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Godzilla: Heatseekers Team by filbarlow Godzilla: Heatseekers Team by filbarlow
Here is a promotional poster I did while working as Character & Creature Supervisor at Columbia Tristar.

I had pitched 2 other styles for the characters and the Centropolis Executives and Directors of the Godzilla film, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, rejected these earlier attempts. My Executive Producer, Richard Raynis started to mumble about having to look for another designer.
I asked for another chance and, working all night, designed the entire cast in this style.

This new style was green lit and I could keep my job. Phew!
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2016
I'm glad they kept you on board, the show would not have been the same without your art style, definitely one of, if not the biggest, draws of the series (the stories and characters were great too mind you, but your monster designs always captivated me as a kid, & I can't imagine the show without any of the beasties you designed). Its so weird to see how similar yet different the earlier concept designs for the characters were, Nick with his glasses & Monique with long hair etc (its actually a really nice alternate hairstyle for her). 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Yeah that's why I wanted to show this early development piece, character design is often an evolution. The final result isn't always the best choice, it's just where you end up once the execs stop making notes.
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CosmicEevee Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The G-man!!!
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this frickin series. It gave us the Cloverfiel monster before Cloverfield and Reign of Fire before Reign of Fire.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad that you noticed :)
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legendfromthedeep Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Monique is rocking the long hair here.
I just love your work! How could I not--G:TS is one of my favorite cartoons. I even showed it to my little sisters the other day, and they loved it! Awesome job. 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah it's funny what Executive Producers get hung up on, her hair was one of the many notes I had to deal with.

It's cool that it has some lasting value :)
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AGV120395 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
which was so apreciated!
with this series and other things I discovered the world of the kaijus
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Kaijus need more friends.
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AGV120395 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Yup :nod:
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Imperator-Lawrence Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Writer
This is fascinating stuff. I pretty much knew -nothing- about how things went "backstage" with GTS before now. You guys made my Saturdays worth getting up for!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I appreciate the feedback, glad to have made your childhood more interesting.
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littlewolfyone Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah childhood memories ^.^ looks good ~.^ miss this show T.T
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Ahh memories ^.^
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littlewolfyone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, the memories of sitting in front of the tv with a bowl of cereal watching the saturday morning line up ~.^ lol good times, good times ^.^
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I was so exhausted I slept through most of them >.<;
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littlewolfyone Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol yeah, I was a bit of an early riser when I was a kid, so I was up with the sun trying to catch the line up from beginning, 7am, to the end, 12pm. though usually after the series, I was done watching the line up. couldn't sit in front of the tv all day. I'm rarely at the tv nowadays. there's nothing good on :| still great to relive childhood memories ever now and again though ;) lol
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littlewolfyone Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*every
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Sniper0092 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is good.
You worked for them? That's cool. I plan on making cartoons in the future too.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, I wish you all the best for your future goals.
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PenningtonBeast Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This show was the highlight of my childhood. Thank you!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You are very welcome :)
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Scourge157 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
yes,this is cool.)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Glad you like it.
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Scourge157 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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Optic-AL Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love it, one of my boys favd toons.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Cool glad you liked it :)
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Optic-AL Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sure do.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Is it just me, or were the animated cast by & large FAR slicker than their film counterparts (well, aside from Hank Azaria's cameraman & Jean Reno's spy guy)? Not that I have any beef with Matthew Broderick, but between the design & voice actor, Dr. Nick especially underwent a change for the cooler. The hacker/IT dude & badass black-ops liaison chick certainly rounded this bunch out as well.

Speaking of which, I'd love to know who put N.I.G.E.L. (the "redshirt" exploration-bot) on the table.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
N.I.G.E.L. was Executive Producer Richard Raynis' idea he loves gadgets and high tech stuff. It took a while for the Prop department to get the thrown together look that Richard was looking for, he also chose all of the voices figured out the line-up of characters for the show and directed the intro, I did a few of the key Zilla designs for that.
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Man Craven was such a wimp about...NIGEEEEEELLLLL
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I agree it got a bit repetitive lol
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
But god I miss those days. With all the garbage they have on now It makes me wanna cry. How about You?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It's so hard for me to judge: one adult's garbage is some kid's inspiration. The best stuff on TV when I was a kid was puppet shows, string puppets too, you can't get crappier than that!! Somehow I managed to find inspiration from them.

To be honest, I don't feel I've ever done a really good kid's show, I'd love to do one with the gloves off, really do something amazing!! :)
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Out of curiosity, If Big guy and Rusty had continued Would Rusty have found out?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That he was a robot?
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Ah, a techie after my own heart-speaking of which, I still kinda want the hydrofoil research vessel H.E.A.T. used...and oh, that intro was the whip. Mr. Raynis was clearly on the ball there.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Richard personally directed all of the intros to the Sony shows, and I helped him with designs on all of them, sometimes storyboarding the whole thing for him when he couldn't get what he wanted from a director. The intros are a chance to see Richard's pure vision for the show.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
And what a vision it was...that little one-on-four faceoff 'tween Toon-Zilla and his fellow mutations was pure classic-Toho goodness. Speaking of which, I picked up a DVD compilation of "Monster Wars" and enjoyed your spin on the 'alien invasion' angle, to say nothing of Cyber-Zilla.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I had fun on that episode, Cyber-Zilla took a while to get right lol
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fcaiser Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Wow finally something new, I love you man กกก
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I drew your icon by the way lol
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tnperkins Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ahhh the memories come flooding back... Great work, Boss!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hey sub-boss! XD ...Ok, so Tom here was my 2nd in command on Godzilla but after I'd set the style on the first episode I handed the entire responsibilities of the characters over to his care so that I could focus all of my attention on the monsters. He did a fantastic job and I sincerely appreciate his help, what a workload!
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
The sad thing is Godzilla the series was one of the last good shows on Fox Kids before it went belly up. It's heartbreaking
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Starship Troopers? Rusty and the Big Guy?
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Well they were too
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
I caught a couple episodes of "Big Guy," but had no clue that particular film-adaptation existed. Until now. Ah, the things you learn from the web...sometimes they're even suitable for public discussion!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wait... no I didn't mean that there was a film adaption of Rusty, just that the animation division didn't end at Godzilla. Sorry for the confusion.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Actually, that's probably my mistake-I meant to say "I caught several Rusty episodes, but had no clue there was a Starship Troopers 'toon."

I did catch a half-dozen or so eps of MIB, and couldn't help but notice a certain similarity of style...which fits both franchises like a glove, mind. It's truly a pleasure to connect with the sources behind these shows. My thanks again, Messrs. Perkins & Barlow.
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