The Art and Making of Alien Covenant
Scare pa ckage Crew and actors discuss in depth how the latest in the Alien sci-fi horror series was created, alongside plenty of concepts from the film
Following on from 2012’s quasi-prequel Prometheus, in 2017 the Alien franchise returned to its horror roots with Alien Covenant. This book offers a blow-by-blow account of how it was made, with input from Ridley Scott, his crew and, a little unusually, its main actors.
Here we get to take a close look at the intricate tech behind the colony ship and its vehicles; the designs of the crew’s uniforms and weaponry; artwork of key locations; and vividly dramatic alien art imagery.
However, do note that, like the Wonder Woman book, this falls halfway between an art book and a fan book. So while some enticing sketches, blueprints and concept work are included, they feel a little crowded out by film stills and behind-the-scenes photographs. And overall the text pays more attention to the plot and how the actors interpreted the characters than the actual art and design of the movie.
Finally, while some of the artists are properly credited for their work (notably Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton, whom we interview on page 28), much of the art featured here isn’t credited at all, which does irk us!
Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton worked on a series of drawings, inspired by Geiger and Rembrandt, that featured in the final film.