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Aliens vs Predator: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes List of ALL the Sagas

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Aliens vs Predator: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes List of ALL the Sagas

Are you an Aliens, Predator or Aliens vs Predator Fan? I thought I’d put together the ultimate behind the scenes documentaries, and VFX Breakdown List of EVERY Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs Predator film.

This crazy list is a film school in itself. Please enjoy and share. Now this post will be updated as soon as new videos and materials become available so bookmark and return often.

The Making of Alien Documentary

In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.

The Alien Legacy (1999), documentary about 1979 ALIEN

The Alien Legacy (1999) was a “free” bonus disc for purchasers of the 1999 Alien Legacy Box set (first DVD release of Alien movie series). The “free” bonus disc was acquired via a special mail-in coupon included with the Legacy box set.

ALIEN (1979) Visual Effects

ALIEN (1979) Nostromo and Alien Planet

ALIEN (1979) Shepperton Studios

ALIEN (1979) Retrospective / Review

H.R. Giger – Giger’s Necronomicon and the making of Alien

Here’s a VHS capture of a tape that I’ve had around for ages about the visionary painter and sculptor H.R. Giger. Features music by Joel Vandroogenbroeck of the band Brainticket.

The Making of Aliens (1986)

ALIENS (1986) Visual Effects

ALIENS (1986) Creature Design

ALIENS (1986) Alien Animatronic Mandibles

ALIENS (1986) Sigourney Weaver & Carrie Henn

ALIENS (1986) Sculpting the Alien Queen Head

ALIENS (1986) Alien Queen Garbage Bag Test

ALIENS (1986) Pinewood Studios

ALIENS (1986) Retrospective / Review

ALIEN 3 (1992) The Making Of Alien

ALIEN 3 (1992) Visual Effects

ALIEN 3 (1992) Sigourney Weaver Dummy

ALIEN 3 (1992) Giger’s Re-Design

ALIEN 3 (1992) Test Shoot with Sigourney Weaver and Queen Chestburster Rigs

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ALIEN 3 (1992) Alien Suit Test

From the early days at Pinewood Studios outside of London, our first foray into the Alien franchise on our own. This is an early fitting test late one night before the suit was finished (note the tape holding the dome to the head) or movements worked out.

ALIEN 3 (1992) Sculpting

A special look back at the sculpting work on ALIEN 3 featuring such effects veterans as Mark Coulier, Dave Anderson, Gino Acevedo, Steve Norrington, Chris Cunningham, Gary Pollard, Jeremy Hunt, and of course Tom and Alec.

ALIEN 3 (1992) The Bambi Burster

Studio ADI created the “Bambi Burster”. Though cut from the film, this video shows a test of the unfinished rod puppet.

ALIEN 3 (1992) – Retrospective / Review

ALIEN Resurrection (1997) The Making Of The Underwater Scene

The underwater scene was the first to be shot, and for its filming Stage 16 at Fox Studios was reconstructed into a 36 by 45 meter tank, 4.5 meters deep, containing 548,000 gallons of water.

ALIEN Resurrection (1997) Creating The Eggs

ALIEN Resurrection (1997) Testing Ripley 7 Clone

ALIEN Resurrection (1997) General Perez Death

The video about General Perez Death BTS Tests for ALIEN Resurrection.


The Making of Predator (1987)

PREDATOR (1987) Retrospective / Review

Predator 2 – Making Of

PREDATOR 2 (1990) “The Hunters and The Hunted”

PREDATOR 2 (1990) Making the Predator Suit

ALIEN vs PREDATOR (2004) The Making Of

ALIENS vs PREDATOR To Dress A Predator

As the sum of most old sayings go, it takes more than any one person to accomplish any task or feat–the same goes for any creature suit, even a Predator. Creature suits are not simple wardrobe where the performer can just pull it off a rack, slide it on, and call it done.

Many are skin-tight, often multi-layered, with props or gear that have to be attached by another person or several crew.

Watch ADI shop supervisor Yuri Everson and makeup artist Mike Fields prep actor Ian Whyte for his bloody closeups on AVPR, and see all the little things that have to be pulled on, screwed down, glued together, and zip-tied to get “The Wolf” ready for a hunt.

