Last week, BallerStatus.com had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of Warner Brother’s summer blockbuster, Godzilla, at the historic Chinese Theatre. The screening was followed by an intimate Q&A session with the film’s Producer Thomas Tull and Director Gareth Edwards. Check out the annotated responses from the night.
Godzilla hits theaters nationwide this Friday (May 16).
As the film’s director, what was your motivation going into the filming process?
Gareth: I always wondered how we, as a species, would react to something phenomenal and out of our control. “What if this really happened?” was a question I continually asked myself.
Godzilla is such an iconic franchise, how did you and your staff deal with expectations from the studio and die-hard fans?
G & T: In the two years we spent filming Godzilla, we constantly reminded ourselves not to get seduced by the spectacle, and that we were making a movie we always wanted to see. Keeping that in mind, we made sure the final cut would be something we could all be proud of.
What were your goals in developing the film’s story?
Gareth: We wanted to play with people’s instinctual tendencies. As the film progresses, we wanted the audience’s emotions to go from fear of the unknown (Godzilla) to appreciation.
In closing what are your hopes for Godzilla?
Thomas: I hope — ten years from now — people will watch this film with their children and relive the experience together.