Production Materials from VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS

Like many fans, we're constantly fascinated here by actual production materials from Bert I Gordon's 1965 film. This page will chronicle the items that we are able to find, dealing with the rigors of the production process of this film.


In December of 2014, I managed to win an amazing collection of production materials from "Village of the Giants," on eBay!
Along with an actual copy of the script, the package also included some 25 pages of casting material, which leads me to believe that the items were owned by talent coordinator, Marvin Paige. The collection does include information on acquiring dancers, and some of the musical talent for the film.
As well, there's 14 pages of casting notes that show the numerous young talents who came out to try and be part of Bert I Gordon's film, along with little scribbles here and there. There's also a letter from the William Morris Agency, and pages giving summaries of what each character is like.
Each of these pages has been set up to be displayed in a new window, so that you the viewer, can compare/contrast the different pieces of production materials.



Along with the pages and pages of casting notes that were provided, I was eager to see one piece of material that was also intriguing: The Shooting Schedule!
Unlike some of the more casual pieces of paper that had been handled like in the pieces above, much of the shoot schedule seemed pretty untouched. In checking the stapled pages, it looked like they had hardly ever been bent. Maybe they were just given to the crew member since everyone got them, but he didn't utilize them the way other members of the departments would.
As well, there was one fun little error, in that whoever was putting the pages together, added an extra Page 8 to the ream of papers.
Each of these pages has been set up to be displayed in a new window, so you can get a chance to read over the information provided. As well, I'll be adding some notations regarding certain descriptions. And, if you have a copy of the shooting script with you, you can match up the scene numbers in the schedule, with those in its pages.


Sometimes it is unexpected, as to what one will find when it comes to behind-the-scenes material from Village of the Giants.
An auction for a copy of the film's script from a used bookstore in Maryland, yielded a surprising find. Interspersed within a copy of the script they had for sale, were photocopied storyboard images, along with handwritten notes telling how certain visual effects shots were to be achieved.
The identity as to whose copy of the script this was remains a mystery, but the images on the pages below give an interesting peek into how certain scenes were achieved. An added bonus, is that we also have examples of some scenes that are included in the shooting script, but were not in the finished film.




When we interviewed Hank Jones in 2009, he was kind enough to provide us with several pieces of material from his collection of items. One of them was this copy of a Production Call Sheet from May 11, 1965.
It appears that on this day, almost all the interior shots dealing with Nancy's Living Room (referred to as "Barry House" on the call sheet) were shot on this day.
It appears also that later on, production of the basement scenes took place on other days, as only two scenes are filmed on this day.




No production is complete without a shooting script (yes, even the flimsiest of beach movies!), and this page feels incomplete, without mentioning the Final Draft of the Shooting Script!
Over the last 7 years, I've had the good fortune to peruse through three different copies of this film's script! The first time was in February of 2007, at the Margaret Herrick Library, in Beverly Hills, CA. Though I was able to take copious notes on what was different in the script, I was not allowed to fully transcribe it.
That opportunity came in 2009, when after interviewing actor Hank Jones, he kindly sent me his personal copy of the script, and allowed me to make the first full transcription, which went up on the site shortly afterward!
The third time I encountered the script, was in December of 2014, when I obtained a copy in an eBay auction from Marvin Paige's estate. The auction gave me a number of other production materials found on this page!
If you would like to read through and download a copy of the Final Draft, simply go to our Shooting Script & Film Transcripts link on the main information page.