Sunday, December 13, 2015

2015 IS 1974! Toho SFX Greats Turn the Clock Back to the Mid-1970s!

SFX director Teruyoshi Nakano (left) and model-maker Takashi Naganuma (right) discuss the state of the industry in the 1970s. Photo by Brett Homenick.

I just returned from a special event in Yokohama, highlighting some of the most impressive SFX movies from the 1970s. SFX director Teruyoshi Nakano and model-maker Takashi Naganuma were in attendance, and much of the discussion focused on the making of The Last Days of Planet Earth (a.k.a. Prophecies of Nostradamus, 1974).

Teruyoshi Nakano recalls blowing things up on the set ... and sometimes the set itself! Photo by Brett Homenick.

The Last Days of Planet Earth is a film that continues to be shrouded in controversy, especially in Japan, where it has yet to see an official home video release. However, that doesn't stop Toho fans from wanting to know more about its production.

Model-maker Takashi Naganuma makes a point during the discussion. Photo by Brett Homenick.

After the discussion, the attendees all had a nabe dinner together. It was another enjoyable meal, but the company with whom we ate made it truly special.

A fan gave Teruysohi Nakano a rather splendid gift. Photo by Brett Homenick.

Naturally, it was a lot of fun to see Nakano-san and Naganuma-san again. They are always affable and love talking shop with fans.

December will prove to be another busy month with many cool things happening. More cool things will be happening this week, so stay tuned to this blog for more!

See you later!

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