On Set With The Terminator Genisys 360 YouTube Battle

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The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is asking for your help to stop another Terminator set loose in YouTube’s Los Angles studio facility from destroying the human race.

In what can be described as a YouTube star riddled battle against a Terminator, the 360-degree VR video is brought to you by Paramount Studios, YouTube, and Specular Theory who teamed up to promote the new Terminator Genisys film release.


YouTube star Lilly Singh (aka IISuperwomanII) released the 360-degree video titled Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles in 360 on her channel this week. The video was shot from the point-of-view of a Terminator battling his way through the studio halls as YouTube stars try to defeat him.

Specular Theory is a virtual reality studio in Venice, California that produced and created the VR video with custom-built camera rigs and a VR video production pipeline to capture all the action in its 360-degree glory. First person perspectives were captured with a mix of video rigs on a stabilized monopod and on a remote controlled rover like system.

Morris May, CEO of Specular Theory, told us, “As soon as you put on the Cardboard you are given Terminator vision. To create this experience our team had to revisit our entire production pipeline all the way from our cameras to the tools we needed for post production in order to put the whole piece together. It was an exciting challenge and we had a blast doing it.“

We have spoken to Morris May in the past at VRLA this year and couldn’t be more excited to see this latest project come to fruition.

A Look On Set

The Terminator VR video is packed with familiar faces from YouTube including Superwoman, Tobuscus, Olgakay, JacksFilms, MysteryGuitarMan, Vsauce2, EpicLLOYD, The Warp Zone, Buff Dudes, and KristensReality. Having a blast and kicking Terminator ass!

Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles in 360 may be the big VR hit needed to reach a large audience across the YouTube community since the video site added support for VR videos to its app earlier this month. YouTube’s mobile app now lets users press a special button to view such videos with a VR headset like Google Cardboard’s VR viewer. Viewers can alternatively watch the video on their desktop at YouTube and can interact with the video to explore different angles from the Terminator’s point-of-view.


Ryan Pulliam, CMO at Specular Theory, commented, “In the final scene of this experience we see what it’s like to really be face-to-face with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s priceless! You can’t achieve this through any other medium.”

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Image Credit: Specular Theory

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