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Creating the Creature Effects of Alien Covenant

Despite the over abundance of CGI in Alien Covenant, special effects studios Creatures Inc. and Odd Studio did actually craft practical suits for the Neomorph and the Xenomorph creatures. Though I was hard pressed to spot which scenes featured the suits in the actual movie.

Nonetheless, journalist Ian Failes has posted a behind-the-scenes article all about the practical suits that were crafted for Alien Covenant on his VFXBlog. They cover how different aspects of the Xenomorph were created such as using foam for the arms and fibreglass resin for its upper body. You can find more details about the Neomorph, Facehuggers and the mummified bodies of the Engineers in his article

 Creating the Creature Effects of Alien Covenant

Continuing with the behind-the-scenes theme, there is another fantastic article on FXGuide who cover the visual effects in Alien Covenant. Most of the visual effects were done by MPC who were responsible for bringing the Neomorph and Xenomorph to life on the big screen. The Neomorph had references to the Goblin Shark with its extendable jaw and skin, as well as a Praying Mantis.

For the Xenomorph, Ridley Scott really liked the wax models from La Specola in the Museum of Natural History in Florence so that was referenced in the creature’s design. The lengthy article goes into more details about MPC’s other visual effects such as the Engineers’ city and memorable backburster scene. There’s plenty of new behind-the-scenes shots and renders that we’ve not seen before. If you’re still interested in learning more about the effects, the Art of Alien Covenant book is also available to purchase on

 Creating the Creature Effects of Alien Covenant

The Baby Xenomorph

Thanks to Ian, Omegamorph and Sabres21768 for then 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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  1. Corporal Hicks

    In the second part of our look at modern production design, KFTV talks to Chris Seagers about his experiences building sets for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror Alien: Covenant.

    Scott’s sci-fi follow-up pitches a crew of space travellers against the iconic xenomorph monster that the director first introduced to audiences back in 1979.

    Production was based at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, where Seagers and his team built an immense set of the Covenant – the movie’s main spacecraft setting.

    “We spent a couple of months at the RSA (Ridley Scott Associates) offices in London brainstorming the design of the ship and how to put it together,” Seagers tells KFTV of the genesis of the Covenant spacecraft as the crew's home.

    “Ridley was very ambitious with his ideas and it turned out we didn’t have the budget to realise everything he wanted, but he thinks on his feet and is very much up for figuring out how to make it all work – he loves ingenuity.”
  2. Corporal Hicks

    My friend is close with an FX guy from Scott Free. Here's a candid Neomorph Prop used in Alien Covenant.

    Sorry, but I don't think this is from Alien: Covenant.

    It's from a fan film called BIOTIC (which states it is inspired by Covenant).

    Thanks for the correction, Sabres.

  3. Zaxxon64
    The birth of the protomorph along with the generally shoddy CG in Covenant utterly destroyed any future interest in covenant and the alien franchise for me. Abysmal in every way. ::)
  4. Corporal Hicks

    My friend is close with an FX guy from Scott Free. Here's a candid Neomorph Prop used in Alien Covenant.

    At the last minute, Ridley asked for a few more 'Mutilated Shaw' drawings from both Matt and I. In the interest of speed I did these digital paintings as quick concepts (hence the absence of Noomi Rapace's likeness). In the end RS (rightfully, so) went with Matts versions but I figured you guys might enjoy them, as I had enjoyed drawing them. Thanks everyone!

    My friend, Meaghan Leonard, who organised all the text graphics and helped manage the monumental printing effort on the film would innocently refer to this baby Neo study as - the 'Dancing Alien'... hehe
  5. BishopShouldGo
    Yeah, that f**king solar repair scene was a thing of beauty.

    That Alexander England dude is the luckiest person in the world. He gets to take part in the most beautiful scene in a major Ridley Scott blockbuster and he's essentially an extra. Besides Katherine and Danny, he's the only other person that gets to wear a spacesuit!
  6. Corporal Hicks

    Pic from one of the many fittings with Goran D Kluent who plays the Neomorph-and Colin Ware @prosthetix making sure he's comfortable.

    Neomorph head sculpt/design Adam Johansen and colour scheme and paint job by Damian Martin. Body sculpt by Colin Shulver & Andy Hunt. Foam suit run by Steve Katz and Gavin Kyle.
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