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Updated: First On Location Pictures of Alien: Covenant!

Updated 01/04/2016 – I have added another 2 pictures to the gallery below. Thanks to Stolen for the close up one.

Updated 02/04/2016 – Added another one.

010416_03 First On Location Pictures of Alien: Covenant!

We have our first on location pictures of Alien: Covenant! Filming is due to start on Alien: Covenant in the next week or so and news of the crew moving into Fiordland National Park in New Zealand has been cropping up on social media over the last few weeks. Now, we finally have our first look at what’s going on in Fiordland!

First On Location Pictures of Alien: Covenant! First On Location Pictures of Alien: Covenant!

First On Location Pictures of Alien: Covenant!

These pictures (more below) were taken in front of Mitre Peak, an iconic mountain in the South of New Zealand. They are constructing what would appear to be a spaceship (possibly the Covenant?). In its current state it’s hard to tell for certain what exactly it might be though. Is it just some generic section of the hull or might it be an airlock?

Thanks to Stolen for this one.

In related news, a recent article (that has since been removed from the website) posted by the Otago Daily Times confirmed that Alien: Covenant would be filming in the Te Anau region of South New Zealand (thanks to Stolen for the tip!):

“Details of exactly what is being filmed, how many people are involved and how long filming will take are shrouded in mystery, but it has been confirmed scenes for Alien: Covenant are at present being shot in the Te Anau-Milford Sound area.

A company spokesman, who declined to be named, said 13 trucks fitted out as camera, make-up, wardrobe and office trucks had been hired ‘‘for a few weeks”. Most were already in Fiordland, with the rest on their way south. They were being used for Alien: Covenant scenes, he said.

He knew Fiordland was to be a location for Alien: Covenant and had heard some filming had begun. Scouts had been scoping locations for the past six to eight weeks, he said. ‘‘I know Fiordland is ideally suited to their needs. It is a grand-scale production … which will use Fiordland’s natural scenery overlaid with special effects.”



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  1. Primordial
    Quote from: Stolen on Apr 04, 2016, 06:50:04 AM
    What is a Gigeresque landscape exactly? (Guys have u concept art or pics ?)Yes, I love to see the influence of Giger's work in Covenant, hopefully in caves.
    But is really possible to make a planet Gigeresque ?? I doubt, don't forget that his work has a sexual/morbid connotation (too hard for public) and it's not easy to imagine and reinvent piece like that.

    It is definitely not easy to reinvent Gigeresque landscape but all of his work is not necessarily related to sexual/morbid connotions. Personnaly, I'm not fond of his too explicit sexual drawings (look at my avatar, I cut out the d**k which was on the tail). You can google for example 'Biomechanical Landscape I,II,IIa'
    I think it is at an acceptable level and it probably shouldn't offend so many people.
  2. Darkness
    Quote from: NickisSmart on Apr 03, 2016, 08:26:53 PM
    Quote from: Darkness on Apr 03, 2016, 10:55:52 AM
    These latest pictures you're posting really look phenomenal. With the mountains, it could definitely pass for something other worldly. It makes a big change from the baron planet of LV-223.
    It doesn't look otherworldly, to me. It looks like Earth. Why? Because there's plant-life. You want to know what looks not of this Earth? Barren planets.  :D

    Well, the term Paradise indicates it will be a lush planet full of life. It wouldn't be so much of a paradise if it was completely void of any life. It doesn't have to be xenomorphs stalking people in a jungle - I agree, that wouldn't look right and that's more for Predator. That was a big problem with Predators, the jungle just looked something out of Earth. Instead they should have been aiming for something like Avatar style scenery.
  3. Stolen
    Quote from: Perfect-Organism on Apr 03, 2016, 09:52:49 PM
    We need a Gigeresque landscape.  Period.  It's the payoff many of us have been waiting for since 1979.

