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Gareth Edwards is a British director known for his 2010 independent film Monsters and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla.


Biography

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Edwards hails from Nuneaton, a small town in the middle of England, where, from the age of six, he was determined to become a film director. For his university graduation project, his was one of the first student films to combine live action with digital effects. Understanding the influence of computer graphics on the creative process of filmmaking, Edwards began a ten-year career as a visual effects artist working from his bedroom for BBC documentaries like “Hiroshima,” for which he won a BAFTA Award.

His visual effects skills led to directing the epic drama “Heroes and Villains: Attila the Hun” for the BBC, personally creating all 250 visual effects for the project. He then entered Sci-Fi London’s 48-hour film contest, answering the challenge of making a short film with no crew and just one actor in only two days. The result, “Factory Farmed,” won first prize.

Inspired by this guerilla approach to filmmaking, Edwards went on to make “Monsters,” a sci-fi thriller about an alien attack on Earth and its effect on a cynical American journalist, played by Scoot McNairy. With just a minimal crew, he served as writer, director, cinematographer and completed all the creature design and visual effect shots himself.

For “Monsters,” Edwards garnered a BAFTA Award nomination for Outstanding Debut for a British Director or Producer; won three British Independent Film Awards, including Best Director and Best Technical Achievement, for the film’s effects; an Evening Standard Film Award for Best Technical/Artistic Achievement, for the film’s cinematography, production design and VFX; the London Film Critics Circle honor as Breakthrough British Filmmaker; and the Austin Film Critics Award for Best First Film. The movie itself won the National Board of Review Award as Top Independent Film and the Saturn Award as Best International Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.

The success of “Monsters” drew the attention of Hollywood, leading to the opportunity to direct the epic rebirth of “Godzilla.”

On May 22 2014, it was announced that Edwards would be directing Rogue One, one of the Star Wars spin-offs, currently scheduled for release in December 2016. It was later confirmed that he would also return to direct two sequels to Godzilla, but he later dropped out of Godzilla 2 in May 2016 after filming wrapped up on Rogue One, expressing a desire to shift his attention to smaller projects.

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6歳のときに、すでに映画監督を志し、大学卒業制作として実写とデジタル・エフェクトを合体させた映画を初めて作った学生の一人となった。映画制作のクリエイティブ・プロセス上、CGの重要性を理解し、VFXアーティストとしてのキャリアをスタート。自宅でBBCのドキュメンタリーの視覚効果を制作し、その中の「HIROSHIMA」(05)で英国アカデミー賞視覚効果賞を受賞した。その後、2010年に制作した『モンスターズ/地球外生命体』は、地球外生命体による地球への攻撃と、それがスクート・マクネイリー演じる皮肉屋のアメリカ人ジャーナリストに及ぼす影響を描いたSFスリラーで、ギャレス自身が脚本、監督、撮影を兼ね、すべてのクリーチャー・デザインと視覚効果ショットを完成させた。同作では、英国アカデミー賞の英国人新人賞(監督、プロデューサー、脚本家が対象)にノミネートされ、また、英国インディペンデント映画賞では監督賞と視覚効果に対する技術賞を受賞。映画としては、ナショナル・ボード・オブ・レビュー賞のインディペンデント映画TOP10に選ばれた。この『モンスターズ/地球外生命体』の成功によってハリウッドから注目され、本作『GODZILLA』の監督起用につながった。本作は長編映画監督2作目となる。

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