Last Night: Linda Hamilton, Danny Elfman, Radiohead and other Terminator Salvation Sneak Preview News

Last Night: Linda Hamilton, Danny Elfman, Radiohead and other Terminator Salvation Sneak Preview News

Here are some other highlights from the presentation. McG talked about:

Courting Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Danny Elfman for the soundtrack:

"There had to be a sound. Originally I wanted Gustavo Santaolaya. He does the delicate guitar sounds from Babel and Brokeback Mountain

and I wanted those analog sounds to be the sound of the resistance...

instruments that sound like they could survive a nuclear holocaust.

Then I wanted those sounds to segue into a more mechanical sound for

the machines. I wanted Thom Yorke from Radiohead to do that. I thought

that would be really interesting. We talked to their camps but the

schedules were prohibitive. At that time, Danny Elfman surfaced and

talked to me about the intimate understanding of how delicate human

flesh is and how that should have a sound, and how tough and

unforgiving a machine is. With a little luck, he'll be providing a

sonic landscape that both services those quiet emotional moments... and

that idea of a big, march, triumph sound."

Achieving a different look for the picture:


went and got dead stock from Kodak, the film they don't make any

longer, and I deliberately subjected it to a bunch of heat so it would

damage the film. Then I went to Panavision and did a lot of

experimentation. Their state of the art lenses are called Prima lenses

and I wanted the lenses called ultra-speed lenses which have flares, flaws and a different quality. But most importantly, we processed it

with three times as much silver as you would traditionally process a

color stock, all in the interest of creating this otherworld patina. [We talked] to people at Cal Tech and studied Chernobyl and discussed what the world would look like, smell like

and taste like in a post-apocalyptic capacity. I wanted the world to

have a really tactile sense... a patina of difficulty and duress."

How the film starts with the introduction of a new character:


the film starts present day and we meet a guy [Marcus Wright, played by actor

Sam Worthington] who is being condemned to death. This world of

convenience that we all live in -- there's a 7-11 on every corner, all

these advantages -- that world had only ever shown him cruelty. He'd

given up on humanity and largely given up on himself. He's a car thief,

he got his brother killed and two cops in a joy ride gone wrong and

gets sentenced to death and he's like, "Fuck it, cut me up until there

is nothing left." He signs up for a scientific experiment and he wakes

up in the future after the bombs have gone off. Isn't it interesting that in a world of privilege he only saw what

was wrong with human kind, and in a world of duress he sees the

courage of a young boy [Reese] who is idealistic and wants to fight for

the right reasons? He learns the value of humanity and the value of

self. It's really a becoming story about a guy discovering the value of

human life, about a kid discovering what it means to be a hero, and

about Connor learning that he is indeed the one. He has to go all the


Last Night: Linda Hamilton, Danny Elfman, Radiohead and other Terminator Salvation Sneak Preview News

*Spoiler Alert*
My only issue with the

footage came in a critical scene where John Connor [played by Christian

Bale] crashes his helicopter into a lake; a battle with underwater

kill-bots ensues, and Connor realizes that Marcus appears to be

a machine after the mysterious newbie sustains wounds that reveal his

metal skull. This leads me to believe that when Marcus

volunteered for the medical experiment, he was somehow cut up and inserted

with a Terminator's endoskeleton, waking up with no memory of what

happened. That, or he was never human to begin with and he only faked

it to get close to Reese and Connor in an attempt to, once again, end

the resistance. If it's the former, then Wolverine should be pissed someone stole

his origin story. If it's the latter, then nothing new. Either way, you

bet I'll be in line on opening night.

(All photos by Victor Broadley)


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