JJ Abrams takes an unusual approach to Super 8’s creature design

Of course, logic would dictate that the alien be designed, and then the machines and tools designed to match its biology. By reversing that process, Page became essentially an archaeologist, speculating what kind of species would occupy the chairs and environments that production designer Martin Whist had invented. Not only was this difficult, but Page also had to wrap his arms around an imaginary animal that was both clever and meticulous. In the words of Trang:

“The design process on ‘Super 8’ is what I call the ‘chariot-led’ approach. We had to design the creature at the same time. [Whist] had to create these environments for aliens – like underground lairs – without even knowing what we were designing. Then there’s this wishlist of things that aliens should have juxtaposed in design; the creature must be extremely large but it has to have the dexterity inside its limbs to take things like car engines and microwave ovens and assemble them, so that in itself was a challenge in the design. next. ”

The final design features only a vaguely humanoid figure, with two legs, four limbs (the creature has an extra set of shoulders extending from its back) and a long, flat head atop a barrel-shaped body. The creature’s legs split at the shin, resulting in a pair of hoof-like feet on each leg. The hooves, in Page’s mind, were an evolutionary development aimed at digging, and Page thought his creature would be comfortable underground. Incidentally, Whist designed an earthen floor for the alien lair, making the two design departments temporarily related.

https://www.slashfilm.com/1042035/j-j-abrams-took-an-unusual-approach-to-super-8s-creature-design/ JJ Abrams takes an unusual approach to Super 8’s creature design

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