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Alien: Night Shift Released! – New Alien: 40th Anniversary Short

It’s Friday and that means we’re in for a brand spanking new Alien: 40th Anniversary Short! This week sees the release of Aidan Brezonick‘s Alien: Night Shift. Check out the synopsis and video below!

When a missing space trucker is discovered hungover and disoriented, his co-worker suggests a nightcap as a remedy. Near closing time, they are reluctantly allowed inside the colony supply depot where the trucker’s condition worsens, leaving a young supply worker alone to take matters into her own hands.

In addition to checking out Aidan’s short, you can also learn a little more about the man behind the camera in this “Meet the Filmmaker” video from the Alien: Anthology YouTube channel. They also have videos up for the filmmakers behind Containment and Specimen too!

Next Friday sees the release of Alien: Ore which was written and directed by the Spear Sisters: Sam and Kailey!

As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family.

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  1. andreaNZ
    I havent read the comments yet i dunno if anyone else has refereed to the lines..I feel like shit, and you look like shit..im sure that was right out of Alien when he wakes up aftre being facehugged..was it kane? John Hurts character its been ages since I've seen alien last time but I'm sure those same lines  were in it. Or maybe it was from Aliens after they wake from cryosleep the first time..i havent watched aliens in a while either but i know its from one of the movies....

  2. TC
    Alien: Night Shift

    Cinematography 2/5
    The version that is currently online is horribly dark but I’m guessing this is a colour grading issue, not the fault of the DP. By brightening it in VLC media player I got a more reasonable picture. The soft lighting is a very odd choice for a horror thriller, where harder lights with deep shadows is what you typically want for an edgy, tension-filled drama. The opening Springer/Rolly conversation at the computer terminal, where they put an additional overhead soft box, looks too toppy for my taste. It gives Rolly and Springer that sinister effect you see in The Godfather, which might have been useful for other characters, but not these ones. (Interestingly, once the crew got the soft box mounted over top they left it there permanently and tried to disguise it as part of the set - it has the “no smoking” sign on it). The trouble wth so much soft light is that it tends to spill everywhere, making it impossible to flag off the walls. And the effect of that was to give the entire room a higher-key look than they probably wanted. I wonder if they had the walls specially painted that dark grey to try to combat this. And that leads me to wonder if maybe the dark colour grade was intentional after all, in order to restore some creepy, dark corners to the picture; but if so all they proved was that you can’t simply crank down the brightness in post and expect to get well-exposed low-key lighting, after the fact.

    Acting 3/5
    I must admit, I got a bit annoyed with Welles’s street-slang method-mumble which I sometimes found unintelligible. Apart from that all the performances were good.

    Production Design 3/5
    I very much liked the alleyway prologue and the spaceship VFX in the background. The “moon shed” location was a good choice; imagine how bad it would have looked if it had been set in a standard rectangular room. My main complaint is that it wasn’t entirely convincing as a supply depot, more like a junk store.

    Direction 2/5
    Prologue worked well, except they should have revealed the face-hugger only at end of the scene, in the light from the spaceship. (It looks like in editing the director made a late decision to go with this approach by trying to conceal the face-hugger early on, with the subtitle placed over top of it.)

    I wondered why the spaceship taking off was so silent - that was confusing - but now I think it being noiseless gave the scene an unsettling, ghostly effect.

    I wasn’t impressed with the ending much. The climax of the story being conveyed by offscreen sound FX felt a bit too cheap (I’m talking about the xeno outbreak). It was something you’d only grudgingly accept in a stage play. It also happened rather abruptly. The outbreak needed to be foreshadowed far more strongly.

    Story 2/5
    Most often, in order to hold the audience’s attention, the main character needs to be powerfully motivated towards achieving some kind of goal. This needs to be signalled to the audience early on because it serves as the spine of the plot, taking us from the tale’s beginning to end. We know Harper is carrying a chestburster, and we want to see the inevitable happen, so there is some interest in that to keep us watching, but for 2/3rds of the film no one in the story is aware of the life and death stakes hidden in Harper’s chest and, in fact, no one is especially motivated by anything much. Welles is the only character driven by any kind of purpose and even then it’s only to score some booze for the night.

