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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.29.15] scifi horror

Editor/artist Daniel Job Willins made waves in June when he released a film called "Derelict", which mashed Prometheus and Alien into a feature length film. It was quickly pulled by the studio, (though clips of it can still be found online).

Well, not to be deterred, Willins is back with a new project called "Ripley" which combines the much maligned Alien 3 & Alien: Resurrection into a new, B&W feature length experience.

About Ripley:
After the positive reception to Derelict (my Prometheus/Alien mashup), I decided to take a look at the least-loved of the proper Alien series. Ripley is an editing project that blends Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. I used footage from the theatrical & extended editions of both films to focus on the tragedy and eventual triumph of Ellen Ripley through a time-shifting narrative.

Although the two films were only made a few years apart, their tone and visual style are significantly different. On the visual side, I used black & white again to both blend the material and to make a unique viewing experience. To help with tone, sequences with over-the-top action from Alien: Resurrection were either unused or re-edited and many dialogue scenes were refashioned.

I won’t go into all the choices I made, but with a running time of about 2 hours, I was very selective in what scenes were used from both films, as well as how certain sequences were re-edited. There’s roughly 45 minutes of Alien: Resurrection and 1 hour 15 minutes of Alien 3 in Ripley.


Recommended Release: Alien Complete Series

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