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World-renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro took to his twitter account to deliver a small, yet detailed, little lecture on how he goes about making such memorable monsters.

del Toro is a great source to follow on Twitter, often offering up film, book and television recommendations while sharing fan art, interesting insider tidbits and overall scholarly lessons in art and the creative process. Recently he partook in the latter, offering up an entire lesson on the creative process of creating monsters. Del Toro’s films often revolve around creatures and being of high-conceptual design. His monsters are unique as they feel realistic and buried in long history. He convinces himself that they exist and therefore they start to feel that way to an audience.

His lesson was spread over 13 tweets that culminate into an easily digestible lesson in the darker side of creation. Take a look at the thread below, which he wrote while “waiting on a park bench in Paris”:

Even though it looks like we’ll never get Hellboy 3 or At The Mountains Of Madness, director Guillermo del Toro is still incredibly busy. Usually juggling about a half-dozen projects at once, the prolific director continues to have his fingers in many pies. Everything from writing a draft for Justice League Dark to pitching at meetings over at Lucasfilm over prospective Star Wars spin-off, the guy is a workaholic. Not to mention the fact that he currently has a traveling art exhibit, At Home With Monsters, which is making it’s way from LACMA to other museums like the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA) throughout the next year.

When asked why the director didn’t return for the forthcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising he stated that it was just all about the timing:

“The timing started to suck. I had this little movie that I wanted to do—The Shape of Water—very, very much. At one point it was Justice League Dark or Pacific Rim, I said, ‘Let’s go to Pacific Rim.’ The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands—Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company [called the Wanda Group]. They said, ‘We’ve gotta wait nine months’ and I said, ‘I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,’ and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight.”

Considering Pacific Rim: Uprising is now a different story then the one he originally proposed, del Toro feels confident in DeKnight’s ability to turn in a fantastic and faithful sequel but one that will deliver some surprises, too:

“It was such a great choice. I mean I love [DeKnight], love what he does, I think he’s really brilliant. He’s making it his own. I’m not breathing over his shoulder saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ He’s doing things differently and I like that. When I produce I try to produce the way I would like to be produced. I say to everyone I produce, ‘If you need me I will be there 100% all the time. If you don’t need me, I’m not there. You show me the cut then we’ll start interacting.”

As for those proposed meetings over at Lucasfilm, del Toro met with Kathleen Kennedy to chew the fat on a few ideas including a Godfather-like rendition of Jabba the Hutt and his family’s lineage:

“I will say there are some characters that are great, and I have talked to [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy and [Industrial Light and Magic CCO] John Knoll about ideas…I would do the sort of Godfather saga the Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup, you know? I just love the character.”

Jabba

Though the Jabba the Hutt idea has been one del Toro has been bouncing around for a few years, it’s easy to see why both Kennedy and Knoll would be interested in taking some minutes with the director. Del Toro has offered his supervisory advice on countless projects from the Kung-fu Panda series to aiding in the conceptual design of the futuristic sentinels in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. These preliminary meetings over at Lucasfilm could easily just be some creative consulting meetings.

Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film The Shape Of Water is due out November 2017, and is a Cold War fantasy film where Sally Hawkins plays a cleaning lady who works in a government laboratory, where a fish man (played by Doug Jones) is held captive and being experimented on by American scientists and soldiers.

the shape of water

You can currently check out Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters and remember that Pacific Rim: Uprising is set to release February 23, 2018.


Images: Warner Bros., Lucasfilm, Disney, LACMA,

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Guillermo del Toro Reveals How He Designs Monsters

Learn a lesson on how the prolific filmmaker designs his creatures as well as updates on the numerous projects he's attached to,

By Mitchell Corner | 04/18/2017 03:35 PM PT | Updated 04/21/2017 10:14 AM PT

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World-renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro took to his twitter account to deliver a small, yet detailed, little lecture on how he goes about making such memorable monsters.

del Toro is a great source to follow on Twitter, often offering up film, book and television recommendations while sharing fan art, interesting insider tidbits and overall scholarly lessons in art and the creative process. Recently he partook in the latter, offering up an entire lesson on the creative process of creating monsters. Del Toro’s films often revolve around creatures and being of high-conceptual design. His monsters are unique as they feel realistic and buried in long history. He convinces himself that they exist and therefore they start to feel that way to an audience.

His lesson was spread over 13 tweets that culminate into an easily digestible lesson in the darker side of creation. Take a look at the thread below, which he wrote while “waiting on a park bench in Paris”:

Even though it looks like we’ll never get Hellboy 3 or At The Mountains Of Madness, director Guillermo del Toro is still incredibly busy. Usually juggling about a half-dozen projects at once, the prolific director continues to have his fingers in many pies. Everything from writing a draft for Justice League Dark to pitching at meetings over at Lucasfilm over prospective Star Wars spin-off, the guy is a workaholic. Not to mention the fact that he currently has a traveling art exhibit, At Home With Monsters, which is making it’s way from LACMA to other museums like the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA) throughout the next year.

When asked why the director didn’t return for the forthcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising he stated that it was just all about the timing:

“The timing started to suck. I had this little movie that I wanted to do—The Shape of Water—very, very much. At one point it was Justice League Dark or Pacific Rim, I said, ‘Let’s go to Pacific Rim.’ The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands—Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company [called the Wanda Group]. They said, ‘We’ve gotta wait nine months’ and I said, ‘I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,’ and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight.”

Considering Pacific Rim: Uprising is now a different story then the one he originally proposed, del Toro feels confident in DeKnight’s ability to turn in a fantastic and faithful sequel but one that will deliver some surprises, too:

“It was such a great choice. I mean I love [DeKnight], love what he does, I think he’s really brilliant. He’s making it his own. I’m not breathing over his shoulder saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ He’s doing things differently and I like that. When I produce I try to produce the way I would like to be produced. I say to everyone I produce, ‘If you need me I will be there 100% all the time. If you don’t need me, I’m not there. You show me the cut then we’ll start interacting.”

As for those proposed meetings over at Lucasfilm, del Toro met with Kathleen Kennedy to chew the fat on a few ideas including a Godfather-like rendition of Jabba the Hutt and his family’s lineage:

“I will say there are some characters that are great, and I have talked to [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy and [Industrial Light and Magic CCO] John Knoll about ideas…I would do the sort of Godfather saga the Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup, you know? I just love the character.”

Jabba

Though the Jabba the Hutt idea has been one del Toro has been bouncing around for a few years, it’s easy to see why both Kennedy and Knoll would be interested in taking some minutes with the director. Del Toro has offered his supervisory advice on countless projects from the Kung-fu Panda series to aiding in the conceptual design of the futuristic sentinels in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. These preliminary meetings over at Lucasfilm could easily just be some creative consulting meetings.

Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film The Shape Of Water is due out November 2017, and is a Cold War fantasy film where Sally Hawkins plays a cleaning lady who works in a government laboratory, where a fish man (played by Doug Jones) is held captive and being experimented on by American scientists and soldiers.

the shape of water

You can currently check out Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters and remember that Pacific Rim: Uprising is set to release February 23, 2018.


Images: Warner Bros., Lucasfilm, Disney, LACMA,

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About Mitchell Corner

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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario of the Great White North, Mitchell has written for GEEK, Grizzlybomb, and The Richest. Though his obsession for film often outweighs everything else, his writing includes reviews and editorials on TV, digital media, and all things Geeky.