Way back in 1996, First Contact was being conceived at a feverish pace. The LA art department was fairly small, and we were working in conjunction with ILM on all the new ships and visuals. Due to distance and a hole in communications, we would often find ourselves working on the same things!!! At least three or four times on this one, Alex Jeager and I would be working on the same project at the same time and not knowing it until the big concept meetings would occur. Herman Zimmerman was my boss, and he would hand out the assignments and then be the one to show the work for approval. For Alex, Jeff Mann was the ILM supervisor and he would do the same. After those meetings, Herman would come in and go over what took place and would always say, well here is what ILM has come up with and it sure is similar to what we are doing. HMMM…it appears that we are both trying to work out the same things, he would chuckle, and then we would dive into Alex’s awesome work and try and come up with a happy medium. It was great fun to see what would happen after these meetings, and I really loved becoming acquainted with Alex through the whole design process. Alex had come up with this incredible design of the Queen using a gal from ILM as the model. I heard rumors of a small crush going on here but can’t confirm the facts, HAAA! Anyway, I loved the stiff-spined look to the details and the over the shoulder stance was beautiful!!! My version was incredibly heavy with cables and a huge mechanical rig to piece the head and torso together. I was asked to funnel the cabling back to a smaller amount and lose the rig. This proved to be still too much so Alex took it down to three hoses which turned out to be the perfect amount. With the use of three you really got the sense of the mechanics without overshadowing the Queen with too many peripheral special effects details. Also included is the storyboard sequence created by Alex that set the scene perfectly for the introduction of the Queen. Awesome work, Alex, and great to relive those fun times today!!