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Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day! A new column to tickle your geek fancy!

Published at: July 7, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. A few weeks back I wrote a love letter to Jaws on its 35th anniversary. Some of you might have seen it, but if you didn’t check it out here. I compiled a ton of behind the scenes images for that article and it reminded me how much I love stuff like that. I know when I was a kid I’d scan Cinefantastique, Fangoria and the other movie-centric magazines for behind the scenes images as soon as I got to the magazine rack. When I grew a little older I’d find back issues of Famous Monsters and Starlog and do the same. So, that led me to think it’d be really cool to dig up one behind the scenes picture per day and run a little something on it. I’ve gathered somewhere near 150 behind the scenes photos so far and there’s some awesome stuff I can’t wait to share. Most are studio shots, but there are some candids from crew and actors in there, too. Let’s start with one that literally stopped my breath when I saw it. There’s something to the composition of the shot that really got me. The photo shows the enormity of the set and makes me wish I could have walked around one of the most instantly recognizable sets of all time.

Hooray Space Jockey and hooray ALIEN! How gorgeous is that set? Unbelievable that it’s all there. I guess in my mind I had imagined it was all done with miniatures, matte paintings and pieces that the actors interacted with. I had no idea the set was that massive and real. If you have any pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for iconic and rare, stuff that isn’t the norm. I have to thank effects maestro Bill Forsche for his crazy collection of BTS images from which I lifted this image. Coming up I have everything from Hitchcock to Lucas to Roddenberry to Leone. If you guys like this as a daily column let me know in the talkbacks or via email. Same if you hate it, but I think this could be pretty fun. Tomorrow comes an epic pic trucked in via the Porkchop Express! See ya’ then! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • July 7, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Sweet

    by JMoe

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  • July 7, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Keep it going, man

    by BlaGyver

    This could be a really cool deal.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Second!!

    by AdamWarlock

    ...damn...

  • July 7, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Thats just awesome

    by Lloytron

    Nothing else to say really. Great pic!

  • July 7, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Great

    by mrfantomashawk

    so we've turned into facebook, whats next, song lyric of the day? The pic is amazing, but this might be something thats better for your twitter

  • July 7, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Love it

    by Katet19

    I loved the Jaws anniversary piece growing up and currently living in Rhode Island as part of a beach family it's always hit home. I'm also crazy about behind the scenes photos from these iconic films. I remember being a kid (I'm 29) and sitting down to those starlog/Fangoria/and old hardcover books about genre films and seeing shots you'd never see otherwise sort of breaking the illusion and making those sets/moments real. Keep it up.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Yeah, cool idea!

    by decypher44

    I really like this idea. Keep it going!!!

  • July 7, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Love It!!!

    by MaceTowani

    Great idea!!

  • July 7, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Awesone stuff! Can't wait to see more!!

    by Fievel

  • July 7, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    That shot is a beauty

    by skimn

    The thing about behind the scene shots is that the set always overlit, and everything looks off. That set with the space jockey has beautiful color and lighting in real life. Nice job, Quint.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Cool.

    by WickedChicken37

  • July 7, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Got to admit

    by NippleEffect

    that's pretty nifty

  • July 7, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Should follow it up with...

    by -Halfscan-

    one of Lucas' green-screen set shots. Would be great juxtaposition.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Or as Ash would say

    by NippleEffect

    Groovy

  • July 7, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    badass!

    by YoyodynePropulsionSystems

    Aliens is in HD on instant netflix. Not the extended version but it looks pretty awesome.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I wanna go to a bar that looks like that!

    by buffywrestling

    Quite impressive. I'm always surprised how big sets are...and sometimes I'm surprised how small they are too. Real tricks of the camera can make a large space seem claustraphobic and a small space seem vast.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Sweet

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    i msis AMAD. anyway some movies photos you hopefully have: conan the barbarian, road warrior, sw ot, james bond.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Re: Aliens in HD

    by skimn

    Made me think. Spike ran a Star Wars marathon over the weekend, I'm assuming in HD. Anyone catch it in "Spike-a-Vision HD"?

  • July 7, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    also blade runner, legend

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Ridley Scott knows his sets well.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Beautiful pic

    by Nice Marmot

    Just beautiful. Amen to this as a daily column.

  • July 7, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    um, dude

    by MrDexter

    you can't just post any old shot from any old magazine. Every seen this before > © ?

  • July 7, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Road Warrior would be

    by skimn

    sweet, with all that location shooting...

