Fan Creatives: Alien Theory, YouTuber – Episode 6 – Yutani Podcast

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Here’s another instalment of the Fan Creatives series where Alien Theory, also known as Derek answers a few questions about his contribution to the Alien fandom and what he likes about the films. He’s opted to do both Podcast and written interview.

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Clara Fei-Fei: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really like your videos. They are so informative and fun to watch. Could you tell me what drove you to create your youtube channel?

Alien Theory/Derek: There was a period where I became obsessed with theory and explanation videos about Star Wars. There are so many talented YouTubers out there that cover the Star Wars universe and I’ve enjoyed their content immensely, though I started to wish I could see those types of videos, but covering the Alien universe. When I couldn’t find any, I decided to make a channel devoted to Alien myself. I wanted to explore certain things I’ve always debated about the films and I wanted to cover as much of the extended universe from the comics and novels as I could.

CF: How much work goes into making a video? How do you choose topics to report on?

AT: A lot of work goes into the videos from all different stages. I don’t know exactly why and when I’ll choose a certain topic but once I get excited about something I’ll begin plans for it, and I try my best to make sure there is a certain context already established within the videos on the channel. I keep a list of topics that I add to regularly but will only start writing a video once I figure out the best way to do it. I like including visuals that look like computerized security footage – or something like that – and those take a while to edit. Including stuff like that is important to me because it gives the videos a cool, Nostromo-esque feel. I trip on my words and mess up on recording the audio a lot so usually, I have to chip away at a 40-minute audio file removing botched sentences and frustrated expletives for a video that may end up being 8 minutes long. Each video can be very time-consuming to create but usually, I’m really happy with what comes out of it all.

CF: What do you like about the fandom? What do you dislike and wish would change?

AT: The Alien fandom is the most diverse of any fan-base of any franchise. Certain fans will feel very passionately one way or another regarding specific films in the series. That’s something I really love because it’s a reflection of the series itself: each film has a different genre and mood and resonates differently with fans. This leads to different ideas of what a proper Alien film should be and leads to very strong stances on the entries that don’t meet a fan’s expectations. People have had strong stances on the quality of Alien Covenant, and that is ultimately a good thing and can help shape the franchise to something everyone will enjoy, but I dislike the pure negativity that comes out of it. And I mean the really, really hateful stuff. It’s been a strange experience to me because on videos I’ve made about Covenant, I’ll receive some very nasty comments, and while they’re not directed at me personally, it’s very disheartening to be the middle-man between a fan’s hatred of a movie and the movie itself.

CF: Which of the movies or comics are your favourite?

AT: It is too hard for me to choose between Alien and Aliens as my favourites from the movies. Both are excellent in their own ways and they are landmark cinematic achievements. Don’t make me choose! Of the comics, I would have to choose Aliens: Labyrinth as my favourite. I have always been curious as to what would happen if scientists had the opportunity to study Xenomorph specimens, and the story of Labyrinth delivered on that prospect beyond all expectations.

CF: Which variation of the xenomorph is your fave?

AT: The “runner” alien from Alien 3 has always been a favourite. There’s something about seeing a xenomorph crawling on all fours like a dog (or ox) that makes it look even creepier.

CF: Which character is your fave?

AT: Ripley, without a doubt. A strong-willed, sensible, determined, and very human – very vulnerable – character. The weight of the entire universe is on her shoulders throughout the original four Alien films and she is fated to fall into these circumstances where she’s responsible for saving the world. She doesn’t march into it without hesitation, but she doesn’t cower from it either. She does what she does in each case because it’s the right thing to do. Ripley has a strong moral fibre and I think that’s very endearing.

CF: Which has been your favourite Alien Theory video to make/work on?

AT: Every time I upload a video on Youtube, it never fails that someone, somewhere, will write “first” in the comments within 30 seconds of it being posted. Obviously, this isn’t something unique to my channel and right at this very moment, there are an untold amount of people writing “first” in the comments of videos being freshly uploaded all over the world. I can’t explain such a phenomenon. But a few months back I did a video on the Weyland-Yutani corporate timeline, and the second I uploaded it, I jumped to the comments section of the video and typed “first.” I have never done that before or since, so I guess I was proud enough of the video to do that.

