The Creature and Special Effects of Alien: Covenant!

  • Published on May 17, 2017
  • Alien: Covenant on Digital HD Aug 1
    On Blu-ray & DVD Aug 15
    Adam Savage explores the massive built sets of Alien: Covenant and chats with visual effects supervisor Neil Corbould about the resurgence of practical effects to complement cg effects in blockbuster filmmaking. Adam also gets up close with some familiar Alien universe props in the creature fabrication workshop!
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Comments • 687

  • Prince Harrys Baby
    Prince Harrys Baby 6 days ago

    Ridleys lost the magic, making shite movies now

  • Danny Ocean
    Danny Ocean 11 days ago

    Who would have thought? This is better then the movie (shaking head) fire Ridley

  • JawnPolygon
    JawnPolygon Month ago

    this movie sucked hard. really disappointed.

  • Ricardo Diaz
    Ricardo Diaz 2 months ago


  • Albert Bremner
    Albert Bremner 3 months ago

    This was the most disappointing movie ever

  • T L
    T L 3 months ago

    why bother with the set, when you can make a similarly shitty movie using only cgi LOL

  • Apocalypse Creations
    Apocalypse Creations 4 months ago

    Ridley Scott is so awesome. You definatly need practical effects with the visual effects if you want a more realistic feel.

  • SNSD Sunny
    SNSD Sunny 4 months ago

    Will Adam ever go back to doing what he does before mythbusters?

  • lassive megend
    lassive megend 4 months ago

    Adam's knowledge in the industry and how he can relate to all the artists is so satisfying to watch.

  • Presque vu
    Presque vu 4 months ago

    Yeah yeah yeah... but the script still stank. A dead dog's ahole would attract fewer flies.

  • Jeff MacDougall
    Jeff MacDougall 5 months ago

    these creatures are all about the vagina

  • zapfanzapfan
    zapfanzapfan 5 months ago +1

    Such fantastic sets and props, too bad the movie wasn't better...

  • Shlomo HaTalmid
    Shlomo HaTalmid 6 months ago

    Practical Effects!

  • LKLM Media
    LKLM Media 6 months ago

    Loving the discussion on how Ridley Rolls with the punches regarding it having rained on set during what was essentially a "making of" video from Adam, and then by the time we came to this set in the movie torrential rain set in - because although the scenes, especially when calling for Backup popped with the rain, so many aspects were re-written on the fly to compensate. There is a Creator of all Creators.

  • Brian Schneider
    Brian Schneider 7 months ago

    why is everyone so fixated on what the alien looked like? It looked big, mean and scary, what else do you need? Plus, that back burster! Sweet jumping jesus that was brutal, kudos to those effect folks

  • Andrew Shea
    Andrew Shea 8 months ago

    I’m grateful that movies have finally realized practical effects look better. The way they present them is still cgi-esque, however. Perhaps they could involve some handheld shots, because cji can’t pull off a proper “shake” effect.

  • DariusCZH
    DariusCZH 8 months ago


  • Pizzof Pizza
    Pizzof Pizza 9 months ago +2

    Shame the movie wasn't as good as these effects...

  • Kryptonite
    Kryptonite 9 months ago

    i enjoyed the hell out of covenant - that said, i don't really care all that much for the alien franchise lol

  • Ogrunt the Hairyfaced.

    Practical effects will always be better. No matter how good the CGI is, nothing can replace something that's actually there.

    Keep movies real.

  • The Unreal Player

    When the alien enters the hangar last scene and you see it walking, that is not CGI. And it seems cheap.
    For the aliens in AvP 1 there were used practical effects, and they still look fantastic.

  • Thor Manfield
    Thor Manfield Year ago

    CGI is okay for moving giant objects or for creating some epic natural disaster, but when you CGI things that could've been taken care of with some good practical effects it makes me hate the approach. There is nothing wrong with CGI but only if used in the right places.

