This Filmmaker Is Traveling Around the World With Godzilla
Ryan Godzilling is an $8 action figure from Chicago. He loves traveling the world, but his brute strength, sheer size, and proclivity for destruction can sometimes get in the way.
He is the brainchild of Kieran Murray, who posts to Instagram under @RyanGodzilling.
The project started when Murray, an Australian filmmaker, came across the Godzilla figurine while traveling alone through Chicago.
“At first I would travel with Ryan as my little plastic travel companion. I would take photos of him in front of landmarks because it was easier to do that rather than to ask strangers to take photos of me,” Murray told Travel + Leisure. “After a while I decided to exercise my photoshop skills and really bring him to life.”
Murray began posting his photos to Instagram and inserting Godzilling into all of his travel pictures. Although the project began as a bit of clever play with perspective, it has grown into an impressive use of Photoshop.
Godzilling now changes size depending on whether he’s helping Murray with laundry or wreaking havoc in the city of New York.
One single image can take up to five hours to create as Murray edits and alters Godzilling.
Godzilling has a personality “you wouldn't expect to belong to a colossal reptilian creature,” Murray told T+L.
“He can’t hold his alcohol. He loves squirrels. He takes ages to get ready before we leave the house and he’s always obsessing over his appearance,” he said. “He’s quite quaint and endearing but still bears some traditional ‘godzilla' personality traits like the occasional urge for mass destruction.”
Murray is currently based in New York City, so most of Godziling’s recent antics have taken place in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The figurine will head out on more adventures later this year, Murray said, and will branch out with more video and photo projects.
On the bucket list is meeting his namesake.
“One day he will get to meet Ryan Gosling and that will be the best photo yet,” Murray said.