Watch: Awesome 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' Practical Effects Video
James Cameron was pushing movie technology forward well before Avatar. Back in 1991, he changed the industry forever with Terminator 2: Judgment Day, pioneering the use of computer generated visual effects that had never been seen before. Robert Patrick's T-1000 villain became instantly iconic, and though we often associate that movie with its Oscar-winning CGI, much of it was accomplished with practical effects. The Stan Winston School of Character Arts (via Comic Book Movie) has released a new video detailing how the team created some of the film's most impressive action and effects sequences, including a shotgun blast to the head of Robert Patrick as liquid metal villain T-1000 and much more. Check it out!
Click below to watch the video on the Stan Winston School of Character Arts YouTube (non-embeddable):
I just watched Terminator 2 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for Terminator Too: Judgment Play, an interactive live show that recreates the movie on stage and casts an audience member in the Arnold role for each performance. It's playing at the Viper Room here in Los Angeles for a couple of dates in December, so be sure to check it out if you can't get enough T2 action. Even though the effects in the film were some of the first of their kind, a lot of them still hold up today. If only special/visual effects today looked as good as these did back in 1991. But perhaps the most important question of the day* is "why did James Cameron create this new technology in the first place?" In the brilliant and immortal words of "South Park":
"James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is James Cameron."
*Not actually the most important question of the day, just a way for me to segue into that awesome quote.