    What is a Gigeresque landscape exactly? (Guys have u concept art or pics ?)Yes, I love to see the influence of Giger's work in Covenant, hopefully in caves.
    But is really possible to make a planet Gigeresque ?? I doubt, don't forget that his work has a sexual/morbid connotation (too hard for public) and it's not easy to imagine and reinvent piece like that. That may be why nobody since 1979 has wanted to call him, too sinister for a studio film.
    But his minimal participation in Prometheus was excellent, the cave was unbelievable and "never seen" ! That's why I'm optimistic, Ridley wants to show unusual things, and Paradise will be surprising. Beautiful in appearance and probably horrible in the dark.

    Quote from: PsyKore on Apr 04, 2016, 02:57:38 AM
    I'm worried this film will be too big and epic in scope, and not in the right direction. One of Prometheus' flaws was that it felt too big and amazing for what it really is: a monster movie. And this made it feel very detached from the darker, claustrophobic direction the original Alien movie had.

    And then on top of it there's all the talk of "gods" - the thing which is really on the nose. It's an Alien movie, for pete's sake. The creature itself comes from an artist that uses sexual and sometimes satanic imagery. How it became something linked with human history and "gods" is beyond me. Yes, I do want to see the Engineers, but can they do it without being overly grand and silly about the whole thing? I wish they'd just keep it dark, sinister and claustrophobic.

    But Prometheus is not Alien, isn't just a monster movie. It's pure science fiction film that just tries to move away from the original and offer unusual things. This is not a flaw, ambition is different.
    However Covenant will be an Alien film, so I expect that we find the stifling atmosphere of the first. As I think from the beginning, the caves will surprise us visually.

    If Ridley Scott works 16 weeks in a studio, it is precisely to create something that is not found on Earth.
    Have you watched Legend of him? He creates an incredible forest and even an artificial sun in a studio. Ridley can create absolutely everything in the studio. Be patient, we have no idea of what really happens!

  4. Primordial
    Quote from: whiterabbit on Apr 04, 2016, 02:38:06 AM
    Quote from: Perfect-Organism on Apr 03, 2016, 09:52:49 PM
    We need a Gigeresque landscape.  Period.  It's the payoff many of us have been waiting for since 1979.
    Heaven on top; gigerscape down below. It's the best of both worlds. If the planet was alive would be even more awesome. See what that black goo can do.

    Agreed guys. It is supposed to be a dark, dangerous world.

    There has to be a good reason to why the Engineers built an underground world despite having a Paradise on the surface (so the living planet is a nice idea) and to why David is the sole inhabitant of the planet. Did they all die there, did they move to another planet (supposedly a bit of both) ?.. So many questions that need to be answered  ;D
  5. CainsSon
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 03, 2016, 06:50:26 PM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 03, 2016, 02:21:15 PM
    Here's another.

    Quote from: Darkness on Apr 03, 2016, 10:55:52 AM
    These latest pictures you're posting really look phenomenal. With the mountains, it could definitely pass for something other worldly. It makes a big change from the baron planet of LV-223.

    I do love the scenary. It looks gorgeous and it makes a nice visual change from all the bleak landscapes. However, there's a certain expectation for something more Gigeresque and Alieny. I hope we get a lot of that in the film too.

    Just to build on that, I'd also like to see a hived up jungle environment. I think that'd be pretty interesting.

    Ive thought that an overgrown misty, fog filled rainforest would make for a great HIVE-setting too. Still, if I have to choose b/w the two, I'll take Giger landscapes and the other side of the mirror AKA Dark Seed-land, anyday.
  6. PsyKore
    I'm worried this film will be too big and epic in scope, and not in the right direction. One of Prometheus' flaws was that it felt too big and amazing for what it really is: a monster movie. And this made it feel very detached from the darker, claustrophobic direction the original Alien movie had.

    And then on top of it there's all the talk of "gods" - the thing which is really on the nose. It's an Alien movie, for pete's sake. The creature itself comes from an artist that uses sexual and sometimes satanic imagery. How it became something linked with human history and "gods" is beyond me. Yes, I do want to see the Engineers, but can they do it without being overly grand and silly about the whole thing? I wish they'd just keep it dark, sinister and claustrophobic.

