The Story of Godzilla’s Birth – Pt 60


The Story of Godzilla's Birth
「ゴジラ誕生語」The Story of Godzilla's Birth by Osamu Yamaguchi

P 134


“I wonder if the main story and special effects will mesh well.”


Many staff members were worried about this. Not only in compositing, but also when connecting cuts in editing, it is necessary to unify not only the movement and scale, but also the atmosphere of the scene, such as brightness and depth. Lighting isn’t easy either.


In any case, everything is being created for the first time, so you won’t know until you try it. However, regarding this point, I didn’t have to worry too much about “Godzilla.”


“Tsuburaya-san, how should the actors move in this scene?”


“That’s right. It would be fine if we all watched ‘Godzilla’ all at once, and then ran away in a hurry.”


In this way, Honda often proceeded while consulting with Tsuburaya. Up until then, movies that incorporated special effects had the atmosphere of “just do what the main story says when it comes to special effects.” But “Godzilla” was different.


“We can’t do the special effects ourselves, so we should leave it to Mr. Tsuburaya,” Honda often said.


He may have felt that this was because “Godzilla” is a movie that mainly features special effects, but these words also show how much Honda believed in Tsuburaya’s talent and technique.


For example, in the scene where Godzilla emerges from the mountain on Odo Island, Godzilla is in charge of the special effects, while the fleeing crowd is in the main story. If it is out of alignment, the image will look strange. Therefore, it was necessary to make sufficient arrangements in advance. Also, at this time, Mukaiyama of C Madara, who was in charge of compositing these images, joined the main story on site.

P 135


“Fleeing crowds” often appear in “Godzilla.” This scene is the first scene, but it is unprecedented. Therefore, the extras who act as crowds,


Even if you say, “Godzilla will come out from that area,” it doesn’t make sense. The director and assistant director


“Yes, Godzilla has appeared!”


Even so, there are some people who can’t help but laugh out loud. Even when he ran away, he ended up laughing and running happily.


“No, no. Be more scared!”

ハンドマイクで呼びかける。その言葉にまた笑いが起こる。今、どんな映像が撮られているのか、まったくイメージできないためだ。それもしかたのないことだ。なにしろ演技をしているエキストラとちゅう は、畑仕事へ行く途中の、農家の人たちを集めたのだから。

Call with a handheld microphone. Those words made me laugh again. This is because I have no idea what kind of footage is being shot right now. That can’t be helped. After all, the acting extras were a group of farmers on their way to work in the fields.


▲ 山頂にかけつける大戸島の人たち

▲ People from Odo Island running to the top of the mountain
Dr. Yamane’s daughter Emiko (Momoko Kawachi), who came to investigate, shouts, “Dad!” After this, they see Godzilla and flee down the mountain road all at once. Residents of the filming location participated with hoes and other equipment.