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Why we imagine aliens the way we do

* Grey-aliens.jpgWhen you picture an alien, what do you see?

No one really knows what aliens look like, but we all have similar ideas about them. It's often a creature with a big head, long arms and legs, and big, buggy eyes. We see these common images of aliens depicted in movies, books, and on TV shows - which are made by us.

Science fiction stories often explore the relationship between humans and aliens. So we find extraterrestrial creatures endowed with relatable human features. According to Charley Henley, a VFX supervisor who worked on Ridley Scott's Alien series, "A lot of [Scott's] designs are tied in with the human anatomy, and I think that is the common theme. We put a lot of humans into the aliens." In our stories, we naturally anthropomorphize these creatures - so they end up looking, acting, and feeling just like us.

19th March 2018




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