When a prequel to 1982’s The Thing was released in 2011, one change was glaringly obvious – the heavy use of CGI over practical effects. But it wasn’t supposed to be this way; at least, that’s not how StudioADI, who were responsible for the design of the creatures, intended it.
Yet that’s just the way that things go in the film industry, and sometimes the end product is way different than what was originally planned. Thankfully, StudioADI has always been very generous in showing fans all of the work that goes on behind the scenes, and once again, they have delivered.
The team, headed by masterminds Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., did an excellent job at creating some truly grotesque and horrifying creatures. Tons of practical effects were in fact used during the making of the film, but much to the dismay of many viewers, were “enhanced” by CGI in post-production.
And it really just doesn’t look as good as it could have.
You can see for yourself how the monsters in The Thing were supposed to look in a 28-minute video posted by the effects group. It’s pretty mind blowing as the creatures go from outlines and ink-blobs to more fleshed out sketches, slowly but surely, until they are morphed into physical mock ups and more. It’s essential viewing for fans of the original who were left wanting more after the disappointment of the 2011 version.
Watch the video below and be sure to subscribe to the FX team’s YouTube channel, as they are constantly working on new and exciting things.
Want to see more of their behind-the-scenes work on the film? No problem. There’s actually an entire playlist that they’ve gathered to satiate all of your gory arctic hunger. Follow the link here and get ready for some truly amazing work by some masters of practical effects.