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It is well known that Ron Cobb, conceptual designer for ALIEN (1979), brought the design very close to its final realization.
I’m sure you’ve seen these versions:
In an article at Den of Geek, Cobb describes his approach to the design of the now-iconic spacecraft:
My problem with designing Nostromo’s interiors, the control bridge, corridors, auto doc (or med lab), bulkhead doors, the food deck, etc., was that I grew up with a deep fascination for astronomy, astrophysics, and most of all, aerospace flight. My design approach has always been that of a frustrated engineer (as well as a frustrated writer when it came to cinema design). I tend to subscribe to the idea that form follows function. If I’m to arrive at a cinematic spacecraft design that seamlessly preserves, as in this case, the drama of the script, the audience has to experience it as something impressive and believable.
While you may have seen this ‘Hammerhead’ design before, I wanted to point out that there are more concepts along this line to be found at Cobb’s web site. Here is a screen shot I cobbled together to give you an idea of what awaits:
Even Cobb admits that toward the end of their work on the film, he and fellow concept artist Chris Foss were influencing each other’s designs.
There’s lots more to see at Cobb’s site, so enjoy!
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