I’m happy to tell you up front that not only is the documentary detailed here already shot and edited, but that its Kickstarter project to raise funds for post-production sound and music has already crossed its goal! You can actually look forward to this film, and you can be sure it will get out there wether you have the scratch to throw at it or not, which is a good thing because I think most chewers would agree that a documentary about the men in cinema’s classic monster suits sounds like a great idea!
A documentary from Wyrd Studios, Men In Suits is a film that honors the men who have given so many classic movie monsters their real hearts, while exploring the kind of life these men lead. The film is apparently complete at this point (save for the post-production work they’re raising money for) and features interviews with monster motion masters like…
Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth)
Tom Woodruff Jr. (the Alien fims)
Haruo Nakajima (Godzilla, Ultraman)
Bob Burns (The Ghost Busters, Invasion of the Saucer Men)
Brian Steele (Hellboy II, Predators)
Douglas Tait (Zathura, Knights of Badassdom)
John Alexander (Gorillas In The Mist, Men In Black)
Van Snowden (H.R. Pufnstuff, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters)
Misty Rosas (Congo, Sid The Science Kid)
Michelan Sisti (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dinosaurs)
Camden Toy (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel)
Bobby Clark (Star Trek)
And of course Guillermo Del Toro makes an appearance!
The film seeks to explore all sides of the process, even the more painful ones (which, naturally, are the most compelling!), for example:
As you might imagine, this is a celebration of an art form that is becoming more and more marginalized by CGI. A sadness though that may be, I wonder if the documentary acknowledges the fine work of men like Andy Serkis (and Doug Jones), who bring that same dedication to movie magic and artful bodily precision to the new world of motion-capture. Surely there’s a segment that does so?
Regardless, this is something I want to see, and I hope continued support for their KS campaign across the next 19 days will empower them to get the film more exposure.