Assignment 2 The Terminator

So for our second assignment we were kept in the same groups as the Vogler assignment and given a movie to study. We were assigned The Terminator. What we had to do for this assignment was create a schematic of the movie and an artifact. We got lucky with our movie since it’s actually a really good movie and there aren’t a lot of main characters so the schematic isn’t that confusing. So what are main objective was (before starting the schematic) was to watch the movie a few times and write out notes, so we all went off and started writing notes.

The Schematic

A few days later we came back with a so many. I did 11 pages of notes and I’m glad I did because it saved a lot of time having detailed notes instead of having to run back and try and find a certain clip in the movie.

The First Attempt

After all the diligent note taking we started on the schematic. We started by doing it out on the whiteboard however we soon realised that there was no way we could fit the schematic on the whiteboard so we moved on to the window using sticky pads to write shortened notes of the timeline. This took a long time, it was probably the most difficult part of constructing the timeline because it was the first rendition of it and lining all the timelines up correctly was very difficult. Once we finished this we kept on adding and improving it, switching the timlines around to see where they fit best depending on who they acted alongside with most and when they did interact or came into contact who made the contact? If Terminator chased Sarah down then his timeline would cross over a reach hers, if Kyle hunted her down then his timeline would cross over into hers.

The Police Timeline

One issue we kept running into was the police officers timeline. Because the police play a big part in it we gave them their own timeline however during the movie a cop (Ed) becomes a vital part of the story so we didn’t know whether to give him his own timeline from the start or have him come out of the police timeline when he is introduced. In the end we decided that we would give him his own timeline whenever he enters the story and that his timeline and the police’s storyline intertwine so much that their timeline would be the same. I think this was a good decision because he was doing the same as what the other cops were doing in during the movie which was look for Kyle, Sarah and the Terminator, but at certain points when he interacts with Sarah and the rest of the main characters we had him specifically come out of the police timeline then enter back in to the police timeline when he was finished interacting.

The Second Draft

Once the initial lay out was complete we drafted it again to make it more clear. We sat down together and stared writing out the timeline on paper so that the lines would be clearer. It ended up being 8 pages long but it felt longer after working on it for so long. After this was complete it was time to start the final schematic.


The Final Schematic

This took a while. First we had to figure out what to do it on, we weren’t sure about Prezi but it was an option but so was google docs. In the end after much deliberation we went with google docs because we could all work on it at the same time and see each others progress as we went. One issue that we found from the second draft of the schematic was that the timelines were unnecessarily confusing, they could have been simplified more so Rhea moved the timelines around a little bit and cleared that issue up. We moved them simply to make the timelines easy to follow and interact with each other. We colour coded each of the character timelines so that it is all clear and it’s easy to follow each of the lines. We also colour coded the text boxes with the colour of the dominant person in the scene so for example if Kyle was explaining to Sarah about the Terminator then the colour of the text box would be Kyle’s colour. Overall I think the schematic ended up looking really nice and I’m very happy with the restructured layout of the final outcome because before in the drafted versions it was very messy and everyone’s timelines cut across each others and even though that still happens in the final timeline its a lot more structured.

The Artifact

Surprisingly this wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be, probably down to my team mates having awesome ideas but still I thought coming up with ideas was going to be a lot harder. Méabh, Dervla and Rhea where together (unfortunately I couldn’t be in uni at the time) and were really interested in doing something with Terminator’s arm, they started drawing up concepts and looking at how they could make it look as realistic as possible, we stuck to the initial plan for the artifact mainly however one of our ideas was to at skin folds around the wound in the arm with liquid latex. In the end this was too expensive so we didn’t use it instead we ripped the mudrock to create the wound and it left a really nice effect that made the skin look frayed, broken and burned. I think one of the best parts about the artifact is the Meccano fingers that Méabh designed. When she showed us what she was doing I started looking into the anatomy of the human hand, specifically the tendons in the hand and the forearm. The creation of the arm was a lot of fun and a little bit terrifying. The creation of the artifact was a really great way to work together as a team, it allowed all of us to work on it together which was a lot of fun and really made the time go quick, it turned something daunting into a fun task.

To prepare for the creation of the artifact we did sketches, concepts, made lists the usual. Everyone in the group was very excited about the arm and couldn’t wait to get started. Here are some of my hand sketches, anatomical studies and concepts.



As we developed the artifact further it just kept getting better and we kept getting more involved. We couldn’t stop working on it, we added a base with gravel and burned newspaper, we used hot glue and paint for blood, we worked on it right up until the night before never thinking it was perfect and wanting to add more to it which. It has been a project that we poured all of time, effort and even a little bit of blood into (Thank Méabh for that for cutting me in the process of taking the arm off). I would love to work on a project like this again with this team.

Here are some images of the artifact from start to finish.

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So here are some final images of the arm (taken and edited by Rhea).

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