  • July 7, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I love seeing good old fashioned handnmade sets

    by Amazing Maurice

    These days they just build a bit here and there and then throw up green screen curtains everywhere else.<P>One of my all time favourite sets has to be the Temple of Doom from the 2nd Indy movie. Now thats a set I'd love to walk around in.<P>

  • July 7, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    According to the making-of doc..

    by Trainedmonkey88

    ...they used kids in kid sized space suits to accentuate the scale of that scene.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    The other end of the telescope thingy...

    by slone13

    ...that the space jockey is sitting in looks like a mouth. Or a giant pair of lips.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Please don't make a prequel about the space jokey, Mr S!

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    I love the mystery. Don't ruin it for me!

  • July 7, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    *Cough* I meant "Jockey"

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    Although I'm amused to see that Killik also fucked up on that one.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    "looks like a mouth. Or a giant pair of lips"

    by Amazing Maurice

    It'll be pussy lips.<P>H.R. Giger was obsessed with dicks and pussies.<P>Everything about the alien lifecysle - from the pod, to the facehugger, the newborn and adult alien - are all phallic, vaginal or sexually derivative in design.<P>Giger made a mint from cocks and fannies.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Keep 'em coming

    by freerangecelt

    I am a sucker for film docs and behind the scenes stuff, more please!

  • July 7, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    speaking of behind the scenes..

    by emeraldboy

    if you all go to rte.ie you will be able to see a documentary called ballybrando. It was the last film marlon brando would have made, it co starred johnny depp and debra winger.only things really didnt go to plan and the movie collapsed.....brando shot some scenes. the name of the film was called divine rapture.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    amazing maurice not according to dave fanning..

    by emeraldboy

    irish dj, journalist and producer. His show the eleventh hour is the best music program on tv. 2nd only to later with jools. but anyhow Fanning contends that alien is just a space monster movie and nothing more and he called mark kermode an idiot for saying otherwise.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I approve Quint

    by Aphex Twin

    Keep this going. I'd love to see what other pics you have.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    @Trainedmonkey88

    by Mr Lucas

    I thought it was just the scene with the leg of the Nostromo that used kids in the Moebius space suits.<P> Alien is a space monster movie, but it's the best space monster movie!

  • July 7, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I always thought it was cool

    by GroolDemon

    that it was little kids in space suits in that scene in order to push the scale of that set piece up an additional notch. Could you imagine being like ten years old and shooting that scene. That would've been fucking cool as all get out.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I remember this pic.

    by Teddy Artery

    On the other hand, you are violating copyright law by posting these. You need to get permission to post any and all images. I'm just warning Ain't It Cool as a friendly measure. You guys could be seriously sued out of existance. Take care.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I'll take visceral

    by Fuzzyjefe

    over virtual any day of the week. And twice on Sunday.

  • July 7, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    better for a weekly spot.

    by oneblood

    Daily spots tend to get old quick.

  • July 7, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm.

    by MrFacety

    It would be cool if the space jockey was actually a suit with a human inside. We get to see his home planet die and him discover the alien planet thus encountering the aliens, before Ripley's crew arrived. The suit should be an important aspect to the story like Iron Man's. And it will tie into the aliens finale nicely.

  • July 7, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I love sets that are actually built in detail

    by starlesswinter7

    The sets from the Lemony Snicket film are some of the most gorgeous I've seen...and they're all real, even the panoramic outdoor sets, which are built with old-fashioned backdrops and forced perspective. Awesome. I wish there were more like that.

  • July 7, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    It must have been incredibly fun...

    by Jaka

    ...to light and film that stuff. Back when nearly everything was practical and you knew that what you were capturing was actually going to end up on screen.

  • July 7, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Good stuff

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Fire away Quint.

  • July 7, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Damn...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...I was hoping it would be more icebergs from the "Thor" set. <p> ;-)

  • July 7, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Holy fuck, that's an awesome pic

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    That's such an iconic scene, and an iconic set. Instantly recognizable. It doesn't matter how advanced CG environments get, nothing beats building the real thing. That one pic took my breath away. Three hours of Avatar didn't.

  • July 7, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    And stop whining about copyright infringement

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Jesus, are there a buncha suits in here or what? Fuck copyright infringement. Keep posting awesome pics, Quint.

  • July 7, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Wait so this isn't a new pic of the prequal?

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    Fucking pics about 20 years old and any self respecting Alien fan should have seen this

  • July 7, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Beautiful

    by JaimeFoxx

    Keep it comin

  • July 7, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    You got my Vote!

    by GreenOrb

    Gimme some BLADE RUNNER!

