Godzilla Returns…

godzzilla1…or at least a reasonable facsimile. Even before the first Godzilla movie premiered in 1954, I was a fan of monster movies and special effects films produced by masters such as Ray Harryhousen. I thought it would be fun to recreate a strip of film from an imaginary monster movie and instead of the legendary Fay Wray, I drafted my wife Mary into playing the damsel in distress.

Mary was photographed in our kitchen in front of a collapsible Westcott Chroma-key 5 x 6-foot blue background. The Tyrannosaurus Rex was photographed outdoors at the Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal Utah. I know that Godzilla is not a T-Rex but that’s the closest I could get to a real-life monster.

godzilla2The two different images were combined using Digital Anarchy’s Primatte Chromakey, a Photoshop-compatible plug-in that allows you to create a composite image by removing the blue/green screen background from a photograph leaving the subject against a transparent background. The original Gojira (the film’s Japanese title) was a black and white movie so I converted the color photograph using OnOne Software’s Perfect B&W.

Author: Joe Farace

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