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How we made a Terminator T-1 Tank Tribute - STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

How we made a Terminator T-1 Tank Tribute - STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

OUR TERMINATOR TRIBUTE

By Scotty & Courtney Zod

Hello everyone!

We are very proud to share our cosplay tribute to the Terminator series and Stan Winston School of Character Arts, a practical "DIY" version of our favorite Terminator model, the T-1 tank.

Watch our "Building the T-1 Terminator" video!

GETTING STARTED

We used a Primechair mobility chair for our main power source. We drew up a scaled version of what we wanted and began construction around the chair. 

Pictured above: PVC pipe was our primary structural material: easy to work with, light-weight, & cost-effective.

THE TESTING PHASE

After the frame was made and mounted to the chair we did many test runs to make sure the structure was stable and had enough clearance from the ground and wheels.

Pictured above: The T-1 Terminator's "armor" was made out of light-weight EVA foam.

Pictured above: The tank treads were made out of cardboard & EVA foam.

ADDING EYES & GATLING GUNS

The Terminator T-1's  "eyes" were powered by LEDs that we wired up and connected to a toggle switch in the cockpit. We fitted our Terminator T-1 Tank with two large Gatling guns made from plastic tubes and foam to keep down the weight. We thought the ammo belts came out great and looked very cool!

Pictured above: The plastic tube and foam "Gatling guns" before installation.

Pictured above: The retractable arms allow for a "gunslinger" pose & make going in and out of doors much easier.

HIDING A HUMAN INSIDE A TERMINATOR

We added in countless cosmetic wires and tubing and carefully ran them throughout the frame to give our Terminator an authetically mechanical look. We also inserted mesh screens inside the cockpit so nobody could see the driver while still allowing the T-1 pilot to see around. The mesh also provided great ventilation. Then came some last mobility testing and it was ready for paint.

Pictured above: Courtney handled most of the paint stages and really gave the T-1 an awesome metallic look!

READY TO TERMINATE

The whole project took a month to make and we are extremely happy about how our T-1 Terminator turned out. Right after finishing it, we loaded it up on a large truck and took it to Dallas Comic Con.

Pictured above: The Zod's Terminator Tank storms Dallas Comic Con.

It was an absolute blast to drive around and see everyone's reactions to the T-1.

We would like to really thank our friends and family for all the support and encouragement on this project! We could not have done this without them. Huge thanks to the entire Stan Winston School of Character Arts for all the inspiration and teaching! We hope to someday meet "The Machine" himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Fingers crossed!)

- Scotty and Courtney Zod

Pictured above: Scotty and Courtney with their very own T-1 at Dallas Comic Con.

More from Scotty and Courtney Zod at Stan Winston School:

How we Built Raptor Costumes Inspired by JURASSIC PARK

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- Balázs Földesi and the rest of the Team at Stan Winston School

MORE TERMINATOR STUFF FROM STAN WINSTON SCHOOL:

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE TERMINATOR FILMS

ANIMATRONIC & MECHANICAL WEBCOURSES from Stan Winston School:

The History Of Animatronics

The History Of Animatronics

ANIMATRONICS

Although true animatronic characters didn't really exist till the late 20th century, the real history of the technique begins with 17th century clock makers. Advanced mechanical clocks dating back to pre-Industrial Revolution France featured miniature animated characters that would emerge from a time-keeping device when it struck the hour. Like modern animatronics, the movements of these automatons were programmed using mechanical gears to coincide with specific hours. Later, sounds were introduced to attract attention, and clock makers used the characters to tell a story. 

The modern era of animatronics began in 1961, when Walt Disney started developing animatronics for entertainment and film. Disney and his "imagineers" created a 9-inch tall Dancing Man figurine. Though primitive by today's standards, the little man captured people's attention and got the animatronic ball rolling. Advances in robotics, programming, rapid-prototyping, surfacing materials and techniques make today's animatronic characters more lifelike than ever before. Movement and control of the animatronic figures can mimic natural life to an uncanny extent, tricking the eye. Thanks to animatronics, modern filmmakers can create creatures and characters that have physical presence and a palpable reality. And though advances in the digital arts allow today's filmmakers to depict astouding and impossible beings visually, there is still no comparison to having an animatronic. These characters exist in an unquestionable, substantial way. They can occupy the same space as the actors in a film and impact their environment more than any collection of pixels, however realistically rendered. They seem 'real' because they ARE real.

