Archive for May, 2009


Right now I’m so hyped, I can hardly wait for the midnight hour!

Say what?

Wednesday May 20th, Midnight Advanced Screening!

Thats right folks! @ Cineplex.com: Terminator: Salvation – get advance tickets now for the special midnight screening!

Check your local online movie ticket vendors for availability.

I’ve got mine pre-payed and printed. Have you got yours? Its still not too late! Cineplex.ca for Canada, Fandango and other sites for the US.

Stay tuned for an advanced review later tonight / early Thursday morning!

TerrasJ Signing out.

The movie site Fandango has a kickass behind the scenes trailer clip! 4:46 running time, you’d better sit down and watch! They’ve got actual T1′s on set, working and moving, as well as Endoskeletons. Cast interviews with Christian Bale (John Connor), Moon Bloodgood (Blair Williams), Sam Worthington (Marcus Wright), Anton Yelchin (Kylse Reese). And Anton mentions about there being alot of “life sized action figures” onset…

“Whoopity fokking doo!” you’ll probably mutter under your breath…

So, let me ask you: “Why is this so awesome, and more seriously, why is this so important???”

Answer: Its not just the kewlness value. Read below and then tell me what you think…

In today’s movie productions, more and more effects and props are being done by CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), just simply because it can be done. Less and less actual movie set props are being made, much like a dying art. Why is this a problem? Its not because [CGI] its more convenient or cheaper, its because its harder on the actors to interact and react to something thats not there. They really have to cook up in their own imagination that some horrific thing is coming after them. Worse when they have to roleplay themselves getting pinned to the wall, lifted up and being strangled by the neck by an invisible hand. In otherwords, in an ironic or oxymoronic phrase, the actors are actually ‘pretend acting’ since they’re pretending to pretend. Then the CGI Department match up their 3d model animation to the video footage, then mix it all together. 90% of the pressure is up to the actor to give a beyond exemplary performance; with the remaining 10% on the CGI animators to fit and match animating their 3d model to the actor(s).

Just as important, the crux of this blog article / entry, lets look back at the previous Terminator movies in the franchise. T1 featured a small mix of CGI (future battlefield scenes), as well as relied more on live props such as an actual EndoSkeleton by necessity. Since Computer Generated models, animation and effects was a cost prohibitive venture in the 1980′s where CGI was still vastly in its infancy. In T2, we had another mix of limited CGI, with another battlefield clip, and reliance mainly on live and human props. Robert Stack simply had CGI effects added to him after in postwork. He was still very much there for the core acting. Edward Furlong (John Connor), and Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) also had the physical cpu chip and endo arm props to touch, use and handle. There was no ‘pretending’ there. In T3, we’ve got once again the classic Terminator mix of some future post J-Day battlefield CGI – more elaborate as advances computer processing allowed more, we’re treated to some overhead aerial shots and some ground based views, but the base and majority of the movie is pure acting and use of props. Kristanna Loken (T-X) had CGI effects applied to her in the video postwork stage. The prototype Terminators featured in T3 – HK Drones and the Series T-1 (T1-8) were animatronic prop models.

So we come right back around to McG’s T4…

While T4 does use alot more CGI effects for its explosions, some props since this film literally takes place in the post apoc J-Day; we’re still being treated to the classic production values that started the Terminator franchise. Just as the story is and always has been about humanity and survival, T4 is also featuring tried and true animatronic props for some of its SkyNet cast of actors. This clip contains some Animatronic Endoskeletons, a T-1 tank, and possibly more. This gives the cast and crew actual props to look and react to, and IMHO, provides for a more richer, natural and authentic performance on the actors behalf. Lets face it, even if theres a T-600 or T-700′s upper torseo on a cart coming towards you, its photoreceptor eyes glaring red, and machinegun in hand, that is just better for anyone to react to. Its natural instinct to look at the face, at the glaring eyes, at the gun in it’s hand as it’s stalking towards you. And on the screen, we the audience see that, the head motions, and the eyes moving to the actual prop, rather than and approximation of looking into space, or a green screen, as the multiple camera angles cut back and forth between predator and prey.

And I for one give Kudos to McG for keeping those values in the film production. If anyone’s ever watched the special features on DVD for a variety of films, when it comes to the cast interviews, this is a key point that keeps coming up. The actor / actress will always reflect on how tough it is being told to act out the scene to an invisible / imaginary [to be added in postwork] CG character or thing. And in most cases, they mention having to see it in their imagination mind’s eye, try to go with it, and hope it’ll look real enough and ultimately seem convincing enough when the movie debuts onscreen. Thankyou McG for giving this cast something actual to work with.

This is TerrasJ signing out!

Exclusive from CHUD.com, we’ve got 2 new movie stills from the T4 Salvation movie:

Connor, Reese, and Star in the first pic

and a closeup of Moon Bloodgood in the second pic

You’ll need to visit CHUD’s page for the full res pictures.

Stay tuned to the link for the context for the pictures. I too would like to know whats up in those two scenes!

