|The satellite that resembles the Alien Queen's head|
a) Alien Queen Satellite illusion
An orbiting satellite around the planet Earth that discovers the frozen over island by the Antarctic, from one a certain angle resembles the silhouette of the alien queen's head.
b) John Bruno who worked on the special effects designed it to make you think it was the alien queen from Aliens ejected from the Sulaco's landing bay and left floating out in space.
c) The satellite itself was six foot miniature with some animation moves added over it's top and elements of the CG Queen were added to it to enhance the shape.
The Alien Queen from Aliens
Paul Anderson, Lance Henriksen and Paul Anderson discuss the alien queen / satellite double image
Lance Henriksen: This was greatSanaa Lathan: This looks like it's in the ocean
Lance Henriksen: I, I, I thought I didn't know what I was seeingSanaa Lathan: I knowLance Henriksen:And it becomes the satellitePaul Anderson: Yuh,Lance Henriksen: It's just greatSanaa Lathan: It looks like some kind of big creatureLance Henriksen: yes it does, like the queenSanaa Lathan: Like some kind of space shipLance Henriksen: rightPaul 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: wowPaul 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 revealJohn Bruno: No, it's the modelTom 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)