Interview with Alien: Covenant Illustrators Dane Hallett & Matt Hatton - AvPGalaxy Podcast #52

Started by Corporal Hicks, Jul 10, 2017, 12:33:58 PM

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Interview with Alien: Covenant Illustrators Dane Hallett & Matt Hatton - AvPGalaxy Podcast #52 (Read 7,515 times)

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Quote from: MICHELLE JOHNSTON on Jul 12, 2017, 07:55:09 PM
Thanks Aaron,

I will do you the courtesy of responding to another excellent Pod Cast on your forum rather than elsewhere.

Three elements struck me:-

1) The view of the guys that when you move into the second act and the narrative is given time to breath its the point that they felt you could legitimately offer a more speculative approach rather than the explicit action orientated elements which preceded it. Given that they were both critical of Prometheus, as this was the point at which the questions raised by Prometheus could be answered that struck me as an interesting reaction. This was the point when the exposition should harden for those who had waited five years. This also applied to the completion of Shaw's story which once again was deliberately treated as conjectural and built on David as the unreliable narrator. (They might just be the musings of a madman something went down but not necessarily this).

2) That the cathedral was the source of the Engineers power and knowledge only made me grieve for a two minute scene where Walter or Daniels fired up their holographic libraries and answered everything we need to know without a live Engineer in sight. This would also have been great continuity from Prometheus.

3) The removal of the tapestry which would offer a road map to Davids descent. This I think high lighted the difficulty and core challenge of this act. David draws them to the cathedral which is alive with the truth of his 10 years. The more explicit that story's evidence the quicker Daniels and Walter are going to punch a hole in David's dissembling. If they had walked past a tapestry a story board of ten years descent it would have made Walters music lesson slightly more than ridiculous. They and the audience would have pinned David to the wall and asked just what the .... went down here.

Given that Fox wanted the flash back out and a portion of the audience and critics feel this act killed the momentum, as opposed to the Prometheus watchers who feel short changed, my conclusion is this act in terms of how it was attempting to please all was a horse designed by committee which turned out to be a camel.       

It comes back to something very simple what is the point of the movie.

1) To get the beast back up and running (tick)

2) To answer and sign off on Prometheus and all its ambiguities (not quite if you wanted to follow David and Shaw through their arcs and want to know what LV 223 meant).

A great insight and some very honest remarks from the guys, the best one being rather than a macabre tense horror film it was an action horror film or words to that effect.


You made some very, very interesting observations here and I really like your language.

T Dog

Brilliant podcast Hicks, thanks for this!

oduodu

Was it dane or matt that wrote for dark horse? Man I hope they collaborate . Both really are fans of the alien series for a long time. The only ones that collected comics and followed the franchise like the fans here does that I am aware in terms of people who worked on alien films.

One of the better podcasts.

markweatherill

By the expression on Scott's face I imagine him to be reminiscing about his days in Art School and waiting for his aide to approach and whisper, 'Yes their stuff is OK I guess but Sir Ridley I bet you could have done so much better...' ;D

Corporal Hicks

Quote from: sleepyone on Jul 12, 2017, 02:44:55 PM
Great interview, hats off to both artists, their contribution to the film is probably the best thing A:C has going on

Their work was just amazing and being able to see it much clearer post release is easily one of the best things about Covenant so far.

Quote from: Keyes on Jul 12, 2017, 07:06:58 PM
Brilliant interview, well done again Hicks. I really enjoyed listening to the guys, and the fact they are clearly fans of the franchise who have constructive opinions about the films.

Thanks, Keyes. Glad you enjoyed. This is why I love to chat to chat to people like Dane and Matt. They tend to be more knowledgeable and vested in the film itself and more interesting to listen to and talk to.

Quote from: MICHELLE JOHNSTON on Jul 12, 2017, 07:55:09 PM
Thanks Aaron,

I will do you the courtesy of responding to another excellent Pod Cast on your forum rather than elsewhere.

Thank you, Michelle. Feedback is greatly appreciated and I'm happy you liked it.

Quote2) That the cathedral was the source of the Engineers power and knowledge only made me grieve for a two minute scene where Walter or Daniels fired up their holographic libraries and answered everything we need to know without a live Engineer in sight. This would also have been great continuity from Prometheus.

It really would have been nice to have seen more of the Necropolis! I know the lack of and the move to the Alien was an over-compensation for Prometheus, but being able to learn more about the Engineers and see more of their city and technology would have been great.

Quote from: MICHELLE JOHNSTON on Jul 12, 2017, 07:55:09 PM
A great insight and some very honest remarks from the guys, the best one being rather than a macabre tense horror film it was an action horror film or words to that effect.

Yeah, both Matt and Dane were great with their responses. Very open and honest and a pleasure to listen to.

Quote from: DaveT937 on Jul 12, 2017, 09:38:50 PM
Great work as usual Hicks. Some really intelligent questioning that gave us some great insight.

In my mind, you're the brain of the Alien fanbase and JM Prater is the heart, if that makes any sense!? Lol.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Dave. I do try to make sure I ask questions that can illicit responses that people will find interesting! Not too sure I follow you but I do enjoy listening to the PO boys myself.  :)

Quote from: Highland on Jul 15, 2017, 01:49:47 PM
Such a shame that we've got to seek out little bits of information that would have made the movie much more enjoyable.

Personally, I find a lot of pleasure in this part of the release cycle. Finding out those extra tidbits.

Quote from: oduodu on Jul 18, 2017, 02:41:30 AM
Was it dane or matt that wrote for dark horse? Man I hope they collaborate . Both really are fans of the alien series for a long time. The only ones that collected comics and followed the franchise like the fans here does that I am aware in terms of people who worked on alien films.

One of the better podcasts.

I believe that was Matt. I'd love to see either or both of them working on Alien comics. Along with Tristan, I think it'd be a real visual treat for all. And thanks. I completely agree. It was definitely one of the best episodes and interviews we've done.  :)

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