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The Translucent Alien

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The Translucent Alien

Ridley Scott originally wanted all three alien forms to be translucent to match Giger's paintings. Giger started work on a translucent Facehugger. Ridley wanted you to see the skeletal structure of the Facehugger so a skeleton for the creature was cast in plaster. Rodger Dicken made some Chestburster concepts using latex. The latex dried to a particular colour which Ridley liked and decided the Facehugger should be the same.

Giger's Necronom IV


"I Agree with Scott to make the Alien's translucent. One should be able to see the skeleton, the blood circulatory system, the organs etc. The skeleton has been cast in plaster and I am starting to design the Facuehugger's skin when..."

- H.R. Giger, Giger's Alien

With the translucent concepts for the Chestburster and Facehugger dropped Giger wanted to get to work on the translucent alien suit. To help solve the problem of making a transparent PVC suit a sculptor who worked and made the masks on Star wars was asked to help out and make some experimental concepts. Giger also intended to have wires and fluted pipes layered under the translucent skin.

"But I also made a face-hugger. It had a skeleton inside that you could see through a translucent skin. But there was no time for me to finish it..."

- H R Giger, Behind the Alien Forms Interview.

Multiple experimental suits were made, but none of them could be usable as they couldn't make the materials durable or resistant enough and would tear very easily. Making these experimental suits took time, and time was running out, a suit was needed for shooting. To make matters worse to make some of the transparent suits a special oven was built and used, this damaged the original alien molds so they had to be repaired and patched up in the plaster workshop. In the end, the translucent concept was scrapped.

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7 Fan responses to The Translucent Alien

Centauri

Aug-11-2016 6:51 AM

this has to be in covenant :D

Facehuggers

Aug-11-2016 7:07 AM

@xeno_alpha_07

Woah! NECA had an interesting concept figure like this, but the real photos are beautiful! Upvoted!

Lone

Aug-11-2016 7:39 AM

More terrific A L I E N lore xeno-alpha!

It would be a dream fulfilled if a beautiful, translucent MORB appeared in Covenant!

Patient Leech

Aug-11-2016 8:12 AM

I'm sure a good translucent effect would be quite possible with CGI. It would be cool to see it in Covenant.

Something Real

Aug-11-2016 11:06 AM

XENO_ALPHA_07 - Very compelling! I would be very interested in seeing practical effects suit designed in such a fashion and then used in a full film! :)

brego

Aug-14-2016 11:40 PM

Amazing. At least we still ended up with the "Jelly Cowl". Possibly the greatest design aspect of the original Alien. In A3 there was to be a skin shedding scene, where Ripley believes she has found the Alien crouched down and quiet. She talks to it and smashes it's head with an iron bar revealing simply a shell or husk, filled with lice. We saw a remnant of this in the movie when she thinks that she can see the Alien, however its simply a pipe. She smashes it with the bar, realises her fault, then realises that the Alien is there watching her. In the book tie in the husk or shell is semi translucent.

Thoughts_Dreams

Aug-15-2016 2:53 AM

I think that the idea could be interesting if it is being done right. We will see how it will be done but I hope that they will not explain very much about its biology.

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