Image of Constant's Alien xenomorph costume: Courtesy of YouTube/Constant EFX
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Toronto, May 13 (Canadian-Media): A Cree artist's how-to video for a realistic recreation of a movie alien had acquired tens of thousands of hits online and even caught the attention of a U.S. late night talk show, media reports said.
Gabriel Constant, 45, a self-taught special effects artist from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, had won many Halloween contests, while still in his 20s, in his home community for costumes he designed similar to the alien in the Predator movie series, and full replicas of outfits worn by the rock band Kiss, CBCNews reports said.
He had posted, two years back, step-by-step instructions for using household materials to build a costume of a xenomorph, the deadly creature in the Alien movie franchise, on his YouTube channel, where it was viewed more than 65,000 times.
Then suddenly, he received an email from James Corden, a producer from The Late Late Show to promote the release of Alien: Covenant.
Although, the producer ultimately went with another costume for the segment, but Constant had been thrilled.
"Just getting a phone call and emails from them is a very big compliment."
His love of handmade costumes, replicas and special effects arrived due to necessity.
"We were poor," he laughs. "So I started making my own toys and stuff I would see on TV."
Soon he became an independent video and film producer, and started producing work for the National Screen Institute and even a project with Buffy St. Marie, but his creativity, he said, was refuelled after he had received invitation from Late Late Show producer.
"I'm going to start working on my next costume … and now I'm starting to look at going to comic-cons."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)