Been a while since I posted one of these!
The most recent episode of the excellent ScifiJapan TV series is a tribute to art director Yasayuki Inoue, the man responsible for the look and feel of, well...pretty much all of modern tokusatsu, ESPECIALLY Godzilla. In this video, friends and cohorts of Inoue get together and reminisce about Inoue's talents, how he worked with Tsuburaya, and we even get treated to some VERY rare artwork, including storyboards for SON OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER, not to mention a few alternate designs for Hedorah! Look at those lips![link]
Of course, I also missed an episode - this is the extended interview with both Millennium Godzilla suit maker, Shinichi Wakasa, and Millennium Godzilla HIMSELF, Tom Kitagawa. And yes, I was present for this interview...although I had no idea what they were saying until now! I just wished I hadn't asked so many redundant questions
You also get some peeks at some leftover props and suits from the Godzilla series in their current, cozy (and a little dusty) home at Wakasa's studio, Monsters Inc![link]
Please do watch the series and pass it along to fellow Godzilla fans. I've found that my love for the genre grows more and more by educating myself on the craft that goes into the films and the people who work behind the scenes. The more views the show gets, the more chance it has to stay online!