Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)


Advanced CGI Deaging

Terminator Dark Fate - Original Poster

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1) ILM did de-aging in the opening scene. ILM's visual effects supervisor, Jeff White, said a lot of work went into the scene to ensure that the characters' faces looked realistic and had the same likeness as Terminator 2. After seeing the digital head shots, Schwarzenegger provided guidance to the ILM team, which made subtle adjustments to perfect his character's facial movements. The ILM team also created the liquid metal effects of the "Rev-9" terminator. The team studied time-lapse photography which depicted the growth of algae and fungus, and this inspired the liquid metal movements.

2) Maddy Curley serves as a stunt actress and body double for young Sarah Connor, with CGI applied to recreate Hamilton's facial likeness from the 1990s opening scene.

3) Edward Furlong's (who played John Connor in Terminator 2 (1991) and T2 3-D:Battle Across Time (1996) likeness was used to recreate his younger face digitally using CGI. He also gave a performance through facial motion capture footage that was added into the film. For his performance, Furlong simultaneously watched footage of Jude Collie (actor playing young John Connor)  during the film's opening scene and had to match his own performance precisely. Furlong is credited as "John Connor reference". Aaron Kunitz provided the voice of young John Connor.
4) Brett Azar serves as a body double for the young T-800, with CGI applied to recreate Schwarzenegger's facial likeness from the 1990s opening scene. Azar reprises this role from Terminator Genisys.

5) Directed by Tim Miller.