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Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. to Provide Creature Effects for The Predator!

It looks as if Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. is set to provide creature effects for The Predator! Earlier last week Tom Woodruff Jr.’s IMDB profile was updated to include The Predator, specifically Predator creature effects. Woodruff’s ADI partner Alec Gillis also confirmed via Twitter that he will be working on The Predator, tagging Woodruff in his post.

A recent Facebook post by The Predator creature designer Ben Mauro revealed that he had been for a tour around the Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. studios and  Alliance Studios: “Was really cool to go check out ADI and Alliance Studios earlier this week, thanks Steve and Alec for showing me around your studios…….so much film/creature history and fun stories!”

Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. to provide creature effects for The Predator! Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. to Provide Creature Effects for The Predator!

Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. to provide creature effects for The Predator!

Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (also known as ADI) has an extensive history with the Alien franchise, going as far back as Aliens when company founders Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. worked under Stan Winston, to the more recent Alien vs. Predator films. While they haven’t worked on a solo Predator film, ADI provided the Predator creature effects for both Alien vs. Predator films where they created the fan favorite known as the Wolf Predator.

Alliance Studios is co-owned by Steve Wang, another of Stan Winston’s former employees who worked on the earlier films. He worked with Stan Winston on Predator, on Alien Resurrection as sculptor and later on AvP: Requiem with ADI. Perhaps Alliance Studios will working alongside ADI on The Predator?

Thanks to Darkoo, Johnny Handsome and Daz85 for the news. Be sure to regularly check in with Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest on The Predator. You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the latest updates straight on your social media wall.



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Comments: 35
  1. Mister Skeezler
    ADI hasn't exactly blown my skirt up either, but one thing to keep in mind, is that they're focusing on one creature (more or less, there may be more than one predator), rather than splitting their time and budget between a Predator, a bunch of Xenos and a Predalien. Hopefully that focus will allow them to really get it right.
  2. SuicideDoors
    This movie has an a-list director in Shane Black, and that's so exciting. I think he's almost more of a guaranteed quality seal of approval than Sir Ridley is (well, in the here and now, I love you Ridley)

    But ADI. Man. Great guys, love hearing them speak on the documentaries. But if they were evaluated on their Alien and Predator work alone, theyre outright terrible. Fabulous animatronics and puppeteers. But Alien 3 ASIDE, directorial creative decisions ASIDE, there work has been deminishing returns. I thought KNB did OK on Predators. But the Aliens in Resurrection, AvP and AvPR looked fake as shit; chunky slimey fat fingered suits

    Would LOVE it if they knocked the ball out of the park on this one though. I'm rooting for them, but I'm highly suspect
  3. Uncanny Antman
    Color me disappointed.  They've yet to impress me with their Predator work, even though they improved on AvP2.

    Sure, you can say that the problems were due to other people's decisions, but seeing as how AvP1 and AvP2 had different people calling the shots and ADI still underwhelmed, I don't think that it's unreasonable to blame them.
  4. Kailem
    I wouldn't have been averse to KNB having another shot at the franchise as I thought they did fantastic work with Predators, especially on such a short schedule. But ADI certainly makes sense. I always enjoy seeing Tom Woodruff and Alec Gillis on various "making of's" on DVDs and Blu-rays (and online) talking about the creatures and suits from various different series, so it's cool that that'll hopefully be the case again whenever The Predator Blu-ray eventually makes it out (I quite liked their commentary track on AVPR, so another one of those wouldn't go amiss).

    So yes, despite some questionable design decisions in the past (which, as has been pointed out, can't necessarily always be leveled at them), they have also done some great work too, so I think they're a good choice. I just hope the faces of the Predator or Predators in this one are more Wolf than Scar. ;p

    And while I'm sure lots of us would love to see or have seen Legacy get the gig, I feel like they're just priced out of the running at this point (same reason I imagine Stan Winston Studios was never involved with either franchise past Aliens and Predator 2). So ADI is really the next logical choice.
  5. Tube
    Yeah I guess I have to admit Wolf's mug is my least favourite of all of them... He was good with his helmet on though. Shame he got relegated to janitor and teenager slasher roles...
  6. Tube
    From their perspective, it's got to be a bit frustrating to get blamed for design calls made by the director and/or studio. In that respect it's interesting to compare AVP and AVPR. Same Predator creators, different directors, totally different Predators. Whatever you think of AVPR, most people agree that Wolf was overall a vast improvement over Scar and co. Much more gracile, and most importantly the suit was way more conducive to Ian Whyte's performance. Even though it had to be done in the dark. And AVP had some good design elements- great bio-masks for example.
  7. YWN
    I'm really glad Tom Woodruff Jr. (I assume Alec Gillis too), ADI come back for a Predator movie. Like many others I was disappointed in AVP 04 and AVPR 07, however I personally liked the practical effects of those movies with the Predators and the Aliens(except the Predalien). The effects they did in Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection where good too.
  8. Corporal Hicks
    There's some wonderful shots of the Predators in AvP, especially when it's Whyte in the suit being focused on. The image of Scar I used in the news post, when the gang decloaks after Quinn takes a tumble and it focuses on Celtic in the lead. They didn't always look massively bulky.
  9. Darkness
    If we were basing this on AvP, I'd be horrified at this news but ADI definitely stepped up their game with Requiem, I thought. A lot of what went wrong with AvP was down to Paul Anderson wanting to humanise the Predators and he was the one calling the shots. They are capable if you give them the proper direction and money - the problem is they're usually given the job because they're seen as the cheap n' easy option.
  10. 426Buddy
    I perfectly understand the criticism they get, I've heard Woodruff and Gillis talk about how making the alien more organic(starting with A3) was improvment on Gigers design. They really seem to resent the mechanical aspects of the creature for some reason. As for their AvP Predators, Scar's face was just terrible on screen so I hope they can fix that.


