Terminator 2: Judgment Day's T-800 - An Interview with Stan Winston


Terminator 2: Judgment Day's T-800 - An Interview with Stan Winston

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY – SECOND CHANCES

To watch the never-before-seen Terminator 2 "Making of" video, just click on the player above.

An interview with Stan Winston

Everything in Terminator 2 has been finessed. We've had a luxury in this movie. We have been able to do what we normally can never do in a movie. We have been able to take what we did the first time and do it better the second time.

Pictured above: Stan Winston with some of the stars of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY

T-2’s T-800 ENDOSKELETON

It's much more technically advanced than the endoskeleton in the first movie. It's actually artistically advanced beyond the endoskeleton in the first movie. But these things are subtleties that only we as the artists and technicians will see.

Pictured above: TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY's new T-800s assembled in Stan Winston Studio.

Pictured above: Stan Winston adjusts the full-size T-800 puppet on the set of T2: JUDGMENT DAY.

Pictured above: A full-size T-800 puppet scans for Resistance fighters in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY.

ON RE-CREATING LIFE

We try to re-create life… that is what our job is. We are duplicating life. We are duplicating Arnold…. We are making animatronic duplications of living things… with the use of servos to animatronically move faces, with the finest artists trying to duplicate skin texture and skin tones, with the finest technicians doing all of the mechanical work, with all of the original drawings and designs, with all of the sculpture, all of it, we are trying to duplicate life.

Pictured above: Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with one of his puppet doubles on the set of Terminator 2.

DESTROYING ARNOLD WITH MAKEUP FX & PUPPETS

We had to design the makeup effects that made Arnold, himself, the actor, appear to be the Terminator when a certain amount of flesh was removed from his face and certain appendages were ripped off of his body and the revealing of the robotic aspect underneath him… all of these things we learned from [The Terminator] to make them better, how to make them lay flatter to his face, how to make the illusion of the chrome underskull be more acceptable as a makeup, so it was not sitting out as far on his face as the makeup.

Pictured above: The "final stage" disintegration makeup on Arnold Schwarzenegger from T2.

Pictured above: SWS concept artist Mark "Crash" McCreery's rendering of a battle-damaged Arnold for T2.

Pictured above: The Terminator proves he's a robot in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY.

ANIMATRONIC ARNOLDS

We had to duplicate Arnold completely from head-to-toe animatronically for certain shots… Although the puppets actually worked much better than they did in the first, the need is less because of how well the makeup worked. And because of that, Jim [Cameron] was able to use Arnold in the makeup much more extensively than in the first movie.

Pictured above: Schwarzenegger in clay. This bust became the basis for the Arnold puppets in T2.

Pictured above: The animatronic "hero" Arnold puppet head, just waiting for a body.

Pictured above: 4 heads are better than one. Especially when you're working with James Cameron.

THE MAGIC TRICK

When you see Arnold, and then puppet, and then Arnold, it's seamless. No one will know. That's what we need to do. And I don't believe that the audience, unless they're looking for it, will ever know when is it real or when is it Memorex?

-Stan Winston

Excerpted from our new TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY Behind the Scenes video. Just click on the player above to watch it now.

 

More T2 "Behind-the-Scenes" Stuff from SWSCA:

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY: T-1000 Effects - Part One

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY: Sarah's Nightmare & T-1000 Blade Arm Kill FX

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY: T-1000 "Splash Head" Special Effects

 

Related Lessons:

METALLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES: Robot Finishes

METALLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES: Real Metal Effects

SILICONE PAINTING TECHNIQUES: Realistic Flesh Tones

ROBOT BRAINS: Animatronic Character Servo Control

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