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Andrew Li AvP2 Interview

Alien Experience have done an interview with the assistant art director on AvP2, Andrew Li. There’s a lot of interesting stuff in it about the predator ship and the sewer set.

“I worked mainly on the sewer set and the predator spacecraft… We wanted to keep the sewer relatively small so that the aliens and predators would look very menacing and horrifyingly huge in the set… When we seen him wading through the sewer water hunting down the rogue aliens, he definitely looks VERY, VERY scary!!! For the spacecraft I built a physical model… We did not have a big budget for this set so we tried to put a lot of the money in the beautiful sculpted predator architecture of the ship…”

Sounds like we may see something like the Predator 2-style ship. He also hints that the film will carry on from AvP with the Predalien Chestburster: “For the Predator, we got a glimpse of their starship at the ending of the last AVP when we see one of their own lying dead on a Predator altar bed. We take cues from that design and ramp it up for our version of the altar bed and the Predator spacecraft. “ On the downside, this interview confirms my fears over the budget. Several times throughout the interview, the person mentions at how small the budget was. :undecided:

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Comments: 38
  1. Jango1201
    To me less money means more physical work. And i believe its the physical work that makes a beleivable movie. anyone in the movie industry can take millions of dollars and put it all in cgi and sfx, but put that money into guys in suits, thats more money for the better stuff. Does anyone else agree?
  2. Dual Blade
    Its almost about appreicating every $ that they put their money into, drenching every single cent so that WE as the audience can see and absorb.  You can't put a price on creativity, its either you have it or you don't and I believe whole heartedly that the Strause brothers have exactly that.   ;D     :)  
  3. Dual Blade
    Why THIS movie will rule:  1.  R rating ( which I think is the most positive)  2. New directors, the brothers seem intent on keeping like the original movies.  3. The Pred-alien, WE ALL WANT TO SEE IT.  4. The budget is small but thats only to give the film more of a chance so that it will give the studios enough money to invest in the sequel, AVP3 anyone    ;D  .  e.g. look at Alien, NO CGI of anykind, everything about it was pratical-in camera shot making it more believable  5. It will do far better than the privous movie ( that I actually liked).
  4. Edward Brock
    I think that, even if you don't like his designs, Woodruff & Co.'s presence pretty much garantees that the creature effects will be decent. The Strause have also shown that they can shoot things nicely. That said, the only way that the budget can affect this movie is on it's scale. And I think it'll be refreshing to see both these series going back to their medium-low budget and smaller scale roots.  Besides, less money also means less producers sticking their noses.
  5. avpguy
    i think it maybe good but i want the queen in their and anderson was f*king bad but there was 1 thing i liked about avp and it was the queen alien and predalien and i thought the queen was a cool queen and it actually ran 35 mph at Lex    >:(   it died by lex who i wanted to die but not Scar but Anderson doesnt know physics and he lets a person like lex go fast at 15 mph while a 6 ton queen alien runs 40 mph and lex coulda got pancaked. I hope the running queen is in their and i hope the strause know physics. and I think the predship might look like the 1 half avp ship and 1 half pred 2 ship. I hope strause say in ur face anderson   :D  I HATE ANDERSON.
  6. Jungle Hunter
    Yutani you got a point but the actors arnt all that well known there good though but they got cheap ones for the movie and the strause brothers i have faith in them they have made works of art outta worst and they can do it with this movie and anymoney this movie will bring in ALOT more then 34million cause people are wanting to see them go at it again but this time on predators turf and im talking about the none fans i have 10 15 people at myhouse who are all going on opening night we have a box in my room with 600 dollars for everyone cause we are gonna be camping out out front of the theater to see the movie and i no people are gonna be there with us and you guys will 2 SO IN OTHER WORDS HAVE FAITH IN THE SERIES AND CREATORS .....f**k anderson i hope he reads it to
  7. YutaniDitch
    It also scares me that this is going to be the 'smallest of the lot' especially with us fans wanting 'bigger and better' all the time... Well, I usually do... But going back to Alien roots is advisable for a movie of these 'small' dimensions... I have my reservations on the VFX budget though... 34 mil for actors, film crew, sets, FX, prosthetics ADI crew, seems kinda small, don't you think...?    ???  
