Carlos Huante's Babyhead

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a) Carlos Huante came into the Prometheus as the first creature designer on board the project with a concept for the transformed Fifield with an unused concept from his work for Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds that came out back in 2005 (see Origins of Carlos Huante's Babyhead). The original concept was for a relatively small creature possibly with three legs, however the artwork is much to dark to really be precise about the exact arrangement of limbs and a pair of small arms below if the final aliens in Spielberg's movie are anything to go by, and a foetal head small with black eyes. This creature concept went by the name of Beluga head since it's head resembled to some degree that of a baby Beluga Whale in some way.


Carlos Huante's War of the Worlds Shwa Babyhead

b) For the Prometheus project, Carlos changed the legs of his creature to become elongated and fawn like, almost reminding one of the legs from Giger's unused Bambi Burster concept for Alien 3. He decided that these grandfather morphs should have completely unhinged mandibles. The pallette and the jaw should be something like a goblin shark mouth or an architeuthis giant squid beak., and he also had the idea that they could, in place of the ejecting tongue, produce and "Acid Ball" that they "spit" at the victims."

c) This seemed to reflect a concept that Ridley already had in mind back at the time of Alien with the alien being like a fawn or young animal that you go up to and it lashes out, as a sort of beauty and the beast type of thing

d) However as Carlos noted in his notebook, Ridley Scott liked the idea very much, and continued to develop the idea futher with the help of Neville Page, but then realised that Carlos' original concept from long before the Prometheus project was always the best.

Belugahead experiment by Carlos Huante

e) However there came a point where he gave up the dream of including this creature and went for a Fifield who was much more humanoid in form.
  1. Carlos Huante: I walked into the very first meeting prepared with the Beluga head, which pre-existed the movie.  (Carlos Huante's interview for AVPGalaxy conducted by Jaime Prater/ ThisBethesdaSea, Posted by ThisBethesdaSea on November 11, 2012)    
  2. Carlo Huante: The Beluga head.. the creature that was supposed to come from Fifeld. One other note on the beluga head.. I walked onto the movie with this one already done.. I had actually done this for another movie but it wasn't used.. Ridley liked it so much that we went after it..This modification here is the one that the modelers in the Scott free art dept. on the project tried to realize.. but no one could do it .. I was hoping to be able to sculpt this maquette myself but the budget left me off the film.. (Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQZkbEshJWN/?taken-by=carlos_huante 
  3. Carlos Huante: These grandfather morphs should have completely unhinged mandibles. The pallette and the jaw should be something like a goblin shark mouth/ like an architeuthis beak. I was also thinking that they could, in place of the ejecting tongue, produce and "Acid Ball" that they "spit" at the victims.  (Carlos Huante's notes from video showing his Prometheus portfolio)

Carlos Huante's Prometheus Shwa Babyhead A/ Beluga-head larvae
Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQZkohOh6V2/?taken-by=carlos_huante

Carlos Huante's  Prometheus Shwa Babyhead B
Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQZkbEshJWN/?taken-by=carlos_huante 
Carlos Huante's Prometheus Shwa Babyhead B alternate angle
Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQZkknkh9ju/?taken-by=carlos_huante

 


Carlos Huante's Prometheus Shwa Babyhead mouth concepts
Beluga head / Fifeld creature - from benign to rage .  
Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQZki36BZUu/?taken-by=carlos_huante

Carlos Huante's Prometheus Shwa Babyhead raising to full height
Carlos Huante's Babyhead storyboards
Carlos Huante: For Prometheus.. For the Fifield character... Model Built by
Gio Nakpil and the paint by Justin Holt..It was down and dirty attack..
we got this thing done soo fast trying to convince production that this
 was the way to go for this Character.. Gio, Justn and a whole group of
people threw down with some quick animation and a turntable."
(Carlos Huante's Facebookpage)
(Thanks to Blacklabel at AVPGalaxy for the heads up)

2 comments:

  1. The creature Huante designed was truly frightening. Ridley went with safe as opposed to terrifying. Fuck him.

    ThisBethesdaSea

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  2. Updated this page today with better images of this Babyhead thing from Carlos Huante's Instagram page

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