Size matters, sure, but experience oftentimes counts for even more. Konrad counts several major blockbuster productions under his credits, from “Tron: Legacy” to several recent DC Universe movies to shows like “For All Mankind,” “Loki,” and even “Ms. Marvel.” Along the way, he also made stops with “Godzilla” and the sequel “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” so it’s safe to say that the “Monarch” team knew exactly what they were doing when they brought him on board.
In fact, his past experiences bringing Godzilla and various other Titans to life came in handy during production of “Monarch.” Although audiences have been conditioned to largely ignore VFX when it’s done exceptionally well, Konrad’s work undoubtedly helped make these projects look as spectacular as possible. That’s what makes it all the more interesting to hear about the unusual methods that VFX artists resorted to in order to get the perfect shot. He went on to say:
“You’re bringing things down to the small screen, and so the iPhone test is something I still do. Am I able to understand what creatively is happening with these giant monsters, and these night scenes or in these day scenes? Making sure that those silhouettes are really strong, and compositions are really strong.”
Spoiler warning: True to its subtitle, there are quite a few moments of monster mayhem in “Legacy of Monsters.” Although there’s still quite a bit of human drama to get through (/Film’s Chris Evangelista expounded on that in his review here), viewers won’t be disappointed by the high-flying action. The first two episodes of “Monarch” are now streaming on Apple TV+.