‘Terminator Salvation’, the fourth in the Terminator film series, is being touted as a science fiction post-aolcalypitc war film, and is the creation of American director McG.
‘The Terminator’, released in 1984 and directed by James Cameron, was followed by two film sequels and a TV series: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Now with talk of two further instalments in the pipeline and Christian Bale signing up for a total of three Terminator films; things look promising for a second Terminator trilogy.
‘Terminator Salvation’ is set in post-apocalypic 2018, where John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marucs Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past.
As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Visual Effects for the movie were undertaken by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), with Asylum fx and Rising Sun Pictures bringing their skills to various sequences.
Speculation has been rife on the subject of Arnold Schwarzenneger, the original terminator, making a cameo appearance in the film. Recent comments from director McG indicate that he is working hard with ILM to bring Arnie back in digital form only.
‘The T800s as we know them look like Arnold [Schwarzenneger]. The T800 plays a big role in this movie.. I can’st quite tell you how we express that ?‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇ. what we’sre trying to do is create visual effects and write code that never been written before …. we’sre working very diligently on going up to ILM in San Francisco ….to address this very nature.’
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Wishing to avoid comparisons with the Transformers franchise, McG has stated ‘Transformers is an excellent movie, but our film is not about big robots. I wanted it to have lots of hardware and velocity, but I didn’st want to hang the whole movie on it.’
And in addition to the brilliant CG work generated for ‘Terminator Salvation’, McG contracted Stan Winston studios to create real life models of some of the terminator characters that the human cast could interact with.
Stan Winston, the special effects pioneer who designed the original Terminator endoskeleton, worked on Terminator Salvation prior to his death in June this year. McG intends to dedicate the moive to Winston memory.
Joseph “McG” McGinty Nichol is a film & tv producer and director. His previous work includes the blockbuster film ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and notable commercials for GAP and Coca-Cola.
Terminator Salvation will be released in the US on 22 May and in the UK on 5 June 2009.It will compete for box office success with the forthcoming Star Trek, also due for release in May 2009.
About Industrial Light & Magic
Since 1975, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has been providing post-production visual effects services to the entertainment industry. Motion pictures, commercials, trailers, music videos and special venue projects have utilized ILM’s unequalled artistry in techniques such as model making, matte painting, computer-generated imagery, digital animation and a variety of related processes required in the production of visual effects.
Groundbreaking software required for digital image production has been developed and shared with the industry at large and adopted by other companies and software manufacturers. ILM regularly consults with some of the industry’s most highly regarded filmmakers on proof of concept tests. ILM has been associated with fourteen movies which have earned the Oscar for Best Visual Effects and has been awarded seventeen technical achievement awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Christian Bale – John Connor
Anton Yelchin – Kyle Reese
Sam Worthington – Marucs WRight
Bryce Dallas Howard – Kate Connor
Moon Bloodgood – Blair Williams
Common – Barnes
Jadagrace – Star
Helena Bonham Carter – Serena
Roland Kickinger – T-800
Chris Ashworth – Richter
Chris Browning – Morrison
Jane Alexander – Virginia
Michael Ironside – General Ashdown
Linda Hamilton – voice
Michael Papajohn – Carnaham
Beth Bailey – Lisa
Anjul Nigam – Rahul
Babak Tafti – Malik
Director – McG
Producers – Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, Jeffrey Silver & Moritz Borman
Original Music – Danny Elfman
Cinematography – Shane Hurlbut
Production Design – Martin Lain
Distribution North America – Warner Bros
Distribution International – Sony Pictures Entertainment
Words: CGNews Network News Desk
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