Will Godzilla take fans back to Monster Island? That concept is teased in new art from the upcoming behind-the-scenes book Godzilla: The Art of Destruction by Mark Cotta Vaz, with an introduction by director Gareth Edwards. Released to coincide with the reboot, and available May 13, this visually stunning tome presents an extraordinary new vision for the beloved character through a dynamic selection of concept illustrations, sketches, storyboards, and other pre-production materials. Here, in select pages from the book, we see what looks like Monster Island, where a giant nuclear submarine has been dropped into the landscape by the iconic monster. We also see the Janjira facility that monitors the crisis at hand, art depicting the Q-Zone, and a silhouette of Godzilla himself moving through the smoke and shadows.
About the giant submarine that has just been dropped into the mountainside, director Gareth Edwards reflects,
"I love this shot. We struggled with trying to find a position for the submarine that didn't feel too silly, but you could still read it from a distance. This is a shot that's never in the film, they don't actually approach it from the boat, but again, things get drawn just to give it flavor."
You may have noticed a lot of haze and fog mixed with darkness in the trailers and TV spots. Not an easy atmosphere to achieve when you are using CGI. The VFX supervisors hate working around it. But Gareth Edwards found a way to utilize the landscape.
"The great thing about haze and fog is that you can create beautiful, dark foreground silhouettes. It really gives a sense of scale and scope.