THE HISTORY OF ANIMATRONICS

Pictured above: Review of animatronics world by Custom Entertainment Solutions (CES) Inc.

Though the adaptabilty and variations possible with digital animation has somewhat curtailed the use of animatronics in recent years, certain studios and filmmakers are starting to champion the technique once again. Thanks to institutions such as The Stan Winston School of Character Arts, the once arcane processes that had to be invented by genius mechanics are now widely available to anyone with an internet connection. Through lessons and behind-the-scenes case studies, the next generation of filmmakers can gain insight and learn character creation, including design, life-castingsculptingmold making and painting. Students not just in Hollywood but worldwide can learn and appreciate the art and technology of animatronics/mechanics and electronics. And these tutorials don't stop at making machines. Every aspect of physical character creation is covered: model makingspecial effects makeup, fabrication, lab working, hair working, and filmmaking as well. 

The artist/instructors at the SWSCA are the Renaissance artists of today. They are dedicated to teaching, promoting and fostering innovation in the arts and sciences of character creation. Through their work and lessons, they keep the legacy of practical effects alive so that it may continue to enhance the entertainment experience for us all. 

- Balázs Földesi

For more animatronics behind-the-scenes:

Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park 1-3 Behind the Scenes at Stan Winston Studio.

Giant Robot befriends Little Girl at Comic-Con 2013

How to Make a Giant Creature - The Webseries

Pygmy Mammoth, "Chippy" Walks Again over 10,000 Years After Extinction - Thanks to Animatronics

A Zombie Dog, FX Filmmaking and Imagination - Making the Macabre World of Lavender Williams

ALIENS:

Chestburster Behind-the-Scenes and Building Full-Size Alien Queen Puppet

TERMINATOR:

Terminator 2 - An Interview with Stan Winston and Terminator 2 - The new T-800s,

Terminator 3 - The First Terminators and Terminator Salvation - T-600 Puppet Test

SMALL SOLDIERS:

SMALL SOLDIERS - Creating the Ultimate Toys and Rehearsing a Puppet Battle

AND MUCH MORE:

CONSTANTINE - Behind the Scenes at Stan Winston Studio

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE - "Lestat bites Rat" Test

AI: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - Stan Winston The Robot

INSTINCT - Gorilla Suit Test with Verne Troyer (aka Mini-Me)

SPIDER MAN - Green Goblin Makeup Test by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.

Alien vs. Predator vs. Super Mario Wins Facebook Top Ten!

Alien vs. Predator vs. Super Mario Wins Facebook Top Ten!

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR VS. SUPER MARIO  

Congratulations to NicksplosionFX for taking first place in this week's Facebook Top 10, winning with over 758.6k video views, 11.4k likes, 707 comments & 12.8k shares.

Enjoy the rest of the Top 10 Winners below!

Erich Grey Litoff
Co-Founder Stan Winston School

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The fearless turtle leader.Image: character FX artist John Cherevka details "Leonardo" maquette during the design phase for TMNT Movie (2014). Photo by Legacy Effects Official: www.legacyefx.com

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What's your favorite scene from Aliens? Image: Aliens by the Artwork of Patrick Brown

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Rise of The Arachnids Image: Digital Art by Mark RainMore here: www.azrainman.com #Terminator #SpirerMan #Mashup #DigitalArt

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And this is how Freddy Krueger was born.Image: actor Robert Englund gets his iconic makeup applied by makeup FX artist...

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What's your favorite Werewolf movie? Image: Jeff Shank working on a werewolf for The Howling 1981. Shared by William Forsche in P.E.G. Practical Effects Group.

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"Calm. Down. No one's going to kill you. Unless you keep shouting." Image: Klaustreich's Creature Makeup for Grimm by B2FX, lead by Academy Award winning make-up artist Barney Burman.

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Predator vs Alien Wins Facebook Top Ten!

Predator vs Alien Wins Facebook Top Ten!

PREDATOR WINS 

Congratulations to John Gallagher for taking first place in this week's Facebook Top 10, winning with over 11.4k likes, 1.2k shares & 134 comments.

Enjoy the rest of the Top 10 Winners below and remember to keep voting by liking your favorite news feed images on the Stan Winston School Facebook page!

