Friday, August 10, 2012

'E.T.' designer Carlo Rambaldi: 1925-2012

Rambaldi and E.T., courtesy AICN,
I first saw this sad news over at Ain't It Cool News, and wanted to share. Carlo Rambaldi was one of those movie magic masters who helped create some of the most celebrated images from my childhood. In addition to his Oscar-winning design work on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Rambaldi helped to design the sandworms in Dune, the aliens from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and helped to create the Alien head.

As AICN aptly puts it, it was Rambaldi's work on E.T. that we'll remember him most fondly for because, "E.T. is squat, ugly, and completely loveable, and that's due to Rambaldi's ability to make him as real as possible, not only to the audience, but even to the actors on set."

-Aaron Sagers