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Animatronic Shoulder Cannon Tests

AvP director Paul Anderson wanted big Predators and big Predator shoulder cannons. Here’s one of the first tests of the animatronic shoulder cannon mechanized by Lon Muckey and assisted by Samara Hagopian.

Sam was one of the few–maybe only–women animatronic builders. Unfortunately, Sam passed away not long ago. Sam worked on a few ADI projects, and had a solid rep in the field.

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Building the Predator Med Kit

Every good covert character has his bag of tricks. James Bond had his brief case, Batman had his utility belt, and the Wolf Pred had his Cleaner Case.

But as much as he tussled with Aliens he needed a Med Kit too, and all those tools needed to fit in a sleek and compact container. On top of it all, we had to make it animatronic! Here’s how we did it…

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Alien Queen On Set

The work doesn’t end when the Queen is built. Performance on set is everything and having a director who understands how to build from shot to shot is key. Here you can see the first tentative movements on set that were refined quickly to become an important part of the action.
And after a long day of getting stabbed by Sanaa Lathan, she was even able to send producer John Davis a slime-flavored birthday greeting!

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Creating The Queen

The Alien Queen is one of the most iconic creatures in science fiction, and for AVP, we were excited to create her once again. Built in four-and-a-half months, the full-size Queen featured 72 points of movement that could be programmed using motion control or puppeteered live.

Here you will see all the hard work that went into re-creating the royal bitch, right up to her first fleshed out test with our own Chris Ayers having to face her down (just to give her some scale). To his credit, he only flinched once–the real mess he made was out of frame.

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ALIENS vs PREDATOR Wolf Predator On Set

Some rare, never-before-seen moments of Ian Whyte as the “Wolf” predator on the AVPR set (including his first finished reveal of the character to the film’s directors, Greg and Colin Strause).

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Predator Vs Pred-Alien Rooftop Fight

A common complaint–among many–of AVPR was that the film was so blasted dark that NONE of the creatures could be seen in any detail, especially the long-anticipated Pred-Alien. Wait no longer (mostly). While prepping for a portion of the “rooftop fight”, Alec Gillis recorded almost every square inch of the Pred-Alien with Tom Woodruff, Jr. inside the suit.

Keep in mind that the creature was never intended to be seen in the wide angles you’ll see in this footage; it was proportioned to look good from the waist up. Ironically, the footage here that best features the Pred-Alien was damaged from the cold Vancouver weather of this December night shoot, so the first few minutes have some skips and skates.

Just check out the breath from both Tom and Predator performer Ian Whyte if you doubt it–it was damn cold!

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Alien Slice And Dice BTS

Another rare glimpse of filming ADI’s effects work on ALIENS vs PREDATOR–this time focusing on the sliced-in-half alien head action “Scar” the Predator delivers. The sequence required Tom Woodruff, Jr. (alien) to be suspended and inverted above Ian Whyte (Scar) for a “stalking” shot, then stunt perfomer Rene Hajek stepped in for Tom when the subsequent action required the alien to fall to the floor. A simple enough Texas-switch with very few hang-ups…

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Alien Cable Rig Test

For most creature performers, it’s not just about whether if if the suit fits–it’s what you can do with it. Knowing what the suit is capable of withstanding AND what the performer is physically capable of accomplishing is an important process before it gets in front of a camera. On AVP, Tom Woodruff, Jr. was able to draw out a new level of movement for the dreaded xenomorphs utilizing a cable and harness rig that he rigorously practiced on in and out of the suit. Not to mention some good ole camera tricks.

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Requiem (2007) The Predator Homeworld

ALIENS vs PREDATOR Requiem (2007) Creating The PredAlien

Evolution Of The Species – Making Predators

PREDATORS (2010) Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes (B-roll) of PREDATORS movie. B-roll provides a compilation of behind the scenes footage from the film.

Related: VFX Master Class with Visual Effects Artist Dan Cregan

PREDATORS (2010) VFX Breakdowns

PREDATORS (2010) Yautja Transformered BTS

Prometheus – Creation Featurette

Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Prometheus – Origins Featurette

Prometheus Visual Effects Breakdowns

Prometheus: Behind the Scenes

Prometheus – You Think You Know Movies?

Prometheus Fact: The detailed sets constructed for the film were so large that Ridley Scott encouraged the cast to actually sleep where their characters would sleep. No one took him up on that offer.

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