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Director Gareth Edwards Reveals 7 Godzilla Secrets
Spoiler highlights of our special Empire Podcast…

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If you’ll pardon the weak wordplay, Godzilla crushed it at the box office, earning $100 million-plus in its opening weekend. Now, for the many people who saw the film, there are questions to be answered. Thank Godzilla that the director of the film, Gareth Edwards, stopped by Empire to spill some beans – beans you can hear (in a fashion) on this spoiler special Empire Podcast. But if you’re not into the whole listening thing, you can also read the beans below. Be warned: this feature is crafted from 100 percent pure spoiler, so you’ll definitely want to watch the film before reading further.

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HOW THEY SET UP THE SET PIECES

Godzilla

“What happens is that everything occurs in parallel. You’re working on the screenplay while you’re building sets, while you’re casting the movie, while you’re doing pre-vis and animation and all sorts of things. So what was set in stone for me, what was never going to change really, were the major set-pieces. That’s what got all my attention in a lot of the pre-production, knowing that the rest we could get right as we went along.

“So they were the milestones of the movie that we knew we were going to reach at some point, and it was just how they connective tissue between them was going to work. That’s what got refined and changed as we evolved the film. You write the movie and then you film it and rewrite it and you edit it and you rewrite it. If you could just teleport the movie back in time to before you started, it would be so much easier. You’d go, ‘Oh, that’s it, of course, I know how to do it.’”

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