    Since everyone is oblivious to the chestburster time-bomb that’s set to go off, the story really needs some other subplot  to drive the narrative forward and put characters in conflict. If I may be so bold, here’s how I would have rewritten the story:

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    Overall 2/5
    I thought the music score was excellent. The sound design too. There were obvious technical problems with the post-sync dialogue, which I think can be traced back to the choice of the “moon shed” as their set. It gave all the production sound a metallic reverb which you can hear when Springer says to Welles, “Do you mind?” - probably one of the few bits of original production sound remaining. That must be why the dialogue was replaced. I also liked the chestburster effects, apart from the one shot where it runs at Rolly.

    Some technical weaknesses, but mainly falls flat in the story.

    TC
  3. Highland
    I thought the hugger shot was tastefully handled.

    It's really the only thing it did right.

    Not everybody is an alien fan. For many people, it's just another horror franchise or an old movie. The shorts are meant for more than us, and if I wasn't a hardcore fan, I might not notice the hugger there until it was pointed out by the light. As a fan, I look for that stuff everywhere. The general public might not. So what leaps out at us, might blend just fine for others.

    It's a short film about Aliens. Even my mum would have spotted it. I thought the scene was framed just right, until the end.

    You can do either, but not both. It either lingers off shot with just enough vagueness or you only catch it at the scene transition.
  4. ScaryMinds
    People have always been offended by different things.

    To moan about it being new is laughable.  And to bandy around labels like "easily offended jizz buckets" when no one had mentioned anything about offense is a massive giveaway to say nothing of incredibly ironic.



    Listen to this man, he's older and wiser than the rest of you.

    And he's seen both Jism movies  :o

    This one gave me one of those hmmm moments, the chestburster scene seemed very familiar and of a superior quality to the rest of the short, just saying.

    Going against the general feeling here and stating the story line was excellent. We get the feeling the story is set in an ongoing narrative, stuff has happened previously and will happen after ... check. Shock ending ... check. Likeable lead character ... check. 

    I'm perhaps more forgiving on these as the budget precludes the Oscar worthy cinematics some people are apparently expecting.
  5. Huggs
    I thought the hugger shot was tastefully handled.

    It's really the only thing it did right.

    Not everybody is an alien fan. For many people, it's just another horror franchise or an old movie. The shorts are meant for more than us, and if I wasn't a hardcore fan, I might not notice the hugger there until it was pointed out by the light. As a fan, I look for that stuff everywhere. The general public might not. So what leaps out at us, might blend just fine for others.
  6. Highland
    Agree with most of the comments. They should have put a spotlight on the hugger then in spray paint a massive arrow and the words "face hugger" pointing right at it.

    Sound issues, guy shoots the ceiling ? Space balls alien. Ending was decent.

    Feel bad shitting on a short, but this one misses the mark by quite a bit. Looked nice mind you.
  7. SM
    It came out yonks ago but I've not got round to seeing it yet.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/62/Jism.jpg

    I suppose it's the only way one can legitimately say they've never seen Jism before.

    Jism: The Movie "Its coming"

    Never seen the sequel either.

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  8. Huggs
    People have always been offended by different things.

    To moan about it being new is laughable.  And to bandy around labels like "easily offended jizz buckets" when no one had mentioned anything about offense is a massive giveaway to say nothing of incredibly ironic.

    I'm offended that someone would besmirch the good name of Jism, by using it in relation to politics.

    The long game.

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/3o6ZsUJ44ffpnAW7Dy/source.gif

    Politics is the realm of war, footsie and crossdressing.

    #LeaveMyJismAlone
  9. Voodoo Magic
    People have always been offended by different things.

    To moan about it being new is laughable.  And to bandy around labels like "easily offended jizz buckets" when no one had mentioned anything about offense is a massive giveaway to say nothing of incredibly ironic.

    I'm offended that someone would besmirch the good name of Jism, by using it in relation to politics.

    The long game.

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/3o6ZsUJ44ffpnAW7Dy/source.gif
  10. Huggs
    People have always been offended by different things.

    To moan about it being new is laughable.  And to bandy around labels like "easily offended jizz buckets" when no one had mentioned anything about offense is a massive giveaway to say nothing of incredibly ironic.

