Prometheus Creature Designs

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1) The Hammerpede
1) introducing the Hammerpede  2) The facehugger centipede

2) Babyhead
 1) Carlos Huante's Babyhead 
2)Origins of Carlos Huante's Babyhead 
3) HR Giger's Babyhead 
4) Neville Page's Babyhead (still to come)
5) Ridleygrams of Beluga Head

3) Fifield Monster
1)The Fifield Monster, 2) Ivan Manzella's Fifield Monster,  
3) H. R. Giger's Fifield Monster, 4) Alternate Fifield mutant, 
5) The final mutant Fifield, 

4) The Trilobyte
Chihuly - Chihulien - Chihulybite

5) The Ultramorph
Carlos Huante's Ultramorph

6) Giger's Alien Beast 

7) Early Neomorph comes from the Quatermass And The Pit apemen ghosts

8) "Deacon Blues" and the blue Deacon

9) See also: The Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman influence? 
1) Gerald Scarfe inspired WETA's alternate Fifield monster?
2) Ralph Steadman inspired the Final Fifield monster?
3) Gerald Scarfe inspired Trilobyte tongue?
4) Gerald Scarfe's Mick Jagger's influence on the Deacon?

Alien Covenant Poster references
Gustave Doré's Fall of the Rebel Angels
for Paradise Lost?

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Gustave Doré's Fall of the Rebel Angels for
Paradise Lost (1886)  and Alien Covenant poster

a) The cluster of human bodies in trouble, seemingly caught in the air while in the darkness, with a light coming from above makes the composition of the poster similar to Gustave Doré's Fall of the Rebel Angels from Paradise Lost which appears to be a book that Ridley Scott was using as a form of subtext in Prometheus and Alien Covenant as its sequel.

Gustave Doré's Fall of the Rebel Angels from Paradise Lost (1886)

b) I'm not really looking at similarity in terms of specific bodies or gestures though, but there's a general similarity to observe and perhaps the bodies and wings in the bottom right transform into the visible arms in the Alien Covenant poster.  Perhaps the general slant of bodies and wings in Dore's work going down towards the centre across the image has been a source of reference in this way.

Alien Covenant poster
c) As we know, Ridley even considered calling the film Prometheus: Paradise Lost in its earlier stages but soon found himself naming it Alien: Covenant.

Alien: Covenant poster

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a) Introducing the new poster
On 23rd March 2017, I suddenly read at AVPGalaxy about the new Alien Covenant poster. The Alien Covenant Poster that appears to be a digital sculpture almost with an alien beast at the upper centre, a background with organic ribbing, other alien creatures and humanoids that might be Engineers becoming facehugged. The composition immediately rings a bell because of a central row of heads and how this might tie in with a certain painting by HR Giger. The arms of the humanoids in a state of panic seemed also suggestive of the same painting, and then I realised it was also suggestive of another painting that I worked out that Giger had referenced in his own painting.

b) See: Breaking down the comparisons between the new Alien Covenant poster and Giger's Biomechanical Landscape (work 312)

c) See: Alien Covenant Poster references Ernst Fuchs Triumph of the Unicorn by way of Giger's Biomechanical Landscape (work 312)

d) See: Referencing Gustave Doré's Fall of the Rebel Angels from Paradise Lost?

Alien Covenant Poster references
Ernst Fuchs Triumph of the Unicorn
by way of Giger's Biomechanical Landscape (work 312)

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Alien Covenant Poster

a) In September of 2016, I had decided that Giger's Biomechanical Landscape (work 312) referenced the upper half of Ernst Fuchs' Triumph of the Unicorn (1952) See: Giger's Biomechanical Landscape (work 312) references Ernst Fuchs' Triumph of the Unicorn?

Upper half of the "Triumph Of The Unicorn" by Ernst Fuchs (1952)
b) Similarities
I had decided on the day that the Alien Covenant poster came out that it referenced Giger's painting Biomechanical Landscape (work 312) when noticing a vague similarity in the layout and some of the structures.

Then I looked back at my realisations about how Giger's painting referenced Ernst Fuchs' Triumph of the Sphinx and then realised that the poster artist may have found out about the Fuchs painting and decided to reference some details.

