Yes, practical effects were utilized.
Ridley Scott’s original Alien was a game-changer in the world of man-in-suit creature effects, which is probably why so many fans were disappointed by all the CGI present in this year’s Alien: Covenant. Indeed, the film’s creatures were brought to life using a good deal of CGI, but practical effects were at least used as a starting point.
In this new behind the scenes video released today in celebration of Alien: Covenant hitting home video, “Mythbusters” star Adam Savage gets up close with the animatronic Xenomorph head that’s worn by the film’s creature puppeteer.
He notes, “Seeing this head animate and lunge, we learn how the animatronic operators work with the performer to breathe life into this 9-foot tall creature.”
In the film, Michael Fassbender returns as Prometheus‘ android David (and Walter), with a crew that includes Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir, Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills) and James Franco.
“Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
You can pick up exclusive editions of Alien: Covenant at Walmart, Target and Best Buy.
- Walmart – Alien Day fan art designed t-shirt (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray formats)
- Target – 36-page book packaging featuring an inside look at David’s Lab and the creatures of Alien: Covenant, PLUS behind-the-scenes photography and concept sketches (Blu-ray format)
- Best Buy –Alien baby Xenomorph steelbook (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray formats)