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Terminator: Salvation brilliant sound design & visuals

I really don’t know why so many people are giving this film such bad press. I was totally blown away by it after seeing it about a week ago.

As a sound designer, one of the elements that stood out for me was the incredible sound design by Cameron Frankley that breathed new life into the machines that I grew to love since the original film by James Cameron. The sound in this film penetrated right into your gut and created such intimidation for an evolved new side to the machines that have taken over the world, as they should now that we are in the future, right in the middle of the apocalyptic battle that we had only seen glimpses of in the past.
As you’ll hear in the intro on the main website, when many of the larger machines commence their destruction of the humans, a threat to their existence, there is this new buzz of electrical energy surging that is perfect to convey just how much trouble your in when they appear! It is really only appreciated properly in a good theatre [I saw it in the best one in Vancouver].

The look of this film was also gorgeous, shot on a special never before used film stock to give it this bleak apocalyptic feel. The Director apparently also gave the cast and crew a copy of the famous “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” That inspired Blade Runner to give them an idea of the kind of world he wanted to create. And he succeeded in every way in doing that in my opinion.
We have to give credit to The Matrix series for doing this so well first…

But a good film requires more than just ear and eye candy, and as a fan of the series, I felt the film did a great job of bringing the story into the future in an exciting way that really impressed me.

So don’t listen to the hype, and see it in the theatre! It’s my fave of the year so far, even beating out Star Trek which I am usually an even bigger fan of…

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5 Responses to “Terminator: Salvation brilliant sound design & visuals”

  1. WeJa Priest Says:

    I totally totally totally agree! The sound design had me hooked!!

  2. Cameron Frankley Says:

    Thank you for the thoughtful words. Made my day!

    Cameron Frankley

  3. jarome Says:

    What an honor to have your presence here Cameron! Your work is truly exemplary, and you truly raise the craft of sound design to new heights. Much respect to you.

  4. Monti Cantwell Says:

    I too really enjoyed this movie even though I’m not a huge fan of the second film. It really did take you for a thrill ride in showing the magnitude of force the automic world meted out on mankind.

  5. James Says:

    Where can I get a recording of that sound? It was exactly how you described it, and I have been looking all over the place for a recoreding.