April 30, 2014

Advice from 'Godzilla' Director Gareth Edwards to Filmmakers: 'Never Give Up'

Gareth Edwards, who you might know from his very DIY film Monsters, is back with another monster film, Godzilla. While he's got quite a bit more money to spend on this project than the last ($160 million versus Monsters which was made for under $1 million), the basic aspects of filmmaking are no different, and regardless of budget, it still takes the same discipline. Gareth, who has been in VFX most of his career, has been working towards his goal of becoming a director from a very early age, and shares some fantastic advice to all filmmakers:

Even though it might look like it from the outside, as Gareth says, nothing happens overnight. He'd been plugging away in the industry for years, cutting his teeth on all sorts of projects. The key idea is that filmmaking of any kind, regardless of budget level and regardless of the actual position you have on set, is a marathon, and even though the finish line might seem like it's miles away, you will eventually get there if you keep at it and "never give up." It's also great that he talks about buying all the tools necessary to work on his own, but it still took him many, many years to finally achieve his goal.

Gareth talking about the film and science fiction more specifically:

And Gareth on why monsters still matter (from The Verge):

Here are some trailers for Godzilla followed by the trailer for Monsters:

[via Indiewire & The Verge]

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O K. So godzilla is directed by "That guy from Adobe CS5.5 commercials" that showed me the reason to upgrade from CS5 to CS5.5 was that Warp Stabilizer.
And in 3 years (Apr 2011 to Apr 2014) he has directed GODZILLA with Mr. Heisenberg.
SO DAMN INSPIRING!!

April 30, 2014 at 3:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Archie

Makes you wonder if the movie was cut in Premiere or if they did any compositing in After Effects. Any chance you've got a link to that CS5.5 video?

April 30, 2014 at 5:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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It was cut in Premiere CC.

April 30, 2014 at 7:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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marklondon

Could not find the link to it... but remember clearly..

July 10, 2014 at 11:02AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Archie

lol

May 1, 2014 at 1:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gene

This is great! As a DIY filmmaker, I love doing my own effects and everything else. My first film Space Trucker Bruce (www.spacetruckerbruce.com) was low budget and wouldn't have been possible without doing all my own visual effects taking advantage of all the wonderful cheap and free tools. He's right about not giving up, it took me six years to finish my film. It's great to see someone who has done his own effects and progressively worked up to a big budget Hollywood films. I wasn't really interested in this film as it looks like another big budget movie with flashy effects and no decent story but after reading this maybe it's worth seeing.

April 30, 2014 at 5:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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shameless promotion. That being said, I followed the link anyway.

April 30, 2014 at 8:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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J

Everything he's saying is true.

April 30, 2014 at 6:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Darren Orange

I was lucky enough to meet him when he screened 'Monsters' in Cardiff. Very nice and humble guy. I've only made a couple short films but he was kind enough to ask what I was working on and give me advice.

April 30, 2014 at 7:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Nice to see a director who is so down to earth and still believes in story. Love his work.

April 30, 2014 at 7:31PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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shaun wilson

Anyone interested in Gareth Edwards should read how he started directing with BBC documentary on Attila the Hun:
http://www.fxguide.com/featured/one_man_against_attila_the_hun/
Also link to some of the 250 effects he did by himself in his bedroom over 5 months:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBeHljB6uFU

April 30, 2014 at 9:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pietro

How do you rotoscope like he did at 1:30? Did they purposely shoot it so that his hair was in front of the sky and then key that and then rotoscope the rest of him?

April 30, 2014 at 10:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jonesy

That's actually an easy shot to do. Roto the head by using a luma key (you might even get the body as well since there's quite the difference in contrast). But you could do the rest with a normal mask/b-spline/whatever you use.

May 1, 2014 at 9:06AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Khalid

there better be plenty of smashed buildings and fire breathing.

May 1, 2014 at 1:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gene

I stumbled across GARTEH;S SUCCESS a few years ago when ti came out...MONSTERS. I read interviews he gave and trakced down his original "teeth cutting" work. And he's totally right. Total legit on how and why he got to where he's at now..directing a q1100 mil plu feature movie.

Not because he knew.
Not because of his riding the same stream of HWD b.s. i hear over and over again on so many sites.
And sure as hell not because he thinks his wisdom comes from FORUM expertise.

It's about douing the work with what you have; how you keep at it and the sacrifices you have to make.

Only congrats to him because of the work he's done...as opposed to bitching about the system on FORUMS.

iT IS ABOUT THE WORK...RIGHT?

May 1, 2014 at 4:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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MARK11

Actually his work on "Atilla the hun" was impressive on the VFX side. I wached it a few years ago and It's pretty inspiring to see his work on VFX on the show. There's a cgi course he did only about this show. Great stuff. Then he did monsters, I didn't like at all but nontheless he did all the cgi work on his own computer which wasn't the fastest one possible to acquire. One man band cgi on this scale needs some serious expertise and organization.

Nofilmschool is a great place to sum info about filmmaking. It's like a daily news that you watch in the morning before work. Forum expertise can help a lot. A lot of infos here saved my ass on a number of occasions.

May 2, 2014 at 10:28AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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alex mand

www.spacetruckerbruce.com LOOKS AWESOME! you should make that available for hire/purchase on vimeo!
very cool, dark star meets uncle buck!

May 1, 2014 at 6:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hoggarth