Erich Grey Litoff
Co-Founder Stan Winston School

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The enemy of my enemy... is my friend.Don't forget to check out our #AVP fan art gallery here: bit.ly/AVPFanArtImage: Alien vs. Predator by DeviantArt artist John Gallagher: www.uncannyknack.deviantart.com

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Farmer dad and his son built Transformers from scrap metal in China. The result is awesome! Found on www.shanghaiist.com

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Predator team then & now. Go behind-the-scenes with the Predator FX crew: bit.ly/PredatorfbShared by Encorvet Art Figures by Warlock

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Stained glass at Skynet Follow us on Pinterest if you want to live: bit.ly/SWSCAPinterestImage: The Terminator stained glass by Art Brothers

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Can you name that fairy tale?Image: photo manipulation by Pixelfaker.#Alien #Xenomorph #Ripley #SigourneyWeaver #SnowWhite

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Great movie, amazing effects. Meet Gipsy Danger, the robot from Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro. As you...

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Selfie with my friends More Predator friends here: bit.ly/PredatorFanArtImage: Photo by Jaime Giannelloni Lizana #Predator #Schwarzenegger #Dutch #Selfie

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Previews for our ZBrush technique webcourses: ZBrush Sculpting ➨ bit.ly/ZBrushSculptingDynamic Thumbnailing ➨...

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1-Day LIVE ONLINE - April 4th - 8am-12pm (PST) ➨ bit.ly/SilProsAppFBCharacter Makeup: Multi-piece Prosthetic...

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Meet "Himiko" this weekend at MONSTERPALOOZA!Live Makeup Demo by Akihito IkedaModel: Valentina IvanconceAssistant:...

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iPhone Superheroes Win Facebook Top Ten!

iPhone Superheroes Win Facebook Top Ten!

IPHONE SUPERHEROES

Congratulations to Les Photos De François for taking first place in this week's Facebook Top 10, winning with over 54.4k likes, 28.6 shares & 1.5k comments.

Enjoy the rest of the Facebook Top 10 Winners below and remember to keep voting by liking your favorite news feed images on the Stan Winston School Facebook page!

Erich Grey Litoff
Co-Founder Stan Winston School

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Spider Pig Wins Facebook Top Ten!

Spider Pig Wins Facebook Top Ten!

THE AMAZING SPIDER-PIG AKA PETER PORKER

Congratulations to deviantART artist Thong Le for taking 1st place in this week's Facebook Top 10 winning with over 10.2k likes, 2.1k shares & 247 comments.

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Co-Founder Stan Winston School

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Darth Vader in Armor Wins Facebook Top Ten!

Darth Vader in Armor Wins Facebook Top Ten!

HARDCORE VINTAGE VADER

Congratulations to Klaus Wittman and his Darth Vader redesign for taking first place in this week's Facebook Top 10, winning with over 16k likes, 2.6 shares & 332 comments.

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Co-Founder Stan Winston School

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The Empire Strikes Back to the Future Wins Facebook Top Ten!

The Empire Strikes Back to the Future Wins Facebook Top Ten!

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TO THE FUTURE

Congratulations to Russian illustrator and digital artist Anton Marrast and his rendition of "I Find Your Lack of Jiggawatts Disturbing" for taking first place in this week's Facebook Top 10, winning with over 8.8k likes, 1.4k shares & 121 comments.

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SKYNET - THIS IS HOW IT BEGINS

SKYNET - THIS IS HOW IT BEGINS

THE BEGINNING OF SKYNET?

In the name of “Putting America at the Forefront of 21st Century Manufacturing” the White House casually announced, via the White House blog, the launch of what they’re calling “Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competitions.” The first two institutesa Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Institute in Detroit and a Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago—will be followed by four additional “hubs” to be determined through the aforementioned competition.

Read the complete press release HERE.

Pictured above: President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House speaks to reporters on Feb. 25th, 2014 as threatening robotic arms capable of crushing him like a grape loom menacingly in the foreground.

Pictured above: President Barack Obama photographed in the East Room of the White House on Feb, 25th, 2014 with what could certainly be a weapon derived from technology appropriated from the future.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES

President Obama explained that the proposed and existing institutes would bring private industry and the government together. “That’s what these new hubs are all about” said Obama, “They’re partnerships – they bring together companies and universities to develop cutting-edge technology, train workers to use that technology, and make sure research is turned into real-world products made by American workers.”

