Category ArchiveFan Films

AVP: Animated Movie

  • Title: Alien vs. Predator.
  • Studio: Insomniac Productions.
  • Contact Information: See website.
  • Inception Date: Winter 2002.
  • Release Date: Project terminated.
  • Rating: N/A.
  • Running Time: Approximately 20 minutes.
  • Tagline: Unreleased.
  • Software: Softimage 3D, XSI, Maya, Lightwave, 3D Max.

Plot Summary:

A group of creatures travel the stars infesting planets with an alien spore to test their skill and train their young. It has come time for the new generation of students to be trained in the way of the warrior. A rite of passage has been prepared to partake on a hunt that goes terribly wrong. Led by their mentor, Broken Tusk, a group of young hopefuls travel through space and trek across a strange beautiful planet to destroy an alien presence. The hunters soon realize that to survive is to pass, and that failure means death.

  • Status: Project terminated.
  • Official Site: Online.

Director’s Notes

Alien and Predator Models

We have wrapped up production on our chief character models. The alien warrior is a unique take on the Giger design. We decided to give it more of a organic look as apposed to the heavy industrial flavour that have been popularized in feature films. We are proud to announce that the alien warrior will have the Giger-inspired resin dome and will sport a simian-like structure.

Due to certain plot elements in the film, we have produced more than a half a dozen predator variations. The Teacher Predator sports heavy body armour, customized weapons/mask and new trophies not seen before in film. The student predators have standard weapons and armour that have been stripped to their bare essentials and individual hairstyles. Alien Warrior model by Mike Hoopes and Predator model by Sean Binder.

Alien Test Clip One

Animation for each one of our projects goes through many stages. During “AvP”, we first create animatics, then move onto movement studies for each character. A few of which, we have made public for your enjoyment.

This clip was produced by one of our animatic animators Jean Denis Haas. Like many of the shorts exclusive to The Alien Experience, it was produced as a response to a character study assignment. Jean Denis gives us his take on a stealthy alien who reminds a marine to always keep aware of his surroundings. Take note of how the alien propels itself through the water…using the bridge supports to launch into the attack.

Alien Test Clip Two

A favourite here at the studio, this clip comes courtesy of the very talented Ben Su. It’s a blessing of animation that we can really breathe life into the alien. Giving it a more predatorily behaviour and ferocity that are rarely seen with other mediums.

Fluids Test Clip

The result of a dynamic pairing of animator Andrew Rhoades and VFX artist Emiliano Nanfaro. While considering a slew of water locales, this test was produced to see how well we could pull off an atmospheric fluid shot. This shot pretty much speaks for itself. Download and see for yourself.

Combistick Student and Combistick Teacher

Would you really believe that a seasoned predator would really use the same combi stick as somebody without the credentials? Modellers Parrish Ley and Sean Binder produced these two variations of the combistick. Both combis telescope at a flick of a wrist and is sure to be the bane of an alien or two. While both combis are production ready, only one clip shows the textures.

Secret Experimental Embryo Development

Written by O’Malley

As many Alien/Predator enthusiasts should know, the highly anticipated fan film S.E.E.D.: Secret Experimental Embryo Development was finally unveiled last Saturday at the prestigious Bloor Cinema in downtown Toronto, Canada. Over two years in the making, it is the culmination of endless months of painstaking hard work and relentless determination by creature effects and costume designer Pete Mander, an independently funded and self-taught artist whose imagination is a true force to be reckoned with. It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that I was fortunate enough to attend the screening of this incredibly inspiring fan film. I also had the opportunity to chat with the cast and crew at great length about the experience over dinner, but more on that later. Let’s get to the goods.

The film is intercut with a meeting between the heads of the Yutani Corporation and Weyland Industries. Opening with the crash landing of a Predator ship (and its deadly cargo) in a remote forest, the story then follows Major Jordan Paris and Captain Scott Murphy, two of the best SWAT members on the force. During what seems like a routine surveillance operation, the pair find themselves chasing something not quite human. Soon afterwards, they are recruited into Black Ops and briefed by “Spencer”, CEO of the Yutani Corporation. Yutani has recently begun investing in various military projects – one of which ties in to the Roswell crash of 1947. Spencer explains that this species has visited our planet several times since and each time a team was sent in to investigate. So far, none have returned alive. With news of the recent crash in the wilderness, they opted to send in an elite sniper – who just happens to be Jordan’s brother – to observe the creatures only. However, contact with him has been lost and the duo is asked to go on a search and rescue mission. Naturally, Jordan agrees, and Scott reluctantly goes with him. They arrive at the location and find Jordan’s brother alive, but soon realize they’re in way over their heads. As they make their way back to the evac point, all hell breaks loose as a clan of Predators clash with a group of Aliens – and there’s one rogue Predator roaming the woods just to make everyone’s lives more difficult.

As someone who’s been looking forward to this film since I first heard it was in production last summer, it definitely delivered. However in retrospect, I kind of wish I hadn’t been following its development so closely now, as the designs and craftsmanship behind these creatures must be just jaw-dropping to the casual viewer. As it were, I had already seen plenty of footage and screenshots and was fully prepared to have my jaw dropped. But regardless of how much you’ve seen so far, the movie still makes good on its promise to show some truly unique and innovative creature effects. Predator fans will definitely get a huge kick out of this. Everything they’ve been asking for is here, from a full clan of Predators, to female Predators, to Predator versus Predator battles. The originality behind the design of each Predator character – particularly their biomasks – absolutely decimates everything we’ve seen thus far in any medium. If you thought the Predators in Sandy Collora Batman: Dead End were something new, just wait until you see what’s on display here.

For a group of people with no prior filmmaking experience, the results are more than admirable. Visually, the film is near professional. There are some truly impeccable shots, especially of the creatures themselves. I only wish they were a bit longer. My only complaint, really, lies in the editing – though after hearing the circumstances, it’s forgivable. It is a very intense and tightly-knit film, and the cuts get almost stroboscopic at times. It definitely requires multiple viewings, if only to figure out what exactly is going in the barrage of visuals that comprise the latter half of the film. There are several action scenes overlapping each other and it does get somewhat confusing at times. Pacing-wise, it manages a pretty decent and exciting build-up until the last five to ten minutes or so, at which point it sort of transitions into an extended trailer for what looks to be some of the best Alien/Predator action ever put on screen.

After speaking with Pete Mander and the rest of the cast and crew, it became clear that a 27-minute short film was not what they had set out to make. They had a lot more in store, and unfortunately, it shows. It really is such a shame that they didn’t have any more time or money to put into this, otherwise we would have ended up with the most satisfying, awe-inspiring Alien/Predator incarnation to date. Pete later explained to me in great detail some of the scenes they had prepared but didn’t get a chance to shoot, complete with storyboards and props already made. I don’t doubt for a second that if more of their ideas ended up on screen, this would have just blown away fans and viewers alike. As it is, it stands more as a testament to what could have been had circumstances been more permitting.

As much as I would love to see these guys revisit these characters, I’m kind of glad they’re through with them and ready to move on to something original. They’re a very talented group of people and they deserve to be recognized outside of this fan base. This project was bare bones, guerrilla filmmaking at its finest, and is yet another example that you don’t need a big budget to make a professional quality film – even when you’re dealing with Aliens and Predators. Hard work, passion, determination and a little ingenuity will go miles beyond any sum of money. 20th Century Fox needs to take a page from these guys.