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Monster Gallery: Alien³ (1992)

StarBeast — Alien³, the Dragon

 

Alien³ was a troubled production from beginning to end, and the creature effects department was no exception: the artists were plagued by constant changes in direction and contradicting studio decisions. Gillis recalled in an interview with Fangoria: “Fox never had a problem with coming back and saying ‘sorry guys. We know you built these things, but there’s a new direction, and we’re not going to use them’. We had to keep ourselves and the crew orally afloat, because people put their blood, sweat and tears into the stuff, and have a tendency to get upset when an effect’s cancelled. There were six stages of Aliens, count them! But we’re not griping about the script changes, because any story should constantly be honed. That only shows us the film’s getting better, and if the effect doesn’t serve the plot, then there’s no reason for it.”

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StarBeast — Alien³, the Beginning

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Alien³ underwent a long, articulated creation process — which saw several scriptwriters elaborating their own screenplays, only to be replaced — one after the other. Going from William Gibson to David Twohy, the film only began to develop to the next step with Vincent Ward and John Fasano’s script. It was based on that story that concept artists Stephen Ellis and Mike Worrall elaborated their own designs for the creatures, which included a woolly Chestburster born from a sheep, and an adult Alien whose origin was left unexplained. Those very initial concepts were conceived more as placeholders to illustrate certain sequences in the script, rather than actual designs.

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Strange Shapes and Monster Legacy interview Tom Woodruff, Jr

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Monster Legacy had the honour to interview Monster making veteran Tom Woodruff Jr. in joint collaboration with our friend page Strange Shapes. In 2014, Amalgamated Dynamics celebrates 25 years of effects making — our interview focuses on films such as the latter Alien series chapters, Tremors 2 and more. Read on!

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