  • July 7, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Great picture. The new movie...

    by Biggie Kaiju

    ... shouldn't explain the Space Jockey. A huge part of the cool factor comes from having little or no idea what the fuck that thing is, why he's part of the chair, what that telescope/cannon thing is, why he had the eggs on board, etc. It's a random bit of weird awesomeness that can only be ruined by over-explaining it. In the words of that crying blonde YouTube twink, LEAVE SPACE JOCKEY ALONE!

  • July 7, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    What an amazing picture. What a great idea.

    by mortsleam

    And if you can maybe, just maybe, slip in a handful of behind the scenes images of movies that haven't come out yet...

  • July 7, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I wonder

    by NippleEffect

    what it'd cost to build that set today<p> Alien was released in 79, I have no idea how long it was in production<p> Anyway it was in excess of 30 years ago

  • July 7, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Less is more.

    by kolchak

    But Ridley Scott knows he can't fool the public into buying tickets to any more of his generic period pieces, and so he now returns to needlessly explain the mysteries behind "Alien." <p> Also, with all the bullshit he's been spouting about how he supports 3D, I'm sure that will be thrown in to jack up ticket prices.

  • July 7, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Now, this is the kind of stuff I like on this site.....

    by Darth_Kaos

    ...instead of that script girl bullshit(and their ilk) and Harry pimping some wannabe teenage movie-maker.<br> I miss the old AICN. This could be an excellent way to get it back. I enjoy this type of stuff, keep it up!

  • July 7, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    movie companies

    by INWOsuxRED

    are notorious for not caring if you take their material and make money off of it. Post some behind the scenes stuff from Disney!

  • July 7, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Darth_Kaos

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    "Harry pimping some wannabe teenage film maker". This site reached a new low when that happened. And her "mother" even came on asking for donations.

  • July 7, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    God back in the day when they had sets...

    by MANNZILLA

    Modern hollywood should just slide into the pacific ocean...

  • July 7, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I like it.

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 7, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    What I like about this

    by Mockingbuddha

    is that it looks so great, it's hard to believe they didn't use it more. Such restraint! This whole awesome set for just a few minutes of screen time. (was it even a full minute?) I know if I had a set like that I would have run it into the ground. Young Ridley Scott was awesome. I don't like the old version as much.

  • July 7, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Dude - post it high res please!

    by dagwood

    And thanks

  • July 7, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Great you discovered my laserdisc boxset. That's ridley's

    by UltraTron

    kids in kid sized space suits kickin around in that scene to make the set look bigger. The body language of children-if you look close you can see his boy kick at the set with child-like boredom. Brilliant. I just saw the end of requium- "the earth is not ready for this technology". "But this isn't for our earth, is it Ms Yutani?" Great line but I think the earth wouldn't notice a handheld blaster that's about 3 times as powerfull as a sawed off shotgun. Big fuck we got nukes.

  • July 7, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Also its a terrible idea

    by Mockingbuddha

    to move this to twister. I love AICN, I don't like twater. Also, it seems to me that the company definitely knew about the aliens at least up at some high secret level. I think there were clues in both of the first two movies. The cryptic messages in Alien, and didn't Bill Paxton ask if this was just another bug hunt in Aliens?

  • July 7, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Möbius is the artist ridley went to first on alien

    by UltraTron

    and blade.

  • July 7, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Solid! Keep them coming!

    by ImMorganFreeman

    That is to say I agree.

  • July 7, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    New Column: "We Have No Original Content Anymore"

    by GoodTimeBobby

  • July 7, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Eternal cool

    by sanzaru

    Every time I see the "Space Jockey" I get to thinking about this spread from Jack Kirby's "Eternals": http://tinyurl.com/2flq5xn Compare that with Giger's concept art (Scott's own sketch is even closer): http://tinyurl.com/23dpz5q ...I've never seen him directly acknowledged as an influence, but the similarity is pretty striking, eh?

  • July 7, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    @buffywrestling

    by sanzaru

    re: Giger Bar? Believe it or not, such a place actually exists... Check it out (wiki-link): http://tinyurl.com/2an3wvn

  • July 7, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Poor space jockey..

    by SlickyVonBoner

    Died on the shitter. That's gotta be one of the worst ways to go.

  • July 7, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    @sanzaru: I want to go there.

    by buffywrestling

    Amazing... & Thanks for the link :)

  • July 7, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Neat.

    by blackwood

    More.

