Results of our reader interest survey.

See the summary below, written in the form of an “in-universe” memorandum from a lowly Company employee to his supervisor. Thank you to those who took the time to participate in the survey

 

 

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MEMORANDUM

Weyland-Yutani Corporation
Information & Social Infrastructure Business Unit
Special Archives Section

To:    Lee Ho Fook, Director      
From:  Fen Giddel, Consulting Archivist
Date:  20 Aug
Re:    RESULTS OF READER INTEREST SURVEY

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Nostromo Files Reader Interest Survey was conducted at the request of senior management to obtain feedback about the experience and opinions of the readers of this website. The survey was opened on July 13 and closed just recently.


Highlights of the survey results follow:

Respondents are well-versed in the cinematic experience of the Alien movies, having seen all of them, including the prequels. The majority first saw Alien in the early 80s and have since then seen it more than 20 times. 

All respondents reported that they were satisfied with the content and focus of the website and visit it with frequency. 


Suggested topics of interest for the future included "deck plans" and "the design and construction of the Nostromo,", as well as "set decoration", "production/art design", and "costume design/wardrobe". We anticipate the need to engage subject matter experts to assist with these projects.


The reading libraries and collections of respondents appear to be well-stocked with items of notable value, whether economic, educational, sentimental, or some admixture of them all.


With regard to the popularity of the Nostromo crew, it seems that most respondents favored Ripley, while "I do not have a favorite" came in second place. 

It is interesting to note that the majority of respondents stated that they "do not have a least favorite" character, either. 

This indicates that the crew have more appeal as an ensemble. You will find it interesting to see the responses to "the character you would choose to appear in a future prequel’.


It is my belief that readers of these survey results will find that the information that was gathered was worth the effort. It was certainly a welcome diversion from the sorting of dusty old company memos for the scanning bins. 

The data was collected by DEO Monsoon and collated by BO-TH-ER 1000. The results are tabulated below. If you need additional clarification of any data point, please advise.




SURVEY TITLE:  The Nostromo Files Reader Interest Survey

DATE OF SURVEY:  13 Jul - 13 Aug

PARTICIPANT LOCATIONS

COUNTRY                                   PCT
 1. United States.........................50% 
 2. United Kingdom........................30% 
 3. Australia.............................10%
 4. France................................10%


QUESTION #1: When did you first see the movie, ALIEN (1979)?

RESPONSES            
 1. 1979
 2. 1981
 3. 1982
 4. 1983
 5. 1986
 6. Maybe 82 or so
 7. Back in the 80s


QUESTION #2: If you have seen it, how many times?

RESPONSES          
 1. "Dozens"
 2. 20+
 3. 30 times
 4. Over 30 times
 5. 50
 6. 100+
 7. "Too many to remember"


QUESTION #3: Which Alien movies have you seen?

RESPONSES                                   PCT
 1. Alien (1979)............................17%
 2. Aliens (1986)...........................17%
 3. Alien3 (1992)...........................17%
 4. Alien Resurrection (1997)...............17%
 5. Prometheus (2012).......................17%
 6. Alien: Covenant.........................17%
 7. I have not seen an Alien movie...........0%

QUESTION #4: What do you like most about ALIEN (1979)?

RESPONSES                        
 1. Design, atmospheric, acting, all of it really
 2. Ash
 3. The suspense, atmosphere, and realism
 4. The Nostromo!
 5. The world the filmmakers created
 6. Its feel, look, and all the design from Giger
 7. The depth of detail (set, costumes, props)
 8. The Nostromo scenes
 9. Everything


QUESTION #5: What do you like least about ALIEN (1979)?

RESPONSES                        
 1. Nothing
 2. Alien, at the end, obviously man in suit
 3. The fake head of Ash, before it is torched
 4. Chestburster escape
 5. It was too short!
 6. SFX showing their age, but fixed in later editions
 7. Jones
 8. That someone does not like the movie
 9. Nothing
10. Nothing


QUESTION #6: Pick your favorite character.

RESPONSES                                   PCT
 1. Ripley..................................30%
 2. I do not have a favorite................20%
 3. Ash.....................................10%
 4. Brett...................................10%
 5. Jones...................................10%
 6. The Big Chap (alien)....................10%
 7. Mother..................................10%
 8. Dallas...................................0%
 9. Kane.....................................0%
10. Lambert..................................0%
11. Parker...................................0%
12. The Derelict Pilot.......................0%


QUESTION #7: Pick your least favorite character.

RESPONSES                                   PCT
 1. I do not have a least favorite..........70%
 2. Lambert.................................10%
 3. Jones...................................10%
 4. Kane....................................10%
 5. Parker...................................0%
 6. Brett....................................0%
 7. Ash......................................0%
 8. Ripley...................................0%
 9. The Big Chap (alien).....................0%
10. Mother...................................0%
11. Dallas...................................0%
12. The Derelict Pilot.......................0%


QUESTION #8: Pick the one character, besides Ripley, you would choose to appear in a future prequel that ties in to ALIEN.

RESPONSES                                   PCT
 1. Brett...................................20%
 2. Ash.....................................20%
 3. Dallas..................................20%
 4. The Derelict Pilot (not “Prometheus 
    engineer”)..............................20%
 5. None of them............................20%
 6. Parker...................................0%
 7. Lambert..................................0%
 8. Jones....................................0%
 9. The Big Chap (alien).....................0%
10. Kane.....................................0%
11. Mother...................................0%

QUESTION #9: How much does the Nostromo interest you?