  • Zion Leach
    Zion Leach Year ago

    Adam savage rip mythbusters

  • David Sucgang
    David Sucgang Year ago +2

    4:34 be careful, Ridley might’ve stuck his wussie in there

  • sergio- 24m
    sergio- 24m Year ago

    I prefer the guy in a suit

  • grarghov1
    grarghov1 Year ago

    regarding the sound effects, i found funny that for the hisses/growls of the classic Alien, sounds from Alien:Isolation were used :)

  • harry balsaq
    harry balsaq Year ago

    lot of vaginas in that alien

  • KissingZombie's Channel

    okay, so they had a guy in the suit ON SET, yet they decided to CGI over it.. shameless... Ridley has totally forgot what made the Alien scary in the first place.. as a superfan of Alien and Aliens, this movie was an insult.. its like Jason X style slasher with stupid looking CG creatures, and a fucking Android as the main antagonist... awful...

  • Přemysl Havlík
    Přemysl Havlík Year ago

    I think in this case, everything around this film is better than film itself =D

  • Sleepy Cerberus
    Sleepy Cerberus Year ago +3

    I love this movie, almost as good Alien and Aliens.

  • Rebel Alliance
    Rebel Alliance Year ago

    Really wish they could stop CGIing over some of the props, that people worked hard on to make.

  • im a potato 234
    im a potato 234 Year ago

    so much effort is put in the special effects. wonder why such effort wasn't put in the story itself

  • Piggy Oink Oink
    Piggy Oink Oink Year ago

    4:24 That facehugger looks even creepier than the original one from Alien. Too bad the actual xenomorph from 'Covenant' lacks the biomechanical look, it's too organic and "fleshy" looking with the texture of tendons and raw meat as opposed to the metallic "tubes and pipes" look of the original:

  • Tyler Messer
    Tyler Messer Year ago

    I've noticed a huge difference between Adam and Norm, and why I have the respect I do for Adam, and the mild irritation I have with Norm. Norm is very grabby and trying to pick things up, touch them, or even take things out of someone's hands, whereas in the last couple Alien Covenant videos I've watched, Adam has ALWAYS asked permission first before touching anything. Just a peeve of mine. If it ain't your shit, don't just assume people wanting you fondling it. Excellent manners, Adam. 😂

  • Ed Garazaky
    Ed Garazaky Year ago

    "can i touch?"
    "yeah, *it's perfectly safe* "

  • NateBit8
    NateBit8 Year ago

    i think the reason he does it is because the reaction from the cast is more realistic with this kind of set

  • bob williams
    bob williams Year ago

    I feel so bad none of the people on set know how bad the movie is XD.

  • rhoadnaroahs
    rhoadnaroahs Year ago

    Too bad the movie SUCKED!

  • Clownman
    Clownman Year ago

    Hate to tell you guys that the xenomorph was 100% cgi throughout the film was fucking pissed -_-

  • Morgan Elliott
    Morgan Elliott Year ago

    I have zero interest in any Alien movies, but I'm such a sucker for all this behind the scenes stuff, it's making me want to go watch it just to see how it all turned out. So congratulations Fox, your marketing is working.

  • Necros1s
    Necros1s Year ago

    Props for the practical effects! but Studio ADI makes way better things. And covenant was a complete shit wave. shouldnt have been made.

  • Blue65Tank
    Blue65Tank Year ago

    Which company did the practical FX for Covenant ? I know some was filmed in NZ

  • Smartphone Phone
    Smartphone Phone Year ago

    This Savage is very lucky to be invited to many interesting events.

  • The Helghan Empire

    This movie needed more Xenomorphs...

  • Pútrido Mike
    Pútrido Mike Year ago

    i love the monster-facehugger desing, i can't imagine what kind of creature could born of him!!

  • Jayee
    Jayee Year ago

    Ridley has such a fascination with vaginas. :D

  • Mr.ScaryPasta
    Mr.ScaryPasta Year ago

    Wow! At least Alien is using Practical still.

  • marksfirst1
    marksfirst1 Year ago

    I liked the film it was just a shame the ending was so predictable.

