After a video resurfaces of the making of a Pacific Rim enemy, director Guillermo del Toro reveals what else was made without the help of VFX.
While Guillermo del Toro Pacific Rim may be remembered for his colossal Kaiju, fans might be surprised to learn that the creatures weren’t all computer-generated, as confirmed by the filmmaker.
The Oscar-winning director responded to a post on Twitter promoting a video about how hands-on effects studio Spectral Motion brought Pacific Rim‘s Kaiju Skinmites come to life using a combination of molds and mechanical legs. Del Toro went on to reveal how many other components of the film were practical, admitting: “We even built miniatures for some of the destruction – And (of course) all the pilot control pods (Connpod) are life-size sets mounted on multi-axis bets to shake them, knock them down and react to hits.”
Pacific Rim brings a classic Japanese genre to life
Released in 2013, Pacific Rim depicts a world where giant Godzilla-sized monsters nicknamed “Kaijus” (the word used for the Japanese giant monster movie genre) have invaded Earth, forcing the planet’s governments to build robotic suits called “Jaegers” as humanity’s last defense. In the film, retired pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) is brought back to fight off a growing presence of Kaiju invaders, teaming up with rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) – the adopted daughter of his superior Marshal Pentecost (Idris Elba) – to fly Becket’s former Jaeger gypsy danger due to their “drift compatible” nature. Upon its release, critics praised Pacific Rim for del Toro’s direction, action scenes and visuals inspired by anime/kaiju films, with his success spawning a sequel in 2018, Pacific Rim: Uprising and the Netflix animated series Pacific Rim: The Black.
While del Toro was originally slated to direct Pacific Rim‘s sequel, he left the project in 2016 to do The shape of water, which won four Academy Awards at the 90th Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. The sequel was picked up by writer Steven S. DeKnight in his directorial debut, but it received mixed reviews from critics. On what his Rim of the Pacific 2 story would have been, del Toro revealed in an interview last year that “the bad guy was this tech guy who basically invented some kind of Internet 2.0. And then they realized all his patents had come to him one morning And so shortly they started putting this together and they said, “Oh, he got them from the Precursors. The guys who control the kaiju. And then we found out that the Precursors are us. thousands of years in the future. They’re trying to terraform themselves, trying to harvest the land again to survive.
Currently, del Toro is working on a stop-motion Pinocchio film for Netflix, which unveiled its first trailer in July. The film is set to be released in December, marking the second Pinocchio adaptation this year following Disney’s recent live-action remake of his own 1940 animated classic. The director is also collaborating with Netflix on an upcoming anthology series titled Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del Torowhich will release new episodes between October 25 and 28.
Pacific Rim is currently streaming on HBO Max.