Alien – The Archive
Titan Books – 2014
320 pages, $50.00
Titan Books has done it again. They’ve created a beautiful, thoroughly engaging large size book that covers the entire Alien franchise. This is first book dedicated to showing how Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection were made.
You will be blown away with the all the sensational photographs, storyboards and other production artwork displaying how each of the films were made. Titan takes you behind the scenes with comments made by various people who worked on each production. You even get the scoop on film versions not shot (like Vincent Ward’s infamous abandoned version of Alien 3) and I found all of that beyond fascinating.
Sigourney Weaver writes a foreword about her involvement in the whole series and her relationships of working with Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. She’s honest about how she felt about playing “Ellen Ripley”, saying she was is very much against guns and her concerns about each movie following the ground-breaking classic.
I also loved reading the thoughts from the visual effects artists who brought the late H.R. Giger’s surrealistic artistry to life and hearing from the Swiss artist himself. I had never seen most of the photos contained, which in itself is worth the price of this book alone.
This is not a text heavy book but features just enough details scattered amongst stunning pictures & art that tell the story beyond words.
With the holidays fast approaching, I’d get Alien – The Archive for yourself or a friend.