CF: Which is the most popular?

AT: The most popular video I’ve done is a video called “Alien Vs Predator: A Brief History of the Species’ Conflict,” which was one of the more context-setting videos that I aimed to do. It covered the original AVP comics as well the 2004 film. It’s gotten over a million views so I guess there are many out there who are curious as to why these two creatures fight. I never in my wildest dreams expected any of my videos to get that many views so I’m still in disbelief about that.

CF: What sort of things do you want to work on in future?

AT: I want to keep making videos for the Alien Theory Youtube channel as much as possible but I think other projects would be fun. I have a lot of ideas that I’ve been kicking around that I think could be fun. I’ve always wanted to create a podcast but for now, I have no immediate plans for one.

It was really cool getting to know the inner workings of your channel, keep up the great work! You can catch Derek on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and support him on Patreon.

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  1. Lady Anne ^^ö^^(Jessica M. Kandal, PhD) – An Island Off The Northwest Coast Of Washington State – Goodness don't we all hate this little box! The "Let's Brag About Me" Box - Yea! Go Me, I Rule - NOT!! Whatever.... •Anyway, I try to live by the motto: "I love knowing that the space between my ears is immeasurable!" And have endeavored to fill that space with all things knowledge - Science, History, Math, Quantum Physics, Astronomy, Archeology, Anthropology, I'm sure you get the picture by now - along with anything Alien (as in Xenomorphs), Bat (as in ^^ö^^) Research, Kevin Smith, Eddie Izzard, Comics, Art, Music, Star Wars, Reading, Missing Sock Investigation to name but a very few. •What I'm up to now, aside from the aforementioned blather? Right now I'm focused on my 2nd PhD, I'm am in the middle of writing my dissertation tfor it at the moment. Working on updating #VagUp! - Supporting And Empowering Victims Of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault/Abuse, & Rape - Please be sure to drop by and visit us today at: www.vag-up.org PLEASE excuse the mess as we update! Our first order of business is tackling the issues of Domestic Violence and Rape, including getting the REAL word out about what "HOOK UP CULTURE" REALLY MEANS! Please watch our new short video about it posted on the url above! It's only 1min so you may have to pause it to read everything! Lolol Sorry about that! But it is indeed a vitally important information! I've also been writing the drivel I pass for poetry, observational commentary, along with another "stuff" at Lady Anne's Scribbles which if interested you can visit at: http://www.LadyAnnesScribbles.blog *⚠️TRIGGER/PTSD WARNING!!!⚠️ MANY OF MY POEMS DEAL WITH MY OWN VIOLENT PAST!! Please use caution when reading any items, which is most, that have a warning ⚠️ on them if you're not ready to read things of this nature yet! You can also get help at my non-profit organization 24/7/365! at: http://www.vag-up.org I also mentor grad students & run online Classroom on WordPress (which at moment is pretty much on hold as I'm working on dissertation - so we are on a bit of break but will still be posting just slowly, my sincerest apologies! - Lady Anne's Classroom - where all knowledge seekers are welcome url is below: http://www.wordpress.com/LadyAnneBoleyn/LadyAnnesClassroom I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida in 1959, where I graduated 2 years early, went to college & graduate school, & I received a PhD in Geomorphology specializing in Volcanology in 1998. I also have 3 additional Master Degrees, 3 undergraduate degrees, & in the dissertation phase of a 2nd PhD dealing with the scientific research studies into Psychopathy, which I expect to be finished with shortly. I'm also Retired Disabled US Navy Veteran where I worked on F-14's, mainly in VF-213 The Blacklions and just prior to retirement I spent my last two years working with JAG. Current & past projects include doing some work for the USGS monitoring the activities of the volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest, volunteer doing local Spring & Autumn whale pod counts for our region in Puget Sound, do volunteer work with The Wilderness Society & National Audubon Society, helped with the original Yellowstone Wolf Project with the successful reintroduction of wolf packs back into Yellowstone National Park while doing