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'Godzilla' Director Gareth Edwards Reveals Inspiring Secret to Success

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, who started out in visual effects and made his first film Monsters for under a million dollars, gives his advice for filmmakers in Warner Bros’ 5-part Meet the Director series, released on YouTube. L-r: Ken Watanabe and director Gareth Edwards on the set of 'Godzilla.' Photo by Kimberley French. Starting out by quipping that his first advice for aspiring filmmakers is “don’t. It’s hard,” he continues, “but if you really, really want to, just never give up.” Edwards talks about how despite the seemingly “overnight” success he’s had going from Monsters to Godzilla,he, in fact, has been working his way up the industry for a very long time. He spent 10 years learning visual effects and explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing everything himself (à la Monsters) and having such a vast and talented effects team surrounding him for Godzilla. Edwards also reveals how the success of Monsters led him to meetings with several production companies, including Legendary Pictures who eventually offered him the gig of directing their major monster movie. Edwards brings his hands-on visual effects background and his desire to make a serious Godzilla movie to the anticipated film. Citing Spielberg as an influence he says, “I think in this day and age it’s very easy to get seduced by the visual effects…I hope we got the balance [of suspense, action, and CGI] right.”

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