Perhaps that the artist who made the poster read my blog or something that I posted on Facebook or Twitter, if not was informed by someone who was a member of Giger's personal circle of friends who somehow found out about the connection or was there was some other way.
But still the fact that the Giger painting and this specific Fuchs painting has been my very isolated theory, and then one might push forwards also with the argument that these things are bound to show up in a number of paintings and it's slightly coincidental, while the connection between the Giger painting and Fuchs piece of artwork is due to Giger's well known appreciation of Fuchs and the fact that the structure of the painting had sunk into him and he found another way to express it.

Compare the arms and hands
c) Hand gestures and arm formations
The Alien Covenant poster has the various humanoid arms stretched across it, slightly like the Giger painting, held out as if they're loosely interacting., but much more human than that. 

Going back to the Fuchs painting, there are the humanoid limbs in forms much more similar to the Alien Covenant poster

Perhaps there are a good number of paintings where the figures are holding their arms out to each other, an arm is an arm and when people are seeing with arms reaching out in crowds, there might form aesthetically or symbolically pleasing patterns in people's artwork, but connecting the Giger and the Fuchs painting makes the connection a bit more specific.

Human body on round platform transforms into Alien Queen crest with alien

d) Biomechanoid forms
What we also have is a humanoid form with his arms raised at the elbow, at the top of the painting that seemed to be reflect the shape of the alien queen head crest like formation at the top of the painting and the podium that he's perhaps sitting on becomes the alien head. 

It has it's place in Giger's painting similar enough in the way I compared that to the Alien Covenant poster but the way it the film poster connects with Fuchs seems to be slightly more specific and its as if the artists has taken elements from the two paintings in a way that Giger would do when looking for ideas by comparing paintings with a connection, perhaps one referenced the other and so the next artist might combine the two.

The bottom of the curved floating wall behind the top humanoid form, has ribbing beneath. 

At a glance, in the low resolution image, the underside resembled floating ribbons that looks roughly like tapes of film either side of the human body, comes through as a tentacle in Giger's painting and which turns into an arm of the main central alien beast in the poster, 

Meanwhile the bottom of the wall becomes  transformed into biomechanic patterns in the poster behind the main central alien.

 Ernst Fuchs' Triumph of the Unicorn. (etching) (1952)

Alien Covenant Poster references
Giger's Biomechanical Landscape (work 312)?

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Area showing first head at the bottom and its equivalent in the poster
a) First head at the bottom of the painting and side apparatus transform into the small alien at the bottom and the humanoid with a facehugger on his face, with an arm reaching out

Area showing second head up and its equivalent in the poster

b) The second head up with downward curving ribbing transforms into a humanoids head with tentacles wrapped around it. To the left of that in Giger's painting, there's something that might be a bulbous joint shape that's potentially another head, and in the most roughest way possible, one might consider the alien head seen front the front that appears in the upper left might be a rough translation of that form, in terms of putting a shape that has already been designed.

c) The third head up in Giger's painting in comparison to the main Alien in the poster. 

This appears to have been generally turned into the space under the arm of the main alien creature in the picture, the tentacle to the left, turned into an arm and this piece of apparatus stretched across has been turned into the head of the alien. But the way it has been transformed doesn't bear much relation to Giger's painting.

Area showing fourth head up and its equivalent in the poster

d) Where the fourth head up should have been would be perhaps one of the indentations in the Alien Queen crest like formation. 

So where there's a downward indentation above the middle set of ribs in the snippet from Giger's painting, it would be as if this has been pulled down further and turned into the bone plate that roughly resembles and alien queen's head crest. 

e) See also Alien Covenant poster references Ernst Fuchs' Triumph Of The Unicorn via Giger's Landscape Biomechanical Landscape (work 312)?

Prometheus: The Fifield Monster

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Prometheus: Fifield Monster

a) The idea was that the black slime emitted from the Ampules while in the pyramid overnight with Millburn, Fifield (Sean Harris) transforms into a creature that was jokingly referred to as 'Babyhead" by the crew.
b) All they ideas that they did with their designs, they tried to anchor down with real world references and so they could have the idea that it wasn't such a fantastical thing that they were doing with their Fifield design because they were after realism.. Neil Scanlan would compare Fifield's deformities to the real life condition of Elephantiasis, which is a swelling of body parts due to tropical worm infection, usually the limbs, and the limbs appear large and puffy or even elephant like and this could also happen to the face..

