I may strongly dislike Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection as whole, but there are elements of it that I can certainly get behind. It’s a film brimming over with cool ideas.
One of those ideas was the failed “Ripley clones” that litter the first act of the film. studioADI have shared another great old-school video from their archives, this time showing Sigourney Weaver undergoing makeup and prosthetics as “Ripley 7.
“One of the most effective scenes in ALIEN RESURRECTION was when Ripley confronts herself in the form of a failed, but still alive experiment. The scene was shot on two different days. On Day One we put her into the slant-board rig and blended her at the neck to an articulated silicone body. On Day Two, Sigourney, as Ripley, interacted with herself. We attached a replica of her head onto our mechanical body and puppeteered it from below to to help her emote. She was spectacular in the scene, at the end of which she torched the hero body into silicone jelly. Sad to see our animatronic go up in flames, but giving Sigourney an acting partner to play off made it worth it”
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Today’s news flow is out of control slow so I’m going to drop a bomb of videos on your guys that will ease the pain of a Friday afternoon leading into the Halloween weekend (even though Halloween is mid-week this year, which sucks ass).
Let’s see, what do we have here… Ok, let’s start with my personal favorite of the bunch, a video courtesy of Stan Winston School that takes us behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg’s 1994 classic Jurassic Park. In the below video you’ll learn how the “puppet” Raptors operated… with a human inside. Yup! “Stan Winston Studio created multiple raptors for Jurassic Park, including full-size cable-controlled puppets, half-puppets, insert legs and men-in-suits,” says the video. “This exclusive “Making of” video, narrated by raptor suit performer, 25-year SWS supervisor & co-founder of Legacy Effects, John Rosengrant, walks you through the evolution of Jurassic Park’s raptor suits, from first foam fabricated “garbage bag test” to the finished suits that you see in the final film.” AMAZING.
Next up is a behind-the-scenes video from the 1997 Alien: Resurrection where studioADI shares a never-before-seen look at the “Alien Newborn Death”. “Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet wanted practical effects for the scene in which the Newborn is sucked through a small hole in a window into space,” they explain. “He wanted the head to be the final image, first stripped of skin and then the skull shattering as it disappeared into space. That was a whole lotta’ Newborn to make disappear. Here are the first tests that, despite the shaky wall mock-up, had us moving in the right direction. A network of wires attached to a pre-scored skin went first, followed by a pre-scored and delicate skull rigged with an even more complex spiderweb of wires to shatter and pull pieces through the hole. And then… what better way to end this video by spilling our guts…”
Zombies are no match for the love of pets! Watch Pets vs. Zombies and have a Happy Howloween from Petco! Follow that with Housemates of Horror, a Fox Home Entertainment spoof where a bunch of horror icons share a living space. Screen Junkies, who usually knocks it out of the park, shared this ho-hum video entitled Halloween with Mike Myers as Michael Myers (it was only a matter of time until someone made this).
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We’re taking you back to 1996 when Jean-Pierre Jeunet was directing Alien: Resurrection, the four installment in Fox’s Alien franchise that starred Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman.
The boys over at studioADI have shared another great old-school video from their archives, this time showing the “real” Sigourney Weaver joking with the effects team.
“You would think being on a cramped set with set-dressing tanks full of our Alien embryo creatures, the whole crew, and actors at work would make for a demanding day of shooting. So it was. Until Sigourney saw us shooting some behind the scenes video for our archives between shots and wanted in on the fun. Her idea; make fun of ADI and us,” they explain. “We don’t know why she’s not directing by now!”
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Even though Evan Dickson completely annihilated the film in this piece, I personally enjoy Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 1997 Alien: Resurrection, which injects the franchise with all sorts of insanity like alien-f*cking. It’s by no means a good movie, but it’s wholly enjoyable.
StudioADI, who worked on all of the film’s on set effects, shared a previously unseen video displaying a newly designed, complex Alien egg.
They explain: “For ALIEN RESURRECTION, Jean-Pierre Jeunet asked for a more active Alien egg. Using silicone, cable mechs, bladders and yanky-pully stuff, here’s what we did…”
With the June 8th release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look back at the original Alien franchise with which it “shares strands of DNA.” Whether or not there are xenomorphs as we know them in Prometheus, it’s abundantly clear that it takes place in the same universe.
In the weeks leading up to the release of that film I’m going to revisit the four films in the Alien franchise (sorry, not going to subject myself to AVP) in order to gather my thoughts in anticipation of the new outing. First up is Alien 3. Considered a disappointment upon its release in 1992, the film underperformed at the box office and left many fans with a bad taste in their mouth. Stories about its troubled production have become the stuff of legend and many people fail to even regard it as part of the filmography of director David Fincher (Zodiac, The Social Network, Se7en, Fight Club). Even I hated the movie, and I was pretty easy to please back then.
I recently took another look at the theatrical cut of the film and discovered, to my great surprise, that it’s not that bad after all. For a film without a finalized script, it gets more right than it does wrong – which is pretty surprising. Head inside for more. READ MORE