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Behind the Scenes of Meet Walter

Last week, after some teasing, 20th Century Fox released the second promotional video for Alien: Covenant. Titled Meet Walter, the video served as a fictional advertisement for Weyland-Yutani’s latest synthetic, Walter.

Several articles have been published looking at the development of the Meet Walter video and how AMD, 48 Communications (the marketing agency for AMD), 20th Century Fox, 3AM, RSA Films and Luke and Ridley Scott worked together to bring Walter to life on screen.

Chris Eyerman, creative director of 3AM explained to The Drum that: “The inception of this idea was about introducing a new synthetic in the Alien universe, and what would that look like, and how do we make that real, and how do we find a great technology partner that can add some credibility and authenticity to it?”

In an interview with Fast Company, Luke Scott (director of Meet Walter and The Last Supper) talked about the inspirations for the approach they took with building the fictional Walter: “I took a lot of reference in the bio-medical world about 3D printing limbs and organs, going down to the molecular level about how Walter is produced from a genetic level and grown traditionally in an artificial womb, or is he—is it—created as an adult version, and then the information is implanted via the AMD chip?”

 Behind the Scenes of Meet Walter

Behind the scenes of Meet Walter.

We decided he was an adult, and 3D printed an exo-skeleton. There was a desire to put red and fleshy stuff in there, and we said, ‘No, no, no,’ to the designer. ‘You can’t do that.’ This goes back to 1979 and Ash, he was all white liquid and weird organic milky fluid. So we had to take the technology out of it.”

Also talking to Fast Company about the possibility of AMD being associated with the creation of generally unhelpful and “evil” synthetic creations, Karl Stewart, President of 48 Communications, explained:

“We spend a lot of time with the filmmakers and the studios to figure out if there’s going to be a positive or negative coming out of it. And in this case, we thought it was a positive because it really does show artificial intelligence in a light where, when the android comes to life, it makes its own decisions. It doesn’t matter if it’s good technology or bad, but we’re looking at Walter being one of many—he’s just the one we see on the screen.”

Be sure to check out the interviews in their entireties. You head on over to Maciej Kuciara and Chris Eyerman’s Instagram pages you can check out some conceptual artwork that was done for Meet Walter. RSA Films have also shared several behind the scenes stills.

 Behind the Scenes of Meet Walter

Maciej Kuciara’s concept art for Meet Walter.

The Meet Walter advertisement isn’t the end of this particular campaign though. Anyone who reserved a Walter via MeetWalter.com will receive some additional content closer to the film’s release. Judging from the email sent out when you reserve a Walter, it will likely take place towards the end of April.

Thanks to Pvt. Himmel, ChrisP of Scified and Matthew J. Spart for getting in touch with the news. Keep a close eye on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest on Alien: Covenant! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien fans on our forums!



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Comments: 42
  1. fiveways
    I just noticed this.  Few questions.

    Why are rejects from The Black Hole build walter?
    Why is all the lyrical music used in these trailer so awful (if you like it cool I find it insufferable)

    Right now Prometheus had me at a fever pitch.  I was checking this site all the time.  This time around I have so little interest in the film, the media surrounding, it or any of the ads.  I'll see it, it will be a movie. I will go home and wonder why I didn't just wait for netflix.
  2. cliffhanger
    I hope the Rock will play the next android, a marine android. "Need a trim?"

    I like you INFECTED, but umm NOOOOOO!!!
    How about Mark Wahlberg? he can talk real nice with his voice, and he has funny hair.


    i could think of nobody worse to part in the alien universe than wahlberg.

    i liked him in his rock pairing with the 80's style scam movie, but that's about it to be fair.
    and a rock android colonial marine sounds fantasticly funny but really not wanted.

    i think bradley cooper could actually portray a real sinister android. or a alien:resurection style bad guy.

    i would prefer ridley would stay away from 'popular' actors though. i prefer less known, moldable actors instead
    of big names that want to show their 'fantasticism' in a xeno universe.

    Boyd Holbrook or Steven Merchant would deliver fitting roles i would think.
  3. Pvt. Himmel
    I hope the Rock will play the next android, a marine android. "Need a trim?"

    I like you INFECTED, but umm NOOOOOO!!!
    How about Mark Wahlberg? he can talk real nice with his voice, and he has funny hair.


    Maybe if he gets facehugged in the first opening credits. ;)
    Then we would get a Wahlberg xeno....... you are making things worse Himmel!!!

    Tell me about it. :laugh:



  4. Infected
    I hope the Rock will play the next android, a marine android. "Need a trim?"

    I like you INFECTED, but umm NOOOOOO!!!
    How about Mark Wahlberg? he can talk real nice with his voice, and he has funny hair.


    Maybe if he gets facehugged in the first opening credits. ;)
    Then we would get a Wahlberg xeno....... you are making things worse Himmel!!!
  5. CainsSon
    ::CLAPS:: I love this stuff.

    The greatest thing about these viral videos is they really do create a great package for fans when the Blu-Ray/Home release comes out.

    This franchise never skimps on the extras.

    Yep. and i hope that we get all the different cuts of the film that was shown during test screenings.

    I somehow doubt that. But I hope we get the scenes that may or may not have been cut from different versions and I wonder how long it will take before we get to see everything from the entire Prequel series. There are scenes we have yet to see from Prometheus and may be stuff with Shaw cut from this film.

    You know what I would like? The early drafts of this script as it went through various changes. We know there we drafts when it was still PROMETHEUS 2... They were writing it for a while. Who knows how much of that stuff was given to the author of the Prequel book.
  6. CainsSon
    ::CLAPS:: I love this stuff.

    The greatest thing about these viral videos is they really do create a great package for fans when the Blu-Ray/Home release comes out.

    This franchise never skimps on the extras.
  7. Corporal Hicks
    It got merged with this thread, Himmel.

    Some bts stills from RSA Films - http://www.rsafilms.com/17596/go-behind-the-scenes-of-meet-walter/

    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.17.50-AM-678x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.18.01-AM-677x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.16.36-AM-675x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.18.53-AM-674x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.18.38-AM-673x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.16.53-AM-675x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.18.19-AM-800x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.19.39-AM-679x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.16.22-AM-674x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.19.30-AM-677x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.19.19-AM-675x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.25.00-AM-674x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.17.09-AM-675x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.18.30-AM-680x450.png
    http://www.rsafilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-15-at-9.16.04-AM-1-676x450.png

    Thanks to Matthew J. Spart via the Facebook page for these.
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