Terminator LEGO – Resurrected Feb 3, 2015

I’m currently in the process of building the Terminator LEGO series that I’ve always wanted to work on.

Terminator Lego

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to make a stop motion series based on the Terminator. Back in my younger, more ambitious days, I even thought I might be able to create a frame-by-frame version of Terminator 2, entirely in LEGO, but I’ve since grown some brains and realize that unless I have thousands of dollars to spend on better supplies and a much better film set, that’s just not plausible. On top of that, I’ve come to realize that when I make my videos, it’s easier to hold the attention of the audience if the video is shorter than ten minutes, or in some cases, shorter than five.

As such, about a year ago, I made plans to create a more updated Terminator series, which I came so close to making, but cancelled at the time, because I had the materials, the ideas, I just didn’t have a good script. The idea became shelved as I focused on other projects, and for a while, I thought I had cancelled it entirely. I still couldn’t bring myself to take apart the lego pieces though, and over time, I even added little improvements to my designs with the thought of “just in case…”

And, just like that, I suddenly felt I was ready. I redrafted a script for the first episode, and I started taking pictures.

Here’s a taste of what I’ve got so far:

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Team Resistance

John Connor and the human resistance.

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Cyberdine Model T-101 with a bunch of other Terminators, and two Hunter-Killers.

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…at night!

This video series will be based mostly on the second Terminator movie, but it will also be based on the game made by SEGA many years ago. I’m even using music taken directly from the SEGA Genesis version of the game.

Something that also makes this series different than any I’ve made so far is the sheer amount of editing I need to put into it. I actually have to go through each image and alter the lighting (still working on making it right), so I can simulate the right kind of night look. I also have to build a “bad” set. As in, I need to add a lot to the scenery, but I have to make it look like a wasteland, at least in the episode that is from the future. You’d be surprised about how hard it is to make something bad and good at the same time. I don’t even know how to accurately describe it, but I’m sure you’ll get it.

Anyway, I don’t have a timeline for this project right now.

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