May 10, 2017

Explore All the Sweet Special Effects of 'Alien: Covenant' with Adam Savage

Peep all of the weapons, costumes, sets, and awesome blood effects in Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant."

For fans of the Alien franchise, five years is a long time to wait for the next iteration of the series to hit theaters, but at long last, opening night is inching ever closer with just nine sleeps left to go. How are you preparing for the big day? Are you binge-watching all four films in the main series (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection), as well as the prequel, Prometheus? Are you perusing the work of the artist responsible for the macabre look of the xenomorph, H.R. Giger? Well, in these videos from Tested, Adam Savage, former co-host of MythBusters, is giving you the chance to go behind the scenes of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant as he checks out many of the film's impressive special effects.

In this video, Savage sits down with costume designers Janty Yates and Michael Mooney to discuss how the pair approached the look and feel of the spacesuits in the film.

Finally, Savage heads to Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia to get a peek at the massive sets built for the film. As he observes the many artists working on weathering to each set, he makes a very interesting comment about the importance of adding detail and color to sets and props.

The trick is to add color or to add texture that doesn't necessarily pop to your eye, but helps bring the details out. It helps to add layering and weathering and, really, a story. If you just paint it one color it just looks like a single object. But when you add that weathering, you're adding more of a narrative to that object.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19th.       

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i'm sure the practical stuff is good but this looks like another hollywood film with horrendous cgi from the trailer.

May 11, 2017 at 11:25AM, Edited May 11, 11:25AM


I remember being 5 and sneaking downstairs to watch Alien with my dad. He was busy doing work for his job while I sat staring at tv next to him. I had been able to handle The Thing and my dad said you barely see the alien in this one. I was terrified. I never thought a movie could intrigue me and at the same time scare me into nightmare for life. It was a great film. The Space Jockey found in the beginning with a hole in it made me wonder. Was this alien literally born into a chair only to fly a ship? What an insane thought!? Then Prometheus came out. I was so excited to it. It brought some great ideas to the table but tripped over the simplest horror tropes. I was willing to forgive a lot but then it even spoiled the Space Jockey. It's just some swole white dude in a suit... the mystery taken away. I'm hoping this next one will be fun but will it add anything like ALIENS did?

May 11, 2017 at 4:15PM, Edited May 11, 4:18PM