For most of us, growing up watching monster movies was a staple of our childhood. We loved to watch enormous atomic-fire-breathing beasts, stalking a cityscape while crushing both buildings and terrified denizens alike underfoot. At one point we've all imagined ourselves either being Godzilla, Ultraman or the Megazord itself, either defending or terrifying the imaginary cities of our minds.
We're older now, so why not bring that fantasy scenario to life by building your own Kaiju robot?
My name is Curtis Jaeger and I'm Directing my own Kaiju film, Mind City Terror
. The Kaiju genre has recently received a revival with "Pacific Rim," but regardless of your feelings for the CGI monsters of Guillermo Del Toro's film, my crew and I always had a soft-spot for the latex body suits of the originals. There's just something so much more fun about smashing something practically.
We wanted to share how we made our costumes in hopes of encouraging other DIY filmmakers to aim high as we believe the sky is the limit for costume makers and amateur filmmakers alike. Too often the multitasking and budgeting of filmmaking causes inexperienced makers to abandon a project before they really give it a shot, so without further introduction here is our guide to making your own Kaiju monster.
As a caveat, the instructions for this Instructable are for our project specifically. We encourage you to experiment and share with us your results! If you found the article helpful, check out our Kickstarter
and contribute to get yourself a copy of the film when it's complete!