McG talks Terminator Salvation's effects

“We want to achieve something new”

Terminator Salvation has now finished shooting and director McG has updated the official site with word on the film’s push to include never-before-seen effects.

McG, who won over a lot of sceptics at this year’s Comic Con, has been reporting in his blog on each stage of the film, aiming to convince fans that the Terminator legacy is in the right hands.

“It feels like the responsibility of any Terminator film to reinvent the wheel of effects with every outing. The first movie was a stunning achievement in animatronics and practical effects from Stan Winston…
We set out to create a world that honoured the Terminator mythology but was its own new beginning.”

Realistic robots

“Charlie Gibson is aware of his responsibility as the VFX supervisor and second unit director of this film. He works with ILM and Asylum every day and makes revisions to the finest detail. We want the patina of the machines to be dirty and heavy and perfectly realistic - that's why we built so much practically with Stan.

“Charlie wants his mind blown. There's one sequence in particular where we're trying to achieve something that's never been done before. I don't want to talk about it because we haven't been successful yet...”

Sounds like there’s some fun stuff on the way. Let’s hope the final film lives up to McG’s hype machine.


    • sleepwalker

      Oct 23rd 2008, 9:10

      Ive got a baaaaad feeling about this. What was Bale thinking.

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    • BenCh

      Oct 23rd 2008, 10:53

      *What was Bale thinking.* dollar bills

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    • sowasred2012

      Oct 23rd 2008, 14:35

      Dollar bills? Yeah, cos Bale is known for doing that, I mean, The Machinist, Harsh Times, American Psycho and Rescue Dawn were *all* raking in the big bucks. And stepping into the role of Batman after George Clooney buried it and no-one cared about the character? Well that must've seemed like a sure thing, just money in the bank, right? Seriously though, I don't think Bale would take something like this on if he didn't think there was something interesting or worthy for him to do in it. His involvement continues to be this films strongest defense against naysayers, and the frankness of McG on the blog and in interviews regarding the film only seem to help. I wish them all well, especially after The Sarah Connor Chronicles has taught me that Cameron and Schwarzenegger don't need to be involved for someone to be able to tell a damn good Terminator story.

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    • Casper vile

      Oct 24th 2008, 10:53

      In my book bale can do no wrong. Terminator 3 should never have been made though. hope this one can save the respect that Terminator deserves

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