Alien vs Predator:
Silhouette of the Alien Queen

leading from:

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.

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

Source Quotes

  1.   Paul Anderson, Lance Henriksen and Paul Anderson discuss the alien queen / satellite double image

    Lance HenriksenThis was great

    Sanaa Lathan: This looks like it's in the ocean

    Lance HenriksenI, I, I thought I didn't know what I was seeing

    Sanaa Lathan: I know

    Lance Henriksen:And it becomes the satellite

    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, 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)
  2. 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)

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