If you’ve watched enough genre movies and studied enough SFX credits, the names of Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. should be very familiar to you. These are the Stan Winston alumni and SFX masterminds behind the model work and special effects behind films such as THE TERMINATOR, JUMANJI, STARSHIP TROOPERS, DEATH BECOMES HER and the ALIEN franchise. With their effects studio Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., Tom and Alec have shaped and defined an era of fantasy movies and now they’re following in the footsteps of studios such as Weta Workshop by launching their own line of high grade fine art sculpts and figurines in collaboration with 20th Century Fox.
The company, under its abbreviated name of studioADI, was co-founded in 1988 and had been responsible for three decades of iconic characters, becoming the premier efects studio in Hollywood. Now, they unveil seven handcrafted and individually made art pieces, all based from the ALIEN3 and ALIEN: RESURRECTION films:
- Queen Alien Embryo (ALIEN³)
- Newborn Alien Design Maquette Bust (ALIEN: RESURRECTION)
- Newborn Alien Full Body Design Maquette (ALIEN: RESURRECTION)
- Swimming Alien Study Mode (ALIEN: RESURRECTION)
- 1:1 Alien Warrior Half Head (ALIEN: RESURRECTION)
- 1:1 Newborn Alien Head (ALIEN: RESURRECTION)
- 1:3 Scale Queen Alien Head (ALIEN: RESURRECTION)
“This is the collection designed for fans of these entries into the Alien franchise as well as aficionados of the art of creatures and monsters of iconic pedigree,” said Woodruff.“The studioADI collection is our tribute to the films that have been an important part of our legacy as artists. Each piece of art reflects the same detail and passion we poured into the characters when we created the original Alien films,” said Gillis.
“The Newborn” from ALIEN: RESURRECTION was the terrifying mix of human and Alien DNA gone wrong. This Full-Scale Bust is cast from hand-laid translucent polyester resin from ADI’s original production molds and is painted to the same exacting specifications by ADI’s painter who painted the character for the original film. The piece measures 30″ x 20″ x 40″.
“The Queen Alien Embryo” was seen in David Fincher’s ALIEN³ was nestled next to the beating heart of Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver. Cast in translucent urethane and hand painted by the same ADI artists who created the piece for the film in 1991. At 7″ x 9″ this piece of art is perfect for desktop display.
studioADI will celebrate their 30th Anniversary in 2018, and the launch of The studioADI Collection is the first of many exciting announcements Gillis and Woodruff have planned in conjunction with this historic milestone! Always in-demand, they move into their 30th year riding high on the huge success of IT and their creature makeup creation for Pennywise, an instant iconic Movie Monster. Upcoming projects include BRIGHT, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, THE PREDATOR, and GODZILLA: KING OF MONSTERS.