Ryan Seens New Terminator Salvation Footage
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
While touring around LA this evening I was able to stop in and check out the roadshow even for
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Not only did the event supply conceptual artwork that was created long before the cameras began rolling, but around 12 to 15 unfinished minutes were also shown from the film.
In-between each cut, Salvation director McG cut in to give his take or describe why he was showing that scene in particular. Here is what I remember...
Roadshow Report: Terminator Salvation
Since there are bound to be at least a dozen reports now available describing to the last detail the footage shown at the Terminator Salvation event, I will instead point out two bits of information that stuck out most.
First up is McG's use of an aged film stock. I know that doesn't sound all that cool or important, but the use of this stock does create a heavy impact on how the film looks. Remember how Saving Private Ryan seemed to be lacking colors? Almost like a blue hue draped over everything? Well, Terminator Salvation pulls a similar tactic, but the final result forgets all about blue and instead goes with a sharper, more metallic look. What's great about the stock is that while it makes the images on screen look raw, they somehow remain extremely crisp. While using the stock meant no possibility of IMAX exclusive shots, the film should upconvert to the medium beautifully.
As a perk, the red-yellow explosions -- which there are a lot of, mind you -- make an amazing contrast to the bleak surroundings.
While I originally had my doubts about a fourth Terminator installment, McG's confidence can definitely transcend to his listeners. Bringing me to my second important bit of information -- the man who made this film, McG, is absolutely geeked out on the franchise. Yes, this is a perk. Listening to McG, the director admits that this fourth installment is looking to the first two Terminator films for er, inspiration. What about the third film? Let's not worry about that little guy.
The terminators audiences have come to know are the T-800s. You know, the ones that look human or, more importantly, like Arnold Schwarzenegger. It turns out that much of Terminator Salvation's focus will be on the development of the T-800 model. While the T-600 is easy to spot thanks to its mechanical shell, the T-800 represents the inevitable extermination of all mankind. A model that John Connor must not allow to exist.
In the trailer we see that giant robot known as a 'Harvester'; one of what looks to be about a dozen terminator models running around creating havoc. The machine deserves the nickname, as its primary job is to collect live humans for research & development. That's right, even Skynet needs to do some R&D to make a successful T-800 and the last surviving humans have just become the guinea pigs. That scary Terminator you see watching over the caged humans in the trailer looks like a failed experiment.
While most of the footage shown featured loud and very impressive action, McG ensures us that the dialogue and story are both strong enough to carry the film. The action is there, sure, but the goal isn't to mindlessly blind the moviegoers. The director even made a point -- one that I meant to call him out on before he escaped the event -- of extended dialogue sequences. Christian Bale supposedly did about two pages of dialogue in a single take. Whether these extended takes will remain cut-less by the finished product is another question. Would be nice to see it, however, as action films have a knack of cutting to bits sequences involving any dialogue.
So ends my brief rundown of the event. To sum it up, yes, I'm much more exciting about this Terminator installment after seeing both the footage and McG's dedication to the project. A second trailer is in the works, so hopefully you'll soon see what I saw and come to the came conclusion.
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins opens to theaters on May 22nd, 2009.
For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Movie Page.
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