Thursday, January 12, 2017

Evolution

Ridley Scott: As they enter the derelict, I wanted them to come up over the edge of something and into this vast chamber that's dominated by a huge chair. In preparing  this frame of the storyboard, I went through Giger's Necronomicon and took this character, whom we call the "space jockey", because I wanted a fossil, almost, one which you'd have a hard time deciding where he leaves off and the chair,  on which he died, begins. So here they are with this dead space jockey frozen in death to the weapon he was firing when he died. And he's kind of gargoyle-like and spooky. Sometimes we got very close to the films visuals in the storyboard.


HR Giger: From the script I knew he was huge and had a hole in his chest, but that was all. Ridley suggested another of my Necronom creatures as a guide. They don’t look much alike now, but it was a starting point; and the space jockey kind of grew up from there in bits and pieces. The creature we finally ended up building is biomechanical to the extent that he has physically grown into, or maybe even out of, his seat – he’s integrated totally into the function he performs.

5 comments:

Jay's Shadow said...

Giger's biomechanical beings are so cool. Love the idea that the space jockey is part of the weapon it was using. There was no separating from it, it was part of you always.

K.O. said...

So amazing. He was such a genius.

Willow Cove said...

Gawd, I sooo wish they delved deeper into that fused being theory in Prometheus. It would've been so awesome.

Christopher Weeks said...

This sequence was one of the most astonishing and memorable movie moments of my life. The design, the sets, the colour palette, the lighting and the awesome sound track all worked together to make for a very menacing introduction to the space jockey. I remember feeling fear and disgust as the camera slowly zoomed in for a close up on the jockey. I really didn't want to see it up close. I saw this film when I was very much an adult, and it gave me the most vivid and horrific nightmares that night!

girl6 said...

can never get enough of this world!!!
& man that jockey...he's like the original space cowboy..<333