Behind the Scenes: Godzilla (2014)
In his 2011 book Monsters in the Movies, An American Werewolf in London director John Landis concluded that, “All monsters are metaphors.” With the atomic bombing of Japan less than a decade in the rearview mirror, the metaphor for the original Godzilla (1954) was obvious. However, each new era requires new metaphors to reflect shifting collective fears and with his reboot of the giant reptile franchise for Legendary Pictures, director Gareth Edwards chose Earth’s impending environmental meltdown. Godzilla is cast as an ecological avenger rising from the watery depths to balance mother nature’s scales. Of course, a true balancing would mean embarking on a human-devouring rampage. But since this is ostensibly a summer popcorn movie, Godzilla instead aids the film’s human protagonists in batting a pair of gargantuan radiation-consuming creatures.
The film has its issues, namely flat characters (including a passive hero in Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and minimal screen time for the titular kaiju, but Edwards’ visual approach – an ashen palette, elliptical monster reveals and an anachronistic emphasis on visually coherent action sequences – is a welcome tribute to classical Spielbergian summer fare rather than Michael Bay-ish bombast.
Below are several galleries of Making Of images for the film, which was shot on the Arri Alexa with Panavision anamorphic lenses.
Before and After Effects Shots