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Greeting Their Doom – Alien: Covenant Engineers Interview

I think it would be fair to say that one of Alien: Covenant’s stand-out sequences was the flashback which showed the audience David massacre the Engineers who lived on Planet 4/Paradise. We had the pleasure to ask a couple of the actors involved with portraying those enigmatic extra-terrestrials about their time working on Alien: Covenant!

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy – Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions and talk about your time on Alien: Covenant! Before we start nerding out I was hoping you could tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Scott James – I’m an actor, who is still doing mostly Extras work like I did in Alien: Covenant to make ends meet. It’s a tough industry to catch a break in! I got into extras work about 3 years ago while working in a bank. It was stultifying work and I needed something interesting in my life. I’ve always loved movies, including the behind the scenes elements and was fascinated to see how movies are made.

I was fortunate enough to land some decent featured work in short-films and music-videos and the like and it really gave me a taste for the whole industry. I’ve had interesting jobs before, like serving with The British Army and being a Manager for Games Workshop, but I can’t do normal 9-5 stuff so even when this work is tough going, I’d rather do it than anything else!

Billy Mansell – I have always wanted to be an actor. I was a cosplayer for years mostly for charity and it was at a large convention I met somebody who took a shine to me acting out the character I was playing. He asked me if I ever thought of acting? I obviously said yes but had no idea how. At this point he gave me a contact email… long story short I emailed the guy and two weeks later I was on set of American Assassin with Michael Keaton and the rest is history.

 Greeting Their Doom – Alien: Covenant Engineers Interview

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  1. The Old One
    It's colour timing is different from the Blu-Ray to the 4K, without stating the obvious-
    you see more in the 4K in more than just in terms of resolution.
    A B&W version wouldn't go amiss though. 
  2. Space7Horror
    True, I would imagine it would need to be tweaked a little since it originally was not meant to be in black and white.  I've seen fan trailers in B&W that look really good, I assume they had to edit the image though.
  3. Space7Horror
    I think Covenant desperately needs a black & white version.  It would be amazing and really fit the movie overall, would definitely pay for an official version.  It would go so well with all of David's eerie drawings and the deadness of the engineer home world, along with fitting in with the hopelessness that movie conveys. 
  4. Still Collating...
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DiEaJUBW0AEiyK3.jpg:large

    Covenant cast & director at Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, NZ - April 2016.

    That Ridley Scott page is getting a bit active. They just said this too -

    <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FRidleyScottFree%2Fposts%2F669577593409730&width=500" width="500" height="199" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe>

    No idea if it's a Scott Free page, though.

    So is this legit or not?
  5. Huggs
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DiEaJUBW0AEiyK3.jpg:large

    Covenant cast & director at Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, NZ - April 2016.

    That Ridley Scott page is getting a bit active. They just said this too -

    <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FRidleyScottFree%2Fposts%2F669577593409730&width=500" width="500" height="199" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe>

    No idea if it's a Scott Free page, though.

    Well it's about time.
  6. The Eighth Passenger
    A great place to spend some time especially if you like rain. The annual average rainfall in Milford Sound is more than seven times that of England. No need to pull the fish out of the water when they're already swimming around in the sky.
  7. The Old One
    Noomi Rapace truly was wasted, she's a phenomenal actress and it's unfortunate that Prometheus never gave us a script to match.

    If that had been the case I can guarantee the nostalgia craving for a Neill Blomkamp Alien film would have never existed
    in the first place.
  8. Baron Von Marlon
    I got the image of this bit appearing after the white room scene.
    Just Shaw going into the chair and taking off. Cut to the Juggernaut 2 in space as it disappears into the distance.
    The date on screen fast forwards and we see the Covenant coming into the screen.

    Later during the flashback we see her getting out of the chair and fixing up David and stuff.

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/542b7964e4b0a87901dcfa72/58eb1a3b725e2551822222ae/5afac1e70e2e72b3186d21ba/1530069627317/_MG_9178.JPG

    I miss Noomi. If we ever get some kind of reboot/remake/spin-off/whatever I'd love to see her return in another role.
  9. SM
    TO: All Crew

    FROM: Scott Free

    SUBJECT: Crew photo

    All crew are invited to have their picture taken in the main stage at 3:30.

    Black puffer jackets are mandatory.
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