09.29.2019: Keith Aiken Interview

Keith Aiken joins the host of the Kaijucast from Godzilla Fest!

Keith Aiken and Kyle finally have an opportunity to sit down and chat about all of the awesome stuff Keith has been involved in.

In the history of me of saying “this interview has been a long time coming”, this one might take the cake. In the  very first year of the podcast, I spoke with Keith Aiken about coming on the show to talk about some of the knowledge he had… ten years later, the conversation is finally happening but it’s much more about all of the super cool stuff that Keith has been working on.

If you don’t know Keith Aiken, you will after listening to this episode – he’s essentially been working in the background for a huge number of projects for kaiju fans: the Classic Media releases, commentaries, the 98 Godzilla Animated series – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

I truly hope you enjoy this almost entirely unedited conversation with one of the guys who I’ve been consistently impressed with for well over ten years: Keith Aiken!

 

ULTRA MUSIC:
1. The Science Patrol Returns by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
2. Two Giant Monsters by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)

SUGGESTED VIEWING/LISTENING:
SciFi Japan 
SciFi Japan on Twitter
SciFi Japan’s Facebook Group
Mill Creek Entertainment’s Ultraman Releases
Mill Creek Entertainment’s 2nd Release Announcement

More information about the Tsuburaya Legal Troubles:
Episode #141 Behind the Booska with Brad Warner
Episode #149 Ultra Mess with August Ragone  

 

 

 

09.19.2019: Monarch Science Declassified Panel from Rose City Comic Con 2019

Jeff, Kyle, Gretchen and Rachel after our presentation at Rose City Comic Con 2019!

Once again, the Kaijucast stomps through Portland’s own pop culture extravaganza, Rose City Comic Con

This episode serves up the audio from our presentation at the convention: Release the Kaiju with my co-hosts playing the role of Monarch Outpost researchers and scientists… just a little fun with the subject matter. Obviously none of us work for an organization that tracks and studies titans across the world! 

After the panel, stick around to find out what other shenanigans the crew was up to during the convention! 

Oh, here’s that definitive list of our panels from the life of Rose City Comic Con:
2013 The Kaiju of Pacific Rim
2014 Godzilla vs Everything
2015 GIANT MONSTER HAPPY CHALLENGE Game Show Panel
2016 Monster Oddities
2017 Expanding the Legendary Monsterverse
2018 How Godzilla Got His Groove Back
2019 Release the Kaiju (or Mega Fauna Co-Existence and You)

Hope to see you there next year!

MUSICAL MOMENTS:

1. Welcome to Monarch by Bear McCreary from Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019) 
2. Mothra vs. We Are Scientists by We Are Scientists from Safety, Fun, and Learning (in That Order) (2002)

GALLERY
Since we had such a great time talking about things you should see from the con, check these photos out!

Rachel's budget Rodan costume

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Thanks for coming out to our panel this year, and if you missed it, we hope to see you next year!

 

09.05.2019: TJ Storm, Godzilla Motion Capture Actor

Motion Capture performer TJ Storm chats with Kyle about his experience in bringing the King of the Monsters to life!

Over the past 65 years, Godzilla has been played by all sorts of awesome people: Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Tsutomu “Tom” Kitagawa (just to name a few). Not all Godzilla actors hail from the land of the rising sun, however. We are thrilled to share this conversation with a new kind of Godzilla actor. He doesn’t wear a foam rubber suit in order to play the role of the King of the Monsters; he instead wears a lycra suit covered in ping pong balls. He grapples with other actors in similar lycra suits, and the end result is history’s and Hollywood’s beefiest beast of all, Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla. Our guest for this episode is none other than TJ Storm, the man who has brought life to the CGI Godzilla from Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019).

Big thanks to Jessica Tseang for helping to arrange the interview and to Bob Johnson and his crew from Bay Area Film Events for the opportunity to steal some of TJ’s time during Godzilla Fest!

Godzilla gets his motivation from actor TJ Storm during the filming of Godzilla King of the Monsters

Please make sure to visit the links below to learn more about our guest and all of the awesome stuff that TJ helps organize!

