Toho’s “Godzilla Minus One” scored reviews putting it in the best of the year league, and broke several box-office records – especially in the United States.
Yet one of the most discussed elements of the film continues to be its production budget which was said to be around $15 million (or less) yet boasted plenty of visual effects shots on par with Hollywood blockbusters costing ten times as much.
Many have wondered how they did it and this past weekend some insight was finally gained thanks to the annual bakeoff at the visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Speaking with the help of a translator, the team behind the work revealed the film contains a total of 610 VFX shots which were pulled off with both a shoestring budget and just 35 artists.
The film’s director Takashi Yamazaki is one of the potential four nominated people for the film and could end up being the first director to be recognized in the category since Stanley Kubrick in 1968 for his “2001: A Space Odyssey” VFX work.
The VFX bake-off last year stirred much talk when it was revealed “Top Gun: Maverick,” which partly sold itself on doing a bunch of the film practically, still ultimately contained 2,400 VFX shots including creating fully CG aircraft.