Ridley Scott Explains Why ‘Alien: Covenant’ Xenomorphs Are CGI

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While H. R. Giger and Carlo Rambaldi’s original Xenomorph costume has been praised for its lifelike qualities, Ridley Scott reveals that he opted to take the digital route when revisiting the monsters for the first time in nearly 40 years with Alien: Covenant. Scott explained the reasons behind making one of his most famous antagonists CGI this time around.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Scott claimed that he chose to use CGI for the Xenomorphs in order to allow for a greater range of motion. But even though the Xenomorphs we see in the movie are all CGI, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a man in a suit on set:

“Digitally, I thought I could do a lot more than just having a guy running around in a rubber suit which is all I had way back when, which worked pretty well actually. Throughout the whole shooting [of Covenant], the guy will walk around with the head on and he becomes the pattern of the performance, the digital performance, so we’ve always got an actor inside there doing his thing.”

So there are elements of practical effects in Alien: Covenant; it’s just that they’re vastly different to what they were nearly forty years ago. It’s good to know that they had a kind of stand-in for these iconic monsters on the set, as this can be actors almost always give off a better performance when they know what they’re looking at instead of being told that they’re running from something that will be added in post-production.

Alien: Covenant arrives on May 19, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Guy Pearce, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

‘Alien’ Films Ranked From Worst To Best

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____53a1c8188d461The Alien Franchise has become a massive success ever since the first film was released back in 1979. A small but intimate film that changed horror and sci-fi cinema. The Alien known as the Xenomorph has become a part of the cultural zeitgeist with as much popularity as the greatest horror and sci-fi characters. The Xenomorphs in these films are almost more popular than the films themselves so much so that they have been a part of crossovers with the Predator series as well. With the release of the trailer to Alien: Covenant it is the perfect time to look back at this franchise and see which ones remain the best out of all of them.

This list will not include the Alien Vs. Predator films seeing as they are their own separate crossover series. So without further ado here is are the Alien Films Ranked From Worst To Best!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Vincent Pereira

    Carlo Rambaldi did the original ALIEN costume, not Stan Winston.

    • KungFuCthulhu

      I must’ve mixed him up with Stan Winston’s work on Aliens. Thank you for letting me know, this has been fixed.

      – Grant

  • robert

    For the sake of historical accuracy, Rambaldi ONLY did the tongue. Giger designed AND built the suit.

  • Axxell

    They couldn’t find real Xenomorphs?! LAME!