Archive for the 'Alien' Category



22
May
09

Jerry Goldsmith and the 30th Anniversary of Alien

Here is a quick page and link to get yourself a copy of the double disc-complete masterpiece score to Alien!!! I got this one several years ago and listen to it quite often,, Brilliant work here by Mr. Goldsmith,,,,, Jerry ‘s talents resound mightily with this horrifying composition!!!  

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=8251

 

a portrait of Jerry

a portrait of Jerry

 

 

 

 here is where to shopping!!!

here is where to shopping!!!

22
May
09

the 30th anniversary of ALIEN

This Memorial Day will mark the 30th Anniversary of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece: “ALIEN”  

Wow that seems so long time ago!!! I saw it opening day with my Dad. It was one of my first “R” rated movies and boy-oh-boy my little mind was not quite ready for what I was about to see!!!  We went to the big Cine Capri theater in Phoenix, Arizona to a majorly sold out crowd. My pop was a Highway Patrol man back in the day and while waiting in the lobby he saw a fellow officer who was also anxious to see the movie. Always on the job, my dad noticed a little guy over in the corner with something shoved in the back of his pants/under his shirt. He was sweaty and looked a little out of place. In less than a heartbeat my dad and his buddy had this guy shoved in a corner, thrown to the floor and pulled out a big 357 Magnum from his trousers. The two patrol men questioned the little guy for a moment and determined he was OK, he was sweaty because it was 110 degrees outside and looked out of place because he was waiting for his girl to arrive — first date jitters!!! In PHX AZ it is OK to pack your firearm as long as it is not hidden. Back then AZ was still a cowboy/old west kind of state. The little guy said he got picked on a lot and his “heat” usually detours him from getting roughed up, he checked his gun in at the snack bar and went in to the show. Well this was already getting to be a pretty exciting evening. So anyway the movie started, I was scared out of my wits and loved every minute of it… after the show we went to the record store and Pop got me the soundtrack on LP… Wooo wee it was a Jerry Goldsmith score… I had only been collecting soundtracks for a year or so and was very excited to add this one to the other three Goldsmiths I had at home; those being  “Capricorn One”, “The Boys from Brazil”, and “The Omen”. Looking back today this is still one of my top favs for so many reasons: The score being #1, Ron Cobb being #2, Veronica Cartwright #3, Ridly Scott#4, and on and on… Last week at Wonderfest they showed the Directors Cut which I had not seen before and was thrilled at all the new stuff added… Veronica C. was there signing autographs and chatting with the fans, she even introduced the film with some fun little facts before the show started.  It was a great time and if you haven’t seen this new version it is a must to go and check out.  In regard to Jerry Goldsmiths score, there are many complete soundtracks floating around and this is definitely something you will want to add to your Goldsmith collection!!! Most of the cues on the extended discs are new from the standard release and are amongst the best of the entire soundtrack.

Thanks for that great day at the movies POP!!! always think about those fun times we had!! Anyway here are some images from Alien to get the old adrenaline pumping!!!  Happy 30th!!!

Almost forgot to mention this!!!!! In 1974/75 John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon were making their student film Dark Star and adding in footage so as to be able to release it in theaters. Dan co-wrote the film with John. In the middle of the film is a scene where Dan’s character, named “Pin Back,” has to go and feed the Alien. For the next 20 minutes Pinback has to deal with this naughty little fella who hides in shafts and attacks from behind… HMMMM… seems like a great idea for a bigger and scarier movie doesn’t it? Well with that, Dan went on to write Alien for Fox… and the rest is motion picture history!!!

Dan O'Bannon as Pinback, scene from Dark Star where he is giving the Alien his squeaky Mouse

Dan O'Bannon as Pinback. This is the scene from Dark Star where he is giving the alien his squeaky mouse.

 

the Terrifying Alien from "Dark Star", note the" Creature from the Black Lagoon" gloves for the aliens feet.

the "terrifying" alien from Dark Star -- note the Creature from the Black Lagoon gloves for the aliens feet.

 

movie poster from 1979

Movie poster from 1979

Ron Cobb's Hallway, from sketch to magnificent reality.

Ron Cobb's hallway, from sketch to magnificent reality.

 

brilliant tone change between the white living areas and the dark mechanics of the operating areas.

A brilliant tone change between the white living areas and the dark mechanics of the operating areas.

that awesome helmet,,, Bob Burns brought this to Wonderfest!!!

That awesome helmet! Bob Burns brought this to Wonderfest!!

 

it's Mother

It's "Mother"

John Hurt and Veronica Cartwright on the bridge.

John Hurt and Veronica Cartwright on the bridge.

 

the lovely Veronica at her station.

the lovely Veronica at her station.

 

Weaver Skerrit and Hurt. Awesome lighting throughout this film!!! Man it's beautiful!!!

Weaver, Skerrit, and Hurt. Awesome lighting throughout this film!!! Man it's beautiful!!!

what a great VFX image!!!

What a great VFX image!!!

 

Dallas and the space jockey.

Dallas and "the space jockey".

 

my fav scene from the movie!!! I couldn't handle the tension as a kid when this was going on!!!

my fav scene from the movie!!! I couldn't handle the tension as a kid when this was going on!!!

look at all the oysters and baby squid legs that made up this horrific creatures belly,,, at the japanese restaurant I think this dish is called Dynamite!

look at all the oysters and baby squid legs that made up this horrific creatures belly. At the Japanese restaurant I think this dish is called Dynamite!