-TerrasJ

Terminator 4 Contest @ CHUD.com

This entry’s a couple days old – May 4th, 2009, it flew under my radar, I was busy outside while the weather was good.

Anyways, the scoop here is CHUD.com is hosting a mega huge T4 contest, with more prizes than SkyNet’s got active Terminators, or just about. You’d best visit the page for all the details, but here’s the gist of it:

1. Rank the Terminator films in the order of your most to least favorite and where you think the new one will fit in.

2. Tell me about your first experience with the franchise, whether it be from film, TV, or video game and how it made an impact.

3. Take a look at THE OFFICIAL SITE. What aspect of it do you think is the coolest?.

4. Tell me why CHUD.com is your movie website of choice and which feature (aside from contests) is your favorite.

And the prizes include:
Oakley AP Backpack 3.0 – ARV $140
Terminator Salvation Teaser Poster – ARV $20
Terminator Head Paperweight in Tin – ARV $40
Terminator Salvation: The Official Movie Souvenir Magazine – ARV $10 ea
HEXBUG® Micro Robotic Creatures (The robotic creatures that react to touch and sound; light and sound; or your control!) – ARV $15 ea
Terminator Head Key Chain – ARV $15 ea
“Join the Resistance” Men’s Tees – ARV $20 ea
“Join the Resistance” Women’s Tank Tops – ARV $18 ea
Terminator Salvation Vintage Hats with Silver Stitch – ARV $20 ea
Terminator Salvation Stainless Steel Water Bottle – ARV $20 ea
Terminator Salvation 3GB USB Dog Tags – ARV $20 ea

Thats a whole lotta swag to be won, with the grand prize being the backpack, valued at $140.

Good luck everyone :)

- TerrasJ

Hi folks, it’s Timstuff again, and today I’m bringing you my first ever video review! Today, I’ll be reviewing the Terminator Salvation 6″ T-RIP action figure. Enjoy!

-Timstuff

Ross here posting in Klamath Falls and moving on tomorrow with an all new all awesome 4 minute Extended Trailer I’d call it for Terminator Salvation.

Here it is:

I am even more excited now.

Ross Out.

Hello folks, its TerrasJ reporting in with news hot off the press!

8:20AM, Central Standard Time, the good boys over at the Resist or be Terminated network are keeping up the anti-SkyNet fight, released their new newsletter. Ever vigilant in their campaign to spread the truth and stop the lies about SkyNet’s infomercials.

Curious what the latest Resistance movement is up to? Sign up today and resist, or be terminated!

:)

The Connor Crew,
TerrasJ out.

Hello readers! Timstuff here again, and I’ve come to you with a new trailer for the upcoming Terminator Salvation video game, this time focusing on the ground forces that John Connor will square off with in the game. It’s got robots, road chases, and that amazing symphonic rendition of the Terminator theme. It’s looking pretty sharp!

Hello there loyal readers, this is Timstuff reporting for duty! This is my first post filling in for Ross, and I’ve got an interesting snippet to share from an interview, which T4 director McG did over at Film Journal.

http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/news-and-features/features/movies/e3ida99bf36787f149a761c5190f90c8c7a

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As he puts the finishing touches on Terminator Salvation, McG is already looking ahead to the next chapter in what the studio hopes will be another trilogy. “I strongly suspect the next movie is going to take place in a [pre-Judgment Day] 2011,” McG reveals. “John Connor is going to travel back in time and he’s going to have to galvanize the militaries of the world for an impending Skynet invasion. They’ve figured out time travel to the degree where they can send more than one naked entity. So you’re going to have hunter killers and transports and harvesters and everything arriving in our time and Connor fighting back with conventional military warfare, which I think is going to be fucking awesome. I also think he’s going to meet a scientist that’s going to look a lot like present-day Robert Patrick [who famously played the T-1000 in Terminator 2], talking about stem-cell research and how we can all live as idealized, younger versions of ourselves.”

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I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. It could either be really good, or really bad. While a part of me would rather they use this new trilogy to focus on bringing this new future war time line to its conclusion, I can’t help but get a little hyped up at the thought of an Independence Day scale robot invasion / war movie within the Terminator universe. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how it pans out, but color me intrigued.

On a side note, me and TerrasJ have done some discussion about some ideas we’ve had for this blog while it’s in our care, and one thing we’re both looking forward to is a chance to bring you some reviews of the new Terminator merchandise that will be hitting shelves this season. As a long time merchandise and toy enthusiast, I look forward to sharing my insights with you.

- Timstuff

Just the last two days they have released two new Salvation TV Spots.

One focuses on John Connor and I can’t find it online yet but this one focuses on the Marcus Wright character played by Sam Worthington who will next be seen in James Cameron’s AVATAR.

Here it is.

Looking all kinds of epic.

Here’s a Download link for Trailers 10,9 and 11 In that order…thanks to SciFiCountdown. Vid of Trailers 10-9-11 in that order.

Ross Out.

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