From Billy DuBose
HERE IT IS!!! My 4 year long journy, effort and fan film . . . GODZILLA BATTLE ROYALE!!!! Wanted to thank everyone whose followed, supported and checked out our videos leading up to this film. We hope you enjoy what we did :). SKREEEEEOOOONNNNKKKK!!!!!!!
A documentary that discovers the untold stories of giant monsters and the filmmakers who make them!
What is KAIJU GAIDEN?
"Kaiju" is the Japanese word for "monster", meaning "strange beast". "Gaiden" is a Japanese word which means "outside story". It normally refers to a supplemental story or spin-off. KAIJU GAIDEN is the continuing story of the giant monster genre.
KAIJU GAIDEN is also the title of a documentary film by director/producer David Hall spotlighting various Japanese filmmakers who have continued the tradition of tokusatsu (special effects) movies. It is part of the Independent Kaiju Project, an endeavor by producer Mark Jaramillo to track down, catalog, and promote independently made kaiju films that have languished in obscurity.
KAIJU GAIDEN is the first documentary which assemble various filmmakers who have produced their own movies featuring gigantic monsters stomping cities and engaging in savage battle with one another. Although made at different time periods, the directors still utilize traditional special effects techniques unique to the genre, sometimes supplemented with modern technology. The directors will tell their respective stories of their love for the genre, their inspirations, and the issues involved in making a special effects film.
These are the untold stories of giant monsters and the men who make them. This is KAIJU GAIDEN.
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"Another mutation that quickly spread as the result of the Vietnam weather control disaster, Kumonga is the one of the deadliest species of superfauna on Earth. As voracious as Kamacuras, these creatures prey on the giant mantises and humans alike. A single adult's web can cover nearly a square mile and just a very small amount of its deadly venom can kill a human being in a matter of seconds. Females could be particularly dangerous to engage, as the species carries dozens of small vehicle-sized spiderlings on its abdomen after they are born. There were many cases of the spiderlings dropping off of the females and swarming ground troops. The species is susceptible to extreme heat. Like the Kamacuras, they continue to exist in managed numbers in the Vietnam Superfauna Preserve and venom is occasionally harvested from adults that have been killed for scientific research and anti-superfauna weaponry."
"Thought to be a Hō-ō or mythical bird by locals, sightings of Rodan continued to be reported in the volcanic Mt. Aso area with growing infrequency for centuries, becoming an old mountain legend. In 1956, coal mining operations in a local village, uncovered a species of gigantic dragonfly nymphs, or Meganulon. The insects began terrorizing the town and the self-defense force was brought in to eradicate the infestation. Shortly after, an earthquake from the awakening volcano opened hidden pockets throughout the mountain. The Meganulon vanished and soon reports began coming in from the pacific area of unidentified flying objects, missing persons and cattle from Japan and China all the way down to the Philippines. Eventually it was discovered that two Rodan were nesting within the mountain. The creatures took flight, pursued by the defense forces and were engaged within the city of Fukuoka. The superfauna destroyed the city before returning to Mt. Aso, enacting a large death toll. A plan was formulated to trap the creatures within the mountain by bombarding it. The attack triggered an eruption and killed the two creatures, but not before releasing more of them from beneath the volcano. An investigation afterward revealed that a large amount of contaminated soil from the atomic bombing of Nagasaki had been moved from the city and buried under the mountain, suggesting these rare animals were affected by the radiation. Today, the species continues to exist at-large in isolated flocks in a wide area around the Pacific, male and females will mate for life.They are one of the largest superfauna species, and one of the most dangerous. Since 1956 they have been responsible for a number of human, cattle and even airplane disappearances in areas they inhabit and have been found as far as the western American seaboard. They have also been responsible for occasional attacks in heavily populated areas. Their initial appearance was a catalyst for the scientific community, led by Dr. Kyohei Yamane, to devote more resources and time to studying the ever-emerging superfauna threat and lead to the creation of superfauna biology."
As there new Kickstarter campaign passes the halfway point they have revealed some of the other monsters of the Godzilla: Heritage world. Below are the first two then check out there Kickstarter here.
"A relative of the massive Megalania monitor lizards that inhabited Australia, the Varan species was thought to be an aboriginal myth until weapons testing spurred remnants of the disturbed animals on a path of destruction through the Outback of Sydney in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Just a few cups of the bacteria-laced saliva in Varan's mouth has the ability to wipe out a large populated area and cause death in humans in a matter of minutes if exposed. Although the Superfauna were eventually defeated by United Nations forces, the death toll was enormous. Today, a small population of the species resides in a special sanctuary in the Outback, under close international observation."
