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Alien 40th Anniversary Short Films

  • 14-03-2019 5:17pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 1,960 Autecher


    6 short movies set within the Alien movie universe have been commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary of the movie. They are all by first time directors with a budget of $30,000 so there could be some good ones by people hoping to impress and get noticed.... or they could all be shyte. Time will tell!



    Synopsis:
    The shorts will be released weekly on IGN, starting on March 29th. Then, beginning May 3rd, they will be available on the official @AlienAnthology social channels and AlienUniverse.com, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

    Alien: Alone — Hope, an abandoned crew member aboard the derelict chemical hauler Otranto, has spent a year trying to keep her ship and herself alive as both slowly fall apart. After discovering hidden cargo, she risks it all to power up the broken ship in search of human life. Written and directed by Noah Miller.

    Alien: Containment — Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected. Written and directed by Chris Reading.

    Alien: Harvest — The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester have minutes to reach the emergency evacuation shuttle. A motion sensor is their only navigation tool leading them to safety while a creature in the shadows terrorizes the crew. However, the greatest threat might have been hiding in plain sight all along. directed by Benjamin Howdeshell.

    Alien: Night Shift — When a missing space trucker is discovered hungover and disoriented, his co-worker suggests a nightcap as a remedy. Near closing time, they are reluctantly allowed inside the colony supply depot where the trucker’s condition worsens, leaving a young supply worker alone to take matters into her own hands. Written and directed by Aidan Breznick.

    Alien: Ore — As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family. Written and directed by the Spear Sisters.

    Alien: Specimen — It’s the night shift in a colony greenhouse, and Julie, a botanist, does her best to contain suspicious soil samples that have triggered her sensitive lab dog. Despite her best efforts the lab unexpectedly goes into full shutdown and she is trapped inside. Little does she know, an Alien specimen has escaped the mysterious cargo, and a game of cat and mouse ensues as the creature searches for a host. Written and directed by Kelsey Taylor.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,086 ✭✭✭✭ Harry Palmr


    40 years! :eek: I was a big fan (still am) and bought the photobook, the making of and so on I still have them in the attic somewhere. Only saw it for the first time on TV (ITV premier in 1982) as I was just a bit too young to pass for 18 in 1979.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,386 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN


    Amazing to think this film is 40.
    Stands up so well even today.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,502 ✭✭✭ Outkast_IRE


    NIMAN wrote: »
    Amazing to think this film is 40.
    Stands up so well even today.

    Yeah its helped by the excellent quality remasters they have done for Blu-ray a few years back. I still marvel at how sharp and crisp that movie looks on a big screen from the Blu-ray


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CatFromHue


    If they're anything like the shorts for Bladerunner 2049 we'll be in for a treat.

    I dunno if anyone has read any of the books but there really is so much more to the Alien universe/story than just the 3 main films. Actually thinking about them it does seem odd that they went the way of Prometheus and Covenant.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,239 ✭✭✭✭ Arghus


    NIMAN wrote: »
    Amazing to think this film is 40.
    Stands up so well even today.

    Watched it on the big screen during the week - thank you re-releases - and it still completely holds up.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,792 ✭✭✭ Mrcaramelchoc


    So 6 different ways the aliens can get you with a bit of storyline to hold it up.talk about milking it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,960 Autecher


    So 6 different ways the aliens can get you with a bit of storyline to hold it up.talk about milking it.

    Another way of looking at it is you get 6 free short movies about a movie franchise you presumably are a fan of and 7 debuting film directors, who were chosen from over 500 other applicants, get a great experience and chance to impress some folk at Twentieth Century Fox and others in the movie industry.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    Autecher wrote: »
    Alien: Containment — Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected. Written and directed by Chris Reading.
    I'm liking the premise for this one for some reason.

    Looking forward to them all though. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,858 ✭✭✭ Church on Tuesday


    All of them can't be any worse than Covenant TBF.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,253 ✭✭✭✭ branie2


    The year I was born


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    NIMAN wrote: »
    Amazing to think this film is 40.
    Stands up so well even today.

    Yes, quality endures. Superbly produced and directed film.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,703 ✭✭✭ Slydice


    17 sec teaser


  • Registered Users Posts: 826 ✭✭✭ El Duda


    These Alien shorts don't look anywhere near as good as mine...

    SAMCUSTOM-mens-perspiration-quick-dry-ultra-light-breathable-Green-Alien-shorts-gmy-shorts-beach-shorts.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,639 ✭✭✭✭ Skerries


    but they have more Klingons though


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,960 Autecher


    The first short film


    Containment




  • Registered Users Posts: 826 ✭✭✭ El Duda


    It was ok. Some of the bad acting really takes you out of it. Decent for a student thing though.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,852 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Apparently the Disney panel at CinemaCon mentioned that the Alien franchise (and the Planet of the Apes) was one the studio's actively pursuing. Whatever that might entail.

    <insert grumbling about monopoly here>


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,433 ✭✭✭✭ mrcheez


    I played Alien Isolation in VR last month partly as a celebration of the the anniversary. Absolutely superb experience, and extremely scary.
    There is a section where you replicate the scene exploring the Alien ship and discovering the nest shown in the first film. I felt I was there it was so well done.

    There is a graphic novel coming out in August as a sequel to the Amanda Ripley story in Alien Isolation.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/150671126X/


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,960 Autecher


    The second short film


    Specimen




  • Registered Users Posts: 6,325 ✭✭✭ Dave_The_Sheep


    Second was far better than the first. Very well made.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 29,933 ✭✭✭✭ TerrorFirmer


    Looking forward for them all to be released and being able to sit down and enjoy an anthology, sort of like Love, Death and Robots on Netflix.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,433 ✭✭✭✭ mrcheez


    Just started on Love Death and Robots last night. Pretty fierce work of art.

    Back on Alien, IGN have also created a "digital series" based on the Alien Isolation game cutscenes and using in-game footage to create a mini-movie.

    Apart from some dodgy lipsyncing it's very well done whether you are familiar with the game or not

    https://youtu.be/Wafu9S8Mjas


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,595 ✭✭✭ dan1895


    I found the tension was upped a notch or two from the first short.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,960 Autecher


    Night Shift




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,960 Autecher


    Ore


    I won't watch this until later on today but it seems to be getting a better reaction in the comments than the last 3.




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,960 Autecher


    The last 2 short movies


    Alone





    And the last one is the best one in my opinion


    Harvest




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 29,933 ✭✭✭✭ TerrorFirmer


    Nice. Looking forward now to watching the lot of them with a few beers. :)

    Will be a decent way to pass a hour.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,516 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy


    Have to watch the last 2 yet but think ranking best to worst so far is 1,2,4,3


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,378 ✭✭✭ corkie




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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,325 ✭✭✭ Dave_The_Sheep


    Harvest is very good, Alone really isn't at all.


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