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McG Blogs on Post-Production for TERMINATOR SALVATION

Director talks about the end of shoot and entering the visual post production.

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 23, 2008
Source: Official Terminator Salvation Blog

(L-r) CHRISTIAN BALE stars as John Connor and SAM WORTHINGTON stars as Marcus Wright in Warner Bros. Pictures' action/sci-fi feature "Terminator Salvation," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
© Warner Bros. Pictures

With principal photography now a memory for director McG, the man behind the upcoming Terminator Salvation entry has updated the WB official website with a new blog entry. You can check out what he has to say below and see previous entries by clicking on the link above. The next installment---the first of a planned trilogy---stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Jadagrace and Helena Bonham Carter. McG was behind the camera, based on a screenplay by Michael Ferris and John Brancato.

Here's what the director had to say about entering the post-production phase of it.

The Future So Far...

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.

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. 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.

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 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.

It's very interesting working with Conrad Buff every day. First of all he was the editor on Terminator 2 so it's very comforting having his steady hand at the Avid. Long before we ever began we talked about what excited us about making this film. It was the notion of the world after judgment day. We set out to create a world that honored the Terminator mythology but was its own new beginning. 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.

Most importantly, Christian and Sam bring power to the rolls of John Connor and Marcus Wright. This is a story of two destinies colliding. Connor is part of a resistance comprised of the ethnicities that make up the globe. This film is so much more that just Los Angeles. It reflects the global crisis of man, all of man versus machine.



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sportwarrior 10/23/2008 1:30:40 AM

Thumbs up for Bale, a seemingly good cast, and the Terminator series.

Thumbs down for McGeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...

I'll be seing it, but by my above calculations, the movie sits as a 50/50 toss up between solid and stupid.

ponyboy76 10/23/2008 3:07:20 AM

Not a McG fan at all, except for him bringing us Supernatural, but I am hoping that because he has such a great team around him, it will make him better and the final product will show that.

Dazzler 10/23/2008 4:29:40 AM

Nice he did not mention 3rd movie.  The less said about that the better.  No breakthroughs there.  A good omen. 


Yes let us pray for a great movie to the gods. 

SgtTechCom 10/23/2008 5:33:32 AM

I can't wait for this to open. Im so siked. Between the Tv show and This im so glad were are getting more Terminator.

DarthDuck 10/23/2008 5:35:46 AM
<P itxtvisited="1">the only thing stopping my all out nerd-fueled geek out is, in fact, McG.  The guy that brought us Charlie's Angel's Full Throttle???  Really??</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">however, the teaser was fantastic and I love that it's set in the future.  No more stopping Judgement Day, it's come and gone. </P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">That to me would be the only breakthrough of the 3rd movie.  Judgement is inevitable.  No matter what, it will happen.</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">also, due to the time-travel nature of Terminator in general, the movies are not stuck in the future.  if it doesn't work, the time-travel option is always a possibility..</P>
Hobbs 10/23/2008 7:50:58 AM

McChicken sucks balls! 

FrozenFear 10/23/2008 7:58:27 AM

No matter how much we all disagree with McG's ouvre (minus Chuck, one of the best shows on TV right now), you know we're at least all going to give it a chance. Judging by the B.O.'s for the last two Matrix movies, we'll sit through anything that has a promise of some sweet, sci-fi visuals.

Whiskeymovie 10/23/2008 8:10:50 AM

I think McG is gonna get an A for this movie. I bet he will change a lot of people's minds after this. He even has admitted that Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle was not that good and too over-the-top. As long as he learns from his mistakes, it is all good. And We Are Marshall was a good example of that. I can't wait to see a full blown trialer. Bring It!!

captm0rgan77 10/23/2008 8:12:54 AM

Ok.  First of all I think McG needs a chance.  The guy hasn't painted himself into a sterotype movie maker.  I mean sure, Charlie's Angels was hokey but you have to remember he wanted it to be that way.  He set out to deliver those two films the way they came out.  That to me is a successful filmmaker.  I shy away from the guys who take on too much or a sequel from a great film and screw it up cause the end product wasn't where they wanted to go.  But naturally the fans opinion on whether it was "good" or not is another.  Take Jonathan Mostow's attempt at the franchise.  Is he on par with James "GOD" Cameron?  No.  So with that in mind watching his movie it's actually pretty good.  I am guilty of doing the same thing.  I went in the theatre thinking I was going to see a movie that was equal to the first two.  And came out disappointed.  After coming to this realization and watching it again it's actually a pretty sound movie.  They set it up nicely for these next three movies.

As ponyboy76 said about McG being surrounded by a lot of talent.  I agree.  This is looking good.  I'm still pissed about the PG-13 thing and hope that he films a "Terminator" movie and then cuts the R rated stuff off for the money-grubbing-fat-cats and then releases a director's cut.  I believe a movie should be filmed as an idea of what he movie should be with out limitations.  I remember watching 'Casino' with my girlfriend.  Afterwards she told me she didn't like it.  I asked her why.  Her reason was because of all the cursing and F bombs.  I told her that that was the way they talked.  It's part of the characters and the times.  If they didn't then it would be silly.  Anyways.

One more thing.  I have a problem with what McG said: "It feels like the responsibility of any Terminator film to reinvent the wheel of effects with every outing."  This is not true.  First of all it's not the Terminator movies bringing this on it was the creator of the franchise that did this because he's a f&%kn' genious and accepts nothing less than the brilliant vision in his head.  Secondly, what did the third installment bring?  Nothing new in my mind.  I mean the terminator chic was a mix of the first two bad guys.  Save for the morphing array of arm weapons and the ability to control other machines, which was silly when it comes to vehicles since there is currently no mechanical engineering for a vehicle to achieve self acceleration, braking, steering, etc.  But was fun to watch.

McG just bring us a good terminator movie and don't worry about creating breaking through VFX, concentrate on the story and the acting.  We've already got 'The Day After Tomorrow' and 'Twister' for that. 

irascible 10/23/2008 8:30:12 AM
<P itxtvisited="1">One thing that keeps hope alive for me:  Peter Jackson.  What did he do before Lord of The Rings?  OK, besides Heavenly Creatures....  I knew people who said "Wait,  the guy that did Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles is doing LOTR????  WTF? WE ARE DOOMED!"We are Marshall is a good movie. Think that instead of Charlie's Angels.</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1"> </P>
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