Facial Elephantiasis

Facial Elephantiasis

c) However over Ivan Manzella's desk was a picture of the Joseph Merrick also known as the "Elephant Man" who was thought to have had Proteus syndrome.

the photo of Joseph Merrick also known as 
"The Elephant Man as seen in the above image

d) However the final Fifield looks more like something from a Ralph Steadman caricature for Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

The final mutant Fifield
(Prometheus: The art of the film, p136)

Ralph Steadman's illustration for the Lizard Lounge from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".

  1. "Infected by black slime emitted from the Ampules while in the Pyramid overnight with Millburn, Fifield (Sean Harris) transforms into a creature that was jokingly referred to as "Babyhead" by the crew. "Fifield was considered to be the mid-point between the Hammerpede and the Deacon, "reveals Neal Scanlan of its positioning in the genetic cycle Creature designer Carlos Huante worked on the initial designs for the Fifield monster, which was originally more alien than human before the mutated head and body were refined into something more recognisably Harris, albeit a twisted version of the actor." (Prometheus: The art of the film, p134)
  2. "Everything we've done on the film has a real world reference, "notes Scanlan, "and when you do your research, it's so sad because Fifield isn't really that much of a fantastical creature. These things happen in real life, like Elephantiasis." (Prometheus: The art of the film, p134)

Prometheus creature by Neville Page
Prometheus creature by Neville Page
Initial drawing of Fifield monster perhaps in earlier stage of transformation 
by Carlos Huante (Prometheus: The Art of the Film, p134)
Initial drawing of Fifield monster perhaps in  earlier stage of transformation 
by Carlos Huante (Prometheus: The Art of the Film, p134)

Prometheus: Engineer's Helmet

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"An Engineer helmet made for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus. Led to a distant planet by ancient wall paintings, scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) join a corporate-sponsored mission to discover the source of life on Earth. But in the ruins of an alien space craft, the human explorers soon find that all is not as it seems, and a great threat lurks in its deep holds.

In the film, numerous Engineer remains are seen scattered throughout the ship found LV-223. Made from fiberglass, the piece features an array of detailing to replicate the look of the Engineer pressure suits including the long, snout-like respirator tube, and has been given a worn, dirty grey and brown finish on the surface to look old and decayed. The underside, which was not intended to be seen on camera, has a thin portion of grey primer still showing.
Displaying some wear from use on the elaborate Prometheus sets, including some cracks and chipping to the paint finish, the piece remains in overall good condition.

Item size - 24" x 18" x 13" (60.96cm x 45.72cm x 33.02cm)

Alien 5: Sharlto Copley or not?

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a) The Repeating Conversation
Sharlto and Neill often had the conversation everytime Neill ends a movie and he tells Sharlto that he wants to put him in the next one but he can't because it doesn't make sense to do all the movies with him. So he had done District 9, Elysium and Chappie all with Sharlto as a major character, although in the latter film it was through motion capture performance as the robot so the viewer wouldn't have seen him, but somewhere else in the movie his own face pops up.

b) The high possibility of no Sharlto
So Neill said that Sharlto would not be in Alien 5 but he would know more at the time the movie is made and Sharlto on May 9th was still still acknowledging this as the decision. Now experienced with performance capture, perhaps he could could be put in as one of the aliens and no one would know. Despite this Sharlto remained very excited that Neill was going to do something with the Alien franchise since it was something special to Neill.

