YouTube Space LA was recently overtaken by Skynet, but in a good way. The venue played host to a Terminator-themed campaign involving several popular YouTubers like Olga Kay and Lilly Singh (or IISuperwomanII to the online video masses).
The Terminator campaign shoot took place over three days. In addition to Kay and Singh, YouTube brought in Woody Tondorf of Machinima, Toby Turner, and Matthew Santoro to film videos in the style of (and using set pieces and characters from) the upcoming Terminator: Genisys film from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. YouTubers Richard Ryan (RatedRR), Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarMan), Kevin Lieber (Vsauce2), Epic Lloyd, and Jack Douglass of Jacksfilms also made cameo appearances.
SO MUCH EXCITEMENT! pic.twitter.com/QwEomhtfTw
— Matthew Santoro (@MatthewSantoro) April 8, 2015
— Machinima (@Machinima) April 7, 2015
Kay told Tubefilter Arnold Schwarzenegger even showed up to contribute to the campaign. “There were at least 100 people in the lobby when Arnold arrived on set. I’ve never seen YouTube Space LA so silent,” Kay said in an email. “Everyone was taking in the Terminator power. He was very sweet and even allowed me to nap on him for a brief photo opportunity.” Kay also noted how professional Schwarzenegger was, only needing about two takes before completing his scenes.
— Olga Kay (@OlgaKay) April 10, 2015
For Kay’s part, she said one of her favorite highlights of the entire shoot was filming an action sequence with Turner where she consistently beat him up. “[I’m] always satisfied when I get to kick his ass on camera, take after take after take,” she joked.
This isn’t the first time a major Hollywood studio has enlisted YouTube stars to create branded entertainment for promoting film. Previously, YouTube Space LA teamed with Legendary Pictures to bring a Godzilla set to life. The two companies also worked with director Guillermo Del Toro on a horror-themed Halloween contest involving creepy sets inspired by Del Toro’s works.
The YouTube Space LA Terminator campaign resulted in three videos packed full of comedy, action, and special effects. These clips will be hosted on Machinima, Turner, and Singh’s YouTube channels in the near future.