  • Mauro angst
    Mauro angst Year ago

    Love the way this director choose to use a lot of practical effects. I think this help the actors and the production team to empathize with the story and this fake world that the movie is creating, so everyone can perform better and really understand what they are doing

  • GeneralBarricade
    GeneralBarricade Year ago

    "Ridley doesn't like too much CG"
    half the movie was in CG even the alien was CG'd over from a suit actor.

  • Klwir Qldf
    Klwir Qldf Year ago

    This was an amazing "behind the scenes" episode.

  • MY 2 CENTS
    MY 2 CENTS Year ago

    hmmm I expected them to talk more about the xenomorph suit used

  • mondomacabro major

    .... i am glad practical effects are becoming more 3D printed!!!!?

  • American Born Patriot.

    In photos released several months prior of this massacre scenario, there are a couple of figures that seemed to be locked in close quarters fighting, my question is was the cargo David released upon the city meant to transform or vaporize?

  • American Born Patriot.

    Cecille B. Demille would've been proud.

  • Severian Wintermute

    Shame all this talent and work was in service of such a lackluster film. I can't say i was disappointed because the trailers made it pretty clear what we were getting, but still. What a shame. Ridley has forgotten everything that made the original Alien such a masterpiece.

  • Alejandro Gomez
    Alejandro Gomez Year ago

    Can you do more of these I love these

  • Chris Corley
    Chris Corley Year ago

    Whoa, these sets are insane scale. Rain probably gave a more natural texture and finish. 😱 One of my favorite films this year.

  • Jet Lu
    Jet Lu Year ago

    kind-of boring of this old same lame alien shit.. fresh ideas please.. new xenomorph should help for better ticket sales

  • David Datura
    David Datura Year ago

    This movie still hasn't reached my part of the world yet, and I really want to see it! Mind you with its weak opening box-office weekend, will there be another one?

  • runningsandwich
    runningsandwich Year ago

    It seems like none of the creature effects made it in

  • Max Nelson
    Max Nelson Year ago

    These videos make the movie seem better than it was, it was ok, but definitely not as good as alien or aliens

  • Etho 43
    Etho 43 Year ago

    Looks like pompa

  • Ndre Sadega
    Ndre Sadega Year ago

    why not adi studio ?

  • Dustywitch
    Dustywitch Year ago

    I'd love to see Adam do a build on a xenomorph costume for cosplay.

  • Mark Barrera
    Mark Barrera Year ago

    so much great work and effort- then the story is THAT. >:(

  • KALIMAindia
    KALIMAindia Year ago

    C'mon!! You create practical effects just to scan them and make them CGI???!?!?! Stupid idiots!!!!!
    I have to say that the design of the Xenomorph in Covenant was really good! But because it was all CG it felt disappointing :/


    Couldnt think of a more perfect host for my nerdgasm

  • Johannes Snutt
    Johannes Snutt Year ago

    Funny how after people put in so much work into making a movie you always get entitled douche bags that has done nothing with their lives complaining.

  • OkraOba
    OkraOba Year ago

    Covenant was SUPERB!

  • Justanother fancy screenname

    Watching this on Tuesday, I can't wait. I'm a huge alien fan. Still get a little chill, thinking about to when I saw the first one in the theaters.

  • JordanJee
    JordanJee Year ago +2

    To Adam, this were the most comprehensive review of Behind The Scences

  • Tactical Burrito System

    Its safe to call Covenant Garbage because the movie's actual title is "Prometheus 2: Electric Boogaloo".

  • DFrost25
    DFrost25 Year ago

    Boom operator got bored at the 6:40 mark

  • -ED case-
    -ED case- Year ago

    'Special Effects' is practical (real) and 'Visual Effects' is CG

  • Ali A
    Ali A Year ago

    Heard this movie was a complete and utter disappointment..Ridley ruined all the lore and mystery behind the Aliens..would recommend checking out the review by AngryJoeShow

  • AlchemyRiot
    AlchemyRiot Year ago

    So many vaginas in this video with the eggs and facehuggers. :P

  • cama leon
    cama leon Year ago

    they should named this video interview with special effects people or whatever they call this guys crap video.

