Sunday, January 22, 2017

SHOOT! Meeting Filmmakers from Godzilla and Gamera's Heisei Series!

 Yours truly with Godzilla series director and screenwriter Kazuki Omori.

Last night, I was privileged to attend a special dinner event with two special guests. The main guest was Kazuki Omori, the writer-director of Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), and the screenwriter for Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). The event centered around the movie Shoot (1994), which stars members of the idol group SMAP. 

Cinematographer Kenji Takama. Photo by Brett Homenick.

 Also on hand for the event was cinematographer Kenji Takama, who filmed the movie Shoot. Among tokusatsu fans, however, he'd be better known for serving as cinematographer on Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995), as well as on Cross Fire (2000).

I had a great talk with Takama-san about several topics. He studied cinematography in Los Angeles and New York on several major films, including Tootsie (1982) and Blue Thunder (1983). Takama-san was on set for these films and learned cinematography techniques directly from Hollywood's best. We even talked about the San Diego Zoo! It's always fun talking about random subjects with the people who made tokusatsu films.

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