“Terminator Salvation,” the fourth and latest film in the “Terminator” franchise, is the first to devote much of its screen time to a landscape in ruins.
To sketch out the details of the landscape and solidify the film's look, McG hired the production designer Martin Laing. A long-time collaborator of James Cameron, the creator of the franchise and director of the first two films, Laing had a firm grasp of the Terminator world. “I used to pass the model of the Terminator, the T-800, that James Cameron has in his office on a daily basis,” he said. “And on occasion, I had to glue the toe back on it because it always used to get kicked off.”
For “Terminator Salvation,” Laing sketched designs for 10 new models of Terminators and drafted paintings of the scenes that would eventually come to life on location in New Mexico.