  • July 7, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Also:

    by blackwood

    Maybe because I only joined the site in, like 2004, so I don't have this idea of AICN as anything but celebrating day-old news and geek culture with a bunch of irredeemable assholes and the occasional scoop thrown in, but fucking, jesus, just leave if you can't stand it.

  • July 7, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Today, it'd be a green screen

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    and no set. That makes me sad.

  • July 7, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah

    by NippleEffect

    need an embiggable version

  • July 7, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Awesome, definitely keep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by bbbbeeeennnn

  • July 7, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    That is amazing!

    by SingingConan

    Wow, I always figured that was a model too.

  • July 7, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    That jockey made one dude fuck another dude in his butt!

    by Tall_Boy66

    No, really. Read the Alien Harvest script for the Alien Prequel. That Space Jockey is a total pervert.

  • July 7, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Bill forche

    by ndally

    Have him on facebook. The dude posts the most amazing shit you'll ever see from BTS frankenstein to King Kong('33 version) to Ghostbusters II the guy has amazing photos. And he does this every day

  • July 7, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Peeking behind the scenes

    by Star Hump

    ruins the magic for me. I don't even like to watch the DVD docs where they show the sets and the actors out of character, etc. It's really hard to look at that pic. Alien looks so authentic, so all-encompassing. What an amazing atmpsphere they crafted. The first time I saw it was I was totally sucked in. I still get that feeling when I watch it. I never want to let go of that.

  • July 7, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Keep it going!

    by leisuredrummer

    This is what this site is all about to me! Some nerdy goodness for all of us. Good work, I look forward to more of it!

  • July 8, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Great pic to start the show off with!

    by ttomato

    I also thought so much of the scene was matte. I hope there is some BladeRunner in your 150. Thanks!

  • July 8, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    hell yeah...

    by fuzzy_dunlop

    keep it up!

  • July 8, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Sweet Zombie Jesus! Sweeeeeeet!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    More of this, please! MORE!!!

  • July 8, 2010, 1 a.m. CST

    Copyright

    by Quint

    Most of these are studio stills released for press to promote the flick. I doubt I'll run into the copyright police, but I'm new to this stuff, too, so who knows? Glad you guys seem to like it so far. Tomorrow... erm... today will shake the pillars of heaven!

  • July 8, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Ripley's ass

    by BenBraddock

    Any shots of her in her vest-and-panties scene will be very much appreciated

  • July 8, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Kid's In Spacesuits

    by NativeGaijin

    The above posts about using kids in miniature spacesuits to magnify the scale of the sets is correct. I didn't know some of them were Ridley Scott's kids. I do remember reading (n Starlog,I think) that Tom Skerrit's son played the mini-Captain Dallas.

  • July 8, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    any 'regular' columns are greatly appreciated :-)

    by billyhitchcock1

  • July 8, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Please keep it up!

    by maxbrown

    I think this is a great idea. Quint's one of the best things on this site.

  • July 8, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST

    buffywrestling

    by AsimovLives

    There is a bar that looks like that. It's in Tokyo.

  • July 8, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Giger Bar and Museum

    by chavee

    There is a Giger bar in Gruyere, Switzerland. I live in Germany and it's one of my goals to make it to that bar someday. I just wanna sit in one of those crazy looking chairs and drink me a nice pint and get shit faced.

  • July 8, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    CGI Versus Practical

    by ilander66

    look at the size of that thing! I think that the brain is always looking for the fakery in an image and things that are not quite right and the images captured in this sequence are so iconic probably due in part to the 'reality' of it being a full blown set. now it would be all cgi and you would see it and go hmm nice cgi.... maybe this column will give film makers more inspiration to do it for real rather than fix it in post like so many of them love to do

  • July 8, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Great idea, Quint. Wish I'd kept my old Starlogs now.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 8, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Will Ridley build sets like this for the prequel?

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    Or will it be Lucas-like green screens? Please, please, go old-school and build gigantic immersive sets for the actors, Ridley.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    sanzaru

    by Monolith_Jones

    Thanks for the links but the kirby pic didn't wotk for me. what comic is it from?

  • July 8, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    "Enormity" does not mean hugeness

    by ron2112

    It means overwhelming evil or wickedness. As in the enormity of the Holocaust, not the enormity of the Empire State Building.

