The making of the themepark ride. Interesting behind the scenes info on its shooting, tidbits of info thats been shared with us on our many travels to the different Universal theme parks and other facts and figures from (un)official sources. Check some of the in-depth info on T2:3D below.
A total of 47 computer graphic artists and 8 compositors worked full-time on the project for more than 6 months. Computer generated elements were modelled and animated using a beta test version of 'Alias 7.0' and rendered in 'Renderman' using a Digital Domain conversion program. Also featured in the first section and created using 'Alias' and 'Renderman' is a computer generated T-800 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The onscreen 'characters', such as the one foot in diameter flying probes, were created as models, then digitally scanned into the computer and enhanced with 'Softimage' and 'Renderman' to give texture and shading.
The rendering is projected on three separate screens, in a way never done before, surrounding guests in 180 degrees of 'in-your-face' excitement. Each of the three projection screens located in the attraction measure 23-feet high by 50-feet long and are coated with an ultra-high-gain material to produce the best possible 3D imagery. Six fully automated 70 mm 'Iwerks' projectors are required to created the 3D images that thrill the guests.
To perfect the interlocking of 3D images on multiple screens, the creators enlisted the aid of NASAs 'Dr. Ken Jones', a specialist from Pasadena, 'California's Jet Propulsion Laboratories'.
Also, the attraction features a state-of-the-art sound system created by 'Soundelux' that pumps a total of 45,620 watts through 159 speakers.
Frame for frame, the 3D film used in the attraction is the most expensive live action film ever produced.
This attraction marks the first time ever combination of 3D cinematography, digital composite computer graphics and explosive live stunt work.
More than 100 miles of cable is woven throughout the attraction to activate the various audio, video, computer network and show support systems.
There are 2 shotgun blasts and 14 9mm rounds of ammunition fired in each show. All weapons and ammunition are specifically modified for safety purposes.
Each of the attraction's six 'cinebotic' T-70 cyborg soldiers stand eight feet tall and are more than four feet wide.
Gregory Ecklund, who animated 80% of the T-meg actions while it appeared on the screen to the right, also worked with Arnold double for a transition shot to get the action from the stage/actors seamlessly into the screen (film/actors). The stunt took place on a track and piston controlled motorcycle mimicking a jump forward in time. As the bike lands and skids to a stop, Ecklund is morphed into the actor Eddie Furlong.