research on my 1st dissertation in Geomorphology/Volcanology, was part of the first team of scientists asked to do an extensive research project on the effects of Climate Change by/& reported back to congressional committee about our findings, which were quickly ignored I might add, as well as volunteering to work with Bat Conservation International (batcon.org), helping with bat research, helped write grants & the organization of conventions for The Indigenous Environmental Network I worked my way through college and graduate school doing lighting & rigging, then lighting design & stage management for both concerts tours & local crew work at venues for concerts back when people actually ran the lights instead of computers & going to a concert was an entirely different experience - a really great experience where people went to really enjoy hearing live music. I also did lighting design & stage management for plays, musicals, opera, & ballet productions. I still enjoy lighting design immensely & occasionally I'm asked to help with local productions at local colleges & our local playhouse. I'm happily married to my Sweet Prince, who's also retired from the US Navy, listen to tons of music, indulge in the magical green wonder, read about 5 books a week. Recently I lost my beloved service dog, Molly, of 16 & ½ years. We live on an island off the northwest coast of Washington state. Stay tuned for more coming soon! Oh! And before I forget to answer 2 of my "adoring" fans: 1. To *I'mAnAssClown* - not real moniker - No I don't "muff dive" as you so uneloquently put it - seriously dude please come up with some original material - YES! I'M A VERY PROUD MEMBER OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY & HAVE LOTS OF PRIDE! Currently I'm married & I love my husband so very much & am as devoted to him as he is to me. In the past I've been with both men & had long term relationships with a couple very special women as well! I'm just not a close-minded, homophobic, narcissistic, mysigoinistic, abusive, asshats like yourself! As for your generous offer of lending me, as you put it, "your huge throbbing cock to shove in my mouth to shut me up", I'd love to! And from what I've been told I give exceptionally mindblowingly, fantastic head giving those men lucky enough to experience one, "best orgasm they've EVER had, even to this day - so apparently I'm fantastic in that area - meaning blowjobs which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE to do and every one of you silly little boys who've claimed they can't come that way - "Told you I'd have you coming in under 1 mins and did! Moo-ha-ha-ha! HOWEVER as I'm married, to a real man, I'll have to pass - but thanks for your offer! I'm very sure you would have enjoyed it! Unfortunately I've absolutely NO DESIRE to blow you, you fucking worthless troglodyte! And then there's: 2. To *StalkerOfABandFreakyFan1020* - Also not real moniker - Yes, No, Han shot first, No, Maybe but only if you do it and I get a full sized xenomorph replica, thank you - seriously thank you that does mean a lot but remember you can accomplish that too - umm, no and why would you EVER lower your standards like that for a "man-creature" such as he, and my IQ? It's 176 according to the Princeton University test they gave me in the early 1970's. •In closing - geez I know finally right? - Bottom line, don't let society fill your head with all the laboriously ignorant crap that's spewed from the mouths of self-indulgent, spoiled, prevaricating troglodytes! Open your eyes & minds, take on life on YOUR terms, & think/speak for YOURSELVES! •Hopefully that answers all your questions! Peace, Harmony, Happiness, Love, & The Pursuit Of All Things KNOWLEDGE! WOW! That's a whole load of SHAMEFUL self-promotion isn't it! lololol Aren't you happy you just sat there and read this! - Lady Anne(Jessica M. Kandal, PhD) #VagUp! #Black_Lives_Matter #StopVictimBlaming #StopRape #StopHookUpCulture #StopRapeCulture #EndDomesticViolenceNow #NoMeansNo #StopMeansStop #SistersUnite #Feminism #WomensRights #LGBTQPRIDE #WeAreAllOneRaceHuman! #Geomorphology #Volcanologist #GIFR
    Lady Anne Boleyn says:

    Yet again a HUGE Thank You! I’m a Patreon supporter of Alien Theory and absolutely LOVED this wonderful podcast as I do all of your posts! So wonderful and always a great treat! Thank you so very much! Lady Anne ^^ö^^

    1. It’s really nice getting out there and meeting others who love Alien too, there’s just so many! I’m glad you enjoyed it 😁

