Beyond the Frame: Alien

At Shepperton Studios, director Ridley Scott (center) oversees shooting a close-up on the creepy, translucent “facehugger” creature while filming Alien (1979), photographed by Derek Vanlint, CSC. The iconic beast was designed by a team that included H.R. Giger, screenwriter Dan O’Bannon and illustrator Ron Cobb — resulting in recurring nightmares for generations of filmgoers worldwide.

Scott was honored in 2016 with the ASC Board of Governors Award.





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