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Godzilla: False Modelsheet

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Published: March 15, 2012
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This is the false model sheet that I mentioned in the Side View post in this gallery. The idea was to give the Storyboard artists something that they could work with that would give them the correct proportions, but would keep the actual appearance of Godzilla secret until the movie was released.

While the back fin was deliberately misleading, it gave the artists the proportion of the back spines. The protruding lower jaw is missing for a more typical lizard mouth. I also omitted the extra claws on the feet. The most important element was to ensure that the artists pivoted the head from the back of the skull.

I called it "Thingy" as a bit of a joke at Sony's obsession with secrecy, which was making our Animation Production difficult. No boards could be cleaned up until the final design was released.

I was interested to hear the Board Artist's reactions to seeing the final design for the first time, unfortunately the handout was done without me being present. The feedback I got was mixed, but most thought that the final design was cooler than this false model they had been using in the previous months.
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matthew122521Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep it is a false
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legendfromthedeepStudent General Artist
Wow, this is really interesting to see. Also a useful reference for proportions if I ever decide to try and draw Junior, since it's blocked out without major detailing haha. That body is pretty difficult to get right. I am thoroughly impressed. 

"Keep out of reach of children"… definitely!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I have other breakdowns of his structure, but this was what the storyboard artists used during the "secret" phase of production.
ZaikXory's avatar
The secretive aspect of the design is interesting. I never knew that companies were that secretive with their designs. Guess they need to be with all the risk of plagiarism. But I still love the design and the whole secretive stuff with it. ^^
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
The mandate for secrecy came from the Producers of the feature film, their big reveal for the movie was the new look of Godzilla. I was one of the very few not directly involved in the movie who got to see Patrick's sculpts and animatronic models.
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That's pretty awesome getting that type of clearance. You must have been psyched. ^^
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
To be honest I never let it go to my head, I took the responsibility seriously and went to great lengths to make sure I was completely professional and trustworthy. I had employees who's livelihoods depended on my keeping the job. I've worked behind the scenes on many animatronic movies, most of my original artistic friends were sculptors for film, so this was very familiar territory to me. I was much happier once the movie was out and the secrecy over. It was a big relief! :)
ZaikXory's avatar
Wow, but still awesome chance that you got. ^^
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Yeah it was, I'm glad that I got to design some cool monsters. :)
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samaxProfessional Artist
Faved this out of the sheer awesomeness of the inside knowledge. Great story
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Haha much appreciated!
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samaxProfessional Artist
:nod:
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Excellent :XD:
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CallibandaProfessional Filmographer
Very interesting
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Just a bit of behind the scenes :)
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Groudan383Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! A never before seen GTS exclusive! This guy looks pretty cool. His pose here looks just like Zilla's in that one picture. Why was this guy rejected/never used? :)
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
This was traced from the Side View you are referring to. It was used as a guide for the Storyboard artists as they roughed penciled the shows, but they weren't allowed to see the final look of the Godzilla until the movie was released. Sony was being that ridiculous, so even though we were in production on the animation no one but me (and a few of my Superiors) were allowed to see the film version of Godzilla. Once the movie was screened, I was allowed to release the design and the Storyboard artists could finally ink in their backlog of panels.

If you'd like further details, the descriptions under each post go into more information.
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Groudan383Hobbyist Artist
Ah, i see. This is essentially a buleprint of Godzilla so they artists could draw his positons and dimentions correctly right? Cool! I love seeing stuff like this. I love how you wrote "Keep out of reach of children" lol.

Gease, it sounds like they really had you guys on a leash. They should have at least let the rest of the production see the movie. Speaking of which, what did you think of the movie when you saw it? Ironically, i saw the movie while we were having this conversation.

Also, how did you insert the link to that piece in the word "Side View"?
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Exactly! I had to give enough of the design away that the rest of the team could get to work, but not enough to reveal the secret.

Don't forget the movie hadn't come out while we were working on the TV show, I was working in secret almost a year prior to the film's release. The whole production team was invited to watch screening of the Godzilla movie on the Sony lot on the 19th May '98, just prior to the film's release on the 25th. After all of the build up, most of the crew was disappointed with the film. I thought it was okay, more of a kid's film than I'd expected. I just felt the casting was all wrong. I have only seen the film once, I would like to see it again. Perhaps my opinion has changed.

Ok to insert a link a bit of coding is needed....

Just replace these brackets [ ]
With these brackets < >

[a href = "COPY YOUR URL HERE" target = "_blank"]
[strong] TEXT IN HERE [/strong] [/a]

Use the Preview button to see if it works :)
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Ah, i see. How come you couldn't reveal the "secret"?

Yeah, i know. I read an article about it on SciFi Japan. It said that the show was in production about a year before the movie debuted. It said you that guys wanted to air it early, but Sony essentially said "FUCK NO!!!!" to you guys and told you to wait til after the movie. I guess that was a logical decision on their part. Cartoons are always better after the movie releases.

As for the movie, i loved it. I dont think it was as bad as people were claiming it was. then again, it has a rather sentimental value to me. I saw it when i was 5. I thought it was Jurassic Park back then when i saw the little Zillas running around lol. Its cause of that movie is why i love giant monsters or kaiju as their known today as. My parents even got me a figure of him too back then lol. Since then Zilla has remained my favorite monster and has a rather sentimental spot in my heart. Sounds corny, i know lol.

If you really want to see the movie, view your T.V's listings. They've been airing the movies here a lot on channels like ShowTime.

Thanks for the info by the way. Im going to see if i master it's use lol :)
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Well if anything leaked we were assured we would be fired and the animation production shut down. As it was, two newly hired writers leaked something we'd seen at a screening on "Ain't it cool news" and was called into a group dressing down meeting with the Execs. I was so upset I'd been so careful for a year and these bozos come in and because they didn't 'fess up (they would have lost their jobs if they did, cowards) the blame was spread across all of us with clearance.

I agree, waiting until after the movie made sense. Seeing as everything was based on it.

You see! I told you it was more of a kid's film, I was 35 when I saw it, so at age 5 you would have had a lot more fun with it. I'm glad you did! I don't think it's corny at all, we bond with things that inspire us when we are young, I completely understand.

I hope you can figure out the code. :)
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Groudan383Hobbyist Artist
I wonder what was up with all thge secretcy though. I mean stuff like that isnt as strict now. I remeber you telling me that story. You and the rest of your team essentially wanted to hang them for leaking the info out lol. I'm glad you worked for that show. If you guys got fired it may not have been as awesome :)

But yeah, you should watch the movie and the cartoon again. I bet it will bring back old memories.

Wellllllll, it really wasnt much of a kids film lol. It stll had mature stuff in it. I saw Jurassic Park as a kid too and that wasnt a kids flick lol. But yeah, i love the movie regardless what people say. I dont think it was as bad as people keep claiming it is. At least seeing Zilla was really really awesome. It gave you a real life depiction of what he would look like.
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