    I'm offended that someone would besmirch the good name of Jism, by using it in relation to politics.
  11. SM
    People have always been offended by different things.

    To moan about it being new is laughable.  And to bandy around labels like "easily offended jizz buckets" when no one had mentioned anything about offense is a massive giveaway to say nothing of incredibly ironic.
  12. Samhain13
    I was referring to growing up in the nineties, watching Buffy, Spawn, Blade, Spiderman, Terminator, Alien, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Power Rangers, and loving them for the quality of the show, back when the internet was in its infancy, and long before 90% of people on the left and right of the political aisles devolved into easily offended jizz buckets

    It was always too late to prevent that. Far too late.
  13. SM
    I was referring to growing up in the nineties, watching Buffy, Spawn, Blade, Spiderman, Terminator, Alien, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Power Rangers, and loving them for the quality of the show, back when the internet was in its infancy, and long before 90% of people on the left and right of the political aisles devolved into easily offended jizz buckets

    Yeah, of course it was all "for the quality of the show".   Sure that's what you meant.  :laugh:
  14. Voodoo Magic
    I was referring to growing up in the nineties, watching Buffy, Spawn, Blade, Spiderman, Terminator, Alien, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Power Rangers, and loving them for the quality of the show, back when the internet was in its infancy, and long before 90% of people on the left and right of the political aisles devolved into easily offended jizz buckets

    I want this on a T-Shirt. The whole damned thing!  ;D
  15. LastSonofKrypton
    I was referring to growing up in the nineties, watching Buffy, Spawn, Blade, Spiderman, Terminator, Alien, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Power Rangers, and loving them for the quality of the show, back when the internet was in its infancy, and long before 90% of people on the left and right of the political aisles devolved into easily offended jizz buckets
  16. SiL
    I'm sure he meant when there wasn't so much bickering about almost any decision surrounding the making of a movie and instead people wanted to just discuss the material in the movie.
    I can't think of a time in history where people didn't bicker about production decisions. It's not a recent phenomena, it's just amplified by the internet, as most things are.

    The idea that the race and gender of a character has never been a point of contention for some people before the last twenty years is insane :D
  17. Nightlord
    Oh come on.
    We all love a movie series that has had a female lead before it was cool.

    I'm sure he meant when there wasn't so much bickering about almost any decision surrounding the making of a movie and instead people wanted to just discuss the material in the movie.
  18. Samhain13
    Remember the good old days when nobody gave a shit about the gender or race of a lead character and it was all about the quality of the movie?  I miss those days, I had a Sega Dreamcast and optimism

    The "good old days" when nearly all film heroes were straight white men, and the people who didn't give a shit were also straight white men and that suited them just fine?  The ones who now complain about the "good old days" because more women and people of colour are invading their straight white male movies?

    Yeah.

    Those were the days.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/7x0PA6zCKuLKM/giphy.gif
  19. [CANCERBLACK]
    Remember the good old days when nobody gave a shit about the gender or race of a lead character and it was all about the quality of the movie?  I miss those days, I had a Sega Dreamcast and optimism

    The "good old days" when nearly all film heroes were straight white men, and the people who didn't give a shit were also straight white men and that suited them just fine?  The ones who now complain about the "good old days" because more women and people of colour are invading their straight white male movies?

    Yeah.

    Those were the days.


    Pretty much.
  20. SM
    Remember the good old days when nobody gave a shit about the gender or race of a lead character and it was all about the quality of the movie?  I miss those days, I had a Sega Dreamcast and optimism

    The "good old days" when nearly all film heroes were straight white men, and the people who didn't give a shit were also straight white men and that suited them just fine?  The ones who now complain about the "good old days" because more women and people of colour are invading their straight white male movies?

    Yeah.

    Those were the days.
  21. Huggs
    The only male lead I want to see in an alien movie would be Tom Hardy. Barring that, I don't care, as long as the actress is capable.

    But for God's sake, can we please get Cillian Murphy in an alien movie already!
  22. Voodoo Magic
    I'm not saying I wouldn't be against a male protagonist being the main character who survives to another Alien film. I just think it'd be pointed out to us long long before the film ever plays and be equally ineffective in what you're seeking. There's just far more to getting that same level of Ripley surprise than let's just make the survivor a guy.

