“You know the liquid metal guy in T2? Yeah, my teammate wrote him”

I used to enjoy busting out that humblebrag on Google Photos (and before that, at Adobe) where I got to work with John Schlag. Troubles in the VFX industry yielded a windfall of imaging talent for Google (which occupies the former LA office of Rhythm & Hues, FWIW), and we had a real murderer’s row of talent from DreamWorks, PDI, Sony, and other shops. (There’s so much potential yet to realize… but I digress.)

I mention it because I happened across a fun oral history of Terminator 2’s technology, featuring interesting recollections from John & the team (which, I’m very belatedly realizing, included longtime After Effects engineer turned chef/blogger (!) Michael Natkin).

“I’d point to a page and say, ‘Oh, well that looks interesting. How are you going to do that?’ And they’re like, ‘Oh, we don’t know yet.’ I’m like, ‘You people are batshit!’” – John Schlag

Enjoy, and see also “Re-visiting the freakin’ T-1000 walking out of the fiery truck crash.”



One thought on ““You know the liquid metal guy in T2? Yeah, my teammate wrote him”

  1. There are only two elements in our laws of physics capable of sustaining life. Carbon, obviously, as in hydrocarbons, etc. AND sulfur , which is the only other element capable of creating enough complex chemistry for life. Use Mercury in place of Hydrogen, as in mercuriosulfumeric chains, and you have T2. To the best of my knowledge this is my own research hypothesis.

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