    A Giger-scape would be cool to see. The beautiful mountains in these pics, however, not so much.
  7. NickisSmart
    Quote from: Darkness on Apr 03, 2016, 10:55:52 AM
    These latest pictures you're posting really look phenomenal. With the mountains, it could definitely pass for something other worldly. It makes a big change from the baron planet of LV-223.

    It doesn't look otherworldly, to me. It looks like Earth. Why? Because there's plant-life. You want to know what looks not of this Earth? Barren planets.  :D

    That being said, it's very pretty. But having it be purely organic and bright and nice to look at isn't exactly in line with the dirty, dark Alien lens of the universe. Perhaps they're going for a wild, "sylvan scene," like Milton's Paradise Lost. But I don't really want it to be literal. And if they have a monster hunting people in a big, wild jungle, it starts to sound more like Predator and less like Alien. Honestly if you're going to try something incongruous with the Alien type of setting, I'd rather have them do the film in a field of poppies, like The Wizard of Oz.
  8. Perfect-Organism
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 03, 2016, 06:50:26 PM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 03, 2016, 02:21:15 PM
    Here's another.

    Quote from: Darkness on Apr 03, 2016, 10:55:52 AM
    These latest pictures you're posting really look phenomenal. With the mountains, it could definitely pass for something other worldly. It makes a big change from the baron planet of LV-223.

    I do love the scenary. It looks gorgeous and it makes a nice visual change from all the bleak landscapes. However, there's a certain expectation for something more Gigeresque and Alieny. I hope we get a lot of that in the film too.

    Just to build on that, I'd also like to see a hived up jungle environment. I think that'd be pretty interesting.

    The jungle environment (assuming its an earth-like jungle environment) could be a tricky thing.  I found the Aliens looked very out of place in the woods in AVP:R.  I find that is the case whenever they are openly outdoors.  They strike me as critters that are always hiding in the dark.  (Not sure if we saw any of the Aliens in the forest there, it could have been just the Facehuggers).

    If its a Giger jungle, I'm all for it...
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 03, 2016, 02:21:15 PM
    Here's another.

    Quote from: Darkness on Apr 03, 2016, 10:55:52 AM
    These latest pictures you're posting really look phenomenal. With the mountains, it could definitely pass for something other worldly. It makes a big change from the baron planet of LV-223.

    I do love the scenary. It looks gorgeous and it makes a nice visual change from all the bleak landscapes. However, there's a certain expectation for something more Gigeresque and Alieny. I hope we get a lot of that in the film too.

    Just to build on that, I'd also like to see a hived up jungle environment. I think that'd be pretty interesting.
  10. Corporal Hicks
    https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/12930847_871652576297622_171411855_n.jpg

    Here's another.

    Quote from: Darkness on Apr 03, 2016, 10:55:52 AM
    These latest pictures you're posting really look phenomenal. With the mountains, it could definitely pass for something other worldly. It makes a big change from the baron planet of LV-223.

    I do love the scenary. It looks gorgeous and it makes a nice visual change from all the bleak landscapes. However, there's a certain expectation for something more Gigeresque and Alieny. I hope we get a lot of that in the film too.


    And another.

    https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/12930801_1532166497078338_857194087_n.jpg
  11. The Eighth Passenger
    Quote from: RidgeTop on Apr 03, 2016, 06:26:46 AM
    I'm surprised FOX isn't all over these crew members for NDA breaches.

    From one of the local yokels:

    Quote from: A Local... on Apr 01, 2016, 12:18:19 AM
    Someone asked if there was an insider or something... I have it on good authority that part of the set is very near Milford Sound airport. As such this would mean it would be viewable with a decent lens from the main tourist part of the area.

    And legally Fox can't do anything about most of these photo's (except for the really close-up one) since one can claim they are merely photographs of Mitre Peak with the film set being incidental.


