G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

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G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby klen7 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:54 pm

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Linda Miller ::swoons:: and i always love Hiroshi Sagae. I'm not familiar with Ishii and Sakurai, but it seems like they are involved with special effects, so i'm excited for that. Did i mention Linda Miller is going?? ::swoons::

::EDIT:: i misspelled "Fest" in the title....
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Re: G-Fesr XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby DannyBeane » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:05 pm

Swoon indeed... need to purchase a kke poster.
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Re: G-Fesr XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby Reaper G » Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:54 am

klen7 wrote:Linda Miller ::swoons:: and i always love Hiroshi Sagae. I'm not familiar with Ishii and Sakurai, but it seems like they are involved with special effects, so i'm excited for that. Did i mention Linda Miller is going?? ::swoons::


Not familiar with Hiroko Sakurai?! For shame!

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Re: G-Fesr XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby Gwangi » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:29 pm

It's ashamed that Rhodes Reason passed away last year. Otherwise, this could have been the ultimate 'King Kong Escapes" reunion. Still, getting Linda Miller and Akira Takarada was a major coup.
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Re: G-Fesr XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed May 25, 2016 2:56 pm

SO WHO IS GOING? I sure am. Skipping out on all of the Thursday movies, (More than likely) though I'm kind of tempted by Green Slime. It's gonna be fun to see King Kong Escapes on the big screen again.

I'm also really glad they're showing Ultra Galaxy Legends. It's a shame that they've skipped over so many Ultra movies in a time of kaiju drought to show American Scifi and garbage like Megaguirus.

Anyway, I'm stoked and can't wait to meet up with people. (KLEN, WE WILL CAMP OUTSIDE THE DEALER'S ROOM AND IT WILL BE GLORIOUS)
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Re: G-Fesr XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby DannyBeane » Wed May 25, 2016 3:06 pm

I'm going. Just need to book my bus tickets! Last year was a blast!
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Re: G-Fesr XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby klen7 » Wed May 25, 2016 3:48 pm

I finalized all my travel plans yesterday. I am looking forward to both Pickwick movies. I hope the Ultra movie gets a good crowd.. and Linda Miller ::swoons:: will be there. I plan to get the stand for my Mechanikong signed also plan to see Hiroshi Sagae's panel.

I am pretty hyped about it... and yes MekaGoji3k and I will have such an epic tailgating of the dealer's room that future G-Fests fans will speak of it... at a minimum i expect at least one new rule added to the G-Fest program for future years. :lol:
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby kiryugoji04 » Thu May 26, 2016 5:43 pm

Everyone bring lots of money for the artists' alley! <3
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon May 30, 2016 3:46 pm

I'm setting aside some just for artist alley stuff.

Also, gonna be my second attempt at the Costume Parade.
I MADE A SHIN-GOJI
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby MekaGojira3k » Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:14 am

If I get it finished in time this dude will be joining my Shin-Goji costume at G-Fest
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby DannyBeane » Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:23 pm

Just bought my bus tickets to Chicago $12 round trip Megabus!
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:28 am

DannyBeane wrote:Just bought my bus tickets to Chicago $12 round trip Megabus!


I hadn't heard of Mega Bus until now. If I weren't bringing this costume I'd probably try that.
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:35 pm

WOO! G-FEST IS THIS WEEK!

I'm doing my last bit of teaks to my new Costume (Because...I stupidly decided to make a 2nd costume back in June, and started on June 17th.)
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby Godzilla21 » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:17 pm

How's G Fest going guys? I'm going next year!!
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby klen7 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:16 am

It's pretty amazing. Hate that I have to go home today. I'll have a better write up with pictures and video later.
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby KaiserGhidorah » Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:38 pm

klen7 wrote:It's pretty amazing. Hate that I have to go home today. I'll have a better write up with pictures and video later.



Yes please. I'd like to see some pictures of this year's Fest.
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby Godzilla21 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:53 pm

klen7 wrote:It's pretty amazing. Hate that I have to go home today. I'll have a better write up with pictures and video later.


Thanks klen.
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby klen7 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:44 pm

========Thursday========
I arrived on Thursday and after getting settled in, headed down to the lobby to talk to people. Eventually snuck around to where the dealers were setting up. Watched a few early deals happen, set my eyes on a couple things.. both of which sold before the dealer's room opened to the public... and then I got a message from someone I follow on Tumblr (MayorofDinosaurs) that he was in the Visibility bar, so i headed over there for a couple drinks. We eventually made our way over to pre-registration, and while completely engrossed in the program trying to plan out the weekend Bin Furuya came up to us and said hi. Then Akira Takarada came by and said hi and shook our hands. It was pretty surreal since we were just hanging out in a relatively empty lobby. Then they disappeared into the night.

