‘Terminator: Salvation’ CG Spinoff Premieres Online19 May, 2009 By: John Latchem
Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution have introduced “Terminator: Salvation — The Machinima Series,” which utilizes CG animation from the Terminator: Salvation video game from Halcyon Games.
Produced in association with Terminator: Salvation director McG, the six-part series is set in 2016 and tells the story of how Blair Williams, voiced by Moon Bloodgood, becomes involved with John Connor’s future resistance against Skynet’s terminator army, two-and-a-half years before the setting of the film.
“‘Machinima’ is the next generation of storytelling,” said Diane Nelson, president of Warner Premiere. “The combination of McG and the game maker’s creative talent and the inherent essence of the man vs. machine concept made for a natural feature-length story.”
“Machinima,” a portmanteau word combining machine and cinema, describes real-time computer animation usually created using video game engines and environments. “Terminator: Salvation — The Machinima Series” is billed as the first full-length series to use the technique.
“The process allows the writer and director to think cinematically while at the same time executing certain things that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive or even impossible on a set,” McG said.
The series is available for $1.99 per episode ($2.99 for HD) and $9.99 for the collection ($14.99 HD) from iTunes, Amazon Video on Demand, Xbox Live and the Sony PlayStation Network.
Terminator: Salvation opens in theaters May 21.