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Prometheus video explains opening Engineer sequence

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, June 17, 2012

Warning: the video below explains how WETA Digital created the CG FX seen in the opening moments of Prometheus. If you haven't seen the movie yet and are avoiding spoilers, turn back now!

Ridley Scott's Prometheus is proving to be one of those films where you either like it or hate it. Regardless of how you may feel about the final result, the effects in the sci-fi spectacular are all top notch. One of the most impressive sequences comes at the start of the film and shows us a member of the Engineer race sacrificing his own life to "seed" a planet (possibly Earth) with his DNA.

In the film we witness as the Engineer ingests a vial of black liquid. Shortly afterward, the Engineer's body begins to rapidly break down at the genetic level until his remains tumble into the water and are washed away.

As the video below shows, WETA Digital didn't just need to create everything in a computer to realize this scene. The parts showing the Engineer's DNA double helix were created in real life and then oil was sprayed over top to achieve part of the visual look.

 

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Jaro
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Posted: 9 years 47 weeks ago

Unfortunately I was one of those fans that walked out of the theater a bit too far over on the disappointed side of the spectrum. So much so... I now call it Promethe'mess'. However, I must agree that visually it was a cinematic masterpiece and the special effects were beautifully crafted. Regarding the opening planet seeding scene...this was the first of many scenes that puzzled me beyond belief. And I am one of the few fans that loves and gets The Matrix Trilogy and all of its intricacies. I am also one of the people that was able to keep up with Nolan's 'Inception' on the first run through. So IMHO I don't think it's my fault that I walked out not understanding the many ridiculous, nonesensical unanswered questions and plot holes in Promethemess. Anyway...I don't get why it was neceasary for the Aliengineer to ingest the DNA goo and subsequently sacrifice himself in order to combine it with his DNA and then diseminate the mixture into the primordial eco-system to seed life. I would suppose that a race as advanced as the Aliengineers...playing God such as they are...would be able to come up with some sort of effective DNA splicing/combining mechanism and distribution system that doesn't require the loss of one of their lives in the process. The only theory I can come up with is some sort of Biblical metaphore...like God literally creating life from his own essence. And I have read on several blog sites that this movie does have quite a few very subtle Biblical references and undertones...so this may be the case. I just don,t get it. IMHO. ;)

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Posted: 9 years 46 weeks ago

Jaro, we were just as confused with the opening, it became obvious he WASNT killing himself that he was intentionally standing next to the waterfall... but why injest it?

thats number one question.

Number two: the human that get's left behind in the temple during the storm that sees the white serpent rising from the black oil... uh, anybody who's ever seen a COBRA will know this will end badly if you PET IT and try to make nice with it... repeatedly saying "nice doggy" to a white thing that looks like a cross between a rose and an eel-cobra thing wont work... was this man stupid? Apparantly... He got bit and broke his arm and things got progressively worse as time went on.

Number three: David

jesus...are ANY androids to be trusted AT ALL EVER? By the way, why was he coloring his roots of his hair in the beginning of the movie when everybody else was in hybernation?????

Number four: Why did the Engineer get pissed and rip his head off when he was awoken? boy they are cranky in the morning.

yes Promethemess... i love it... I still liked the movie and will more than likely buy it once it hits DVD to go with the Alien trilogy... but really? "HUH?"

I also do not need these questions answered with sequel after sequel. Shit people just deliver a good movie and let the audience ask the questions instead of loading your movie down with intentionally unanswered questions left open for a sequel.