Michael Bay Finally Talks Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon

by on January 15, 2011

in Entertainment

Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon movie logo

After all the supposition and new toy look chasing that’s been going on around the internet, we finally get some words from the crazy-busy man himself behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon, movie director Michael Bay.

Michael Bay directing Transformers 3 in Florida

Michael Bay chatted about the lessons learned from Transformers 2.† Despite the fragmented feel to the story & chopped up editing, it still made over $800 million worldwide.† Me, I’ve come to enjoy it as a huge special effects project with a lot of Transformers humor.† If you look at it in the right light, it can be a rather entertaining movie.† But that’s the trick, watching it with the correct intent.† And from the second movie I’ve learned that some movie critics compare all movies on the same yard-stick and what movie critics actually step back and compare films to within their own genre.

Continuing with the Michael Bay Interview at Hero Complex about Transformers 3 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), we learn that Michael Bay agreed with critics about No. 2 and how the story was rather lacking and touches on how the writer’s strike affected the project and he realizes that the movie was too big of a story to go into it with a coherent script.

The big thing was the writers strike, it hurt the film and it made it hard on everybody. We had three weeks to get our story and, really, we were going into the movie without a script. Itís tough to do that. It was too big of a movie.”

The second mistake was they used the same time-frame set up that they had with the first movie and he learned that all movies have their own schedules.

Transformers 3 Will Be Lean & Mean

This time around, Michael Bay set out to prove to himself that the Transformers movie franchise can be done right and has pulled together a story that is, what he calls,

a good old-fashioned mystery and itís a tougher movie Ö itís funny but itís not a wisecrack-funny; itís funnier in the situation

Steven Spielberg tagged Mr. Bay for this franchise because of how Bay pulls in the human element of the story and how he can make it work.† Mr. Spielberg saw that in a previous movie that he worked with Mr. Bay on and we saw it in the first film but not so much in the second film.

Josh Duhamel in Transformers

With that said, Transformers 3 is going to be a more focused piece that ranges from a conspiracy theory that dates back to the 60’s to where we experience the personal tensions from within a small commando unit while comparing the story, in style, to that of a homeland version of Black Hawk Down, but with giant robots, as the action takes place in Chicago.

Mr. Bay even touched on the addition of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and noted that:

I think we have a better cast with this third movie than weíve ever had.

Some seem hesitant in the addition of the Victoria’s Secret model making her acting debut in Transformers 3.† I’m not holding my breath, but here’s something I’ve learned:† Victoria’s Secret supports their models, invests in them and advises them on various aspects of an acting career, which includes providing media training and what not.

Can super-models make it in acting?† Some have gone on to moderately successful careers and some not…† (Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Famke Janssen, Eva Longoria, Tricia Helfer, etc.)†† I’m just saying that I am not worried about Rosie being dragged around, running for her life from huge angry robots and having her performance distract from the scene…† more or less.† She will be the love-interest.† Not the main character.

[Can Super-Models Make it in Acting]

On Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D

When Mr. Bay first visited James Cameron while he was filming Avatar, all he saw was the blue screen sets and huge cameras and felt like this kind of filming was not for him because of how he approached real-world scenarios with this style.† He’s old school.† But he’s also a guy looking for that next technological edge.† It sounds like a bit of a conflict, but once one starts to appreciate what the tech can do for you, well, it becomes infectious.† Much like when I dragged myself kicking and screaming from a cell phone into the smart phone world.† Hated the trip, love the destination!

Transformers 3 Sony Pace 3D Camera

Transformers 3 Sony Pace 3D Camera

With Mr. Bay, he’s not taking the more standard route and filming in 2D then post-converting to an “extra depth format.”† Nah…† Michael Bay is filming with the larger, bulkier 3D cameras.† He notes how sometimes they’re much more difficult in how they capture scenes and splits them, as he references this by saying:

The second camera is always going to be a touch softer because itís going through a mirror. It sees reflections a little weird. Itíll catch a glare on one eye but it wonít on the other so it will kind of jump out at you sometimes in 3-D.

What I Took Away From The Michael Bay Interview

From what I’m seeing, some call this interview spin and marketing.† Sure, it is.† But it is no different than any other movie where the director and cast goes out and does their obligation to help their movie do as well as it can at the box office.† † From what Michael Bay has said about his experience with Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it feels like the movie will be on par with or even possibly move beyond the first movie in scope in how we had more character than transformations.

That will be refreshing and I can’t wait to hear more about Dark of the Moon.† It promises to be an improvement from No. 2 and, will more than likely be just the third movie I would consider going to see in 3D.† I’ve already seen my first 3D film in Tron and I’m considering Cowboys and Aliens for my next 3D showing.

We’ll see.

The new film has Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (n), Josh Duhamel, Hugo Weaving, Patrick Dempsey (n), John Malkovich (n), Ken Jeong (n), Alan Tudyk (n), Frances McDormand (n), Tyrese Gibson & John Turturro amongst the huge cast ((n) denotes new to the franchise.) and is due out in July, 2011.

[Michael Bay interview on Hero Complex]

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