  • Elohmn
    Elohmn Year ago +1

    The cgi in AC looked like garbage. Hated every second of these on-screen "aliens". What a terrible death of such an incredible creature.

    • Elohmn
      Elohmn Year ago

      +Bru741iX Nope hated those just as bad. The difference was those were never really meant to be more then what they were. A popcorn movie.
      AC is supposed to be held to the same standard as Alien itself.
      Have you seen the dorsal tubes clipping through the deck in the scene on-board the Covenant? Thats shit expected from a video game, not from a movie directed by RS.

    • Bru741iX
      Bru741iX Year ago

      So you hated the CGI in Alien Covenant, but didnt mind the CGI from Alien Resurrection, AVP and AVP:R?
      Get your fucking head out of your ass, the alien creature have been "dead" since Alien 3...

  • Michael Grant
    Michael Grant Year ago

    "Two-headed monsters? C'mon."

  • HooliganMovement
    HooliganMovement Year ago

    I have what would've been a better back story which would set up multiple trilogies pre-prometheus and post-Aliens (obvious SPOILERS, but this is a spoiler video itself sooooo):
    Long ago engineers encountered another advanced civilization in the universe. They were better at science and engineers were better at war. Diplomatic truce. The science ppl were so good at it they figured out how to seed life and started doing so in secret. Mankind turned out to be one of their experiments (more on that later). Eventually the engineers stumbled upon earth and found it inhabited w a species oddly similar to their scientist buddies who didn't tell them they were seeding life. They started taking small samples of the population for experiments and such, while also trying to steal whatever data they could from the scientists. They were eventually caught and war breaks out (this turns out to be what's been speculated as the Engineer Civil War).
    Since engineers are better at killing things, being the physically superior species and all (see: engineer fighting off that massive octopus thing in prometheus w his bare hands) the scientists create the OG biomechanical Xenomorph to even the odds. Now this Xenomorph cannot spawn, and each one much be lab created (a caveat encoded into their original DNA by the scientists to completely control them). Eventually a few are captured by engineers and experimented in, etc (in secret hiding locations such as the world of Prometheus). Eventually the engineers manage to create black goo (a mutagen they used to seed life and can be weaponized to create Xenomorph-esque creatures but not being as good at science, can't 100% replicate the OG biomech Xeno).
    Back to humanity. Turns out we're the most promising seeded life form yet, in terms of our evolution/scientific and technical advancements/large scale societies and governments, etc culminating in our "creation" of AI (which our scientist creators already made long ago, we're essentially just accessing shit encoded in our DNA copied from our creators). Inspired by us, the engineers attempt to seed life in their own image as well using their black goo (which is how/why the civilization on Paradise that David eventually destroys looks like smaller engineers w/ human skin tone... And ultimately why David kills them in the first place. More on that later).
    So, back to prometheus. The signal sent to us by engineers was merely to gather additional samples of humans for archiving/experimentation/etc before they destroyed earth (since they're still at war with the scientist race and have decided to wipe them, and all evidence of their work out of existence).
    Now, leading into Covenant this would explain what David learned while Shaw was in cryosleep that made him decided to bomb the inhabitants of Paradise out of existence. It would also explain why he (SPOILERS) experimented on Shaw. He realized her reproductive organs were mutated during the events of Prometheus but she still managed to both live, and remain seemingly fully human. So there's something about her physiology that needs to be learned/utilized/etc (I would have Shaw alive during Covenant in an open surgery/adrenaline/antibiotic drip state but that's just me), and from his experiments on her the Alien ability to reproduce is developed (which doesn't make him the creator of the Xenomorph, but does give him a huge role in their advancement). This would explains the eggs in Alien, Aliens, etc without having to retcon anything (and would even make key plot elements of Alien 3 and Resurrection tolerable/logical). David could also use Walter to recreate the OG biomechanical Xenomorph as well, as he discovers that the original creator of man had AI capabilities tens to hundreds of thousands of years ago.
    All this does multiple things: explains why engineers hate humans w/o having to tread along the "Jesus was an engineer" shtick, explains the variations in xeno/proto/neomorphs and various kinds of huggers etc, it sets up a trilogy pre-dating prometheus which can also now include OG biomechanical Xenomorphs, as well as make earth ufology and metaphysical fantasy elements ppl love in movies now canon to the Alien universe, as well as setting up a potential post-Aliens (or even post Alien Resurrection depending on where you want to pick the time line up at) trilogy that's literally engineers vs the creators of man vs colonial marines vs Aliens just fucking shit up on a galactic scale.
    Unfortunately, I think that Ridley Scott may have fucked that all up to shoehorn Covenant directly into pre-dating the original Alien film.
    Lmk what yall think?

