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Sunday, October 16, 2016

A History of Godzilla Special Effects

Above, Haruo Nakajima taking a break during the filming
 of Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964). Photo by Toho Co., Ltd.

For a 62 year-old character, Godzilla is showing no signs of letting up. Despite his age, he is only getting better.

Inverse.com has an article on the progression of special effects techniques that have been and are being used to bring the Big G to cinematic life.

They start with:
Godzilla has been gracing our screens for more than 60 years. We’ve watched the monster ravage whole cities and fight some memorable adversaries over the years, and thanks to the franchise’s long run, we’ve also seen in these films the progression of cinema history. In particular, the special effects techniques that bring Godzilla to life have changed considerably, from a man in a rubber suit stomping around tiny-Tokyo to miniatures and CG visual effects. With the franchise’s latest film, Shin Godzilla, now in American theaters, Inverse revisits the monster’s significant effects legacy.

To read the article, go here

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