The most cynical of film lovers may often think that the magic of cinema is dead, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Yes, a good number of the visual effects are now done with CG, but more and more we’re seeing a healthy marriage of old-school practical effects and new, more technologically advanced CG.
The mix of practical and computer often makes for an astounding product (just look at Mad Max: Fury Road), but another franchise that has always utilized some of the best set designs and visuals has been the Alien franchise. If you look at that very first Alien film, and then all the way to Prometheus, you may see a difference in story quality, but visuals and set design remain impressively stellar. The upcoming film, Alien: Covenant is no different.
Yes, in addition to some gorgeous exterior locations (as evidenced by the trailers), they also have some beautiful built sets, including the Dreadnought ship. In a new video from Tested, Adam Savage takes us on a tour throughout the set of Ridley Scott’s upcoming opus, and it’s quite the sight to behold. The video also has a great moment in it where Ridley Scott himself makes his way onto the set to assess whether or not it's up to the vision in his head.
To those film purists out there, this video is a welcome one. Even Adam Savage discusses how much of the process and materials utilized now for sets like the ones in Alien: Covenant aren’t much different than ones built decades ago. In a world where we’re inundated by CG, this is a nice reminder that there are still plenty of older film processes still in practice.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.
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