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The Art of "Terminator Salvation" [Hardcover]

Tara DiLullo Bennett
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28 April 2009
The eagerly awaited fourth Terminator movie, "Terminator Salvation", starring Christian Bale and directed by McG, reaches cinemas on 22 May 2009. In a brand-new chapter in the Terminator saga, Judgement Day has come to pass and Skynet has destroyed much of the world's population. In this post-apocalyptic world populated by deadly killing machines, the resistance, including John Connor, continues its brutal fight for survival. "The Art of Terminator Salvation" is a stunning visual chronicling of the making of the movie, comprising of exclusive designs, storyboards and stills revealing the depth of creativity that has gone into creating the brand-new Terminator movie.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (28 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848560826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848560826
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 27.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tara Bennett gathers an array of images, from embryonic sketches to magnificently detailed double page concept art, threaded with photos of the life-size animatronic Termies in every stage of their construction."
-- Imagine FX

About the Author

Tara Bennett is the author of a variety of movie and TV companions, including 300: The Art of the Film and several official companions to the hugely successful TV show 24. She also writes regular articles for many publications including SFX and Lost: The Official Magazine, as well as contributing to popular website SciFi.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll see a lot of Terminators in this book 13 May 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:26 Mins
The star of the movie is John Connor. The star of this art book is the Terminators. This 240-page hardcover volume features hundreds of color illustrations, storyboards, and intricately designed production art. Much of the concept paintings are done by production designer Martin Laing. There's also Jason Sweers, Victor Martinez, David Lowery who worked on the Terminator designs and storyboards. Unfortunately, a lot of credits don't come with names so we'll not know the exact artist.

This book has a ton of designs for the Terminators. We're talking about T-1, T-600, Aerostats, Hunter-Killers, Hydrobots, Transports, Harvesters, Moto-Terminators and even the T-70 which is only seen in the video game. There's several rejected iterations of the designs up to the final model used in the movie. These are in the form of 3D modeling, a few paintings and sketches. Included in a smaller amount are the set and location designs like the hideout, Skynet's factory, etc.

Overall, there's not much text except for the captions. Captions when provided nicely explains the thought process that goes behind the designs, like facing the challenge of differentiating these Terminators from Michael Bay's Transformers.

Strangely not included are the weapons used by the resistance fighters. I really want to know what kind of guns can be used to blow up endoskeletons. There's also not much character designs other John Connor in his few different costumes. Some of the production photos used are also a bit low in resolution but there are only a few production photos. If you want to see more production photos, you should grab Terminator Salvation: The Movie Companion.

This book is recommended for concept artists and fans of Terminator.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Terminator Salvation HB 18 Jun 2009
By Predian
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Nice quality book, great overall coverage of the film's artwork and the design process. Not much to read but enough to explain, I was unsure if some of the pictures would be the same as the Official Movie Companion but there are very few repeated and both are great to have if you like Terminator and other Sci-Fi.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Terminator Salvation 26 Nov 2009
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Really nice looking book, very weighty. Has lots of interesting stuff in, but for its size and price, expected a little more, so ive given it a middle of the road score.
Got through it in 10/15 mins, i wish there had been a bit more in it.
I would recommend this though if you're a fan of the terminator films, it is very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll see a lot of Terminators in this book 13 May 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The star of the movie is John Connor. The star of this art book is the Terminators. This 240-page hardcover volume features hundreds of color illustrations, storyboards, and intricately designed production art. Much of the concept paintings are done by production designer Martin Laing. There's also Jason Sweers, Victor Martinez, David Lowery who worked on the Terminator designs and storyboards. Unfortunately, a lot of credits don't come with names so we'll not know the exact artist.

This book has a ton of designs for the Terminators. We're talking about T-1, T-600, Aerostats, Hunter-Killers, Hydrobots, Transports, Harvesters, Moto-Terminators and even the T-70 which is only seen in the video game. There's several rejected iterations of the designs up to the final model used in the movie. These are in the form of 3D modeling, a few paintings and sketches. Included in a smaller amount are the set and location designs like the hideout, Skynet's factory, etc.

Overall, there's not much text except for the captions. Captions when provided nicely explains the thought process that goes behind the designs, like facing the challenge of differentiating these Terminators from Michael Bay's Transformers.

Strangely not included are the weapons used by the resistance fighters. I really want to know what kind of guns can be used to blow up endoskeletons. There's also not much character designs other John Connor in his few different costumes. Some of the production photos used are also a bit low in resolution but there are only a few production photos. If you want to see more production photos, you should grab Terminator Salvation: The Movie Companion.

This book is recommended for concept artists and fans of Terminator.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into how they come up with the look for movies 1 Dec 2009
By Lewis P. Morley - Published on Amazon.com
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I love fantasy movies. Like a lot of people, I'd like to work in films and create amazing images like the ones in the Terminator films. But how do you go about it?
This book is especially useful as it shows not just the final designs used in the film, but also the early ideas and dead ends that are part of the creative process.
Terminator is an especially interesting subject, as James Cameron created the entire look for the world in the first low budget film and every subsequent movie has had to elaborate on that original style.
As such, we see the killer robot equivalent of the Cadillac tailfin design style -different enough to suggest something new, but not so radical that it steps outside the established formula.
This fourth film in the series is particularly interesting as being a prequel to the original movie, it has to suggest designs that are more primitive than the ones created 20 years ago!
In this respect Terminator Salvation is not entirely sucessful, as audiences expect to see more rather than less and the temptation is always to go bigger and better, to top what has been seen before.
The original Terminator was a small film, but it packed a big visual design punch for it's day.
The advent of today's digital effects and mega million dollar budgets don't nescessarily equate to a better final product.

This book is nicely presented and it makes a cool techno-fascist addition to any coffee table!
It's interesting to see how the standard and style of pre production art has changed over the years.
Cameron used white conte pencil on black paper to define the gleaming chrome of the Terminator robot, now today's artists produce much more finished pieces, using Photoshop and photo collages, 3D rendered models and electronic tablet pens instead of squeaker markers and airbrushes...

If nothing else, this book gives a good idea of the standards that are now expected in a big budget Hollywood movie...
Having done a very small amount of design work on films like "Red Planet" and "Star Wars Ep2." I can really appreciate the degree of skill that goes into these artworks, as opposed to the napkin scribbles I produced!
Now with the decline in local film production, I have moved on to teaching, rather than actually working in the industry and I find books like "The Art of Terminator Salvation" excellent teaching aids for my students.

In many ways I've enjoyed this book more than the film that created it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting look at the creative process. 13 May 2013
By Eric Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a big terminator fan. It really seems like the creative people involved were as well. It's very interesting to see how their designs for everything evolved and how they took the past mythos into account.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 11 Jun 2011
By William Sinclair - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is huge and has given me inspiration in my art. any fan of the series should own this. Lots of detail not seen in film.
4.0 out of 5 stars SO GOOD BOOK 2 Jun 2011
By MAXI - Published on Amazon.com
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FRANKLY I love this book even if I expected to bring MORE IMAGES AND VIEWS OF THE DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF BUILDINGS AND MODELS, HOWEVER IT IS VERY HELPFUL
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