Terminator Salvation Machinima Series

If you’ve seen the amusing Halo series, Red vs Blue, which uses in-game Halo footage to create a new story, with new sound effects, voice-overs and whatnot, then you’ll be familiar with the concept of machinima. Now it has been applied to the Terminator Salvation universe. Press release below.

 “TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE MACHINIMA SERIES” EXPLODES ONLINE AS THE FIRST LONG FORM DRAMATIC MACHINIMA PRODUCTION

Created by The Halcyon Company and Warner Premiere

The First Long Form Dramatic Machinima Series Produced By A Major Studio

Creators Use “Terminator Salvation” Videogame to Create Filmed Entertainment

An Original Series Starring Moon Bloodgood as “Blair Williams”

Produced and Overall Creative Direction Provided by The Halcyon Company and the Film’s Director McG

First Episode Now Available on iTunes and other Digital Distributors

Halcyon Games, a division of The Halcyon Company along with Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution today announced the first full length Machinima series titled “Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series.” Produced in association with McG, director of “Terminator Salvation,” and Machinima Inc., this six part series utilizes real time computer animation generated from the “Terminator Salvation” video game and is set against an original story written by Andy Shapiro and directed by Tor Helmstein. Fans follow “Blair Williams” (voiced by Moon Bloodgood) on an action-packed journey that reveals the genesis of Blair William’s involvement with John Connor’s resistance unit two and a half years before the movie begins.

 Terminator Salvation Machinima

“Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series” is now available on iTunes, Amazon Video on Demand, Xbox Live and the Sony PlayStation Network. The cost per episode is $2.99 for HD and $1.99 for SD (where available). Fans can also sign up for a season pass and automatically receive future episodes every week for $14.99 in HD or $9.99 in SD (where available).

“From a film maker’s point of view, Machinima provides an incredibly dynamic way to explore live worlds and tell compelling new stories,” said McG. “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.”

Machinima, a word derived from the combination of machine and cinema, describes computer-generated animation created in real-time by leveraging video game engines and environments. Revolutionizing the digital content creation process, Machinima.com is pioneering a cost effective way to produce high quality video content for multi-platform distribution. “Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series” was entirely produced by leveraging Machinima techniques utilizing assets from “Terminator Salvation: the Videogame.”

“Working with The Halcyon Company’s motion picture development team and having produced a high-octane, story driven action shooter videogame using Grin AB’s cutting edge ‘Diesel’ engine, we had an incredible basis to further explore stories set in the Terminator universe,” said Cos Lazouras, president of Halcyon Games, creator of the “Terminator Salvation” videogame. “Re-purposing our game to produce the very first dramatic series in this medium is a fantastic innovation and will become the norm for game makers in the future.”

“Machinima is the next generation of storytelling,” said Diane Nelson, president of Warner Premiere. “After meeting with McG and Halcyon’s creative teams we could easily see the power and potential of this type of content. 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.”

About “Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series”

The year is 2016. It has been thirteen years since Judgment Day, when the machines rose under the order of a self-aware artificial intelligence called Skynet. The human race is on the brink as Terminators hunt and destroy all remaining life.

The Resistance is the last hope for survival. Commanded by the remnants of a decimated military system, resistance fighters battle the machines of Skynet day and night without quitting. Blair Williams is one of these fighters. Blair is in her early 30’s and is old enough to remember a normal life but vital enough to learn how to fight. She is highly skilled and superbly courageous – traits that often get her some of the hardest missions.

We meet Blair at the beginning of one of these missions. She has been sent into the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a known hot zone, to seek out and destroy something called “The Ghost” – a code name designated to a machine designed to interfere with Command’s communications. The resistance knows that Skynet is ever evolving and this must be just another tactic to bring down the leadership. Without the ability to talk to each other, the Resistance would simply fracture and collapse. It was already starting to happen.

Terminator Salvation’s New Trailer

It opens on May 21 and it looks bleak, but action packed. Christian Bale as John Connor, lots of new tech and machines – it’s looking like  a good film thus far.

IDW Film Prequels Galore

terminator_color_rungeIDW has some impressive TV and film licences, including CSI, Angel, Ghost Whisperer and Doctor Who. Come Januray, they’ll also be launching three different mini-series that will effectively act as prequels to some of 2009’s biggest  films. They include January’s Terminator Salvation Movie Prequel #1 by Dara Naghi and Alex Robinson, and two different series for the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Prequel. Alliance starts next month, with art by Alex Milne and Defiance begins in January, with art by Dan Khanna. Both series are written by Chris Mowry. Perhaps their most exciting movie prequel is the one tying into the new Star Trek film. Official press release below, as is the cover, and if you haven’t seen the fantastic new trailer for the film, beam down here.

IDW Publishing has joined with Paramount Pictures, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Kurtzman/Orci Productions and CBS Consumer Products to publish a four-issue limited comic book series tied to next summer’s new Star Trek movie, which will be released in theaters on May 8, 2009.

The first comic in the series, Star Trek: Countdown #1, will be released in January 2009 to the comic book direct market. The story is presented by Abrams and plotted by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It is written by Mike Johnson (Superman/Batman) and Tim Jones, and features stunning art by David Messina (Star Trek: Mirror Images). Messina also provides covers for the series.

“There was a lot of back and forth about doing this project, how to do it, what it would be about, but what all parties agreed on was that we needed the right story and that it needed to matter. It had to count both on its own merits and when read in conjunction with the new movie,” said series editor Andy Schmidt. “I couldn’t be happier with the project and what it means to the overall Star Trek franchise!”

“Star Trek: Countdown lays the groundwork for what happens in the movie,” said Roberto Orci. “It’s our way of passing the baton from the Next Generation characters and their movies to the new film.” Star Trek: Countdown is sure to be in huge demand as eager fans look for a sneak peak into director J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek vision! Star Trek: Countdown #1 (Diamond item code NOV08 4113), a 32-page, $3.99 comic, premieres in January 2009.

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