July 23, 2013

An Inside Look at VFX: the Making of 'The Terminator' & 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day'

Terminator 2 MakeupWatching behind-the-scenes videos of our favorite movies is almost tantamount to sitting in a film school lecture hall -- except it's not as boring and there are no PowerPoint presentations with bad clip art. If you're a big visual effects enthusiast or professional, or simply a James Cameron or Terminator franchise fan, then take some time to watch these videos of the making of The Terminator and Terminator 2They both offer great information about the goings-on on and off-set, as well as an inside look of some of the VFX and makeup used in the films. Check them out after the jump.

I've probably watched T2 over 20 or 30 times. I couldn't get over the sound of Arnold's boots walking over gravel and broken glass, the shrill shrieking of Edward Furlong (who I had the hugest crush on,) or the coolness of a shotgun well spin-cocked atop a Harley fat boy.

The work Cameron, makeup artist Stan Winston, and VFX supervisor Gene Warren Jr. did on the Terminator series brought visual effects to a new level. And watching how it's all done is a real treat. The bit about the development of the endoskeleton was particularly interesting -- the different versions and models made, and how they chose when to use Arnold and the puppets and sculptures in different scenes.

So -- without further ado:

The Making of The Terminator

The Making of Terminator 2: Judgement Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXv9U-d94Rg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpODQ9XAV_g

What do you think? What have these videos taught you about the inner workings of filmmaking and visual effects? Let us know in the comments.

[via Film making Express]

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My favorite film. T2. Feel its so underrated as a legendary movie. The VFX, Acting, Score, Story, Philosophy, production dsign.. everything top notch. They made it 23-25 years ago, gosh.

July 23, 2013 at 3:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Archie

Why do you feel like Judgement Day is underrated? It's arguably the greatest Hollywood sequels of all time and has the rare distinction of being better then its predecessor. I'm not arguing with you I'm just curious about your reasoning...

July 23, 2013 at 5:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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I would assume he means critically speaking. When I got T2 on DVD I went thru all the special features on the disc. I have never seen such a complete showing of the work of a film from start to finish to marketing. Only the LOTR extended editions come close.

July 23, 2013 at 6:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Darrell

They even spoke about things like the negative cutting on the special edition DVD, how the two pieces of the original camera negatives were spliced together and some frames melted away for good! I think they even mentioned that Kodak 5248 stock was one of the main emulsions.

July 23, 2013 at 6:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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mariano

Yes Matt just as Darrell said I meant critically. And just hard to put in words, its nowhere comes up in discussions as much as it should. To me has the greatest car chases, it still blows my mind. Its distinction is usually limited to being said to be "a great sequel" (not disrespecting you I know what you mean, but you know its just not that). So many catchphrases in it too. And yes imagine seeing the making as a 6 year old, my first making - I was so jealous of Edward Furlong (not anymore though, sad for him).

July 23, 2013 at 10:04PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Archie

The real testament of the effort that went into these films is that the effects still hold up 20+ years later

July 24, 2013 at 6:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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David Sharp