ALiens: tHe set PHotograPHY
Cameron on camera
released OUT NOW! 144 pages | Hardback Author simon Ward Publisher Titan Books
this coffee table book takes us back to LV-426 as James Cameron’s military SF classic marks its 30th anniversary.
It’s split up into three parts: cast and crew, on set and behind-thescenes – though “in the workshop” might have been a better title for the latter, as there are plenty of snaps from behind the camera in that second section, many of them featuring ’80s jumpers more terrifying than any Xenomorph.
It’s the candid shots that are the real gold – Sigourney wrapped in a tinfoil blanket drinking coffee, or pulling a face as she does an impression of the Alien Queen; little Newt’s stunt double cutting her birthday cake – and there are just enough of these to give the production a human face.
If there’s a major disappointment, considering the £25 RRP, it’s that the images that have been blown up to a two-page spread generally don’t really support that, looking grainy or soft. But fresh commentary by Carrie Henn (Newt) and Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez) compensates, as does an introduction by Henn which features some very sweet anecdotes. Ian Berriman
It’s the candid shots that are the real gold
Carrie Henn got too friendly with the Alien actors to feel scared of them, so she used to pretend she was being chased by dogs.
Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton enjoy a warming drink between takes on the med lab scene.
Cameron with Barbara Coles as the cocooned woman.