  2. Lady Anne ^^ö^^(Jessica M. Kandal, PhD) – An Island Off The Northwest Coast Of Washington State – Goodness don't we all hate this little box! The "Let's Brag About Me" Box - Yea! Go Me, I Rule - NOT!! Whatever.... •Anyway, I try to live by the motto: "I love knowing that the space between my ears is immeasurable!" And have endeavored to fill that space with all things knowledge - Science, History, Math, Quantum Physics, Astronomy, Archeology, Anthropology, I'm sure you get the picture by now - along with anything Alien (as in Xenomorphs), Bat (as in ^^ö^^) Research, Kevin Smith, Eddie Izzard, Comics, Art, Music, Star Wars, Reading, Missing Sock Investigation to name but a very few. •What I'm up to now, aside from the aforementioned blather? Right now I'm focused on my 2nd PhD, I'm am in the middle of writing my dissertation tfor it at the moment. Working on updating #VagUp! - Supporting And Empowering Victims Of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault/Abuse, & Rape - Please be sure to drop by and visit us today at: www.vag-up.org PLEASE excuse the mess as we update! Our first order of business is tackling the issues of Domestic Violence and Rape, including getting the REAL word out about what "HOOK UP CULTURE" REALLY MEANS! Please watch our new short video about it posted on the url above! It's only 1min so you may have to pause it to read everything! Lolol Sorry about that! But it is indeed a vitally important information! I've also been writing the drivel I pass for poetry, observational commentary, along with another "stuff" at Lady Anne's Scribbles which if interested you can visit at: http://www.LadyAnnesScribbles.blog *⚠️TRIGGER/PTSD WARNING!!!⚠️ MANY OF MY POEMS DEAL WITH MY OWN VIOLENT PAST!! Please use caution when reading any items, which is most, that have a warning ⚠️ on them if you're not ready to read things of this nature yet! You can also get help at my non-profit organization 24/7/365! at: http://www.vag-up.org I also mentor grad students & run online Classroom on WordPress (which at moment is pretty much on hold as I'm working on dissertation - so we are on a bit of break but will still be posting just slowly, my sincerest apologies! - Lady Anne's Classroom - where all knowledge seekers are welcome url is below: http://www.wordpress.com/LadyAnneBoleyn/LadyAnnesClassroom I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida in 1959, where I graduated 2 years early, went to college & graduate school, & I received a PhD in Geomorphology specializing in Volcanology in 1998. I also have 3 additional Master Degrees, 3 undergraduate degrees, & in the dissertation phase of a 2nd PhD dealing with the scientific research studies into Psychopathy, which I expect to be finished with shortly. I'm also Retired Disabled US Navy Veteran where I worked on F-14's, mainly in VF-213 The Blacklions and just prior to retirement I spent my last two years working with JAG. Current & past projects include doing some work for the USGS monitoring the activities of the volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest, volunteer doing local Spring & Autumn whale pod counts for our region in Puget Sound, do volunteer work with The Wilderness Society & National Audubon Society, helped with the original Yellowstone Wolf Project with the successful reintroduction of wolf packs back into Yellowstone National Park while doing research on my 1st dissertation in Geomorphology/Volcanology, was part of the first team of scientists asked to do an extensive research project on the effects of Climate Change by/& reported back to congressional committee about our findings, which were quickly ignored I might add, as well as volunteering to work with Bat Conservation International (batcon.org), helping with bat research, helped write grants & the organization of conventions for The Indigenous Environmental Network I worked my way through college and graduate school doing lighting & rigging, then lighting design & stage management for both concerts tours & local crew work at venues for concerts back when people actually ran the lights instead of computers & going to a concert was an entirely different experience - a really great experience where people went to really enjoy hearing live music. I also did lighting design & stage management for plays, musicals, opera, & ballet productions. I still