Terminator: Genisys was out this summer, and while the city of San Francisco was destroyed in yet another Judgement Day, it’s not the only city depicted that was anymore. In honor of the movie’s upcoming Blu-Ray release, artists were invited to reimagine different cities torn apart by Skynet.
New York, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Chicago were all reimagined by artists who have worked on Game of Thrones, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and many more. Check them out and quotes from their artists below.
Chicago (art by Jan Urschel)
“A squadron of hunter killers is approaching in this aerial shot of downtown Chicago. Between the towering ruins of the old world, the dried out riverbed has given way to Skynet installations glistening with their metallic precision in the evening sun. The sky gives a hopeful feeling that not all is lost for mankind, capturing the overall mood and message of the movie.”
New York (artwork by Emmanuel Shiu)
“This is an establishing shot of Time Square post ‘Judgment Day’ — I wanted to bring a more intimate feel to this piece by placing the camera closer to the ground so you could be right down in the thick of the action where the T-800s are patrolling the streets. I also wanted to play with daylight breaking through the monolithic Time square buildings and post nuclear fallout where the atmospheric effect adds to the drama.”
Seattle (artwork by Annemieke Loomis Hutchins)
“A wide establishing shot of Seattle post Judgment Day – taking advantage of the fog and haze elements found in the Seattle area. The T-800 surveys from a high vantage point while the ships patrol the downtown area. I thought that the nuclear fallout and it’s particulate in the sky might make for some interesting sky coloration, so I pushed it to more of an orange-yellow. “
D.C. (artwork by Pat Presley)
“The Destruction of Washington, D.C. — With so many iconic locations to use, I decided to go with the National Mall to establish the overall devastation and show that a lot of time has pass since Judgement Day. The nuclear winter has long set in while the Hunter-Killer still looking for any resistance. Taking advantage of the dramatic fallout sky, I used the sunbeams to focus attention on the remain of Washington Monument in the foreground and the US Capitol in the background. There’s also a hint that The Machine starting to build on top of the city’s carcass. It could be an outpost or a reactor facility.”