Day 204: Here Be Monsters

The making of today’s Sole Of Sci-Fi photo was a little but like the making of Monsters itself…

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Before successfully reinventing Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards made a low budget film called Monsters, which was a little bit of genius even if horror fans were perturbed to find themselves watching a love film rather than a straightforwards creature feature. (And people wonder why Edwards’ Godzilla turned out the way it did? They guy’s obviously a bog softie at heart.)

Coming from a special FX background, Edwards saved a lot of money by shooting in South America with an almost complete lack of props or set dressing, then digitally inserting signs and posters (as well as monsters, tanks and helicopters) in post production.

So today’s Sole Of Sci-Fi photo is almost a recreation of the making of Monsters, because, of course, I didn’t really paste a Monsters poster on my garage. Though it may have been easier.

011210monsters_mainI remember I was supposed to interview Edwards once at the Watershed arts centre in Bristol. He was doing a talk about  his experiences making Monsters, and great fun and very interesting it was too. The trouble was, Edwards used to work in Bristol, and all his old work mates were in the audience. So when it had finished, they all descended on him and headed for the bar for some reminiscing. It seemed a shame to interrupt them (I’m not sure the PR woman could have even if she tried) so we rearranged the interview for the next day, on the phone, while Edwards was on a train journey to another publicity commitment. There are great gaps in the recording resulting from every time he went into a tunnel, but the plus side was that I had a lot longer interview time than normal. You can read the resulting interview here.

I really enjoyed talking to Edwards and was thrilled when he got the Godzilla gig. And now he’s doing a Star Wars movie. I bet some of those old mates in Bristol have been sending him CVs and begging emails. I know I would.

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