Now that the first Godzilla 2014 trailer has been unleashed, it feels apt to tell you about the Godzilla Encounter: a live, interactive fan experience that took place at Comic Con back in July.
As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, Hollywood studios went all out this year with offsite fan activities in San Diego. One of the highlights was the Ender’s Game Fan Experience, which gave us a chance to walk through the actual sets used for filming. But the biggest, baddest of them all was the Godzilla Encounter, which beat everyone hands down.
Housed in a striking red building, it was only open to Comic Con pass holders, who had to register for it online at GodzillaEncounter.com. The slots were almost all taken up, but Gillian and I were lucky enough to land one on the Sunday evening. It was all meant to be a precursor to Godzilla 2014, and this was the first thing we saw when we stepped inside.
As you might have guessed, the Godzilla Encounter was essentially a re-creation of downtown Tokyo, albeit one ravaged by a rampaging Godzilla. There were posters and artwork, as well as a loving homage to Ishiro Honda, who directed the original Godzilla movie back in 1954.
The attention paid to detail was really impressive – there was even a ‘ramen bar’ complete with extras reading their newspapers and slurping down their noodles. But I’ll let the pictures do the talking now.
It was at this point that the excitement started, with sirens blaring and ‘police’ and ’emergency officials’ coming in to usher us away. We were all ushered into a ‘control room’, then an ‘elevator’ to be taken to the ‘rooftop – before it suddenly ‘stalled’ and we were dumped into an ‘office’. It was all rather funny, because in between warning us about the terrifying dangers coming our way, the ‘officials’ reminded us that we weren’t allowed to take pictures anymore.
Then it all got very theme park-like, because a video wall suddenly appeared – and Godzilla himself sauntered past, letting out a massive bellow. His ‘head’ actually came right up to us, eyeballing us with a mean stare.
While we don’t have any footage of this to show you, director Gareth Edwards and cast members including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elisabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston did go through the Godzilla Encounter. Legendary Pictures captured the whole thing.
Godzilla opens in Singapore on May 15, 2014.
Most of the images in this post were taken with a Nikon 1 V2