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A Pyramid under Bouvetøya an island near Antarctica is used for combat 'Alien' against 'Predator', every 100 hundred years or so Predators descend to the surface to battle against the xenomorphs. The underground pyramid features in the film Aliens v Predator and in the game mod for Aliens v Predator 2 (game) Under the Hunter's Moon.
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Alien v Predator (film)
A Pyramid beneath the ice near to the Whaling Station which was discovered by a satellite detected a mysterious heat bloom beneath 'Bouvetøya', an island about one thousand miles north of Antarctica. As Weyland gathers a group of guides, scientists and mercenaries for their voyage aboard the Piper Maru, a group of Predators set course for Earth and the Pyramid the lays beneath the surface to battle against the Aliens. On approach as the mercenaries arrive a plasma beam cutter from a Predator's Ship opens a tunnel for access and Scar, Celtic and Chopper descend to Earth in their Drop Pods.
Aliens v Predator 2 (game mod)
In the Aliens v Predator 2 (game mod) of the Whaling Station 'Under the Hunter's Moon', Predator's use drop pods to descend to the surface and just like in the film, go on to battle against the Aliens and Alien Queen in the underground Pyramid.
The Alien v Predator and Whaling Station concept originated in the Dark Horse comics by Mike Richardson.
Concept artists drew concepts of pyramids based around Aztec mythology and where their gods arrived in giant spacecrafts, these ideas were carried over into the film, with the film starting in Cambodia 3000BC, as the story goes Predators arrive on Earth and battle against waves of Aliens, if they lose they activate their wrist communicator's self-destruct killing themselves and the Aliens at the same time. Richard Bridgland production designer on set was tasked with bringing these concepts to life.
Filming started in Prague for the Whaling Station, the set being set in Antarctica because it is considered as a hostile environment as the conditions were also against the exploration group and not just the Aliens and Predators.
Paul Anderson wanted a strong female similiar to Ripley in the Alien films cast in the lead role who would play along side other guides and archeologists and Weyland the financier of the expedition.
With the desire to use real actors in the roles, suits were made by ADI with Predator masks keeping the basic design from the first two Predator films but with added detail. Made in clay then cast in fiberglass and painted in a metallic colour and weathered, the film saw distinct new characters emerge with their unique designs and styles including Elder predators who had more detailed engraving and piercings displaying their age and battle status.
Paul Anderson's spec for the creatures included Predator's wrist blades which were made longer. Under the skin remote controlled mechanical muscles were used giving the facial controls of a Predator's expressions giving them increased range of movement. The lead Alien was built with both hydraulic and animatronics which required six puppeteers for it's control, this was then used in the battle scenes set in the underground pyramid including a battle between Alien and Predator which took a month to film.
Lucian Stephenson who had been in charge of the snow effects used fifteen-twenty tons of artificial snow which was brought in and sprayed on the surfaces of the Whaling Station, this gave it the effect and longevity which would have been difficult to achieve with real snow.
John Burno visual effects supervisor constructed all miniatures on set for the satellite, icebreaker, chopper, pyramid and all the buildings around the Razorback Whaling Station. The Whaling Station which was built full size was also built on a one third scale and in miniature, with the underground Pyramid standing some 20 foot tall. Large portions of the pyramid were constructed on set, these included the sacrificial chamber and multiple corridors that included the entrance and corridors were the exploration team battled against both Aliens and Predators.
MPC VFX supervisor Adam Valdez was tasked with over 140 effects heavy shots that centered on the film's title characters, the alien warriors, predators, and Alien Queen, a predator spacecraft, an army of 16,000 aliens, digital space and ancient pyramid environments, along with invisible effects such as rain, snow and shot-enhancing rubble.
The Pyramid deep underground has existed for many centuries before the Whaling Station was established in the early 20th century.
|Alexa Woods * Mark Verheiden * Graeme Miller * Sebastian De Rosa * Joe Connors * Adele Rousseau * Rustin Quinn * Grid * Chopper * Celtic * Scar * Selene * Mikkel * Stone * Thomas * Boris * Max * Bass * Karl * Ramirez * Klaus * Sven|
|Holo Display * Sledge * Steyr AUG * HK G36 * Bolt Gun * Piper Maru * Pyramid * Whaling Station * Predator's Drop Pod * Predator's Ship|