Visual Effects Breakdowns for 'Prometheus' Feature Engineer & Crash

June 17, 2012
Source: RopeofSilicon

Prometheus Effects

"We try and use as much reality as possible in our effects." Hopefully everyone has seen Prometheus by now, because spoilers are already commonplace. While there are shots of the engineer and elder engineer from the opening floating around the web (see here), we've got another cool video featurette worth seeing as well. The Daily (found via RopeofSilicon) has posted a set of two visual effects breakdowns, looking at the FX work that went into Ridley Scott's return to space sci-fi. One highlights MPC doing the atmosphere and spaceships, the other shows Weta creating the engineer's DNA and opening title sequence. See both below.

Here's the first featurette on the landing scene & crash in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, via The Daily:

Here's the second featurette on the opening scenes in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, via The Daily:

This behind-the-scenes set comes from The Daily; videos are by Scott Broock and fxguide. Effects house MPC (The Moving Picture Company) is featured in the first, and Weta Digital ( in the second.

Prometheus is directed by legendary Oscar nominated filmmaker Ridley Scott, who started it all with Alien and Blade Runner, also directing Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Body of Lies and Robin Hood most recently. The screenplay was originally written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour), then updated by Damon Lindelof of "Lost" and Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek 2. Fox released Prometheus in theaters in 3D on June 8th earlier this summer. Visit Weyland Corp.

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


The visuals were the strongest point of the film. It looked... otherworldly? You bet.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 17, 2012


Agreed. Yes, the movie has faults (but I liked it anyway), but the visuals gave you one hell of a series of eyeball kicks. MPC was the right choice; they've done great work on the first two Nolan Batman films.

Scopedog on Jun 18, 2012


I hate spoilers.this movie has a lot of spoilers from months ago.only important thing is money for them,not people.this is sad.

ZBob on Jun 17, 2012


dude the movie opened two weeks ago. it's open season now.

Lincoln Smith on Jun 17, 2012


True. At this point any talk about the film will almost always contain spoilers.

Reznik on Jun 17, 2012


The CG environments were pretty mental looking at those breakdowns in the first clip. Though if you haven't watched the film, that'd be spoiler bingo right there.

Carpola on Jun 17, 2012


Good movie I expected more from it though, my money's worth nonetheless! By the way, I saw Alien today, hadn't watched it in a long time ago, I could relate the DNA of alien that prometheus contained better than before.

Fidel Reyes on Jun 17, 2012


Well, at least you saw the film. I agree that it wasn't perfect...but I wasn't expecting the Second Coming either. I did like the film quite a bit--might have to see it a second time, though--but my friend, who is a very harsh critic of films, really liked PROMETHEUS. Nice point about ALIEN! I actually re-watched it around a month ago, but I tried to keep it out of my mind when I saw PROMETHEUS, since (at least to me) it isn't a _direct_ prequel to ALIEN, which is what I think most people were expecting. It is curious to read the negative reviews of PROMETHEUS and compare them to the reviews BLADE RUNNER got 30 years ago...."style over substance", "great visuals, no cohesive story", "horrible script", "characters no one cares about"....I guess somethings never change!

Scopedog on Jun 18, 2012


totally agreed, I also didn't try to compare it too much to alien and yeah it isn't a direct prequel and that's what I really liked, it was like seeing that universe from another perspective(confusing yet visually satisfying perspective), but I just couldn't help notice some details such as the flame trowers, or the ships inner's desin, the space jockey(engineer in suit) that come out in alien, and well I liked prometheus I'm actually looking foward to where the story will blast off to from here, I just hope that Ridley does have a plan to explain our many un-anwsered questions and doubts.

Fidel Reyes on Jun 18, 2012


Great vfx were expected. In the absence of a great story all of this means nothing.

Halon on Jun 18, 2012


They said the same thing about BLADE RUNNER 30 years ago. Just sayin'.

Scopedog on Jun 18, 2012


Yeah like Avengers, Avatar, Spiderman even Nolans Batman etc etc had that great a script with stunning memorable dialogue. Christ you people who are ceaselessly criticising Prometheus for every conceivable reason should go elsewhere and leave us who love it to enjoy this film. My annoyance is this is an edited version and should have been released with at least the 2:27 cut. Stunning film.

macatae on Jun 18, 2012


Would love a breakdown of that worthless scripts 🙂

ryderup on Jun 18, 2012


This movie was insane. My brain melted a little every minute I was watching it.

Djo Fortunato on Jun 18, 2012


great film, but would it have been better without the dna footage and maybe ten more min of dialog?

Charles Lowery on Jun 18, 2012


I love how Ridley gets a pass because he made a great movie 30 years ago. This movie had the laziest script and editing in a movie of this supposed caliber I'd seen in a long time. All the criticism is warranted. A new cut could fix some of the issues, but who knows, I saw what everyone else did. If you loved it, great. Just don't expect the rest of us to lap it up because he used to be talented.

Dane Forst on Jun 18, 2012

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