New Deal Studios Effects Night at the Museum 2 & Terminator Salvation
To bring realism to the Terminator destruction, a prosthetic T-800 torso was rigged on a cable ratchet for mobility. The special effects team created everything from bullet hits to flying flesh debris to a fully engulfed flaming torso. Moving from fire to water, a specially constructed 30ft. x 32ft. water tank made room for the next set of explosions -- only this time, under water. Shooting through portal windows to capture both the surface missile impact and the underwater submarine explosion, Hunter hired Photosonic's high-speed camera crew to capture the brilliant explosions in two takes.
New Deal is one of the a few studios in the world with access to all the visual effects tools in one company where all departments work in concert toward achieving a stunning final image on the screen. They used these tools on Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian by mixing great cinematic design and the latest technology matched with solid production management. This is why New Deal is able to grow in an ever contracting visual effects market.
New Deal Studios was founded in 1995 by Matthew Gratzner, Ian Hunter and Shannon Blake Gans. This artist owned and operated, independent company is housed in two buildings in Marina del Rey, California. NDS has developed over the years into a full-service production and visual effects studio unlike any in the world.