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Alien: Ore Released! – New Alien: 40th Anniversary Short

It’s Friday! So that can only mean it’s time for the new Alien: 40th Anniversary Short! Today sees the release of Alien: Ore, directed and written by

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.

After watching the latest Anniversary Short, be sure to head on over to the Alien Anthology social channels to check out the Meet the Filmmaker’s featurette to find out more about the ladies running this week’s show.

Next Friday is the 26th of April. Not only does that mean we’ve reached 2019’s Alien Day, it also means the release of the final two Alien: 40th Anniversary Short’s: Alien: Harvest and Alien: Alone.

Alien: Harvest — The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester have minutes to reach the emergency evacuation shuttle. A motion sensor is their only navigation tool leading them to safety while a creature in the shadows terrorizes the crew. However, the greatest threat might have been hiding in plain sight all along.  directed by Benjamin Howdeshell.

Alien: Alone — Hope, an abandoned crew member aboard the derelict chemical hauler Otranto, has spent a year trying to keep her ship and herself alive as both slowly fall apart. After discovering hidden cargo, she risks it all to power up the broken ship in search of human life. Written and directed by Noah Miller.

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  1. SpearSisters
    Hello all! Just popping in to say thanks for watching ALIEN: ORE!
    We are honoured to have been able to make one of these shorts to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of such an amazing film! :)
    -k&s

    I loved it! 👍

    Yeahh! That makes us happy  :D

    Thank you both very much for making it, it's a fantastic Alien Universe addition and easily amongst the top three.

    Thank you so much! We're thrilled you liked it!
  2. SpearSisters
    Hello all! Just popping in to say thanks for watching ALIEN: ORE!
    We are honoured to have been able to make one of these shorts to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of such an amazing film! :)
    -k&s
  3. Stitch
    The only problem with this short is they spelled "or" wrong.

    Imbeciles...

    I don't get it.

    Because it's an awful joke. That's below Dad Joke level. Way below. Disappointed.

    Yes!!!  I was shooting for "way, way below" so anything above that is a win!
    If it helps, Scooby, I think it's way, way below.
  4. HuDaFuK
    Yeah, I feel like some people need to bear in mind what these productions had to work with.

    A tiny budget and amateur crew don't forgive all their faults, but I'm gonna give them a lot more credit than if these were coming from a proper film studio. Considering what little they had to work with all of these have impressed me in one way or another. And Specimen and Ore have been downright remarkable.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    The only problem with this short is they spelled "or" wrong.

    Imbeciles...

    I don't get it.

    Because it's an awful joke. That's below Dad Joke level. Way below. Disappointed.

    Meh...so what all we are gonna get is rehashing of parts of the same story that we have already seen, only with inferior actors? I've yet to be impressed with any of these.

    Completely disagree. Containment does feel a little like that, but the rest, no. That said, they are supposed to evoke the Alien sensation and I think they're doing great.

    People also have to remember these things were made with $35,000 and aren't exactly big screen productions. Personally, aside from the one, I've been really enjoying these Shorts and they've made so much with so little.
  6. Huggs
    Meh...so what all we are gonna get is rehashing of parts of the same story that we have already seen, only with inferior actors? I've yet to be impressed with any of these.

    Its pretty obvious that we will not seen much of the creatures in any of these. Either for legal or budgetary reasons. Which makes these even less appealing to me. 

    It's the anniversary of the first film.

    The money's not there, and we're not supposed to see much of them because they're in the spirit of the first movie.
  7. brokentusk420
    Meh...so what all we are gonna get is rehashing of parts of the same story that we have already seen, only with inferior actors? I've yet to be impressed with any of these.

    Its pretty obvious that we will not seen much of the creatures in any of these. Either for legal or budgetary reasons. Which makes these even less appealing to me. 
  8. TC
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    This is interesting. I did not know Fox had prescribed "stages" for each of the shorts, so that they fitted into an over all arc.

    They haven't as far as I know.  What I meant was - it's the scene in the shuttle in Alien, or on the Sulaco in Aliens or on the Betty in Resurrection.  Stuff has gone down on the ship we see breaking up and the film is what happens when the characters think they've escaped.

    Oh, I see. I completely misunderstood you before, didn't I? LOL

    And yes. You're right. Good call.

    TC
  9. The Old One
    Yeah, as Ridley Scott would say;

    "So here I thought, an end, on an end, on an end and on an end. Brilliant."
    Seen previously, the Alien surviving onboard the Narcissus, Sulaco and surviving a furnace.
  10. SM
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    This is interesting. I did not know Fox had prescribed "stages" for each of the shorts, so that they fitted into an over all arc.

    They haven't as far as I know.  What I meant was - it's the scene in the shuttle in Alien, or on the Sulaco in Aliens or on the Betty in Resurrection.  Stuff has gone down on the ship we see breaking up and the film is what happens when the characters think they've escaped.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    Harvest is more in line with the haunted house in space. I enjoyed it. Alone, I loved, but I know it's going to be quite divisive. It's the bravest of the shorts, I think, but how people are going to react to it...I'm interested to see just how this is going to split.
  12. TC
    I don't see how that isn't a plot twist by this definition.

    A twist ending is more deeply rooted in the writer’s theme or message. Your understanding of the twist also brings pre-planted clues together so that you now understand the story’s meaning.

    Surprise endings are easy, you just hit the audience with something unexpected. (If you’re a little more sophisticated you can throw out some red herrings beforehand.)

