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Alien: Containment Teaser Trailer Released!

On Friday the 29th of March Alien: Containment, the first of six Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts, will be dropping online via IGN. And 20th Century Fox have released a teaser trailer for the upcoming short film!

“Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected.”

Fox and IGN will be releasing a new Alien: 40th Anniversary Short each Friday, up until Alien Day on the 26th of April. Alien: Containment was written and directed by Chris Reading. And our own community member The Old One also contributed towards the project with some storyboarding!

Yesterday 20th Century Fox also hosted a special screening of all 6 shorts for various members of the geek and Alien fandom, including Alien vs. Predator Galaxy, the Perfect Organism Podcast and HN Entertainment. Our own RidgeTop was there and had the following to say:

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  1. Voodoo Magic
    I have one gripe and that is in the sets. I felt they were a bit flimsy looking but well designed. The space vistas were especially nice. I guess it could have delivered one quick "money shot" of the chestburster, but otherwise the acting was solid, the direction was good and the story was simple.

    I hope they do this again so I can submit the short I wrote ALIEN: REUNION. I missed the deadline by like 5 fukin minutes because  I failed to consider time zones, like a moron.

    Ouch. Sorry brother.
  2. SiL
    I'm pretty sure the production needed to be US-based, but could be outsourced. So legally and financially it would be a US-wherever coproduction if it was made outside the US. The people who entered the competition needed to be US-based, so he might've had a producer pitch the project on his behalf.

    As an educated guess -- I'm not sure. I know I wasn't eligible to pitch.
  3. CainsSon
    I have one gripe and that is in the sets. I felt they were a bit flimsy looking but well designed. The space vistas were especially nice. I guess it could have delivered one quick "money shot" of the chestburster, but otherwise the acting was solid, the direction was good and the story was simple.

    I hope they do this again so I can submit the short I wrote ALIEN: REUNION. I missed the deadline by like 5 fukin minutes because  I failed to consider time zones, like a moron.
  4. XenoHunter99
    Why blow their load all at once? They generate more ongoing discussion by spreading out the release than by dumping it all at once.

    6 days is all at once?
    Yes. All the conversation is generated in one week long dump and fizzles out soon after. This is how the internet do. By spreading that over 6 weeks they keep the conversation alive and trending for a month and a half, which is much more valuable for online content and also keeps the audience engaged.
    I agree! More traffic over a longer time, and people who missed the first one may watch it when they cach the second or third. And it encourages re-watching.
  5. Perfect-Organism
    The schedule is just fine.

    But yah, those days of having to wait an entire week for an episode kinda sucked.

    I mean, I still prefer that to be honest. Gives me more time to mull over what I watched, to speculate about what's to come, and to enjoy each episode as it's own piece. Better Call Saul has been an obsession of mine the last four years, and I cannot imagine watching it all in one sitting for a first viewing.

    Sometimes I wish Netflix would slow down and release some of their shows weekly as opposed to entire seasons at a time.

    I will say that the anticipation of a new episode of Knight Rider to actually start was a golden moment, but the week long lead-up to that was for the birds.

    I did find the suspense of the original Aliens series by Nelson and Verheiden to be intoxicating.  Those books took months and months between issues and it was always a worthwhile wait.  In the meantime my mind was filled with all sorts of scenarios where the story could go.

    I'm ok with letting artists, directors and whomever take their time, but I also like the immersive experience of doing the occasional binge watch.
  6. Nightmare Asylum
    They do that for some new released, don't they?

    I don't think Netflix has ever spread a season out, to my knowledge. Some of the other streaming platforms do, however.
    I looked it up; they do weekly releases on new shows that are also airing on TV so as not to violate broadcasting rights (such as Better Call Saul).

    Ahh, yeah, I forgot they have the international rights for BCS. Similar to Annihilation last year, which was a theatrical release in the US but went straight to Netflix everywhere else.

    Anything Netflix does in-house all gets dumped on their platform all in one go, however.
  7. Nightmare Asylum
    The schedule is just fine.

    But yah, those days of having to wait an entire week for an episode kinda sucked.

    I mean, I still prefer that to be honest. Gives me more time to mull over what I watched, to speculate about what's to come, and to enjoy each episode as it's own piece. Better Call Saul has been an obsession of mine the last four years, and I cannot imagine watching it all in one sitting for a first viewing.

    Sometimes I wish Netflix would slow down and release some of their shows weekly as opposed to entire seasons at a time.
  8. SiL
    Why blow their load all at once? They generate more ongoing discussion by spreading out the release than by dumping it all at once.

    6 days is all at once?
    Yes. All the conversation is generated in one week long dump and fizzles out soon after. This is how the internet do. By spreading that over 6 weeks they keep the conversation alive and trending for a month and a half, which is much more valuable for online content and also keeps the audience engaged.
  9. HuDaFuK
    I just finished watching them all. Out of all of them, there was only one I actively wasn't into and that was Night Shift. The rest were all damn solid with something going for them in each short. The most well-rounded IMHO were Alone, Ore (some f**king awesome creature movement in this one) and Specimen, with Alone probably being my favourite.

    Typically, internet was down over the weekend so I've not watched the first one yet. Glad to hear you enjoyed them almost across the board though.
  10. Corporal Hicks
    I just finished watching them all. Out of all of them, there was only one I actively wasn't into and that was Night Shift. The rest were all damn solid with something going for them in each short. The most well-rounded IMHO were Alone, Ore (some f**king awesome creature movement in this one) and Specimen, with Alone probably being my favourite.

    Mikey, RidgeTop and I will be recording a podcast later tonight for release next week and I'll start working on a written review too.

    Also, please note, each short will get its own thread so I'll be locking this one down just before Containment goes online. But feel free to keep posting here until then.  :)
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