Originally Posted by leigh
Yeah but come on, aliens are timeless! You can make a huge, badass mothership, which is fun too, plus you can do some cool FX stuff for its death rays.
And don't only think along the lines of Independence Day (although it's obviously a great reference, heh) but also War of the Worlds. Those walkers with their death rays were truly terrifying.
Yes.. that was my point also... The context for both alien "death weapons" is different.. the ID4 motherships had this "incinerator ray" first that causes an initial fire/fireball to build inside the target, and then there's this "pulse bomb" that rides down the ray and then that's when the big explosion happens.
In "War of the Worlds" the death ray actually only disintegrated organic beings and there was more smoke and dust.
Any "weather machine" FX could involve storm clouds, lightning, a tornado... or even a tornado with twisting lightning!
It's WAY more fun than just a pair of jumbo jets.. come on.
OK.. maybe the guy still really wants to do his jumbo jets.. fine... But it's 2013 man... If your jumbo jets don't do something a little extra
then you ain't trying hard enough.