  8. YutaniDitch
    I have two worries: one, that usually in a movie like this the largest portions of the budget go to the decors (art direction)  and Visual FX... If the major sets will be the sanatorium, the sewers and the Predator Spaceship, it is intriguing, if not scary, how they are gonna pull that off... nevertheless, that is part of the appeal for me...     ;)  
  9. beeko
    this film is gonna rock - even with a small budget they can still pull it off. and when it makes good money at the box office they should get the go ahead for avp3
  10. Spoon
    Im sorry but for a sci-fi movie sure budget means alot. Its what helps it be believable.  In this day and age it has a large impact.  The standerds are so high now a days that if you were to release say aliens today people wouldnt look at it the same way.  Movies like the new star wars wouldnt have been as good as if it didnt have a huge budget.  I rewatch episode 3 only for visuals and not for script becuase it sucks, same as espisode 2. Lucas had 20 years to wright a killer script but I think the visuals are the only thing that made those movies survive.  Visuals and realisum is a HUGE factor in sci-fi
  11. MoBiUGeArSkIn
    What's the budget? AvP cost what? 70 million? Not a massive amount for a summer movie. The budget references in this interview are all relating to sets though. The directors have already said the film is "effects heavy", perhaps that's where the cost is.
  12. Bio-Mech Hunter
    My only real concerns are that the Strause bros. might be including only one predator for the film, portray him as an all-powerful, god-like being and the aliens as mindless cannon fodder for him to trounce over in a similar manner to the comics. As if they might be trying to (over)compensate for the relatively bad rep the preds from the first AVP film had. We'll just have to wait and see first. *crosses fingers*  The low budget comments have me a little bit concerned as well. There was quite a bit more Paul wanted to do in the first film but was limited to a short time period and a small budget. Hopefully, the Strause bros. won't fall victim to that. Personally, I rather enjoyed the first AVP film. It wasn't perfect and there were a few things I would have done differently, but all in all, I wouldn't say it was a bad film. It does blow my mind, however, that so much good footage was eliminated from the final cut and didn't even get re-inserted back into the "Unrated Edition". The preds really needed their staple tech sfx, too. lol
  13. Brent
    Several times throughout the interview, the person mentions at how small the budget was......   This could actually be a good thing. Having a smaller budget .... SFX guys always want more money. Directors always want more money to work with. At the worst this will be better then AVP 1
  14. topman
    right lets get one thing straight! Alien1 and 2 were made about 20 odd years ago!! back then things were a little cheaper but NOW things are a lot more expensive to do and buy!! so do not compare the budget size of the previous movies because you cant!
  15. Predboy
    Im alright with the news on the sewers, I dont want to know too much because then that would mess up the movie experiance. I'm fine with the news they already gave us.   8)  
  16. SiL
    Budget doesn't concern me because he said, on the whole, it was a small-scale picture. Most of my favourite movies were done with smaller budgets; generally, the lower the budget, the more creative people have to be to sell the movie. This could work to their advantage.
  17. SuicideDoors
    On the good side, Darkness, I don't think we need anymore confirmation that this will be R-Rated stuff. The budget was obviously in mind when they decided on an audience.  So at least we'll be getting an adult film this time around.
  18. Champiionser
    Hell Aliens was made for 18,000,000.Alien is made for 11,000,000.But this movies turn out to be not only good,they're legend.The predator and alien creatures are the best i have ever seen on screen,the small budget is not that big of a problem.Really it is good to have a big one,but to not have doesn't kill the movie.But there is no way to be smaller than 11,000,000 right?
  19. Darkness
    Yeah, but he referenced the budget many times. It seems to me they had to cut down on a lot of stuff and things would have been a lot better had the budget been higher. A few things have clicked into place for me reading that interview but I\'m not going say what.
    Even though I enjoyed the first AVP, it was a bad movie. I guess I like bad movies then, behead me for it!   ::)    But theres no way in hell AVP2 can be worse than Pauls version of AVP, no way!
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