Michael Bay – 5/28/06 update

Posted on May 28, 2006

We finished our first week. One of the best first weeks on a movie I’ve ever experienced. We shot over 250 set ups.

I’m working on the military aspects of the film right now in New Mexico at Hollaman Air Force base and the Army’s White Sands missile base. The military has been stellar with us. This is the largest military cooperation since Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down.

Friday we shot two CV-22’s (Ospreys). They fly like aliens dropping out of the sky. We also shot stealth fighters and low attack missile runs (50 feet off the deck) A10 Warthogs. They look so deadly and mean.

We also shot in an army tank grave yard, that has more tanks in it then all of Iraq. The military cast Josh and Tyrese are surrounded with top notch Seal Team members.

I almost dropped from heat stroke on Wednesday in the 118 degree heat. Several crew went down in the heat on these dunes. It is amazing how quickly it can come on – I now see how some of those football players drop dead from heat stroke.

The script reviews — I’ve seen, have been great but – I know they read a 112 page draft that was on record of four months old, but the dates they have given are wrong. We have done so much work since then.

I just hope people don’t spoil it for people hearing everything in the movie before they see the movie – that’s so lame.

I’ve anticipated leaks for months so I keep the only shooting script in my computer. Nobody has it, not even actors get a full script. Steven Spielberg taught me this trick.

I must say I’m very excited about this movie, we have shot some awesome shots!!!

And it’s hard to get me excited.

All the best,

Michael Bay

Holloman Air Force Base Provides Sneak Peek Of Film Location

Posted on May 22, 2006

From Holloman to Hollywood, Transformers make movie magic

Read this good article providing an behind the scenes peek at the filming of Transformers at HAFB. Read it here.

Check out the HAFB web site.

A Little Secret From Michael Bay

Posted on May 12, 2006

It’s a bit tiresome to watch all the supposed script leaks on Don Murphy’s site.

There’s been a lot of chatter about character names and what “things” may be called in the script. I’m going to let everyone in on a little secret. Something that the writers don’t know, nor my crew, or Steven Spielberg, or the presidents of Paramount and Dreamworks. Not even Don Murphy who is not involved on the day to day with this movie.

Many of the names in the script are aliases.

The only people that know the real names of many of these characters are the COO of Hasbro, their corporate lawyer and myself. I think this is two less people that knew the secret recipe for Coca-Cola.

On my directing contract I had to sign all these non-disclosure agreements just on this character name point. These names will not be revealed until the toy boxes are printed.

The writers had to construct the script where no actor needed to verbally refer to a character by name other than the main few.

So rest asured A.K.A Devastator, is not really Devastator.

Michael