McG checks in from the set of Terminator Salvation with a new blog posting. The highlights include an explanation of the visual style of the new film and the work they have been doing with the story. Here are a few excerpts:

“We have set out to achieve a completely new visual style that hasn’t been seen before. We’re shooting the film on color stock but are using a method inspired by the Oz process which was developed at Technicolor by Mike Zacharia and Bob Olson. Basically we are adding three times as much silver. It creates a surreal texture that is in keeping with the notion of the entire picture – feeling detached from the world we know today.”

“Every morning and every night Christian [Bale] and I work on the story.” … “We are committed to putting the story and character first and then supplementing that with action and visual effects.  It is our intention to make a film on a large scale with the nuance and subtext of a high quality independent picture.” … “The entire crew takes the making of this film very seriously. I made a point of hiring key personnel that are passionate about getting this right. Everyone is well versed in the mythology.”

Now it would be easy to sarcastically pick apart McG’s statements, especially the line where McG compares the movie to a “film on a large scale with the nuance and subtext of a high quality independent picture.” But to be honest, McG is saying everything right. He’s made his intentions clear, and the footage we’ve seen via the teaser trailer last week did not disappoint. We’re going to be at Comic Con talking to the cast and crew of the film, so check back later in the week for that.

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