Pictured above: Jim Cameron’s concept art for the Skynet complex in the TERMINATOR film series.

THE FINAL BATTLE BETWEEN HUMANS AND MACHINES

Though the president was careful to couch the announcement in terms of progress and national pride, a careful read of the actual press release stresses the importance of “strengthening our capabilities for defense” and indicates that both institutes are led by the Department of Defense. Okay, maybe that device next to the president isn't a plasma weapon capable of reducing any human structure to rubble. But note the similarities of the structures in the two pictures above. I'm just sayin'. 

Pictured above:  Joe Morton as Miles Dyson in T2: JUDGMENT DAY, with the original Terminator hand—the start of Cyberdyne systems.

Isn’t one of these "institutes" going to be Cyberdyne? And can Skynet be far behind?  

Pictured above: Skynet, with a Terminator in the foreground and a Hunter/Killer (HK) in the background from the T2:3D: BATTLE ACROSS TIME attraction by Universal Studios.

CAN SKYNET WIN?

Last week James Cameron was holding an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit and received the following question:

Mr. Cameron took the question seriously and answered thoughtfully, "If one believes in a multiverse of an infinite number of parallel universes, or even a large number of them, then there have to be a few where Skynet wins. But you know, I don't know how it's done exactly. And if I did I wouldn't say."

Good thinking, Jim. Don't give away our vulnerabilities. And doesn’t that username seem awfully suspicious? The robots may be sentient already!

Cameron went on to say, "One could argue that the machines have already won. All you have to do is look around at how many people are face-down texting 100% of the time, everywhere they are, and it's hard to imagine the machines haven't won."

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

- David Sanger

ANIMATRONIC & MECHANICAL TUTORIALS from Stan Winston School:

TERMINATOR SALVATION - T-600 Blown Apart Puppet Rehearsal

TERMINATOR SALVATION - T-600 Blown Apart Puppet Rehearsal

NEW TERMINATORS FOR A NEW TERMINATOR - THE T-600

By Matt Winston

TERMINATOR SALVATION introduced a host of new Terminator models, from aquatic hydrobots to hulking T-600s, and director McG was eager to realize them using the same blend of Practical Effects and CGI that had given the cyborg assassins of the first three films their gritty, tactile realism.

Pictured above: (Left) John Rosengrant and Christian Bale wrestle a Hydrobot puppet. (Right) New Terminators for a new Terminator film.

T-800's HULKING PREDECESSOR

In designing the T-600's the idea was to construct a much more primitive looking character than the sleek T-800, T-1000 and T-X from the earlier films. Comparing Terminator evolution to human evolution, John Rosengrant, co-founder of Legacy Effects and 25-year Stan Winston Studio supervisor, said, "The T-600 was kind of the neanderthal version" of the T-800.

Pictured above: T-600 designs by Scott Patton. (Left) Early T-600 rendering to get the feel of the character. (Right) Completed head design.

MIXING THE OLD AND THE NEW

To give life to the T-600's the Stan Winston Studio crew, led by Rosengrant, relied on a combination of techniques, both old and new. "The [blown apart T-600] puppet was created as a rod puppet with RC head movement and jaw," said Rosengrant. "Where there were advancements with this puppet came really from new materials that were stronger and lighter. [The T-600's] hands were articulated cable-controlled hands. That technology hasn't really changed that much other than the look of it. But it's still very effective."

Pictured above: (Left) John Cherevka details damaged T-600 heads. (Right) David Merritt puppeteers the T-600's cable-controlled hand.

CHOREOGRAPHING A KILLER PERFORMANCE

But all the work that went into creating these new Terminators would have meant nothing if they weren't able to perform, on set, with the clock ticking and a brutal production schedule to keep up with. "We started rehearsing with Christian Bale's stunt double so that we would get this down before we worked with Christian on the day," recalled Rosengrant. "Like any puppet performance it becomes a matter of choreography and everybody getting very familiar with their role and what they have to add into it to bring it to life."

Pictured above: T-600 puppet rehearsal with Christian Bale's stunt double. (Right) Richard Landon, sitting, puppeteers the T-600's RC controlled jaw.