Eventually abandoned my plan to see Green Slime at the Pickwick and hung out more with Mayor. There was also a pampered Chef national convention going on next door, so quite a few middle age women were there to offset the younger male G-FEST crowd. It may actually be impossible to talk to someone from PC without them giving you since information on how to buy stuff from them.

========Friday========
I tailgated the dealer's room again this year. Only to learn there were no exclusives and that the people i normally buy reasonably priced Sofubis from weren't going to be there. I overspent on an Amapro Kamakuras, and got average prices on a Marmit Parababy Fake Godzilla 74, and Marmit Monster Heaven Final Wars Ebirah. I later learned that there actually was a G-Fest exclusive, a 2 piece set of Marmit Monster Heaven G'62 and APES "Gorilla". It felt a bit overpriced, but there were only 10 sets made. Here's shots of the Bluefin exclusive Desugoji
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The number one thing people were looking for was the new Bandai Shin Godzilla figure.. and the dealers made out well because of it. A figure you could have gotten shipped for $12 was selling in mass at $40 a pop.
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After the signature line died down I got my Criterion bluray of Godzilla signed by Akira Takarada, and a Mechanikong stand signed by Linda Miller ::swoon::

The Opening Ceremony was fun, lots of laughs and a good sign of things to come.
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Met up with a friend to get a ride to the Pickwick for King Kong Escapes. Typical fun seeing a classic on the big screen. Managed to find another friend i met back in 2012 and talk with every year to get a ride back.


========Saturday========
First up was Akira Takarada. Some of the stories I had heard before, but a couple new ones stood out.
- When they shot the Godzilla appearance (this was early in SFX history) they weren't sure where to look since he was going to be added in later. Honda told them to look at a cloud that was right above the mountainside. But clouds move... so their point of focus did as well as the cloud moved across the skyline. Lesson learned.
- Despite all the "colorized" G'54 figures that have been released the actual suit they used for shooting was grey. There was a brown painted prop that was used for promotion, but i find it fascinating that despite people's attempt at colorizing Godzilla, he was pretty close to what was seen on screen.
- Someone asked him about getting cut from G'14. His answer was classy, and i feel like it cleared the air a bit. First he let out a hearty laugh and said "I was sad" with a chuckle. Then he talked about how much respect he was given being brought to the production and treated like a star. He also received 3 seperate apologies for being cut. He made reference to a discussion/letter with Edwards that indicated studio pressure in cutting a number of scenes. (This really makes me want a director's cut that much more). Apparently the first cut of the film was about 4 hours long. Takarada also said he jokingly recommended cutting Ken Watanabe's scenes instead of his.
- Someone stole the original G'54 suit. They put out a notice, please return it and we wont involve the police. It arrived in a box with no return address.
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Bin Furuya was interviewed by August Ragone, so the plus side is that August delivers a lot of commentary during the time translation is occurring, which is usually wasted/quiet time. The negative side was that there was very little time for Q&A. Again a couple highlights.
- Bin Furuya played 5 roles in Ghidrah the 3 headed Monster.
- The discussion of playing Ragon, a female kaiju, was amusing.
- Furuya is a huge fan of movies, his favorite star is James Dean.
- He had taken Karate growing up, but if you look at Ultraman's stance, it isnt based in Karate... he actually based the stance off James Dean's knife fight scene in 'Rebel Without a Cause' (i can't unsee this now. Such a cool piece of trivia)
- Ultraman's special moves were coordinated with Tsuburaya, Furuya, Camera man (and one other person) - the camera man was involved so they would have a good idea if how it best be filmed.
-The AC did not work in the Ultraseven car. It was very hot and they often had a crew man on the floor fanning them with a hand held fan out of the shot.
-The Kemur Man head weighed 8 kilograms which made the running scene tricky (and iconic in the process)


