Its clear to see the concept art behind H.R.Giger's masterpiece, from the space craft to the alien space craft, everything is delicately placed and interwoven. The colours prominent to the film are of course green and black, this gives the film the sci-fi horror atmosphere and draws the audience into the action. Kim Newman suggests, "Like the space tug itself, all fantasy films carry in their wake a warehouseful of weird and wonderful production paintings. Sci-fi fans eat them up. Alien is no different; a book of sketches was published to coincide with the film, and the journey it describes from doodle to storyboard to screen is compelling, taking in spacesuit drawings by French comic book legend Moebius, Nostromo interiors by Cobb, and airbrushed alien designs by H.R. Giger. It was Giger who cracked Alien, not just with the creature itself (rarely seen in full anyway), but with the organic innards of the derelict ship and its ghostly egg chamber." (Newman 2006) Newman notes the beauty behind the set design from Giger's concept art and commends the success of the design of both the creature and space craft.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Scott, Ridley (1979) Alien Movie Poster. At: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c3/Alien_movie_poster.jpg (Accessed on:1/11/11)
Figure 2. Scott, Ridley (1979) Sigourney Weaver as Ripely. At: http://www.totalfilm.com/features/20-most-tense-movie-scenes/alien-1979-14 (Accessed on:1/11/11)
Figure 3. Scott, Ridley (1979) Ridley Scott's vision. At: http://www.fourcolorcomics.com/store/index.php?action=describe&id=2070274 (Accessed on:2/11/11)
Empire Kim Newman (2006) Alien. At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/ReviewComplete.asp?FID=9531 (Accessed on:1/11/11)
New York Times Review Vincent Canby (1979) Alien (1979) Screen: 'Alien 'Brings Chills From the Far Galaxy:A Gothic Set in Space. At: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=950CEED61439E732A25756C2A9639C946890D6CF&partner=Rotten Tomatoes (Accessed on:1/11/11)
Time Out Geoff Andrew (2007) Alien (1979). At: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/77699/alien.html (Accessed on:1/11/11)