Shooting continues for Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant and there’s some interesting insights into the production from Danny McBride (East Bound & Down, The End) who’s as yet unnamed character now has a job according to McBride latest comments about the project. Even more interesting for movie fans is McBride’s comments on the production’s set and practical effects.
McBride’s casting came out of left field, he’s not the usual suspect one would expect and his comedic talents will be an interesting addition. In a recent Rolling Stone interview McBride had this to say about his role in Alien: Covenant:
I’m the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, which is a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew. I run the ship.
When asked about the set and use of green screen McBride explained Ridley’s approach:
No, I didn’t know if it would be all green screen, but most of the stuff is practical effects: when you’re running from an alien it’s really a dude in an alien suit coming after you! The sets are incredible and you’re in them: We go through some inclement weather at one point on the spaceship and this whole gigantic set is on a gimbal, shaking up and down. You don’t have to use your imagination.
He’s got so much energy, and he shoots everything with four cameras. We move through stuff fast. When I got here some people said, “Oh man, he does two takes, three takes, tops,” but I love it. It creates this attitude on set of, like, “You better fucking come with it because you’ve got two shots — you better bring it.”
A recent tweet showed some of the practical alien effects being used on set:
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 6, 2016
McBride joins a talented cast featuring Michael Fassbender, reprising his Prometheus role as the Synthetic David along with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Jussie Smolett (Empire), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), and Billy Crudup (Watchmen).
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Alien: Covenant hits theater screens on August 4th, 2017.
Via: Rolling Stone