G-Fest XXVI (2019): G-Fest Wrap-Up and Kevin Derendorf Interview

At G-Fest XXV, Brian interviewed kaiju author and podcaster Kevin Derendorf.  His book is called “Kaiju for Hipsters: 101 ‘Alternative’ Giant Monster Movies”.  We discuss the thought processes and goals behind “Kaiju for Hipsters” and compare them to the creative process and goals of Kaijuvision Radio. We discuss the need for rare films to be saved, archived and viewed by audiences because rare films are often entertaining and special. We discuss the need for going deeper into kaiju and tokusatsu movies instead of covering the surface as so many have before. We discuss Shin Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), House, the Godzilla Anime Trilogy, and many more fine films.

Check out “Kaiju for Hipsters” here on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Kaiju-Hipsters-Alternative-Monster-Movies/dp/1983293776/

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

Official Kaijuvision merchandise on Redbubble:

http://www.redbubble.com/shop/kaijuvision?ref=search_box

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Host: Brian Scherschel

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

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G-Fest XXVI (2019) Panel: Alien Invasions w/Giant Monster Messages

This is our G-Fest Conference panel, which took place at 12:00pm (CDT) on July 14, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. In it, we compare and contrast alien invasion stories in movies from the Godzilla franchise and from American kaiju/sci-fi movies. I connect the stories from the Godzilla movies to events and trends in Japanese history, while Taylor connects the stories from American films to events and trends in American history. I highlight events from World War II, post-war globalization, nationalism, and the Japanese stock market crash in 1989/1990. Taylor highlights events from the Great Depression, the Red Scare, resource management, and technology.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi, Sean Stiff, William Mize, and Eric White. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

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Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Taylor Hensley

Editor/Director/Video: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

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Episode 51: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (US) (2019)

A lot of critics know and understand the basics of the 1954 Godzilla, but they have less of an understanding of what makes a great Godzilla sequel. This movie has by far the most Toho magic of any non-Japanese Godzilla movie to date. I address the box office, the critical reviews, and how the way this film was edited is a big reason for the film’s underperformance.  The related topic for this episode is eco-terrorism and climate change.

This episode is dedicated to director Michael Dougherty.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi, Sean Stiff, William Mize, and Eric White. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:16

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:16 – 12:14

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 12:14 – 1:16:53

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:16:53 – 1:38:49

Closing: 1:38:49 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Lincoln Bank Tower (left), Allen County Courthouse (center), and The PNC Building (right)

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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Episode 50: War of the Gargantuas (1966)

With beautiful cinematography, detailed miniatures, and lots of work involving water, War of the Gargantuas is an incredible movie! Russ Tamblyn gives us a natural and cool performance in his role as Dr. Stewart. This movie is so refreshingly itself. The related topic for this episode is the recent ascension of Emperor Naruhito.

This episode is dedicated to actor Russ Tamblyn.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi, Sean Stiff, and William Mize. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 5:09

Part 1 – Film Description: 5:09 – 12:38

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 12:38 – 34:48

Part 3 – Related Topic: 34:48 – 51:35

Closing: 51:35 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: South Anthony Boulevard, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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Kaijuvision Radio Merchandise Now Available!

I was delayed in getting episodes out this month, and here’s why:

To celebrate the 50th episode of the show, Kaijuvision merchandise is now available on Redbubble!

http://www.redbubble.com/shop/kaijuvision?search_type=search_box

Show off your affinity for the most visionary kaiju and tokusatsu podcast around!

40 different products in all ranges of colors and sizes.  Fashion, home decor, phone cases, laptop sleeves, art prints, clocks – virtually every product that Redbubble offers!

The premium T-shirts (ethically-sourced and made-to-last) still catch my eye the most.  They come with their own wash bag and look very comfortable to wear.  The acrylic blocks, travel mugs, and metal prints look incredible too.

The images on each individual item are derived from vectored artwork, ensuring that the artwork is printed at the highest quality possible.

The art for the show looks really good, and I wanted listeners to be able to experience this art personally.

The KVR sphere is Kaijuvision Radio’s official logo:

The Torii Gate Banner is the official banner art of Kaijuvision Radio:

The story about the banner art is really interesting:

The high-resolution digitally-created Torii Gate Banner is just as unique as Kaijuvision Radio is in the podcasting world. Torii are gates at Shinto shrines. They represent the entrance into a sacred space. These gates can also be thought of as gates between the normal and the supernatural/unknown.

Thus, the unnamed and mysterious kaiju is on the other side of the gate. Since Kaijuvision has an emphasis on Japanese topics, having a Torii Gate (a well-recognized feature associated with Japan) in the banner art is most appropriate.

The clock is modeled after the famous Doomsday Clock, introduced in 1947. The Doomsday Clock is a metaphor for the threats of unchecked scientific and technological advances to humanity’s existence. The clock is at 5 minutes to midnight, while the time on the real Doomsday Clock changes.

The Doomsday Clock connects to kaiju movies because it represents many of the same things Godzilla and some other kaiju represent. Godzilla is a manifestation of these unchecked scientific advances. The Doomsday Clock connects to Kaijuvision Radio because of the array of real-world topics that are covered on the show.

Brian Scherschel worked with a Japanese Patreon donor to create the design concept, and American artist Kevin C. Geary created the art.