    Twist endings are difficult. They require manipulation of the viewer’s powers of insight.

    Also see SiL’s answer, he has a nice way of interpreting what McKee is trying to say. But where I disagree with SiL is - well, you can simply read my response below.


    It makes you go back and reconsider the fact she gets so attached to the dogs even though they're not real dogs, it makes you reconsider the use of synthetic dogs over other synthetics, it makes you reconsider the world the story takes place in -- sounds like a twist.

    You think all these “reconsiderations” are part of Taylor’s thesis? OK, every viewer’s mileage is going to vary. But clearly you put a lot more thought into the “twist” than I did. I got stuck on the first item in your list.

    Is Julie attached to Maggie? The storytelling is contradictory.

    a. She is fond of Maggie; because she gives her a name, and playfully throws a ball of paper to her.

    b. She is not fond of Maggie; because she is so cool and distant when she discovers Maggie in her death throes. (She doesn’t offer any comfort to Maggie. Her facial expression shows annoyance rather than sadness or sympathy. The coverage is in singles - no 2-shots bringing the two of them together in the same frame for intimacy. She euthanises Maggie with a decapitating blow from a spade - is this how you would put down a beloved friend? I think not.)

    What’s going on here? [Speculation mode /on]
    I think Taylor wanted to hit the “twist” as hard as possible. All other priorities rescinded. So in the beginning she fools us with the naming of the dog thing and the wad of paper. Then, post-robot reveal, she changes Julie’s character completely to make sure we understand that Maggie is a machine, because it goes without saying nobody has feelings for machines, right? 
    [Speculation mode /off]

    I’m not saying it didn’t work: clearly it does, but at the cost of breaking Julie’s character. First she shows one personality, and then, for plot/twist expediency, she shows another. This is a flaw that’s no biggie in a short film - lots of shorts work like the telling of a joke: You deliver the set up - you hit the punchline. No more, no less, and nothing deep and meaningful enough to make you “reconsider” anything.

    Containment still feels like it's trying to be a scene from a longer story. It really doesn't use its run time very efficiently.

    Agreed.

    I don’t pretend to be an expert in short-film script-writing, but I’m beginning appreciate how hard it is. That time restriction is a killer. (Incidentally, not one of the Alien shorts so far has abided by the running time guide of 6 to 9 minutes. They all overshoot.)

    I’ve worked on a few short films for friends and colleagues (not as writer), but I never bothered to analyse the scripts I was given. I worked on them for fun and favours. It’s only recently I’ve been thinking about what makes a short-film script work (or not work).

    I think I’m slowly making headway.

    I’ve learned that you can make some outrageous abbreviations in your story structure, not just in exposition and character setup, but also escalations to turning points. These are the kinds of cuts that would be fundamentally egregious in a long-form story, but, for what ever reason, you can get away with it in a short.

    It’s deceptive, because if the beginning of your short script retains the features of a normal 3-act feature film, everything feels entirely proper and even necessary, because it’s so normal; it’s what we’re used to. It never occurs to you that some elements of structure can be discarded and it will still work. (Elements that have probably been hammered into you by writing lecturers and tutors, books by screenwriting gurus, YouTube videos, etc.).

    In Containment, as much as I enjoyed Albrecht’s little explanatory speech, it probably should have been discarded and the running time used to protract the scene later on for the purposes of tension and suspense. It also needs some kind of plot point after the chestburster emerges. No, not the space debris collision that causes Albrecht to open the airlock, but some sort of statement about Ward’s predicament. That’s my feeling anyway.

    TC




    Containment is the fourth act where the events of the first three are hinted at.

    This is interesting. I did not know Fox had prescribed "stages" for each of the shorts, so that they fitted into an over all arc.

    TC
  13. SM
    Containment tells a complete story, too. It just needs to be longer in the middle.

    Ore is the first act of a 3 act story. Setup: introducing setting and characters and their relationships and their situation. Inciting Incident: the xeno attack. 1st act climax: realising they can't go back to normality - they must face the threat.

    Night Shift starts well but it's a muddle really.

    Specimen's structure is all about setting up the twist ending. (Although I say it's not a twist ending, it's a surprise ending).

    https://mckeestory.com/what-is-the-difference-between-a-surprise-ending-and-a-plot-twist/

    TC

    Containment is the fourth act where the events of the first three are hinted at.
  14. SiL
    It makes you go back and reconsider the fact she gets so attached to the dogs even though they're not real dogs, it makes you reconsider the use of synthetic dogs over other synthetics, it makes you reconsider the world the story takes place in -- sounds like a twist.
  15. TC
    Containment tells a complete story, too. It just needs to be longer in the middle.

    Ore is the first act of a 3 act story. Setup: introducing setting and characters and their relationships and their situation. Inciting Incident: the xeno attack. 1st act climax: realising they can't go back to normality - they must face the threat.

    Night Shift starts well but it's a muddle really.

    Specimen's structure is all about setting up the twist ending. (Although I say it's not a twist ending, it's a surprise ending).

    https://mckeestory.com/what-is-the-difference-between-a-surprise-ending-and-a-plot-twist/

    TC

  16. SiL
    Specimen is the only one so far that's actually tried to tell a complete short story, rather than a snapshot of a longer movie. I think that's why it worked so well.
  17. Highland
    It would be cool if one of them was based around the black goo or perhaps a spooky ship. Not sure if they can go there though.

    There's only so many ideas you can come up with in 10 minutes that involve an egg or a chest burster.

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