  • BigJohnno2
    BigJohnno2 Year ago


  • 00Mindi00
    00Mindi00 Year ago

    Such a disappointing film. Awful storyline (wait, it barely has one), doesn't continue from Prometheus like it should have, none of the scenes had anything scary at all, too much xenomorph, the list goes on. Ridley Scott is to the franchise as George Lucas is now to Star Wars. Time to let Blomkamp steer this sinking ship right!!!

  • darknecropsy
    darknecropsy Year ago

    too bad the movie sucks...

  • Alex Silva
    Alex Silva Year ago

    Loving these behind the scenes. Great to see Adam get all excited over the props and models

  • Jason Tennant
    Jason Tennant Year ago

    As much as I love seeing these behind the scenes videos Tested do, and marvel at the craftsmanship of movie making at this level, I still have zero desire to actually go to a cinema to watch this thing. And I probably won't bother with the home release either.
    I'm almost completely burnt out on these big blockbuster pop culture "event" movies. Same with the next Star Wars installment. I will watch plenty more "making of..." videos no doubt, but I'm happy and content with the originals and I actually couldn't care less about the new releases.

  • Nando Klein
    Nando Klein Year ago

    3 scifi fictionist nerds could have made a better movie....100 times better so far...some scenes of this movie are just unreal....kind of scenes that toy wiht spectators inteligence...Like arrive with simple clothies on another unknow planet...get a sick guy to a quarentene room, and stay there, then close the door, then open the door sealed...a hat cowboy guy crying for the death of his woman in a minute, and in the other lauguing and whistling like a cowboy ridding a bull very happy....Just a trash movie god sake i feel ofended to have watched such a crap movie. Trust. This movie is like my english ....rsrsrsrs LOL

  • That Guy
    That Guy Year ago

    Oh Adam, how I wish I was you.....

  • Dan Hitchman
    Dan Hitchman Year ago

    It's just like Ghost in the Shell... they make a bunch of great practical effects and then they all get replaced by CGI in the final film!!! Gaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

  • ingram98ab
    ingram98ab Year ago

    if aliens ever try to invade earth, we just need an army of animatronic monsters to scare the shit out of those muthaf*ckers, and maybe a lot of fake "propaganda" videos showing unbelivably powerful, yet nonexistent weapons...

  • milestoosaucey
    milestoosaucey Year ago

    hi adam i watched ur entire show mythbusters! i wish u kept it going! :(

  • reggiep75
    reggiep75 Year ago

    A saw a few vaginas on those eggs and aliens, oooh the rudeness of it all!

  • Acheiropoietos
    Acheiropoietos Year ago

    Loving this stuff Adam!

  • Distortzz
    Distortzz Year ago

    Great film

  • Tiger H. Lore
    Tiger H. Lore Year ago +3

    Now if Ridley would only spend that much time and effort on the screenplay...

  • a. banks.
    a. banks. Year ago

    So, Alien life, imitates art through 3D Printing...

  • A M
    A M Year ago

    those boom mic skills...

  • MrTikru
    MrTikru Year ago

    Adam make a fidget spinner / the works largest fidget spinner

  • AllTheMovies parsnip

    Adam should make the suitcase-stamp from antisocial as a oneday build!