 

I had a juvenile heart attack when Dallas tuned his flashlight down that corridor and this is what he saw!!!

I had a juvenile heart attack when Dallas tuned his flashlight down that corridor and this is what he saw!!!

 

Ripley readies to battle!!!

Ripley readies to battle!!!

Oooow-Wah, what an evil little thing!

Oooow-Wah, what an evil little thing!

 

I was almost unconscious here!!!

I was almost unconscious here!!!

and there he is,,, So wicked!!!

...and there he is... so wicked!!!

24
Apr
09

Alien 3 without Cobb

pov from the camera stand

pov from the camera stand

the prison cafateria

the prison cafateria

another master view

another master view

the crew!!!

the crew!!!

Back in the 1985, before the art Department days I started my Hollywood career as a model maker, We had just finished working on Hunt for Red October, and Solar Crisis, and next was Alien 3, Here are some pictures of the prison complex, I believe this was 1991 and there was no Ron Cobb on this Alien instalment.  all the model makers over at Boss films were quite sad about this so we all decided to gave tribute to the master by putting a big “W” on the side of our buildings. The “W” stands for Weylan Yutani, A fictional company Ron created for the original Alien. The budget was slim for us on Alien 3 and The boss came to us with a rediculously low figure and asked if we could make this model for the price$$$$ We said sure and built the entire table top miniature out of gater board, foam core and big piece of green death, (carving foam). The details were from the model parts bins and everything else we could find,,, There are even a couple of Killer Klown heads hidden amongst the piping.. In the high picture you Have Paul Ozzimo on the right,  Jeff Kalmus in the middle, and myself (with hair) on the left. We had a month to make this in and had a great time building something big and Sci-Fi

below is  a link to the whole Waylen story.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weyland-Yutani

24
Apr
09

Ron Cobb week comes to an end

this piece is pre Star Wars,,, looks familiar

this piece is pre Star Wars,,, looks familiar

lander details

lander details

the final Nostromo bridge design

the final Nostromo bridge design

the Lifeboat

the Lifeboat

engine view of the lander

engine view of the lander

two seat mini craft

two seat mini craft

This little drawing was my favorite from all of his concepts from Alien!!!

This little drawing was my favorite from all of his concepts from Alien!!!

from Space Truckers

from Space Truckers

wow what a beauty

wow what a beauty

Well it has been a great week sharing all the brilliant work from this very talented artist. To finish up here are some of Ron Cobb’s spacecraft designs from Alien and  a painting of the Space Shuttle atop the 747.  I saw this piece hanging in the art gallery at Cape Canaveral in 1990, and was amazed at his Cobb’s skills as a photo realist artist as well as a great concept illustrator. Thanks again for a great week and I’ll conclude the Jerry Goldsmith tribute next Monday. have a great weekend.

21
Apr
09

ron cobb my hero

Ron Cobb himself!!

Ron Cobb himself!!

Ron's awesome drawing of the DS.

Ron's awesome drawing of the DS.

from Dark Star

from Dark Star

close up of the DS. from Dark Star

the Nostromo Bridge

the Nostromo Bridge

medical lab aboard the Nostromo

medical lab aboard the Nostromo

interiors from the escape craft

interiors from the escape craft

This is one that was heavily influenced By Ron Cobb

This is one that was heavily influenced By Ron Cobb

This too was Cobb Inspired

This too was Cobb Inspired

Ron always outlined his designs in heavy black ink and I picked that detail up from using his work as a guide.

Ron always outlined his designs in heavy black ink and I picked that detail up from using his work as a guide.

Today starts the first of many entries regarding the artist Ron Cobb. Why back in the seventies, before Star Wars had come out there was a magazine called Starlog (this is where I was first intruduced to my Hero Ron Cobb) that was all about Science fiction films, monsters & Alien motion pictures, Space oriented Television series, space artists, behind the scenes VFX guys, and everything else related. I read this mag as soon as it came out on the stands and back then the topics were far and few between, mostly because Sci fi back then was old stuff from the 50’s and sixties mixed with a scattering of now and then 70’s films. One issue came out that talked about a student film by a new director named John Carpenter. The movie was called Dark Star and was written by John C. and Dan O’Bannon. Along with John, Dan had his hands full of on this film being co-writer, the FX guy, one of the stars and many other duties including finding the talent. Dan had seen Ron Cobb’s album cover for Jefferson Starships album, Deep Space/ Virgin Sky featuring a beautiful spacecraft flying towards an unknown planet. Dan tracked Ron Down and Ron drew a rough on a napkin at a restaurant in Westood CA. The sketch later turned into some more precise drawings, that later became the model project of the Legendary Greg Jein. The Dark Star drawing and model showed up in Starlog and it was the first spaceship that I next to the Trek ships that really caught my fancy. I read all about Cobb, that was only a sentence or two, and when Alien came out a few years later the book of Alien came out with so many unbelievable drawings by Ron. I looked at those illustrations by the hours, examining every detail and angle. I would try and draw my space craft pictures using Ron’s work as my guide. His books were my art school, followed by the styles of Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie after Star Wars came out But I owe it all to Ron. There were many fine and talented people that inspired my paths to Hollywood but Ron Cobb was the one that was the most inspirational to me. With that, here’s some of Ron’s early works and also Greg Jein’s model of the Dark Star. More to come Tomorrow!

All illustrations are from Ron’s book Colorvision

for more on Cobb go to Darens blog at

http://blog.darendoc.com/

If you have never been to this page your missing a world of fun!!! We ironically both did posts about Ron today … How fun!




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