Advances in CGI means virtually anything is possible in the world of film, but Adam Savage recently toured the set of Alien: Covenant to explore how traditional effects efforts are often the most effective.
The former MythBusters host got to explore the process of bringing Covenant to life, which included the creation of all-new sets as well as the recreation of
Considering his background in special effects work and skills with practical effects methods, Savage explains throughout the video the ways in which some of the massive sets were constructed.
One example featured Savage inspecting a corridor which consisted of multiple pieces created from the same mold, which when repeated one after another, creates a dazzling display of intricate detail. Similar methods have been used for hundreds of years, in both theater and film, with the only different being the materials used for construction.
Savage noted that the same process of casting set pieces out of molds that
In addition to the techniques used to bring sets together, Savage highlighted how quickly the sets must be constructed. He wandered around an uncompleted set and noted that the cast and crew would be shooting on that set two days later, forcing the set creators to work at a break-neck speed.
Throughout the entire Alien franchise, one of the most effective elements of the world we see if that the ships and locations all appear to have a history to them. Some science fiction films have imagined immaculately clean, shiny surfaces, but Alien has gone the more industrial route.
Creating a sense of history on a film set itself can be challenging, which means the crew needs to not only build the
Alien: Covenant lands in theaters May 19.
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