Designing and Constructing The Primal, Talking Prey's Practical Effects with ADI's Tom Woodruff Jr - AvP Galaxy Podcast #156

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Designing and Constructing The Primal, Talking Prey's Practical Effects with ADI's Tom Woodruff Jr - AvP Galaxy Podcast #156 (Read 1,265 times)

Corporal Hicks

We have just uploaded the 156th episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! Corporal Hicks and RidgeTop once again have the honor of being joined by Amalgamated Dynamics Inc’s Tom Woodruff Jr. to talk about the practical effects of Prey for the 156th episode of the podcast!

 Designing and Constructing The Primal, Talking Prey's Practical Effects with ADI's Tom Woodruff Jr - AvP Galaxy Podcast #156

We talk early test sessions of the Feral Predator’s physique, teasing Feral Predator performer Dane Diliegro, developing less advanced Predator weaponry, and plenty more!

We’ve previously had the pleasure of being joined by ADI’s Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. on a number of occasions over the years. If you haven’t already, or fancy revisiting them, be sure to check out our previous chats with the creature effect maestros: Tom Woodruff Jr. talks performing inside the Alien suit, Tom & Alec talk long involvement with the Alien series, and Alec Gillis talks working on The Predator.

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Kradan

I'm gonna rub this all over my ear canals. f**k yeah

Leggs.obj

Loved to hear that the Biomask lights had a pulse to them! Would LOVE to see how it would look in motion.

The Prey

Unrelated but has anyone found the "Prometheus" engineer head hidden in "Star Wars: Andor" ?

Kradan

STOP TALKING ABOUT PREY ! I'M SICK OF HEARING ABOUT f**kING PREY ! BWAAAAARGH !

Spoiler
Just kidding, great episide, gentlemen, always a joy to hear from ADI fellas
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BIOROBOT


Kailem

Another really nice podcast! It's always great hearing Tom talking about the making of these movies and the philosophies behind their design decisions and everything like that.

Here's hoping he's able to get some of those pitches funded at some point too (including Alien Salvation ;D )!


SiL

"Did you guys have much communication with the digital team?"
"No."

That certainly explains a lot.

Ar-Durinn

I like how they balance "ancient old technology" with "high technology that overrides local culture", but I wonder if the background of the predator technology in the movie is different from the novel?

I remember the Predator technology all came from another alien race that used to enslave them, until the Predator overthrew them and took all the technology, they basically just fix it, if they can't fix it they throw it aside, the Predator can't Develop new technologies.

I'm not sure but I remember seeing something similar, and if so, the old Predator tech in prey (although it looks awesome) doesn't seem like a good fit.

Anyway, I love the new movie and I can't wait to see more!

SiL

The movies have never used that as lore.

SuperiorIronman

SuperiorIronman

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Quote from: Ar-Druinn on Dec 04, 2022, 10:31:30 PMI like how they balance "ancient old technology" with "high technology that overrides local culture", but I wonder if the background of the predator technology in the movie is different from the novel?

I remember the Predator technology all came from another alien race that used to enslave them, until the Predator overthrew them and took all the technology, they basically just fix it, if they can't fix it they throw it aside, the Predator can't Develop new technologies.

I'm not sure but I remember seeing something similar, and if so, the old Predator tech in prey (although it looks awesome) doesn't seem like a good fit.

Anyway, I love the new movie and I can't wait to see more!https://emos.plurk.com/44986a0506e5aa059f8a3122108620ad_w48_h48.gif

Hunting Grounds suggests that Predators can't fix their equipment but Isabelle's comments are suspect given she was on the game preserve which is a Predator operated environment. It doesn't mean much if they drop or lost something here. Predator equipment also stay functional despite receiving a ton of damage as we've seen xeno punched helmets and captured's blown out eye helmet as still being functional to some degree. Basically if they had to drop it, it's not worth keeping.

This also flies in the face of the films as we've seen Wolf improvise a pistol out of his shoulder cannon. Yeah if something is broken they'll drop dead weight but we've seen them do that already to keep a battle going. Even Hunting Grounds itself depicts Predators like Exile who uses local resources to mend and maintain his gear given he can't make proper repairs. It's not that he's dumb, he outright can't fix it due to being banned from Predator space. Or even Bionic who uses cybernetics that double as his body armor. Yeah slave labor could be making these things but that still doesn't address Wolf or Exile who are shown to be able to make repairs and adjustments in the field.

The Amengi story in-universe is also a legend. The only item we know to exist would be the sickle, that doesn't mean the events surrounding it are accurate. Alpha would have to come with an asterisk given the nature of the story surrounding him. He wouldn't be considered a legend if that was historical record.

Corporal Hicks

The Predators either steeling or not quite understanding the technology they use has always been something of an expanded-universe thing, not really something we've seen in the films.

And honestly, it's always been one of those EU elements I do actually like. That's not to say all Predators are unintelligent when it comes to equipment. The Predators are individuals, it's one of the franchise's strengths, and I think it's entirely reasonable that some would be more able to understand their equipment than others. I would equate it to proper gun maintenance or something like that.

SiL

Their custom fit, purpose built tech really doesn't scream "found tech".

Corporal Hicks

The wide variety of styles that we do see could speak towards them coming from many different sources, as easily as being custom to each other. And that's not to say that both ideas could co-exist too. Like I said, it's not like all Predators wouldn't be able to understand the technology they were using. It's just one of those suggestions I quite like.

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