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Dennis Ayling was the Lighting Cameraman on the Model Unit (his name was misspelled as 'Denys' in the credits), he came to us from the commercials side of the industry and told great stories from this sector. He had a very organized way of working, constantly referred to his notebooks where he would record the various lighting setups for a given shot.
Deny Ayling smoking in the universe
Deny's son Tim Ayling found a can of rushes from the days of 'Alien' and Technicolor, Pinewood kindly transferred the film for us. It shows two takes of the Nostromo flying over the alien planet although it wasn't used in the film.
Dennis Ayling was in the RAF photographic unit during WW2 (he fought in Burma for part of the war - he even took pics of the Japanese surrender) - here is a great one of him with a wind-up Eyemo cine camera in the jungle.
Denny Ayling with Eyemo camera in Burmese jungle
Deny Ayling filming in the Burmese jungle during WW2
Deny lighting a commercial while working at Pearl & Dean advertising in the 60's, he worked with Derek Vanlint during this period of time too. Their photographic styles matched well when Deny lit the models at Bray Studio while Derek was at Shepperton on the main unit.
Deny lighting when working at Pearl & Dean advertising
With cigarette permanently glued to his lower lip he soldiered on to the end.
Deny lighting landing leg
His painstaking work would pay off with shots like this production still that Ridley Scott signed.
Ridley Scott signed photo
Deny filled up 5 notebooks during his time on 'Alien' detailing the various positions of lights on a given setup. His son, Tim Ayling gave me permission to scan through them, they are particularly intriguing because he also noted the days that the effects shots were filmed on.
Deny Ayling's lighting notebooks that he used for filming the models on Alien
example of lighting notebookexample 2 of lighting notebook
Deny lighting the grabber arm on the Refinery. Something wrong in this photo....where is that cigarette?
Deny lighting the grabber arm on the Refinery
Denys took this photo before Nick Allder installed the servo motors to control the track, jib, pan and tilt movements
Yellow Nostromo before motors installed

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