The Kaiju Saga Unleashed ON-DEMAND
Our entire 5-part "How to Fabricate a Monster Suit" course is finally available On-Demand! This Godzilla-sized lesson saga, our most ambitious to date, follows two of Hollywood's master FX fabricators, Bill Bryan & Ted Haines, as they lead their student teams on a 2-week crash course in creating Kaiju costumes using a huge variety of fabrication techniques.
Whether you're a foam monster maker looking to learn from the best, a fabrication novice eager to add to your skill set or just a creature fan who likes to watch "how they did it," this comprehensive video series offers something for everyone. Check out the course previews for all 5-parts below. And for those of you who want to build a miniature city for your monsters to fight in, we've included all the previews to Ian Hunters "How to Build a Miniature City" as well!
Long live giant monsters,
How to Fabricate A Monster Suit
Part 1 - DESIGN, PATTERN, & PROTOTYPE:
In part 1 of this gargantuan 5-part webcourse series, Bryan, Haines & their student teams begin the process of bringing two Kaiju monster suits to life, including design review, head patterning and carving, tips on creating teeth, nails and horns, and suit prototyping techniques!
For the full webcourse, click HERE: DESIGN, PATTERN, & PROTOTYPE
Part 2 - DETAILING, TEXTURING & MECHANISM:
In part 2, Bryan, Haines & their student teams continue the monster-making process, including muscle patterning, carving details, skin texturizing, and mechanism prototyping.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: DETAILING, TEXTURING & MECHANISMS
Part 3 - MECHANISMS & SECONDARY FORM:
In part 3, Bill Bryan, Ted Haines & their student teams continue the Kaiju-making process. Calling upon their combined half-century of character costume building experience, Bryan & Haines share affordable DIY techniques for mechanizing, finalizing suit silhouettes, and how to use plastic bags to create inflatable sacs and organic skin texture.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: MECHANISMS & SECONDARY FORMS
Part 4 - COMPLETING MECHANISMS & ASSEMBLING COMPONENTS
In part 4, Bill Bryan, Ted Haines & their student teams approach the finish line as they complete and assemble their monster suit components. Follow along to pick up a vast variety of valuable techniques for attaching monster arms and heads, mechanizing jaws & mandibles, and even how to make "nurnies" and use razor blades to create organic texture.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: COMPLETING MECHANISMS & ASSEMBLING COMPONENTS
Part 5 - KAIJU COSTUME FINISHING & ON-SET REHEARSAL:
In part 5 of this colossal Kaiju suit course, Bill Bryan & Ted Haines guide their student teams through the final steps in the monster-making process. Covering a broad range of finishing techniques, Bryan & Haines share their approaches to bringing it all together, including how to "skin" your creature costumes, creating custom air bladders, adjusting internal mechanisms, monster suit painting tips, and finally, on-set blocking.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: KAIJU COSTUME FINISHING & ON-SET REHEARSAL
Building Miniatures: Small-Scale Model Making
Small-Scale Model Making - Part 1:
In part 1 of this epic 5-part webcourse series, Ian Hunter takes you through the first steps for building a miniature city set for a Tokusatsu-style Giant Monster movie. From designing a city blueprint to creating breakaway buildings, Hunter lays the foundations for the miniature metropolis that will take shape during this educational journey with a master of small-scale model making.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: Small-Scale Model Making Part 1
Small-Scale Model Making - Part 2:
In part 2, Ian Hunter shows you how to design, construct, detail and destroy breakaway buildings and miniatures with a variety of pyrotechnic special effects. Featuring exciting (and explosive) demonstrations with Hollywood pyrotechnics legend Richie Helmer (Jaws, Apocalypse Now, Spider-Man 2), including how to use air cannons, barrel blasts, and pyrotechnic mortars to create the illusion of epic destruction on a miniature scale.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: Small-Scale Model Making Part 2
In part 3, Ian Hunter teaches you how to create breakable miniatures, including windows, tanks, subway trains, billboards, roadways and more. If you've ever wanted to film mass destruction on a small scale, don't miss this online lesson from a true master of cinematic disaster.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: Small-Scale Model Making Part 3
Small-Scale Model Making - Part 4:
In part 4 of his model making webcourse saga, Ian Hunter shows you how to put the finishing touches on your miniature metropolis, including laser cutting windows, illuminating street lamps, and creating tiny trees and topography.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: Small-Scale Model Making Part 4
Small-Scale Model Making - Part 5:
In the last part of this model making webcourse series, Ian Hunter concludes with insider tips on painting, assembly, miniature set-dressing and finally, rehearsing your Kaiju and camera moves in preparation for filming.
For the full webcourse, click HERE: Small-Scale Model Making Part 5