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Watch: Adam Savage Visits the Set of Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'

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April 28, 2017
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Alien: Covenant Set Visit

"This is all in service of allowing the actors… to enter into the 'universe'." If you haven't realized, Adam Savage is a huge movie geek. Not only has he worked on movies, but he loves to be a part of them and learn about all the behind-the-scenes trickery that makes them so magical. The latest video from his web series Tested goes behind-the-scenes of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. Savage goes on set and examines some of the impressive set pieces, including the Engineer's chair inside the main Dreadnought ship. This is cool to see, but obviously they're working hard to make sure nothing is spoiled. I wish we could see more, but alas we have to wait (just a few more weeks) until the movie is in theaters to learn all the secrets. For now, enjoy.

Here's the Adam Savage video visiting the set of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, from Tested's YouTube:

Adam Savage - Alien: Covenant Set

You can still watch the first red band trailer for Alien: Covenant here, as well as second official trailer here.

The crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. Alien: Covenant is once again directed by veteran filmmaker Ridley Scott, of the original Alien from 1979 and Prometheus from 2012, as well as the films The Martian, Gladiator, Robin Hood, American Gangster, The Counselor, Matchstick Men, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven and Legend previously. The screenplay is by Michael Green and Jack Paglen, with a rewrite by John Logan. Fox will release Alien: Covenant in 3D in theaters starting May 19th, 2017 this summer. Who's ready for this?

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Reader Feedback - 22 Comments

1

I'm jealous now. So there will be no 2D release for Alien Covenant? Anyone can confirm? I watched Prometheus in 3D, and while I don't regret it, I wasn't wowed.

tarek on Apr 28, 2017

2

The Counselor should be removed from Ridley's filmography. What a dud! But it was a feat to make a dud with such collection of great talents.

tarek on Apr 28, 2017

3

Hey Bo. Let's face it Bo, The Counselor was a huge Dud. Not Scott's fault. It was a very bad writing. It was like watching a comedy trying to be serious, or is it the other way around? Pacing was exhausting, dialogue as heavy as a sledgehammer, the atmosphere was sterile and cold and the plot was...what was it about? I can'even remember...all I remember is a Cameron Diaz doing the "facehugger" movement on the windshield and the decapitation of the motorcycle ( which was brilliatly done). I am pretty sure that even Ridley Scott didn't like it Bo. ;D

tarek on Apr 28, 2017

4

Well, of course it's my opinion Bo, just like yours is yours. ;D Now we are in a dead end. Who's right and who's wrong? Maybe we're both right or both wrong... Then again, what the point to make a critique if everyone is entitled to his opinion? Does that mean good or bad movies are just two faces of the same coin? We have to find a way out of this dead end... So, let me ask you a question Bo: what is a good movie and what is a bad one?

tarek on Apr 28, 2017

5

I loved this exchange. Especially Bo's " A good one is one I like and a bad one is one I don't like." HAHAHA! How subjective film is. Everyone holds a different perspective, although Bo, yours is most unique. Tarek and I agree on MOST things. Aside from our Star Wars short discussion previously. Good stuff gentleman. Good stuff!

THE_RAW_ on Apr 28, 2017

6

;D

tarek on Apr 28, 2017

7

Granted the story could have been better but I think the main problem was Scott shouldn't have directed it. His flashy visual style and the miscast A-listers weren't the right approach for this kind of film. I think he was just desperate to film a Cormac McCarthy story (he's wanted to do Blood Meridian for ages).

eurogibbon on Apr 29, 2017

8

I agree that Ridley wasn't the perfect choice for that kind of movies. I don't put the blame on the writer Cormac McCarthy either, whose book is probably good ( I can't judge, because I didn't read it), but on the screenwriters who did a bad adaptation. It was like translating a poetry by using Google translate. Granted you loose 90% of the meaning and soul of the message.

tarek on Apr 29, 2017

9

It actually started life as a screenplay, which McCarthy wrote himself. It definitely reads better than it plays.

eurogibbon on Apr 29, 2017

10

I am glad you liked it Bo. And I am sorry I didn't like it. ;D

tarek on Apr 29, 2017

11

Likewise Bo...Likewise. ;D

tarek on May 1, 2017

12

;D As someone wise and crazy said once: The truth is a mirror that fell off the sky. It shattered into pieces. Each one of us took a small piece and is happy with what he is seeing in it... ;D

tarek on Apr 28, 2017

13

One of the luckiest men alive (who also has worked his a-- off to get where he is now).

DAVIDPD on Apr 28, 2017

14

He has my dream job.

THE_RAW_ on Apr 28, 2017

15

Does it bother anyone else that they had the same exact set from Prometheus, but didn't bother to save it for this sequel? That they had to build it from the ground up AGAIN? Seems like a waste of money and resources... But I'm happy they're using practical effects at least. Good on them!

THE_RAW_ on Apr 28, 2017

16

Spaceship set storage must be prohibitively expensive.

eurogibbon on Apr 29, 2017

17

Apparently! It's that or the giant warehouses where movie props go to die (like in Raiders of the Lost Ark) don't exist!

THE_RAW_ on Apr 29, 2017

18

There's a seven-storey warehouse in Culver City containing 2,500 movie set backdrops that can be hired out. Sounds just like what you're describing.

eurogibbon on Apr 29, 2017

19

This is very common... Most productions must destroy everything after completion. It's very hard (and expensive) to make an exception and/or to store anything. Why this works is that it's easier to keep, for example, the concept art and exact blueprints of the sets so they can rebuild them (exactly as they were) if necessary.

Alex Billington on Apr 29, 2017

20

Plus for something like that tunnel(and I'm for for other things like interior ship walls), per say, the guy says they used molds and repeat the pattern, and piece together. So I'm sure it'd be a lot easier to just save the smaller molds, and what not.

bat0u on Apr 29, 2017

21

And now I know. And knowing is half the battle!

THE_RAW_ on May 3, 2017

22

Too spendy to keep those things

LeoForPrez on Apr 30, 2017

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