Chris Foss's lobster derelict ship
- Fantastic Films: "What are the criterian for credibility in the design of alien spacecraft?"
Ridley Scott : "I have come to accept a wide variety of possibilities. And strangely enough, the more mundane something is, the more it can sometimes stagger people. Simplicity can be more powerful than you think. Take a UFO for example. How do you design it so people believe it? One of the best UFO shots is one from the thirties with the portholes. It looks like an inverted plate with a sort of cap on it . And oddly enough it's rather archaic, it appeals to me as a solution, rather than an incredibly refined, sleek spacecraft. I like the idea of a spaceship where you've got no idea what kind of energy drives it and you've never seen anything quite like it before. "
Ridley was probably talking about George
Adamski's photographs of flying saucers
such as the Venusian Scoutship that were
taken in the early 1950s. See photograph
of flying saucer on the right).
Ridley Scott : "Foss' ideas were interesting but they tended to all look alike. Giger's craft was definitely not of this world" (Fantastic Films (UK)# 3, (US) No.12, p27)