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220 images from Alien including behind the scenes photos, concept art and early effects shots.
posted by brundlefly (21 comments total) 66 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by growabrain at 3:23 PM on June 27, 2014 [3 favorites]


First time I've favorited a link before even clicking it.
posted by churl at 3:38 PM on June 27, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'm back for a sec to confirm the link is awesome. Okay clicking away again now ttyl
posted by churl at 3:40 PM on June 27, 2014


So, so awesome. The pictures of the actors who were inside the suit are really great.
posted by lumpenprole at 3:56 PM on June 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


Y'know, Alien is pretty fucked up.
posted by curious nu at 4:10 PM on June 27, 2014


I'll just go ahead and be that asshole who thinks Alien needed more Moebius even if it meant less Giger.
posted by Sternmeyer at 4:29 PM on June 27, 2014 [3 favorites]


Great images. Alien is my favorite of the bunch especially for the little goofy moments that really look like just a guy in a suit--like when it's ejected from the airlock and hanging on to that tether. Or the Jazz-hands moment in the air ducts. Good stuff.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:34 PM on June 27, 2014


I love the sketch by Scott. I had no idea he was that good of an illustrator.
posted by brundlefly at 4:37 PM on June 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


That was Scott's thing in his earlier movies. He'd do hundreds of drawings and sketches, visualizing everything before he started filming.
posted by Kevin Street at 4:58 PM on June 27, 2014


Guillermo del Toro does that as well. His illustrations are great.
posted by brundlefly at 5:22 PM on June 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


Ron Cobb also designed a flag for the United Americas -the union of South, Central and North America which took place in 2104
By trade agreement, no doubt.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:27 PM on June 27, 2014


He will always be Pinback to me, even if he wasn't even really Pinback.
posted by sonascope at 6:43 PM on June 27, 2014 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty sure I independently came up with that "ALIEN NO VISITORS" sign when my parents wouldn't let me go to Dog Camp. In retrospect I wasn't ready for Dog Camp but I still think I'm owed a little taste of that overseas rev.
posted by passerby at 7:34 PM on June 27, 2014


Also, for Alien fans, I can't recommend a viewing of Terrore Nello Spazio enough.
posted by sonascope at 7:38 PM on June 27, 2014


Now I have to go watch Alien agan? Thanks guys.
posted by valkane at 9:20 PM on June 27, 2014 [2 favorites]


I still remember how Alien was the first movie that really looked like it had jumped off of the covers of science fiction novels and magazines. The way that Scott used Cobb and Foss to design the human environment and Giger to design the alien side was brilliant. The dynamic of having those radically different artistic sensibilities set up in opposition to each other just made the alienness of the alien so stark and jarring. I still can't believe that he managed to make that movie in 1979, it was just so different than anything before it.
posted by octothorpe at 9:41 PM on June 27, 2014 [3 favorites]


Sometimes throwback animated movies come out that use old-school techniques like stop-action photography. I'm thinking Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, that kind of stuff.

This needs to happen with sci-fi movies and model-based special effects. Movies like Alien had texture.
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:09 AM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]


I don't think I ever realized the design of the Nostromo was essentially a bit of brutalist architecture in space!

Great collection of images, thanks for posting.
posted by Bron at 7:23 AM on June 28, 2014


I just came in here to leave a picture of my cat, Jones.
posted by vortex genie 2 at 9:02 AM on June 28, 2014


Another, code-breaking sci-fi Jones from animalia.
posted by Twang at 12:11 PM on June 28, 2014


This needs to happen with sci-fi movies and model-based special effects. Movies like Alien had texture.

I am (hopefully) going to make a SF short soon that does exactly that.
posted by brundlefly at 12:30 PM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]


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