Making Of the Alien Queen

Sehr schönes Posting der Stan Winston School of Character Arts (Winston war Effekt-Mann für alle Terminators, The Thing, Aliens, Pumpkinhead und mein Guilty Pleasere Leviathan) über das Making Of der Alien-Queen mit jeder Menge Behind the Scenes-Shots, die ich bisher auch noch nicht kannte.

In ALIEN, “they’ve seen the eggs,” Cameron said, “they’ve seen the parasite that emerges from the eggs, they’ve seen the embryo laid by that parasite emerge from a host person, and they’ve seen the embryo grow up into a supposedly adult form. But that adult form — one of them, anyway — couldn’t possibly have laid the thousand or so eggs that filled the inside of the derelict ship. At least that was my theory. So working from that image — acres and acres of these quite large eggs — I began to focus on the idea of a hierarchical hive structure where the central figure is a giant queen whose role it is to further the species.”

Whereas Cameron had relied on stop-motion animation for wide ambulatory shots of his full-body endoskeleton in THE TERMINATOR, he intended to shoot his queen alien live and full- size, interacting with the actors as much as possible. “Jim had seen what we could do with puppets on Terminator,” Stan Winston observed, “and so it made perfect sense that he thought of puppeteering techniques when he needed a way to realize the alien queen. But, even so, it was a huge leap of faith to believe that we could build a fourteen-foot-tall, acting puppet.”

Building ALIENS Full-Size Alien Queen Puppet (via MeFi)