Film editor, Vashi Nedomansky, has written an intriguing article that compares the storyboards for John Carpenter’s THE THING ( illustrated by horror comics legend, Mike Ploog) with the finished film.
” The visuals of both the desolate Antarctic and the ever-morphing alien creatures in THE THING were envisioned long before the movie was shot….this is nothing new…but the similarity between the storyboards and the final imagery shot by legendary DP Dean Cundey is staggering. Storyboards are often only a guide, but in this film they were so specifically rendered that they became gospel. The detail and artistry of Ploog’s work up front, allowed the crew to have clear and defined goals on those frigid shooting days in both Alaska and Canada.”
Read more of Nedomansky’s article here.