MOMENTARY MUSICAL MINUTES:
1. Godzilla King of the Monsters “Intimidation Display” TV Spot (2019)
2. Old Rivals by Bear McCreary from Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Minds Eye Tribe
SyFy “Genre MVP: The Motion Capture Actor Who’s Played Groot, Godzilla & Iron Man
CBR’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ MoCap Actors Are IRL ‘Kaiju Brothers
Befores & Afters’ Life As A Motion Capture Performer 

HOUSEKEEPING:
Our 4th enthy in the KAIJUCAST T-SHIRT OF THE MONTH: Return Of The King (a collaboration with MyKaiju Godzilla
Rose City Comic Con is coming up, make sure to come out to our events:
Kaijucast’s RELEASE THE KAIJU Panel at Rose City Comic Con 2019! 
Our annual Kaijucast LISTENER PARTY at Killer Burger (Saturday night)

Hope you enjoy this interview – we’ll be back for more episodes later this month!

 

08.26.2019: Godzilla King of the Monsters Director Michael Dougherty

Michael Dougherty, director of Godzilla King of the Monsters, joins Kyle in this episode of the Kaijucast. [Photo credit: Robert Moreno]

In this episode I sit down to speak with the director of Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019), Michael Dougherty, to discuss his love for the genre, his work on the newest film and even how his world view aligns with some of his characters’ motivations. If you haven’t seen Dougherty’s Godzilla King of the Monsters, you might want to wait until you’ve seen the film. 

Consider this an obvious SPOILER WARNING that we talk at length and depth about his film. Also, please take note that I really enjoyed this new entry in the new era of American monster movies.

This guy gets it, kaiju fiends! Also, make sure you keep an ear out for a twitter challenge from Dougherty himself 😉 

Major thanks to Bob Johnson, Bay Area Films Events and the Balboa Theatre.  Please make sure you check out the show notes below for more information about some of the subjects we chat about during the interview.

Also, thanks to Michael Dougherty for taking the time to speak with me during his time in San Francisco!

MUSICAL MOMENTS:
1. UK TV Spot for Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019)
2. Godzilla King of the Monsters Theme by Artificial Fear (2019) 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Godzilla King of the Monsters out on Blu Ray August 27th
Cinefx Magazine’s online coverage of Godzilla King of the Monsters
DopePope’s Gigan
Every Titan in Godzilla King of the Monsters (via ScreenRant)

ADI sculptor Tim Martin details the Rodan clay maquette, used to consolidate design concepts into a single physical sculpture (from Cinefex.com)

HOUSEKEEPING/CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
GodzillaThon happening this weekend at the Hollywood Theatre!
Our newest entry & collaboration with MyKaiju in our Tshirt of the Month project

 

 

08.19.2019: Kaiju-sized News Roundup

Kyle and Gretchen cover the latest kaiju news in episode 270 of the Kaijucast!

We cannot ignore the importance of this episode’s news – and if you haven’t heard about it, get in here and listen! Just a heads up, this episode is really nothing but news. Gretchen and Kyle chat about the slew of kaiju-related articles and announcements that have broken headlines and brains over the past month – please make sure to check out the links below! 

MUSICAL MONSTER MOMENT:
1. Godzula by MOD from Gross Misconduct (1989) 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Shin Ultraman
details via Variety / via Polygon / via Skreeonk.com / via SlashFilm / via ComicBook.com
Ultraman via Mill Creek Entertainment Announcement on Scifi Japan
Ultra Q and Ultraman on Mill Creek Entertainment’s website
10-Minute Previews of Ultraman via Moviespree.com
…also did you catch our Ultra Q and Ultraman episodes?
Godzilla The Showa Era (1954-1975) is getting released on Blu Ray via Criterion
+ Scifi Japan’s Criterion set announcement
SDCC News: Toho’s first ever Official SDCC Booth 
SDCC News: Toho launches official English language Twitter & Instagram 
SDCC News: Famous Monsters of Filmland to distribute X-Plus figures in the USA
Godzilla Channel (official) on Youtube
+ Goji-ban show (episode 1)
CNET Article on Godzillaban by Bonnie Burton
REIGO and RAIGA preorders available from SRS Cinema

CATASTROPHIC EVENT:
8/22 – 8/22 GODZILLA FEST in San Francisco, CA (make sure to listen to episode #268 with Bob Johnson)

…and do not forget about GODZILLATHON happening at the Hollywood Theatre! The titles being shown are DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968), GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND (1972 – aka Godzilla vs Gigan)
8/30 – 9/1 GODZILLATHON at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR

Godzilla vs Portland courtesy of the Hollywood Theatre (poster art by Nate Ashley)