are best designed with a combination
of both creative and technical imagination. New materials
and techniques are constantly being developed and incorporated
alongside traditional creature effects:
rubber skins with newly developed capabilities for extended
elasticity and translucence that bounce and wiggle as if alive.
pigments that can cause colors and skin patterns to shift,
glow and/or pulse when activated.
strips that can be cut in shapes and imbedded in translucent
plastic 'bag' tentacles, shapes and nodules that can inflate,
deflate, writhe and move in strange ways.
and orifices mechanically dilating and shifting in wild patterns.
eyes glowing with light bulbs and parabolic mirrors
cast into them, capable of extending way out off of the head
on pneumatic stalks while still blinking and looking around.
best aliens are those that arouse a sense of wonder in the
unknown possibilities of otherworldly biologies and personalities.