Linda Miller ::SwoonS::
- Once appeared on the cover an Accordian (the musical instrument) magazine in a swimsuit holding an accordion.
- When transitioning from print to video, wasn't sure when the camera was on her she would just smile constantly in case
- Felt like she had the "right look at the right time" and talent for acting wasn't considered in her hiring
- "On a daily basis for the first two weeks i thought i was going to be fired"
- Afraid of heights, so the scenes in Kongs hand (which were done with a crane) were nerve wracking (so no acting required to look panicked)
- Was absolutely mortified by the english dub. So much so that she wouldnt tell people she did the film
- JD explained that KKE had one of the better dubs of the era
- Hideyo Amamoto was a real character. Would wear and toss his cape around even when they werent shooting
- Thought she would continue acting when she came back to the US, but found the US industry very predatory compared to Japan
- Got emotional out the outpouring of love for the film the crowd had, to the point of tearing up
- Likely holds the G-FEST records for the most time in a panel someone has referred to Toho actors as dreamy/handsome/cute
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Hiroshi Sagae:
i love Sagae. So many never before seen pictures of miniatures and props from his personal collection (he took them while working on various films)
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- Got a reputation for being able to work fast and cheap, which got him the door
- Focused on destructible miniatures, which also got him in many doors since many miniature makers dont like having their work destroyed. This opened a lot of opportunities and is how he started working regularly with Wakasa
- In passing said that one the maquette and suit builders worked on "Gamera 1,2, and 3, Gamera the Brave... and is now working on the new Gamera" This was followed by a statement that even if there isnt a suit, the work off maquettes for the design.
- This revelation was just completely blown past by Stan Hyde and Robert Scott Field who were more interested in Higuchi's appearance in the picture. So there was no follow up info about a new Gamera film
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Sagae also did a panel on a creator owned kaiju project "Hometown Monsters" or Gotouchi Kaiju
- They are making a kaiju for each of Japan's 47 prefectures
- In talks with TBS about a feature length film
- They have partnerships with several groups and making toys, books, etc
- They are also working with J-Pop band that does modernized covers of tokusatsu and kaiju related music
- They would like to bring the band over for a concert at G-FEST.
I got a lot of promotional material from this including music and videos, not sure what i can upload or not so i may update this later or give it its own thread.
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The charity auction saw a gigantic plush Godzilla figure sell for $1000 and a number of other donations sold for large prices as well


The costume parade was fun. A large number of M-11s and Ultraman/Sevens this year. They also need to ban the store bought inflatable G'14 from the parade. The parade took way too long, it started as a very crowded standing room only, and ended with the room at 30% of the seats empty. People were so ready to leave that the final costume was only halfway through its walk when the mass exodus started. I was on the far side blocked in by the Gamera so i didnt get out until later. At that point most people I would have gotten rides from had already left and i was a bit tired, so i crashed the Kaijucast listener party for a bit.

Wandered my way to a room with Jaramillo and the Kaiju Kingdom guys and about 6 other guys. Saw some really interesting footage from some really interesting things and heard some fascinating stories regarding Sompote Sands including what happened to the book from a couple years ago. Kind of felt like i found the G-FEST underground. Also talked with Mark a lot about Raiga/Wolfman/etc.

Also caught a number of film festival shorts.. namely a subtitle Gemu, which was great.
========Sunday========
After not nearly enough sleep, packed up my stuff and made one last run at artist alley before heading to the airport only to find my flight delayed.
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Already looking forward to next year and was really happy to meet a lot of new people this year.

I have a TON more pictures, and a TON of video. I'll put a lot of it on my tumblr (klen7.tumblr.com) to keep from spanning the forum.
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby Godzilla21 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:08 am

Wow thanks for the comprehensive report. Looks like an amazing time. Why do you think the costume parade sputtered out?
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby klen7 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:19 am

Just the length of it. The charity auction, G-Pardy and evening events kick off around 7:00 and by the time the parade ended it was after 9:30. When i took the footage i had, just the time where i can see the person in the costume totaled around 18 minutes for the 50+ contestants. It could be streamlined a bit more as far as the amount of time between each contestant since the path they walk is so big (spanning 2 or 3 ballrooms).
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby DannyBeane » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:38 am

That's a pretty solid round up. It's a shame I didn't see you, there's always next year!
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby klen7 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:23 am

Yeh, we need to actually plan something in advance next year.
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby Gojira07 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:44 pm

The costume parade format needs to be overhauled. Its become so bloated I don't even bother going to it anymore.
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby Godzilla21 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:22 pm

Just booked my hotel for this years G Fest. Any of you guys booked yet?
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Re: G-Fest XXIII (July 15-17 2016)

Postby klen7 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:26 pm

What are the dates? I haven't seen the announcement yet
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