McG gets us up to speed on Terminator Salvation

by Joey Paur

Venkman here and ultimate BS artist McG has updated his Terminator blog with what is currently going on with 'Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins' film that he is directing. I just can't get over the fact that he blatantly lied about James Cameron giving the new Terminator movie his blessing. Anyway here is what McG has to say.

We wrapped principal photography. Now we're heavy into post. I've already shown early cuts to Christian and Sam. They seem pleased with where the film is headed. Our focus is on story and character, but it's fun diving into the world of visual effects.

Christian and Sam SEEM pleased? Does that mean after they watched the footage they were kind of like "oh, ok." It is also good to know that they put the focus of the movie on story and character. Um... shouldn't all movies focus on story and character?

McG then goes on to say how all the Terminator films have pushed limits on the visual effects:

The first movie was a stunning achievement in animatronics and practical effects from Stan Winston. The second film brought us liquid metal, which was a true revolution in the effects world. Robert Patrick's (T-1000) head coming apart and putting itself back together again looks as good today as ever.

So what do these guys have in store for this next film?

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 Winston. But at some point the effects kick in and like any Terminator fan, 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...

But we're working on it.

If you don't want to talk about it, and you have not been successful in pulling it off, then why are you even bringing it up? Come on! 

He also tells us that Conrad Buff, the editor of Termnator 2 is editing this new movie. 

Every day I learn from Conrad as he makes the elegant choices of a disciplined filmmaker. It feels great to have his confidence in the movie. I take his opinion very seriously, he provides a daily litmus test for what is worthy of a Terminator film.

If that doesn't get you excited for the new Terminator film I don't know what will! You can read the full McG blog Right Here if you want.

I like what I have seen of the movie so far and I am excited to see the full movie. I hope the story and characters are good, if they have that everything else will fall into place.