In 1979, the premiere of Alien took the blockbuster film industry to the next level. Alien was a landmark achievement in both science-fiction and horror and stands as one of the greatest films of either genre. Its blend of biological terror, claustrophobic settings, and the fear of the unknown combine to make a truly terrifying and chilling experience. 

Thirty-eight years later, Ridley Scott returns for his third installment of the franchise with Alien: Covenant, which follows a crew on a mission to form a new human colony on the far side of the galaxy. They’re expecting a paradise, but instead find hell.    

In order to maintain the franchise’s iconic sense of personal dread and confinement, Ridley decided to incorporate GoPro footage into the film since it has the right tech style inline with the costumes and overall aesthetic of the movie. GoPro cameras enabled the filmmaker to capture not only the intensity and suspense of these moments, but also the intimacy of the characters.    

The cameras were mounted on the crew backpacks and positioned throughout the main colony ship and its lander unit, giving audiences an Alien perspective they’ve never experienced before. The cameras provided a high definition picture that worked well for POV shots. Production also had a preexisting relationship with GoPro from The Martian and was pleased with the results, so continuing the partnership made sense.    

Additionally, GoPro, 20th Century Fox, and creative agency 3AM, partnered to create a series of original in-world crew messages to extend the narrative of Alien: Covenant. Each video highlights a different crewmember as they record a farewell message for their friends and loved ones back on Earth. However, they all contain haunting blips of the hair-raising terror shot on GoPro’s cameras as a prelude for what’s to come in the film.

Be sure to check out Alien: Covenant in theaters on May 19.