Monday, November 5, 2012

Carlos Rambaldi 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' Designs

Monday, November 5, 2012 - by Maurice Mitchell 1

Carlo Rambaldi was an Italian special effects artist who is most famous for designing the title character of the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and the mechanical head-effects for the creature in Alien (1979). Rambaldi won an Oscar for both designs.

Rambaldi's own painting Donne del Delta (Women of Delta) led him to give the creature an extendable neck. The creature's face was inspired by the faces of a pug dog, poet Carl Sandburg, physicist Albert Einstein and writer Ernest Hemingway.

Rambaldi died August, 12, 2012 and left a legacy of film design.

Wikipedia Synopsis:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (often referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 American science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote. It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed "E.T.", who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the extraterrestrial return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.

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@ Copyright 1982 Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment. All rights reserved

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1 comment:

  1. I remember him winning those awards. (Wow I feel old.) From the front, I always saw amphibian in ET though. 

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