Veteran VFX Artist Roger Dicken Passes at 84

Roger Dicken, the British particular results artist, sculptor, and mannequin maker handed away in his North Wales residence on February 18. He was 84.

Identified for his work on the Alien chest burster and the stop-motion movie When Dinosaurs Dominated the Earth, which earned him an Oscar-nomination for Greatest Visible Results, Dicken made his massive break on the consequences crew of 2001: A House Odyssey in 1968.

“I acquired beneath the set with my activated hand-operated alien, and it was this, after all, that ended up showing revoltingly by his physique and pausing momentarily to twitch and breath, and many others., earlier than zipping off the desk,” Dicken recalled in a 1992 interview about his time on Alien.

“Two assistants, holding easy squeeze bubbles fastened to plastic tubes, made the small sacs within the physique pulsate, and many others.,” Dicken added. “The monster’s exit was completed by pulling me alongside below the desk, laying on a trolley with my arm holding the puppet, working it by a slot because it knocked off strategically positioned utensils within the technique of disappearing.”

Born on April 15, 1939 in England, a gathering with VFX veteran Ray Harryhausen impressed Dicken to strive his hand within the leisure enterprise. Beginning his illustrious profession as a mannequin maker on the TV sequence Thunderbirds, Dicken then went freelance to hitch the crew on 2001.

Dicken is survived by his spouse Wendy.


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