The Making of Godzilla

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9780061073175: The Making of Godzilla

Size matters-the team behind the Twentieth Century Fox blockbuster Independence Daybring to life the biggest monster of all time!

You are there for the filming of the most spectacular scenes in movie history. With exclusive action photos, candid interviews with cast and crew, and special effects secrets- revealed !

Is That Thunder . . . Or Footsteps?

Godzilla is back, bigger than ever. And you are there, for the filming of the most spectacular special effects ever captured on screen. The undisputed king of movie monsters has been brought to life by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the celebrated creators of the smash hit, Independence Day. How they filmed the ultimate monster in the ultimate city-New York-is one of the most fascinating, revealing and entertaining stories in cinema history.

  • toppling the Chrysler Building
  • the fog factor
  • "Do you have a permit for that?"
  • attack of the condor cranes
  • space-cams & hero suits
  • Jamaica goes Hawaiian
  • the 360 degree technocrane
  • the "jumping" cars
  • lightning on cue
  • a database named "Dave"
  • the Hudson tornado
  • praying for rain
  • Matthew Broderick limps to the rescue
  • Wrong-way Azaria
  • the Professional from The Big Blue
  • The Simpson connection
  • "He's Angry But He Likes Your Tie"
  • Green-screen blues
  • this Isn't Spinal Tap
  • Zeiss-counting and Z-tracking
  • lighting with a 70s touch
  • Godzilla visits Jurassic Park

"How do you follow up a movie like Independence Day? The only thing that seemed remotely in the ball park was Godzilla"
-- Dean Devlin

"We passed four time. I wasn't sure it could be done without being kitschy. Actually, it was Jan DeBont's script that convinced me. . . ."
-- Roland Emmerich

"These were the biggest sets I'd ever seen. Even bigger than Mission Impossible!"
-- Jean Reno

"When Godzilla vs. King Kong came out, that was a big deal in my neighborhood. I remember actively worrying about who would win."
-- Hank Azaria

"You have to have a sense of humor about this enormous lizard knocking over buildings in New York."
-- Matthew Broderick

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The first great monster-movie was King Kong in 1933, and the sight of the stop-motion ape crashing through the forest toward the screaming Fay Wray can still send chills up the spine. The bar has been raised many times in the past 65 years, and movie makers have to do a lot more to evoke the kind of terror and awe that Kong once brought to theaters.

Roland Emmerlich and Dean Devlin, the director and producer who gave us the blockbusting über-patriotism of Independence Day, may have stumbled with Godzilla. Reviews, and more important, ticket sales, have not lived up to the hype, but one thing is clear: this movie was a colossal technical undertaking, demonstrating the extraordinary advances that have been made in the art of make-believe. The Making of Godzilla offers a glimpse inside that creative process, which seems at times more like a military operation than a movie set. Whatever your opinion of the end result, the combination of technology and old-fashioned hard work that went into the making of Godzilla is, in its own way, breathtaking. --Simon Leake

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