Thanks for the kind words Kailem and FI
I like the idea of a hologram projector concealing the entrance to the ship in an earlier draft.
Me too! I think I prefer it actually. Here's the snippet from the first script draft pertaining to that device
And great new images of the matte painting too! It's a shame to hear that the front was never designed in any way, even in just a sketch or something so the artists could be sure of how everything lined up and what parts of the front might be visible from behind etc. I feel like that's almost been the "holy grail" of the Lost Tribe ship, but alas I guess outside of the NECA Cinemachines figure (which I like) I guess it's just not meant to be.
Yeah, I was really hoping Mark was going to say "Why yes, I did sketch the entire ship back to front. Here are my design drawings. I actually have blueprints, would you like to see?"
But alas, nothing but the back was ever officially designed
But thankfully Mark still possesses the painting and offered to take it outside for me on a clear day to take those new pictures for this article. He really is the best!
I always thought the curved roof area above the center stone structure actually depicted the continent of the homeworld.
I still personally perceive it as perhaps an eye
, an extension of its organic and embryonic mysterious atmosphere, but that's really a fascinating take FI. Unfortunately I couldn't uncover any data on that particular specific aspect to confirm or deny.