Godzilla: The Art of Destruction by Mark Cotta Vaz is a visually stunning new book that delves into the making of the new Godzilla film, and is available in bookstores now. As we enter the home stretch, new images from this book have arrived online, giving us some early monster designs and concept art. In addition, we have a new featurette that looks at the music in the movie, with a score by Alexandre Desplat. And to top it all off, we get two great new photos from the movie itself, which offer up a never-before-seen look at the iconic monster as he appears on screen. Check out this wealth of material, which includes commentary by director Gareth Edwards on the concept art.
"This was a classic look, and it had some value. But another issue with Godzilla was the size of his legs. They got really thick and that made his walk cycle difficult from an animation point of view. So, last minute tweaks included reducing the size of his legs."
"This one is from Andrew [at Weta]. He creates these things using a combination of 3-D and paint over. It was a quick way of looking at something quite real. [Note the 'fishlike fins'.]"
"This one was exploring fishlike fins, which made sense because he swims underwater. For a while I thought that was going to be the solution."
"This was another of the blue sky, go-for-it designs. They're all organisms, so you go, "I like the head of that one, the spine of that one, the chest of that one." It keeps mutating through each generation."
"This feels very rerto-Godzilla. But that can get a little cartoony. That made me feel that we definitely needed to make things a bit more angular."
"This one had that Christmas tree effect for the fins. They seemed incredibly big, and you didn't see that form anywhere else on his body. And the lighting effect made it kidn of hard to understand what you are looking at."