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Gareth Edwards is a British director known for his 2010 independent film, Monsters, Legendary Pictures' 2014 film, Godzilla, and the 2016 film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


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: King of the Monsters 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。

Filmography

Directing credits

  • End Day (2005)
  • Perfect Disaster (2006)
  • Heroes and Villains (2008)
  • Monsters (2010)
  • Godzilla (2014)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Producing credits

  • Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

Visual effects credits

  • Nova (2003)
  • Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003)
  • Hiroshima (2005)
  • Space Race (2005)
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

Gallery

MonsterVerse
Godzilla
Film Godzilla (GalleryVideosSoundtrack)
Marketing Godzilla - Comic-Con 2012 TrailerGodzilla - Official Teaser TrailerGodzilla - Official Main TrailerGodzilla - International TrailerGodzilla - Asia Trailer

It Can't Be StoppedI Can't Believe This Is HappeningWhatever It TakesCourageExtended LookNature Has An OrderYou're Hiding Something

Kaiju Godzilla (2014 design) • MUTO (2014 design; Male and Female)
Cast and Characters Joseph Brody (Bryan Cranston) • Sandra Brody (Juliette Binoche) • Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) • Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen) • Sam Brody (Carson Bolde) • Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) • Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) • William Stenz (David Strathairn)
Staff Gareth EdwardsThomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersMax BorensteinDavid CallahamPatricia WhitcherAlex GarciaYoshimitsu BannoKenji OkuhiraSeamus McGarveyOwen PatersonBob DucsaySharen DavisJim RygielAlexandre Desplat
Godzilla: Awakening Godzilla: AwakeningGodzillaShinomura
Books Godzilla: AwakeningGodzilla: The Official NovelizationGodzilla: The Art of DestructionGodzilla: With Light and Sound!
Websites Godzillaencounter.comGodzilla Encounter AppGodzilla EncounterMUTOResearch.netGodzillamovie.comGodzilla-Movie.jpGodzilla.jp
Toys and games Bandai Creation's Godzilla 2014 Toy LineJakks Pacific's GodzillaNECA's GodzillaGodzilla: With Light and Sound!Godzilla: Smash3Godzilla: Strike ZoneGodzilla: Crisis DefenseS.H. MonsterArtsGodzilla EggsBattle SpiritsGodzilla (2014 video game)
Partners and sweepstakes SnickersFIATMikadoSweepstakes
Scrapped elements RokmutulPterodactylJune 2012 screenplayUnnamed multi-legged monster
Kong: Skull Island
Film Kong: Skull Island (GalleryVideosSoundtrack)
Marketing Kong: Skull Island Comic-Con 2016 TrailerKong: Skull Island Trailer 2Kong: Skull Island: Rise of the King Trailer

BreathCalvaryReignThe IslandShutterUncharted

Kaiju Kong (2017 design) • Mire SquidMother LonglegsPsychovultureSker BuffaloSkullcrawler (2017 design) • Spore MantisDeath JackalUnidentified antUnidentified deerUnidentified snakeUnidentified turtle
Cast and Characters James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) • Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) • William Randa (John Goodman) • Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) • San Lin (Jing Tian) • Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell) • Victor Nieves (John Ortiz) • Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) • Glenn Mills (Jason Mitchell) • Earl Cole (Shea Whigham) • Reg Slivko (Thomas Mann) • Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly)
Organizations Monarch
Locations Skull Island
Books Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie NovelizationThe Art and Making of Kong: Skull IslandSkull Island: The Birth of Kong
Websites Discoverskullisland.com
Toys and games Lanard's Kong: Skull Island toy line
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Film Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Gallery)
Marketing Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Comic-Con 2014 Teaser
Kaiju Godzilla (2014 design) • Rodan (2019 design) • Mothra (2019 design) • King Ghidorah (2019 design)
Cast and Characters Millie Bobby BrownKyle ChandlerVera FarmigaO'Shea Jackson Jr.
Staff Michael DoughertyThomas TullJon JashniMary ParentMax BorensteinZach ShieldsAlex Garcia
Staff
Directors
Showa era Ishiro HondaEiji TsuburayaSFX directorMotoyoshi OdaKoji HashimotoKoichi KawakitaAssistant SFX directorJun FukudaYoshimitsu BannoMikio Naruse
Heisei era Kazuki OmoriTakao Okawara
Millennium series Takao OkawaraMasaaki TezukaShusuke KanekoHirofumi IshigakiRyuhei Kitamura
TriStar Pictures Roland Emmerich
MonsterVerse Gareth EdwardsJordan Vogt-Roberts
Post-Millennium Hideaki AnnoShinji HiguchiKobun ShizunoHiroyuki Seshita
Miscellaneous Willis O'Brien
Producers
Showa era Tomoyuki Tanaka
Millennium series Shogo Tomiyama
TriStar Pictures Dean Devlin
MonsterVerse Thomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersYoshimitsu Banno
Writers
Showa era Shinichi SekizawaTakeo MurataTakeshi Kimura
Heisei era Kazuki Omori
Millennium series Wataru Mimura
TriStar Pictures Dean Devlin
MonsterVerse Max Borenstein
Post-Millennium Hideaki Anno
Composers
Showa era Akira IfukubeMasaru Sato
Heisei era Reijiro KorokuKouichi SugiyamaTakayuki Hattori
Millennium series Michiru OshimaKow Otani
MonsterVerse Alexandre DesplatHenry Jackman
Post-Millennium Shiro Sagisu
Actors and actresses
Showa era Akira TakaradaAkihiko HirataMomoko KochiTakashi ShimuraFuyuki MurakamiRaymond BurrHiroshi KoizumiTadao TakashimaHideyo AmamotoKumi MizunoSusumu KurobeSeiji ŌnakaKoji FuruhataDon MessickTGPH
Heisei era Megumi OdakaMasahiro TakashimaJirō DanMayumi ŌkuwaKaori AizawaKenichirō Shimamura
Millennium series Natalia D. AdamsOrga vocalizations
Paramount Pictures Peter CullenKing Kong vocalizations
TriStar Pictures Frank WelkerGodzilla vocalizations
MonsterVerse Aaron Taylor-JohnsonKen WatanabeElizabeth OlsenJuliette BinocheSally HawkinsDavid StrathairnBryan CranstonCarson BoldeCJ AdamsAl Sapienza
Post-Millennium Ren MatsuzawaMiwa SasakiHiroki HasegawaYutaka TakenouchiSatomi Ishihara
Suit actors
Showa era Haruo NakajimaKatsumi TezukaHiroshi SekitaKōji SoraSatoshi FuruyaKoetsu OmiyaShinji TakagiHideto OdachiIsao ZushiTadakki WatanabeToru Kawai
Heisei era Wataru FukudaRyō HaritaniKenpachiro SatsumaHurricane Ryu HarikenTsutomu KitagawaMizuho YoshidaAkira OhashiToshinori Sasaki
Millennium series Rie OtaToshinori SasakiHirofumi IshigakiKazuhiro Yoshida
TriStar Pictures Kurt Carley
MonsterVerse T.J. Storm
Post-Millennium Mansai Nomura
Miscellaneous
Printed media Noriyoshi OhraiHurricane Ryu HarikenChris MowryMatt FrankJeff ZornowPriscilla Tramontano