With the recent release of Terminator: Genisys, Animation World Network spoke to Double Negative, the VFX house who did much of the CGI work on the recent Hollywood flick. The article is packed with insight, both old & new, indeed much of the classic Terminator & Terminator 2 Judgement Day CGI is discussed. Check out one of our favourite excerpts below as well as a link to the full article:
The previous films were quite savvy in how they visualized the blades of the T-1000. “[In previous films] You only see them in profile, whereas in this film they are shown from a number of different angles,” Bebb explains. “For the Department Store Scene where the T-1000 flips the blades back towards the camera we made them two to three times the proper length, otherwise, they’d look like drumsticks. We had to do a new version of the blade model every time because there was never a one solution trick.”
According to Bebb, lighting the liquid form was not too difficult. “We wanted to improve the shader. The original one was pure chrome so it came out very clean and tended to look CG. We were conscious of the fact that this is a solid metal object. We always had reference for that within the camera to have an idea of what it would look like. We gave it slight imperfections over the entire model so when he is close to the bonnet of the car you see indentations like fractures in the metal with a bit of iridescence. Also, by its nature fluid picks up debris and dust within the environment it is set in.”
Check out the full article here.