    Here's another one from a tourist:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfFmjV2UUAEpXB9.jpg:large

    Film set on far left, harbour and cruise boats on right.
  12. Darkness
    These latest pictures you're posting really look phenomenal. With the mountains, it could definitely pass for something other worldly. It makes a big change from the baron planet of LV-223.
  13. Enoch
    I never related beaches and palms with Paradise. Even the "descriptions" of Paradise never mentioned palms or beaches, so New Zealand's landscape is in my opinion closest thing to Heaven or Paradise... with certain dark elements to it. I expect to see some Gigeresque or Gutalin architecture designs and some very creepy shots! ::)


    Do you guys remember this Ridley Scott interview:

    Quote"Have you ever read Paradise Lost, by Milton? In a funny kind of way, it's an interesting basis for the darkness of [Prometheus 2]. Where the good-looking guy, who is evil as s–t, gets all the girls and goes to the nightclubs. The other guy, who is not quite as good-looking, is boring as hell and stays home.

    Good looking guy - someone or something we think is good but it isnt (Maybe Engineers, maybe David, maybe humans themselves)
    Other guy - someone or something we think is bad but it isnt afterall so bad...

    I m pretty sure we ll see some new being that is above Engineers... and that creature will look bad and its actions will look bad, but at the end something will happen that will change human perspective...

    So who created Xeno and why is not a single answer but multiple answers that have multiple meanings!
  14. whiterabbit
    However it doesn't really scream paradise... I mean I know that isn't the name of the movie anymore but I was hoping for some white sand beaches and palm trees. The pictures are nice and all but I can't wait for all of the monster rumors to start.
  15. whiterabbit
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 02, 2016, 07:01:43 AM
    Quote from: whiterabbit on Apr 02, 2016, 06:32:33 AM
    Wait, so these pics are real? Here I thought this was the April Fools joke. Did the site even have one?

    None the less it all seems very Prometheus-y.

    We posted these the day before. :laugh: Yes, they're real. We didn't do an April Fool's this year. We don't do them often.
    I'm literally on the ass end of day, so everything April Fools is the day before for me. :P

    Ah you guys are no fun.... then again there is 4/26 right around the corner.
  16. The Alien Predator
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 01, 2016, 09:34:29 PM
    Quote from: The Alien Predator on Apr 01, 2016, 06:21:55 PM
    Same, I am very excited to see what these new films will have in store for the franchise.

    I'm very much eager to see where they're going with it. I just hope this one is a massive step-up. We really need it.

    I agree, I'd love to see something big pop up for the franchise.

    Prometheus opened up many new doors for the expanded universe, so I hope the sequels do the same.
  17. LordCassusSnow
    Hmm, now that we have a clean pic i think whatever this is might have made a smooth landing on the water. The landing gear seems stabile on the ground and i've noticed lack of any signs of damage or even mud splash.
  18. Enoch
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 01, 2016, 06:11:42 PM
    You people make me want to throw up!

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.freesmileys.org%2Fsmileys%2Fsmiley-basic%2Fpuke.gif&hash=90451f08e27d77bdd9986de38a336a5561d22710https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sherv.net%2Fcm%2Femoticons%2Fsick%2Fsmileys-vomiting.gif&hash=e933673e1d92c9b16eb29b39344f605a8f56e100


    Joking aside, I m very optimistic about Covenant and other two movies!
  19. The Alien Predator
    Quote from: Enoch on Apr 01, 2016, 05:56:10 PM
    But you forgot to mention that Ridleys plan is to make David ultimate creator of life.
    John Logan himself said that David will travel back in time and create first living organism.

    This is the part where they are planning a shared universe with the Terminator isn't it?

    Skynet being this ultimate destroyer of life, so David counters Skynet's plan by going back even further and creating life so he can keep on creating John Connor despite Skynet's attempts to destroy him.

    Which means, Skynet kept going after the wrong people! It's not the Connors they should be targeting, but the Weylands!
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