Michael Bay and James Cameron Talk Transformers: Dark of the Moon!
While showing footages of the upcoming third installment of the Transformers series, the movie director Michael Bay also have a discussion with filmmaker James Cameron regarding the movie and 3D technology. Hit the jump to check it out!
The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime "Transformers" character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.
While at Paramount Studios showing 15 minutes of his upcoming movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (including spoiling the opening scenes of the movie; in case you haven't read it, check it here), director Michael Bay talks, discusses, and explains a lot about the movie and 3D technology of it with the well-known Avatar director, James Cameron.
Here is the discussion as posted by Yahoo! News:
"It was just great to sculpt with space," Bay said. "It just felt right for this movie."
Cameron helped convince his fellow filmmaker to embrace 3-D technology and employ it in the latest "Transformers" adventure, set for domestic release on July 1.
"I came up with that building sequence while I was doing stomach crunches," Bay said after the footage played. "That's the weirdest place I've ever come up with an action scene."
Doing "Transformers" in 3-D added about $30 million to the film's budget, Bay said, explaining that it blends film, digital and converted-to-3-D footage.
"I just watched the movie and couldn't tell the difference between digital and film," Cameron said. "This movie is a testament to the fact that it's indistinguishable to the eye."
The filmmakers agreed, however, that not all 3-D is good 3-D. Some films are converted too cheaply and quickly, they said, and moviegoers don't like the results.
"The 3-D gets people back into the cinema experience, the big screen and stuff that we love, but we're abusing it left and right," Cameron said. "Some studios are making poor decisions about which films to convert and how to convert."
But he and Bay are convinced that 3-D is here to stay and cameras and conversion methods will continue to improve. "I had fun on the set shooting it," Bay said. "It was like a new toy."
The most exciting thing about 3-D? Audience reaction, Cameron said.
"When they see something that blows their minds, that's the most exciting part," he said. "You know you've won them. You know you've taken them someplace, like what we've just experienced here."
Follow the link below to check out the full article, and the description of the opening scene right on the site.
With the cast of Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson as well as the voices of Peter Cullen and Leonard Nimoy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon will land on theaters on June 29, later this year!
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