What do you get when you put a creative Emersonian filmmaker with an ASMR-themed video and the 40th anniversary of the movie Alien? A great sendup of one of pop culture’s most revered sci-fi movies.
Director/producer/writer/editor Luke Palmer ’13 said creating the homage to Alien was not his original goal.
“The 40th anniversary was sort of a weird coincidence. I was trying to think of a way to follow up the Bank Robbery short,” said Palmer of another ASMR video on his YouTube channel Rhino Stew. “It had to be a way that played with cinematic conventions and the ASMR video tropes and the ending gag of the video popped in my head.”
For y’all not in the know, ASMR is short for autonomous sensory meridian response, which creates a tingling sensation going down your spine. Some people find ASMR videos to be relaxing, and obviously, Palmer’s video ironically opposes that notion.
“I built the rest of it as a way to lead up to that gag, but then when I found out 2020 was the 40th anniversary, it was a sign from God that we had to get the darn thing made,” said Palmer. “Also since there are so many pre-made assets for Alien, it would allow us to create this elaborate sci-fi world on a much smaller budget.”
Along with Palmer, fellow Emersonians worked on the project including Matthew Tompkins ’15, Eric Ibarra ’14, Keri Palmetto ’12, Patrick Lynch ’16, Josh Levy ’14 and Sean Hokanson ’14.