The Audi and the Alien

The Moonrover Audi Lunar Quattro celebrates its film debut in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi blockbuster “Alien: Covenant” this week, ahead of its impending mission to the Moon next year.

The Audi lunar Quattro has been developed in cooperation with Berlin-based start-up Part-Time Scientists. Over the past two years, the automobile manufacturer has worked with a team led by Robert Böhme – founder and CEO of Part-Time Scientists – in developing the rover, by supplying all-wheel drive technology, expertise in lightweight construction, experience in developing vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrid motors (e-tron), and with design optimization.

Director Ridley Scott has integrated the Audi lunar quattro into “Alien: Covenant,“ the latest instalment of his ground-breaking “Alien” franchise. In its film debut, the rover is an integral part of the Covenant mission; deployed to help navigate and assess the challenging, unknown terrain of a new planet.

Incorporating the Audi lunar quattro into the film is part of a collaboration between Twentieth Century Fox and Audi – allowing filmmakers to incorporate authentic, leading-edge technology into their futuristic worlds. As part of the collaboration, a short film was also created by Twentieth Century Fox, 3AM and Audi. Captured on one of the movie’s biggest sets, it depicts the rover patrolling the Terraforming Bay when it detects an unidentified lifeform and goes to investigate what lurks in the dark. 

Watch “Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro” here: http://youtu.be/5fEmCnSt gac

Check out the Audi Rover in some new footage from ‘Alien: Covenant’ via the link below:


 Additional information:

The Audi lunar quattro is 85% aluminium
The majority of its components have been produced using a 3D printing method at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt

High-strength lightweight construction has resulted in developers reducing the weight of the exploration vehicle by 23% to just 30kgs

A 60-degree pivoting 100W solar panel supplies the rover with energy and powers its efficient e-tron motor

For more on the story of the Audi lunar quattro’s origins visit http://www.audi.com/mission

Jonathan McEvoy 

Order of the Ram (2013)

This short movie written and directed by Scott Lyus starts off quite innocent enough. We see Mary (May Kaspar) a college student going about her day as normal. However others seem to have taken an interest in Mary that she is not aware about. Whilst out photographing the wildlife, Mary is attacked and wakes up bound and in the presence of a cult. The cult, led by Mother (Danni Scott-White) are convinced that Mary is the chosen one that has the blood capable of bringing forth the Prince of Darkness, or Satan to you and me. To say any more would spoil it.

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Whenever someone asks me if I’d like the good news or the bad news first, I always opt for the bad. So let’s get the bad out of the way first here. The worst thing about this short is the actress who plays Mother, pictured above. The fact that the exposition must be delivered by her, and that the majority of the dialogue must be delivered by her is what cripples this short film. My advice to Danni Scott-White would be to seek another profession, if indeed acting is a full time thing. Her script delivery is toe curlingly bad. So much so that I was close to ending the film there and then. I didn’t find her character convincing or menacing. She almost kills the film dead in it’s tracks. The other bad thing, and it’s a small thing really, is the gore. I understand it’s a short and the budget is small, but surely the budget can stretch to some fake blood or corn syrup, and not what appears to be Tabasco sauce poured down someone’s neck?

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Now for the good. Firstly the cinematography by Sharad Patel is very good indeed. The camera work is just fabulous and captures the scenery very well. The script and direction by Scott Lyus is fabulous too. The film itself has a real ‘Wicker Man’ vibe about it. I do hope that this short leads to a feature film. However I would definitely consider recasting one or two people if it is made into a feature. Scott Lyus shows promise in his direction and I for one am eager to see what he has up his sleeve next.

3/5

JM