"The result of a weather control experiment gone wrong in Southeast Asia, the Kamacuras are an example of local wildlife altered by the deadly radioactive storm created by the failed operation. Reproducing and spreading quickly across the area, the conflict that had been brewing in the region was quickly quelled and resources combined to meet the much larger threat. A United Nations coalition was formed and nations from all over the world sent troops to aid in containing the Superfauna outbreak. What followed would turn out to be the deadliest anti-Superfauna conflict in history - the Vietnam War. The species was contained after several years of fighting and small populations continue to exist in an international preserve that makes up a large area of modern-day southern Laos and central Vietnam. The area is under close observation and varying numbers of the Superfauna and their nests are destroyed on a regular basis to keep the population under control."
2014 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Godzilla, the world's most famous movie monster. Around the globe, people are celebrating this momentous occasion in many different ways, but no one honors Godzilla better than his homeland of Japan. The Big Godzilla Special Effects Exhibition will display original props, suits, production art and memorabilia in one centralized location - and it's only on display in Tokyo for two weeks.
Exhibits like these are rarely seen by westerners and only a small fraction of the English speaking world has ventured to the land of the rising sun to view them. They return home with tales and photos of movie history and have had them published in fan magazines and on websites for decades. But with recent advances in technology, we can now share these stories and images in beautiful high definition.
If successfully funded, Kyle Yount, the host of the Kaijucast will travel to Japan to document the Big Godzilla Special Effects Exhibition and interview key members from Godzilla's sixty-year history. The images and footage collected will be edited into a feature length documentary that will be available on YouTube titled Hail to the King: 60 Years of Destruction. If we meet some stretch goals, this documentary could eventually be available through Video On Demand services.
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What is Godzilla: Heritage?
Since Godzilla's first attack in 1954, mankind has been under constant threat from gigantic creatures known as "Superfauna" - animals mutated by the coming of the nuclear age and man's abuse of the atom's destructive power. Humanity was united against a common foe and for almost 60 years, worked collectively to study and combat the creatures as millions died, cities crumbled and the world's economy continued to collapse. Now, the world seems to finally be bringing the threat under control. Jack Martin is a correspondent for United World News and the grandson of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steve Martin, who's riveting coverage of the 1954 raid on Tokyo made him a legend. With his grandfather's shadow always overhead, Jack has spent his career attempting to forge his own legacy, showing great promise as a journalist before spiraling into depression. In the process, he has severally damaged both his reputation and his marriage to family friend, Kaori Ogata. Before leaving the agency, Jack decides to travel to a small pacific island with his life-long friend Mitch Lawrence, who now runs UWN's old newspaper division. While the two wait to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for a new building, Godzilla suddenly reappears after nearly 30 years of absence...and he hasn't returned alone. With the King of the Monsters' threat looming, Jack must decide whether to flee or finally embrace his heritage and report the attack as it happens - risking not only his life, but the lives of his best friend and his wife.
Who is behind Godzilla: Heritage?
Godzilla: Heritage's concept has drawn the interest of several talented artists and actors on an international level. The project was conceived by Upstate NY filmmakers Tim Schiefer and Greg Graves, life-long monster movie fans.
Rashaad Santiago will be creating most of the film's creature effects. Rashaad is a very talented and upcoming effects makeup artist from The Bronx and the winner of the 6th season of Syfy channel's reality show Face Off. Rashaad is also a life-long fan of the film's titular character. Creating the film's non-creature makeup effects along with Rashaad is the wonderful Tess Laeh, another of the talented individuals featured in season 6. She will also be making some of the props used in the film.
The creatures' concept art was created by Greg and Elden Ardiente, who worked together extensively to come up with new, naturalistic and interesting looks for the many monsters that exist in the world of Godzilla: Heritage. Elden is a graphic designer and creature concept artist residing in Sydney, Australia and his amazing visions are being transformed into creature suit form by Rashaad.
The visual effects for the film will be created and supervised by Chris Bloomer. His VFX credits include Zombieland, Dragonball: Evolution, Warehouse 13 and Lost Girl. Mr. Bloomer's work is fantastic and he will be essential in blending the film's practical and visual effects. He has also recently completed his own fan film Terminator: The Final Transmission of John Connor.
The writers include Tim Schiefer and Greg Graves, who wrote the film's story. Script drafts were written by both Tim and Val Roder. Valerie is a producer, screenwriter and performer working in New York City. In addition to her screenplays, she created and hosts a successful improvisation show in the city, Story Time. In addition, her writing has been featured in both The Washington Post and she maintains a popular blog East meets Midwest.
The film has been produced thus far by Greg, Tim and Rashaad who have worked and networked extensively to put together the crew working, secure shooting locations, materials and actors to be a part of the film...and hopefully everyone donating to this project can be counted in that soon as well!
Check out the full project and info on the Kickstarter here and support this great project.