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  1. MTV. I'm very curious and I don't know if people talk to you about this, Neill tweeted recently this amazing artwork that he had created I guess for a potential Alien film. Was this something you guys discussed. 
    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: We did we chatted about it 
    MTV: When was it years ago or what?
    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: And he is a great fan
    MTV: Was this recent or what?
    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: Erm, we started chatting about it, like, the first day of Chappie
    MTV: So this came during Chappie
    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: Yuh, and er, erm, you know, I don't know what's going to happen with it, but obviously it couldn't be in better hands than with Mr Blomkamp
    MTV: I mean, are you optimistic, this is obviously the question that's, that follows you every day about, (it keeps coming back to you , yuh(?))
    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: You know, I never think about it, erm, I never wanted to manufacture a sequel, I don't think that works, but this happened very organically, and I know that he is one of the greatest fans. I think he wore those VH or tapes out, 
    MTV: VCR
    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: VCR tapes out, 
    MTV: Yeah, yeah, yeah
    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: but when he was a kid, so there's no greater lover of these movies than Neill so we'll see what happens
    MTV : Can you say anything about what his take was, I mean the fact that there's an image of Hicks in there, the fact that there's obviously you in a xenomorph kind of intermingles
    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: It's a pretty amazing story. We'll see what happens
    MTV: I was just on with Sigourney and I wanted to know, obviously you guys sort of you know, your friends, friendly with Neill, I have to ask you this, do you guys all talk about this Alien project together, do you know what's up going on with it, because she said, like, this sounds amazing this project that we're talking about.
    Sharlto Copley: I do because I'm friends with him, you know
    MTV: That's what I figure . So I want to go to you. I know you can't say anything but
    Sharlto Copley:  I can tell you but I'd have to kill you
    MTV: Hah, that might be worth it.  
    Sharlto Copley: Yuh
    MTV: How cool does this sound. Does it sound amazing?
    Sharlto Copley: It might be worth it, that's what's so. I don't think it's worth dying but I mean, maiming, 
    MTV: I'd have problems
    Sharlto Copley:we can maim you it's probably worth that. 
    MTV:  .... piece of leg
    Sharlto Copley: It's probably worth losing a leg
    MTV: A piece of leg for a Neill Blomkamp Alien movie
    Sharlto Copley: There you go, you know, There you go
    MTV: Would it be amazing, would it make my life
    Sharlto Copley: Dude, spectacular
    MTV: Right
    Sharlto Copley: Yuh, Yuh, That was like my favourite franchise of of of all time in science fiction
    MTV: Of course
    Sharlto Copley:  Yuh
    MTV: Genius. Um, tell me about
    Sharlto Copley: The first three
    MTV:  Yes, yes
    Sharlto Copley: First two really
    MTV: I even like Fincher alright ((Sigourney Weaver Discusses The Possible Neill Blomkamp 'Alien' Sequel | MTV 13 Feb 2015)
  2. With the announcement a few weeks ago that Neill Blomkamp's sequel for Aliens has been greenlit by Fox, the next logical question is whether the director's long-time friend and lucky charm, actor Sharlto Copley (District 9) will be involved.
    In our exclusive interview with Copley today, we asked the actor (who is promoting his lead role in Sony's Playstation Network series Powers) if he's talked  with his friend about when, or if, he's going to saddle up in the Sigourney Weaver-starring sequel.
    "We've had the conversation," he said with a smile in his voice, "But it's the familiar conversation with Neill every time he ends a movie where he tells me he wants to put me in the next one but he can't because, practically, it doesn't make sense to do all of his movies with me. At some point, he has to go away and then we'll return and do something which I fully understand. I never expected to be in all his films for two seconds."
    The problem is that Copley has actually appeared in all of Blomkamp's features, even the recently released Chappie, for which the actor did the motion capture performance of the sentient robot.
    "I've been arguing with him that Chappie doesn't really count," Copley laughed, "because people can't see me, so they don't know that it's me. However, I do actually have a cameo in Chappie, which I don't know if anyone has spotted. You see my face for a brief second, which was Neill's idea."
    As to our initial question, Copley did clarify that "at the moment, no. I'm not in the Aliens [sequel]. But I'm super-excited he's doing it, and it's surreal to get to see him do something with a franchise that for him and I was one of our favorite all-time franchises."
    When we suggested he could do another mo-cap performance as a xenomorph, Copley perked up and said,  "You know he could put me in as a xenomorph and no one would know. We know that I can do good performance capture, now. Neill starts out very determined, but you never know as he gets closer to the time."
    Sharlto said he's going to start with some reverse psychology soon, pitching to Neill, 'OK, dude you know how people loved Wilkus (District 9), Kruger (Elysium) and Chappie. I'm just saying all three characters landed with the audience. If you want to go without me, you can. There are other actors. You can use them if you like,' the actor laughed.
    We say run with it, Sharlto. ( March 2015)