|The satellite that resembles the Alien Queen's head|
i) Paul Anderson, Lance Henriksen and Paul Anderson discuss the alien queen / satellite double image
Lance Henriksen: This was great
Sanaa Lathan: This looks like it's in the ocean
Lance Henriksen: I, I, I thought I didn't know what I was seeing
Sanaa Lathan: I know
Lance Henriksen:And it becomes the satellite
The Alien Queen
Paul Anderson: Yuh,
Lance Henriksen: It's just great
Sanaa Lathan: It looks like some kind of big creature
Lance Henriksen: yes it does, like the queen
Sanaa Lathan: Like some kind of space ship
Lance Henriksen: right
Paul Anderson: It's supposed to be the alien queen and we built a, we built a satellite that when you look at it at a certain angle, it...it looks like the queen.
Lance Henriksen: wow
Paul Anderson: and then actually, we morphed bits of the CG queen onto it to kind of like enhance the shape. (Aliens vs Predator DVD commentary)
John Bruno (special effects): I'm going to talk about this opening shot here. We wanted to relate back to Aliens when the queen goes flying out the dock of the ship out into space. we wanted to sort of reiterate that in the opening where you think you're seeing the queen in space, but what we're seeing is a six foot miniature satellite with some animation moves in it which were added over the top. This starts out , you think it's a queen.
Tom Woodruff(?) : Now that's a different model from what you're about to reveal
John Bruno: No, it's the model
Tom Woodruff(?): Really, the same one?
John Bruno: It's just CG, we erased and tracked and made the arms open.
(Aliens vs Predator DVD commentary)