Ok, so I'm currently in pre-production on a terminator fan film that will take place in between T1 and T2, centering around the battles that took place leading up to finding the time displacement equipment and the supposed destruction of Skynet. It makes numerous references to John Connor at points, but in no way involves him in the movie other than by name.
We are currently building costumes and props for the film, and have been using this site for a while for reference. I have been writing the screenplay for a few months, and am planning on doing a short 8-10 minute film as a preview to show how the film will look visually.
I'm trying to find some help in creating props (endo Plasma rifle, canister grenade, etc.) and could use some help in finding anyone who has access to creating vacuum mold props of some items. I was planning on doing a papercraft endo rifle, lacquering it heavily, and then trying to make a mold, but was wondering if anyone had a 1:1 homemade prop, or an actual 1:1 movie prop to take a cast from. I've seen people using the Nerf Longshot as a base for this particular prop, and also seen SSgt Burton's repaint as Reese's plasma rifle, but decided to use a modified airsoft bullpup type rifle as a base for the resistance plasma rifle. In my story, the resistance comes across the endo rifle at a point, and I've found a few recast props on ebay, but feel shelling out $179 + shipping is a bit much, especially if the item is coming from South Africa (which seems suspect).
Anyways, I'm posting this in the hope that I can get some response, and build up my status so I can post some pictures of what I've been creating.
We are trying to capture the feel of the warzone portrayed in T1, including the style of the costumes, the overtone of the resistance and their guerilla tactics, and the tension created by being hunted by the machines constantly. We will be using similar techniques as Cameron did to create our future war environment.
Just wanted to post this and give a shout out to all the Terminator fans out there that feel that T3 and TS were a sham, and focus around what everyone wants: The future war.