    I think it goes both ways, some people blame them too much for their rubbery creations, and others give them a free pass on everything, like it was all the directors fault.
  11. Thomas H.
    They were amazing back in the day, but the creature effects of Alien: Resurrection (Minus the Egg), and the first AVP movie honestly felt very underwhelming. Dont get me wrong I like the guys a lot, and you can tell Woodruff Jr really cares about the franchises.

    I hope to see better creature effects from them in The Predator. Your effects in Alien 3 were extremely well done.

    Broken record mode, activate! I still think they get way too much stick for the stuff we didn't like from Resurrection and the AvPs. There's so much going off that effects them. They follow director mandates with their design explorations (and Resurrection had story reasons for the Aliens to be bastardised). All that slime was down to the the DoP. In AvP, it was cost related for the reuse of the Resurrection (not really their fault). I wasn't a fan of the teeth of their Alien head in Requiem (damn overbite!!) but again, they had only the money to redo the heads.

    The Predators in AvP looks fake because of the lack of moisture - again the director. Granted, that silicon (?) doesn't look the greatest so hopefully they explore other materials for The Predator.

    To be perfectly honest though, I would have been happy with Legacy, ADI or KNB. Hopefully ADI will be able to work well with Black and get a cracking new design. I'm sure he wont have the mentality that the Predators can look wet.  ::) Just need to get Ian Whyte on board now. Apparently he said he was at a convention but when I spoke to him about it he said it wasn't true so who knows!

    I'm so happy more people are realizing this. For all we know ADI came up with some bad-ass Predators for the AvP movies, but the directors shot those down. People seem to forget that little detail some times, that the director ultimatly decides what to go with. Well, him/her and the studios. Don't forget about them.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    They were amazing back in the day, but the creature effects of Alien: Resurrection (Minus the Egg), and the first AVP movie honestly felt very underwhelming. Dont get me wrong I like the guys a lot, and you can tell Woodruff Jr really cares about the franchises.

    I hope to see better creature effects from them in The Predator. Your effects in Alien 3 were extremely well done.

    Broken record mode, activate! I still think they get way too much stick for the stuff we didn't like from Resurrection and the AvPs. There's so much going off that effects them. They follow director mandates with their design explorations (and Resurrection had story reasons for the Aliens to be bastardised). All that slime was down to the the DoP. In AvP, it was cost related for the reuse of the Resurrection moulds (not their fault). I wasn't a fan of the teeth of their Alien head in Requiem (damn overbite!!) but again, they had only the money to redo the heads.

    The Predators in AvP looks fake because of the lack of moisture - again the director. Granted, that silicon (?) doesn't look the greatest so hopefully they explore other materials for The Predator.

    To be perfectly honest though, I would have been happy with Legacy, ADI or KNB. Hopefully ADI will be able to work well with Black and get a cracking new design. I'm sure he wont have the mentality that the Predators can't look wet.  ::) Just need to get Ian Whyte on board now. Apparently he said he was at a convention but when I spoke to him about it he said it wasn't true so who knows!
  13. 426Buddy
    As much as I've complained about some of their work in the past, I'm still glad thry get to do it. I'm happy for them I guess, even though I still think their personal vision for the alien design is very flawed. They are great guys though so good for them, I hope they bring their A game, they certainly have the budget this time.
  14. Richman678
    They were amazing back in the day, but the creature effects of Alien: Resurrection (Minus the Egg), and the first AVP movie honestly felt very underwhelming. Dont get me wrong I like the guys a lot, and you can tell Woodruff Jr really cares about the franchises.

    I hope to see better creature effects from them in The Predator. Your effects in Alien 3 were extremely well done.
  15. acrediblesource
    We need a new look for the predator. One that is tall and more alien like. None of this, it's got a man's body crap. The face has been trademarked forever, now we need someone tall like Bolaji Badejo who played the alien.
     
  16. Scorpio
    They are probably the best choice considering Stan Winston is no longer with us. 

    I, for one, don't think the predators in AVP are that bad.  And most people can agree that Wolf is awesome.

    I wouldn't want them returning to do the aliens, though. 
  17. Corporal Hicks
    Sorry, we were delayed in posting this because we spoke to Woodruff about this and were debating on what to include in the news. With Gillis confirming it publically though, I'm going to get it online.
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