTIMATE HERO’! Producer Julie Avola on Bringing Japan’s Greatest Hero Stateside!

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!

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!

HOW TO MAKE ULTRAMAN! Kevin Hudson on His Experience Creating ‘Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero’!

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’!

SHE’S A WINR! Actress Robyn Bliley Shares Her Memories of ‘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’!

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!

AMP IT UP! Troy Slaten on the Making of ‘Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad’!

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’!

WILL ROBINSON ON ULTRAMAN! Sci-Fi Icon Bill Mumy on the Japanese Kaiju Genre!

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!

I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER! Donald F. Glut on His Kaiju-Related Projects!

Donald F. Glut has authored such books as The Dinosaur Scrapbook and Classic Movie Monsters and has directed films like Dinosaur Valley Girls (1996) and The Mummy‘s Kiss (2003), but he’s probably best known as an amateur filmmaker from decades past. Of particular note to Vantage Point Interviews readers, he was commissioned by Tsuburaya Productions … Continue reading I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER! Donald F. Glut on His Kaiju-Related Projects!

CHASING ‘THE IVORY APE’! Derek Partridge on His Tsuburaya Productions Turn!

Derek Partridge is an actor and television presenter whose credits run a broad gamut. Mr. Partridge has appeared in such films as King & Country (1964), The Killing of Sister George (1968), and the James Bond thriller Thunderball (1965). His television credits include the original Star Trek series (the episode "Plato’s Stepchildren"), Dallas, and T.J. … Continue reading CHASING ‘THE IVORY APE’! Derek Partridge on His Tsuburaya Productions Turn!