Regarding Penn’s Open Letter To Michael Bay

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

Nelson here.

Penn students on Facebook have set up an open letter to Michael Bay. According to the post they seem to think that although Michael has shot at Penn the movie will take place at Princeton. It reads:

Princeton? Really? You HAD to shoot at the University of Pennsylvania and choose to have us ‘play’ Princeton? Shia couldn’t have gone to UPENN? Join this group and ask Michael Bay to CGI the University of Pennsylvania (not Princeton) back into Transformers 2.

Michael has indicated to me that neither school gave him permission to use their names. There was a very funny “mom” scene were both felt it did not represent the school.

Transformers Blu-ray Specs

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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Runtime: 2 Hr. 23 Min. 24 Sec.

Languages: English Subtitled, French Dubbed & Subtitled, Portuguese Subtitled, Spanish Dubbed & Subtitled
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus, 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, 5.1 PCM (Uncompressed)
US Rating: PG-13 – For intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief sexual humor, and language.
DVD Features:

• Commentary: Commentary by Director Michael Bay
• Featurette: OUR WORLD:
• Featurette: The Story Sparks HD
• Featurette: Human Allies HD
• Featurette: I Fight Giant Robots HD
• Featurette: Battleground HD
• Featurette: THEIR WAR:
• Featurette: Rise of the Robots HD
• Featurette: Autobots Roll Out HD
• Featurette: Decepticons Strike HD
• Featurette: Inside the AllSpark HD
• Featurette: Transformers Tech Inspector (TBD) HD
• Trailers: TRAILERS (will play after the feature via a menu):
• Trailers: Iron Man Trailer HD
• Featurette: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE:
• Trailers: Transformers Teaser Trailer HD
• Trailers: Rise of the Autobots HD
• Other: Transformers H.U.D. (Heads Up Display)
• Other: BD-Live Features (TBD
• Featurette: From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack HD
• Featurette: Concepts HD
• Trailers: Trailers HD:
• Trailers: Teaser Trailer 1 HD
• Trailers: Theatrical Trailer 2 HD
• Trailers: Theatrical Trailer 4 HD
• Easter Eggs: EASTER EGGS:
• Easter Eggs: Michael Bay Cameo HD
• Easter Eggs: Girl in Dress HD
• Easter Eggs: Bay Bot HD
• Easter Eggs: Casting Mojo HD

Michael Bay At Princeton

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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From the NJ.com:

BY ROBERT STERN

PRINCETON BOROUGH — Imagine staging a car crash amid the Gothic-style stone edifices of Princeton University.

That prospect made Hollywood director Michael Bay a tad uneasy as he planned filming part of the sequel to last year’s blockbuster “Transformers” movie.

He didn’t know if the university, where scenes for his next “Transformers” movie have been shot for the last two days, would go along with the bent metal of an action flick.

“I thought the school was going to freak out and did a little” before accepting the crash shots, Bay said yesterday during a brief interview.

But it’s all in a day’s work when filming the story of a teenage hero caught in the middle of a war between two races of robotic aliens who’s now off to college.

Dormitory, lecture hall and other scenes featuring lead actor Shia LaBeouf and others are also being shot at Princeton for the DreamWorks studio film, which is scheduled for release on June 26, 2009, under the title “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

In one scene shot inside one of Princeton’s large lecture halls, LaBeouf’s character attends an Astronomy 101 class, Bay said.

In another shot at Princeton’s Dillon Gymnasium, he and co-star Megan Fox are among dozens of students fleeing the building into a courtyard and parking lot ahead of some yet-to-be-revealed menace.

And while filming here is officially a closed set, hundreds of onlookers for the last two days lined the perimeter of some of the scenes — though they were periodically instructed to keep quiet and take no pictures.

For a time yesterday afternoon, the area outside Dillon Gymnasium was the place to be for a glimpse of the celebrities and a chance to see the cameras rolling.

Tony Qian, a 2007 West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South graduate now attending the University of Delaware, even lucked into a spot as an extra during casting calls that were done before filming in Princeton began. The best part for him so far was some small talk between takes with the two lead stars.

“I got to talk (briefly) to Shia and Megan,” Qian said. “That would probably be the coolest.”

LaBeouf asked him how he was doing, he said, and the three of them went over how not to run into each other during a panicked exodus from a building.

Bay, the director of last year’s “Transformers” movie and the new one in the making, said the first two days of filming on and near the Princeton campus have gone very well.

The film crew is scheduled to wrap up its Princeton work today.

In a brief interview outside Princeton’s Whig Hall during a catered lunch break for the cast and crew yesterday, Bay shed a little light on Princeton’s role as a setting in the “Transformers” sequel.

The university angle to the plot “is all about Sam growing up and going to college … a teenager growing into a man,” Bay said.

Sam is college student Sam Witwicky, LaBeouf’s character in the special-effects-packed film about warring good and evil robots from another planet that come to Earth disguised as cars, planes, trucks and other machines.

In the first movie, Witwicky and his love interest, Mikaela Banes (played by Fox), help the faction of good robots, the Autobots, in their battle against the evil Decepticons.

As the battle continues in the second film, LaBeouf and Fox reprise their roles. Although both characters have grown from high school- to college-age since the first “Transformers” installment, only LaBeouf’s Witwicky is off to college because Fox’s Banes can’t afford school, Bay said.

With Witwicky enrolled at a fictional East Coast school with an Ivy League feel, Banes comes from Los Angeles as a visitor to her friend’s new campus, Bay said.

Campus scenes were shot at both Princeton and, earlier this month, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Bay, who said the Princeton campus reminds him of his alma mater, Wesleyan University, said he decided to put Princeton in the movie (though it won’t be called Princeton) because the campus is so beautiful.

“I just love the look of the university,” he said.

Neither the university nor representatives for the filmmakers would divulge how much DreamWorks is paying to do some of the filming here.

Back To Alamogordo

Posted on Jun 14, 2008

ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico -DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay will return to New Mexico to film major sequences for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Governor Richardson announced Monday. The next installment of the box office hit Transformers is expected to hit theaters next summer.

“Transformers was a huge success and I am pleased that Dream Works, Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay have decided to return to New Mexico to film the second installment,” said Governor Richardson.

The first film, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox and John Turturro, grossed more than $700 million worldwide.

The current production has been prepping in Alamogordo since April and expects to begin filming in the fall.

Source: KVIA

Michael Bay At Penn

Posted on Jun 12, 2008

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