enjoy lighting design immensely & occasionally I'm asked to help with local productions at local colleges & our local playhouse. I'm happily married to my Sweet Prince, who's also retired from the US Navy, listen to tons of music, indulge in the magical green wonder, read about 5 books a week. Recently I lost my beloved service dog, Molly, of 16 & ½ years. We live on an island off the northwest coast of Washington state. Stay tuned for more coming soon! Oh! And before I forget to answer 2 of my "adoring" fans: 1. To *I'mAnAssClown* - not real moniker - No I don't "muff dive" as you so uneloquently put it - seriously dude please come up with some original material - YES! I'M A VERY PROUD MEMBER OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY & HAVE LOTS OF PRIDE! Currently I'm married & I love my husband so very much & am as devoted to him as he is to me. In the past I've been with both men & had long term relationships with a couple very special women as well! I'm just not a close-minded, homophobic, narcissistic, mysigoinistic, abusive, asshats like yourself! As for your generous offer of lending me, as you put it, "your huge throbbing cock to shove in my mouth to shut me up", I'd love to! And from what I've been told I give exceptionally mindblowingly, fantastic head giving those men lucky enough to experience one, "best orgasm they've EVER had, even to this day - so apparently I'm fantastic in that area - meaning blowjobs which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE to do and every one of you silly little boys who've claimed they can't come that way - "Told you I'd have you coming in under 1 mins and did! Moo-ha-ha-ha! HOWEVER as I'm married, to a real man, I'll have to pass - but thanks for your offer! I'm very sure you would have enjoyed it! Unfortunately I've absolutely NO DESIRE to blow you, you fucking worthless troglodyte! And then there's: 2. To *StalkerOfABandFreakyFan1020* - Also not real moniker - Yes, No, Han shot first, No, Maybe but only if you do it and I get a full sized xenomorph replica, thank you - seriously thank you that does mean a lot but remember you can accomplish that too - umm, no and why would you EVER lower your standards like that for a "man-creature" such as he, and my IQ? It's 176 according to the Princeton University test they gave me in the early 1970's. •In closing - geez I know finally right? - Bottom line, don't let society fill your head with all the laboriously ignorant crap that's spewed from the mouths of self-indulgent, spoiled, prevaricating troglodytes! Open your eyes & minds, take on life on YOUR terms, & think/speak for YOURSELVES! •Hopefully that answers all your questions! Peace, Harmony, Happiness, Love, & The Pursuit Of All Things KNOWLEDGE! WOW! That's a whole load of SHAMEFUL self-promotion isn't it! lololol Aren't you happy you just sat there and read this! - Lady Anne(Jessica M. Kandal, PhD) #VagUp! #Black_Lives_Matter #StopVictimBlaming #StopRape #StopHookUpCulture #StopRapeCulture #EndDomesticViolenceNow #NoMeansNo #StopMeansStop #SistersUnite #Feminism #WomensRights #LGBTQPRIDE #WeAreAllOneRaceHuman! #Geomorphology #Volcanologist #GIFR
    Lady Anne Boleyn says:

    Reblogged this on Lady Anne's Scribbles – Random Scribbles, Original Poetry, and Commentary and commented:
    AWESOME, AWESOME podcast with Alien Theory & of course MU/TH/UR(PLEASE – Be sure to drop by & visit Alien Theory’s Patreon to help support his awesome YouTube channel(& all his other amazing social media) filled to the brim with pure Xenomorph Video AWESOMENESS!
    🥚And like before lololol, blah, blah, blah, of blogs & YouTube channels out here to choose from like Yutani.blog, Alien Theory & Mr.H Reviews(3 of the best IMOHO of Xenomorph/Ripley online universe!). Enjoy this great guest podcast! While it might not seem to connect to my usual ramblings, I often find myself asking “Now how would Ripley deal with this?!” & sometimes letting my inner Xenomorph out! Moo-ha-ha-ha!
    🍳Now if I could just figure out how to get these giant eggs🥚🥚🥚delivered to all those “special people” on this one list I’ve got…..

    Enjoy! Tis Lady Anne ^^ö^^ – last survivor, along with BabyBat’s cousin – 🦇 “JonesyTheBat”, of the horror that was the AVP movies(O-M-G PLEASE NO MORE!lolol)signing off for now – End Trans…

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