RESPONSES                                   PCT
 1. A lot...................................90%
 2. A little................................10%
 3. Not at all...............................0%


QUESTION #10: If you are interested in the Nostromo, what do you like about it?

RESPONSES          
 1. Design
 2. I like the med bay
 3. How design and implied scale added to the 
    atmosphere
 4. The fact it’s believable, also the design of it.
 5. That is was a working vessel
 6. Is still unique design
 7. The details, and its design "origins"
 8. Set design and the feeling it could be real
 9. Its dark sets and corridors
10. Everything


QUESTION #11: Is there anything about the Nostromo that you would like to know more about?

RESPONSES                                     
 1. Deck plans
 2. The life boat
 3. The novel design in things (like the angled landing
    thrusters), and the implied scale made the ship
    feel hopelessly huge in the movie
 4. No
 5. Any topic would be of continued interest
 5. More about its design and construction
 6. Probably
 7. How it was filmed
 8. All the decks connections and rooms
 9. Everything


QUESTION #12: What is your most treasured Alien universe collectible?

RESPONSES                                
 1. Full-size face hugger I got back in 1991
 2. Big Chap Gentle Giant
 3. NECA’s 7” Alien Isolation Xenomorph
 4. The Book of Alien
 5. A first print paperback
 6. My foreign film poster for the film and its sequels
 7. Thinking Cap Nostromo cap from 1979
 8. ALIEN Movie Novel, because by looking at all the
    pictures, I could re-experience the movie before it 
    was released on VHS.
 9. Big Chap
10. My first-edition copy of The Book of Alien


QUESTION #13: What portion of your collection of Alien merchandise is devoted to the first film, Alien (1979)?

RESPONSES                                   PCT
 1. Three-fourths of it.....................36%
 2. Half of it..............................18%
 3. A fourth of it..........................18%
 4. None of it..............................18%
 5. All of it................................9%


QUESTION #14: Which of the following books about Alien do you own?

RESPONSES                                   PCT
 1. The Book of Alien (Scanlon).............16%
 2. Alien Vault (Nathan)....................15%
 3. Heavy Metal's Alien: The Illustrated 
    Story  (Goodwin)........................13%
 4. Alien the Movie Novelization (Foster)...11%
 5. Alien: A Movie PhotoNovel (Anobile).....11%
 6. Giger’s Alien: FIlm Design (Giger).......8%
 7. Alien Archive (Salisbury)................8%
 8. The Aliens Colonial Marines Technical 
    Manual (Brimmicombe-Wood)................8%
 9. Alien The Illustrated Screenplay 
    (O’Bannon/Scott).........................7%
10. Colorvision (Cobb).......................3%


QUESTION #15: What topics about the production history of ALIEN (1979) interest you? (Choose as many as you like)

RESPONSES                                   PCT
 1. Set Decoration..........................11%
 2. Production Design.......................10%
 3. Art Direction...........................10%
 4. Costumer Design & Wardrobe..............10%
 5. Direction................................9%
 6. Cast & Crew..............................9%
 7. Cinematography...........................9%
 8. Screenwriting............................8%
 9. Producers................................8%
10. Music....................................8%
11. Film Editing.............................7%
12. None.....................................1%


QUESTION #16: How often do you visit The Nostromo Files?

RESPONSES                                  PCT
 1. Daily..................................46%
 2. Weekly.................................36%
 3. Monthly................................18%
 4. Occasionally............................0%


QUESTION #17: The primary focus of The Nostromo Files is ALIEN (1979) and, of course, the Nostromo. A short list of other sites are also featured as they post content. Are you satisfied with the content you find on The Nostromo Files, or would you prefer something different?

RESPONSES                                 PCT
 1. Satisfied............................100%
 2. Prefer something different.............0%


QUESTION #18: If you answered, “Prefer something different” to the previous question, please clarify here.

RESPONSES               
 1. None
 2. n/a
 3. n/a
 4. n/a
 5. Totally satisfied
 6. No, I'm satisfied
 7. n/a
 8. I'm satisfied
 9. Satisfied
10. n/a


QUESTION #19: Which "The Nostromo Files" social media sites do you subscribe to/follow? (Please choose as many as apply)

RESPONSES                                 PCT
 1. Facebook Page.........................40%
 2. WordPress blog........................24%
 3. Twitter Page..........................12%
 4. YouTube channel.......................12%
 5. Tumblr.................................8%
 6. I did not know there were social
    media sites to follow..................4%
 7. None...................................0%


QUESTION #20: How often do you visit the Alien Explorations website? 

RESPONSES                                 PCT
 1. Monthly...............................36%
 2. Occasionally..........................27%
 3. Never.................................27%
 4. Daily..................................9%
 5. Weekly.................................0%


QUESTION #21: How often do you visit The Alien Universe Timeline website?

RESPONSES                                PCT
 1. Occasionally.........................46%
 2. Monthly..............................27%
 3. Never................................18%
 4. Weekly................................9%
 5. Daily.................................0%


QUESTION #22: How often do you visit the Strange Shapes website?

RESPONSES                                PCT
 1. Occasionally.........................44%
 2. Monthly..............................39%
 3. Weekly................................6%
 4. Daily.................................6%
 5. Never.................................6%



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