  • July 8, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    @Monolith_Jones

    by sanzaru

    The Kirby pic is from "The Eternals" #1 (p.2-3), depicting the "legendary chamber of the SPACE GODS"! The tinyurl still works for me: http://tinyurl.com/2flq5xn <br> If that doesn't work, though (just remove the spaces): http://files.fluctu at.net/im ages/e/t/eternals.jpg

  • July 8, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    thanks sanzura

    by Monolith_Jones

    That tinyurl still won't work for me, possibly because I'm browsing on my phone. But that other link worked and good lord you're right. I may need to read the Eternals now.

  • July 8, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I'm liking this column...

    by alienindisguise

    it gives me a reason to come to this site everyday!

  • July 8, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    fucking rad

    by yabory

    oh the days before blue screen....these are great!

  • July 9, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    MrFacety, I fear you may get your 'wish'...

    by Cervantes

    ...as Ridley has already dropped heavy hints that the outer 'exoskeleton' is some kind of SPACESUIT in his prequel!!!<P>Personally, I despise the idea of that, and want the 'Space Jockey' shape a purely 'alien' giant!<P>While it seemed a good thing that Ridley was back onboard the 'ALIEN' franchise, I really hate the fact that he is planning to DEMISTIFY one of the most iconically mysterious moments in the movies...<P>I'd far rather any storyline compared to that.<P>My big fear is that the 'suit' will end up merely being a starmaking vehicle for some up-coming female starlet, who will be from a human-sized 'humanoid' race! I sure hope that's not the case...<P>Anyway, I haven't forgiven Ridley for his dreadful COLOR-meddling for his 'Director's Cut'. Unfortunately, the original (and better) 'theatrical' version was given exactly the same too-dark 'color-timing' on the 'Quadrilogy' boxset too...and this will probably be the default look for the eventual BLURAYS in the future too! Bah, he did the same too-dark tampering with his 'BLADERUNNER:FINAL CUT' release too. I'll stick to the already perfect color of the original DVD releases thanks, which have a far better, more naturalistic look to them.<P>Oh, and KilliK - you missed out STAR WARS amongst your list of fucked-up franchises. And the 'Special Editions' of the originals on that were royally messed-up too, when it came to their 'color-timing' too, strangely enough...

  • July 9, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Meant to add...

    by Cervantes

    ...that this article's photo is great. Like someone else said, I sure wish there'd be a couple of other angles on show of that set, such as the one shown above.<P>Such a pity there wasn't some huge 'SET'-MUSEUM somewhere that could have stored some of the more iconic ones for posterity...<P>I'd like to walk around the likes of Morbious's 'FORBIDDEN PLANET' home for instance!

  • July 14, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    This set was half scale

    by EvilEvolutionist

    In case nobody already noted, this set was built at half scale. Scott said that they constructed suits at half scale and used the crew's children to walk around the set. Probably the only time in history child labor was that cool.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    I saw the Space Jockey in person

    by uglyMood

    I was at one of the first showings of Alien at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The Egyptian has a long outdoor courtyard entrance, and they'd set it up so you walked through a number of the movie's sets to get in to the movie. You passed through one of the Nostromo's lower deck corridors, an upper-deck corridor, and the Mother computer room (surprisingly cheap-looking in person). When you emerged from Mother, the Space Jockey was right there on the left. It was made mostly of fiberglass, and was so amazing it caused a bit of a bottleneck. Inside the lobby, the little moonbuggy was on display. I believe in the film it's in the same storage bay with hanging chains where Yaphet Kotto and Veronica Cartwright become monster chow. The Space Jockey was destroyed by an arsonist less than a week later. Rumor was some psycho religious freak torched it because it was "satanic." Not quite as horrendous as the Taliban destroying the giant statues of Buddha, but the same fucked-up mindset.

  • July 17, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    DAMN

    by Nocturama

    I was so sure they used miniatures!

  • July 22, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Younger people on here thinking it was miniatures...

    by ufoclub1977

    It's so interesting to read about the views of younger fans on here. There is one comment up there that stated that he(she) thought that the Jockey room was done using forced perspective but that the technique was probably to advanced for a movie made in the late 70's. This fan must be thinking that because Lord of the Rings used forced persepctive recently? The forced perspective trick is one of the oldest techniques going back to silent movies! lol. It was remarkable that Lord of the Rings used this retro technique in the digital age.

  • July 22, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    uglymood!

    by ufoclub1977

    Very cool experience you had! To see all that for real and to note how cheap the sets often seem in real life. Reminds me of seeing the Star Wars costumes on the museum tour and marveling at how cheap some of them looked despite seeming very "real" on film.

  • July 24, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Looks even bigger in the movie

    by mascan42

    Scott had kids wear the space suits in the wide shots to make the space jockey set look even bigger.

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