HE'LL BE BACK

Their preparation paid off, resulting in one of TERMINATOR SALVATION's most memorable sequences. "John Connor (Christian Bale) thinks he's killed [the T-600]," recounted Rosengrant. "He empties the clip into it and then pushes it off of him and then, in typical Terminator fashion, it comes back at him."

Pictured above: John Connor (Christian Bale) struggles with a tenacious T-600 puppet.

MAINTAINING A LIVE ACTION/CGI BLEND

"When we were first brought in by McG to work on TERMINATOR SALVATION, he was really a proponent of getting the live action," said Rosengrant. "He wanted to tie in his movie with the previous three so that there was a seamless connection to the past."

-Matt Winston

 

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Facebook TOP TEN!

Facebook TOP TEN!

"Femme Heroes"

Femme Superheros by Pulse Photography takes first place in this week's winning Facebook image, with over 12.3k likes, 3.9k shares & 944 comments!

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Choose YOUR favourite Superhero! 

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Rise of The Arachnids

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TERMINATOR 3 Behind-the-Scenes - The First Terminators

TERMINATOR 3 Behind-the-Scenes - The First Terminators

THE FIRST TERMINATORS

The climax of the film, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, takes place at Cyber Research Systems, which has produced not only the Skynet defense system — which is due to launch multiple nuclear attacks within hours — but also robotic T-1 tanks that turn on their human creators.

Pictured above: Stan Winston Studio concept art for the T-1's by Aaron Sims.

HYDRAULICALLY POWERED "REAL" ROBOTS

Stan Winston Studio built five T-1s for the sequence at CRS headquarters, two of which were fully functional, hydraulic robots. “These T-1s were real robots,” said 25-year Stan Winston Studio supervisor and co-founder of Legacy Effects, John Rosengrant. “They were hydraulically powered machines that could spin around and drive and do all kinds of things.”

Pictured above: Intimidation tactics - a front line of T-1 terminators prepare for action.

LINKING THE OLD AND THE NEW

Concept artist, Aaron Sims, employed the same methodology for the T-1 that he had used for the T-X, first creating a 3D digital model that was based on a design from the T3 art department, headed by production designer Jeff Mann. Incorporated in the design were tank tracks, as well as neck pistons and rods that were similar to the original Terminator endoskeleton, to create a visual link between these prototypes and their future cousins.

Pictured above: The Stan Winston Studio mechanical team runs the hero animatronic T-1 tank through its paces, learning its movement vocabulary.

“We also gave it red lights for eyes,” said Sims, “and a chrome look — both of which were similar to the original Terminator.” Computer-milled foam parts were then molded and reproduced in resin. Final parts were made of fiberglass over steel and aluminum with a brushed metal finish.

Pictured above: Treads adapted to the T-1 from commercial treads purchased from Mattracks in Karlstad, Minnesota.

TANK TRACKS FOR A T-1

The final assembled T-1s stood seven feet tall, weighed 3,500 pounds, and featured articulated heads and arms, and turning turrets. The T-1s could travel seven miles per hour on their tank tracks, which were procured from an outside vendor. “Because of my interest in military history and armored tanks,” Rosengrant commented, “I knew that we weren’t going to be able to make the tracks on the T-1 in the time we had. So Alan Scott and I found this company called Mattracks, which makes conversions for pick-up trucks. Guys up in Minnesota or other cold parts of the country will pull their wheels off and put these tracks on their trucks, so that they can drive in deep snow. Tim Nordella figured out how to interface between these pre-fab tracks and the T-1. When it was all put together, the T-1 was a real, functioning robot.”

Pictured above: Stan Winston channels the T-1 on the set of TERMINATOR 3: Rise of the Machines.

 

Pictured above: Arnold Schwarzenegger battles his primitive brethren, the T-1, in TERMINATOR 3: Rise of the Machines.

REAL ROBOTS

“In Terminator,” Winston observed, “we pretended to build robots, but actually used stop-motion animation and puppetry and bits of animatronics. In Terminator 2, we advanced to digital animation and a full-standing animatronic with a range of motion — but we were still pretending to build robots. In Terminator 3, we actually built robots.”

-Jody Duncan

Excerpted from THE WINSTON EFFECT: THE ART AND HISTORY OF STAN WINSTON STUDIO

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