    If it was telegraphed by the script and director, indeed it would be counterproductive. But I believe any good ensemble horror script can hide it as well as marketing.

    Imagine 15 minutes left in the film, two remaining  crew members, female and male, running down a corridor, red lights flashing, alarms blaring, sprinting for the airlock, Run!! Hurry up!! They turn a corner, almost there!!! WHAM!!! An Alien tail is thrusted in the female's torso. Nooooooo!!!!! Gunfire!!!  Blam blam blam blam! Noooooo! What the f**k!!!!!
  23. Corporal Hicks
    Not necessarily. It doesn't have to be telegraphed in marketing. I'm not a big fan of 'Life' or 'Mission to Mars' but I give them credit, I never saw Ryan Reynolds or Tim Robbins deaths coming, let alone so early in the movie. These were not telegraphed in the trailers and commercials I saw. Good marketing.

    Exactly! They don't have to. But more often than not they do. I think it'd be nice if going forward it wasn't telegraphed so badly.

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    In Alien you didn't know who would come out on top. But if you go with declaring Alien a "female led franchise", the greatest marketing in the world won't matter because their hand has already been shown, and we'll all know going into it... which is counterproductive to good horror.

    There's a big difference between being that first entry that was actively trying to surprise people with that Ripley decision and being an established 40 year old franchise that consistently goes for female leads, is known for being a franchise that helped push strong female leads and has a defining character in Ripley. It is a female led franchise, there's no two ways about that.

    But it's not like every single Alien film (and even counting the AvPs) have just had a single female character in the entire cast either. I don't disagree that it's obvious the main female lead is going to make it through to the end, but a big part of that problem is they're not written as an ensemble piece in the same way Alien was, and the marketing telling us who the main lady was.

    I'm not saying I wouldn't be against a male protagonist being the main character who survives to another Alien film. I just think it'd be pointed out to us long long before the film ever plays and be equally ineffective in what you're seeking. There's just far more to getting that same level of Ripley surprise than let's just make the survivor a guy.
  24. Voodoo Magic
    I don't think switching it to a male lead is necessarily going to solve anything like that. Again, because I think it always comes down to the marketing showing that off way too soon and if they decide to go for a leading man, then they'll only show it in all well in advanced.

    Not necessarily. It doesn't have to be telegraphed in marketing. I'm not a big fan of 'Life' or 'Mission to Mars' but I give them credit, I never saw Ryan Reynolds or Tim Robbins deaths coming, let alone so early in the movie. These were not telegraphed in the trailers and commercials I saw. Good marketing.

    In Alien you didn't know who would come out on top. But if you go with declaring Alien a "female led franchise", the greatest marketing in the world won't matter because their hand has already been shown, and we'll all know going into it... which is counterproductive to good horror.
  25. Corporal Hicks
    What I was getting at is, if the Alien model of the future becomes like Predator where there is no returning hero, the predictability of your main hero always being female.. Shaw, Daniels, the 6 short films, and beyond, making them all female as a rule, will be a detriment to establishing horror and become predictable in my opinion. This is Alien. This is horror. They have a real opportunity here, to make horror films like the first Alien, where no character is safe. But you're not going to get there strictly by declaring Alien is a "female led franchise" and by doing so, telegraphing who's going to likely overcome beyond the others in each installment. That was my point.

    I don't think switching it to a male lead is necessarily going to solve anything like that. Again, because I think it always comes down to the marketing showing that off way too soon and if they decide to go for a leading man, then they'll only show it in all well in advanced.

    I've thought about this in the past. I've probably even talked about it on the podcast. I've also thought about just going full female cast, but of late I just believe it comes primarily back to those trailers and promotional material. If they truly wanted to surprise us, they'd need to do a better job of hiding all of that before hand.

    There's of course going to be better ensemble balancing within the script as well but yeah, I don't think that's the main issue these days with pulling off surprising elements like Ripley's lead.

    It's not that I care about their sex, it's more that heading every new film up with a Ripley-lite (Lex, Shaw, Daniels) is getting a bit tired. If they can't create a female character who isn't just a pale imitation of her, make it a fella and you're immediately rid of those comparisons.

    The Ripley-lite thing is a whole other issue IMHO.
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