James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgement Day introduced us to a new kind of robot killing machine... the T-1000 made out of liquid metal (played by Robert Patrick.) I remember seeing this on the big screen and being blown away by the special effects for this character. I had never seen anything like it before! The whole way through I was like, "How'd they do that?!"
Stan Winston School has released an extremely cool behind the scenes video and some photos showing us the making of the T-1000, and I think you'll be surprised by how much of this character was not CGI. There were a lot more practical effects used for this character than I thought.
Although Stan Winston Studio vastly improved upon the techniques used to create the T-800 endoskeleton effects in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, they would be breaking all new ground with the unprecedented T-1000 liquid metal effects. “The endoskeletons, which had been the big deal on Terminator, were the least of our problems on Terminator 2,” said 25-year SWS supervisor and Co-Founder of Legacy Effects, John Rosengrant. “By far, the most challenging things we did for Terminator 2 were these physical effects involving the T-1000 character. We did a lot of in-camera magic tricks for that — splitting open bodies, finger blades, heads blowing open, bullet-hit wounds. Every day, there was something new and challenging to do.”
This stuff is so cool! Check it out!