Alien: The Special Effects is a 1997 behind the scenes book covering the creation of the special effects in Alien, Aliens and Alien3, written by Don Shay and Bill Norton and published as a collaboration between Titan Books and the special effects journal Cinefex. It was published on June 27, 1997.
The book is not actually original material, but rather a collected reprint of articles on Alien, Aliens and Alien3 that first appeared in issues 1, 27 and 50 of Cinefex magazine, respectively. It offers an in-depth, insider look into how the special effects in the first three films of the Alien franchise were achieved. It also includes interviews with directors Ridley Scott and James Cameron, and the original Alien designer H. R. Giger.
Discover how the amazing special effects in Alien, Aliens and Alien3 were achieved in this inside, in-depth look behind the scenes. All the secrets of these visually stunning and innovative blockbuster films are containing in this first, exciting collaboration between Titan Books and respected special effects magazine Cinefex.
Discover the very different approaches to the creative process of directors Ridley Scott, James Cameron and David Fincher, and follow the changes in available technology over the period in which the three films were made; from filming a tall man in an Alien costume to the complexities of computer-generated imagery; from studio-bound production to location shots.
And enjoy the entertaining inventiveness of the special effects teams, whether they're using seafood to simulate internal organs, or borrowing a laser display to create space light!
- As well as the articles on the first three films that are collected in this book, Cinefex would go on to feature pieces on virtually all of the subsequent Alien films, including Alien Resurrection (#73), Alien vs. Predator (#99), Prometheus (#130) and Alien: Covenant (#153). It also covered the effects work in the original Predator (#33).