Close Encounters of the Third Kind – The alien Mother Ship is being exhibited in Chantilly

This is the model of the Mother Ship used in the filming of the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, Columbia Pictures, 1977. The spaceship was conceived by Steven Spielberg.

It was made by a team headed by Gregory Jein, using model train parts and other kits. When filmed with special photographic and lighting effects, the model appears to be a huge, hovering craft. Rotating, colored lights underneath the ship added to its effects.

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The mother ship was designed by Ralph McQuarrie and built by Greg Jein. The look of the ship was inspired by an oil refinery Spielberg saw at night in India / Image source

The American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object.

 

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