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


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
• 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


From the


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




Michael Bay And Crew In Philadelphia

Posted on Jun 9, 2008


Keep an eye out for Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox and John Turturro over the next two weeks as Michael Bay puts Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen before the cameras in Philly, starting tomorrow. Among locations: Peco plants along the Delaware, the University of Pennsylvania (because LaBeouf plays a college student), and Eastern State Penitentiary. Last week’s shooting in Bethlehem, Pa., was a blast, as the old U.S. Steel plant hosted explosions and whirring Black Hawk helicopters.

Michael Bay At The National Air And Space Museum

Posted on Jun 7, 2008

From the Washington Post:

The National Air and Space Museum went Hollywood when it became the first Smithsonian-affiliated spot to be featured in a movie title (“Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian,” filmed last month). Now its Chantilly outpost is getting some time in the limelight.

Director Michael Bay was at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center yesterday, filming scenes for his upcoming “Transformers” sequel with stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. We hear that a “super-friendly” LaBeouf signed autographs while Bay took visiting school groups on behind-the-scenes tours of the film set. The museum will stay open while the crew works through today; disappointingly, there appear to be no massive controlled explosions planned.

Revenge Of The Fallen

Posted on Jun 6, 2008


With a little more than a year away until its debut, the buzz is building about the sequel to 2007’s hit movie TRANSFORMERS

TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN began shooting on June 2nd in Bethlehem, PA. While details of the movie’s plot a closely-guarded secret, expect a key character from the first movie to make a dramatic comeback and attempt to settle a score.

“Not a lame sequel”

Posted on Jun 4, 2008


First there was “Back to the Future,” and then “The Matrix,” and then, more recently, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” where literally the last thing said on screen during the second film was a cliffhanging new plot point. If you’ve got a successful franchise, why not link the second and third movies, forcing audiences to wait upwards of a year for resolution?

Because it’s friggin “lame,” “Transformers” director Michael Bay insisted to us at the MTV Movie Awards, telling MTV News that the second go-round with Optimus Prime would be entirely self-contained.

“You know how those sequels they do the second one so you go see the third one? [“Transformers 2”] is it,” he said, indicating that “2” would be its own story free from the duel shackles of set-up or resolution. “First one was just introducing, setting up stuff, so we can go a lot farther. Let’s just say [this] is not a lame sequel.”

If “Transformers” was all about introduction, then “Transformers 2” will be all about escalation, with reports that upwards of 20 robots will do battle in the blockbuster sequel. But for Bay, it’s not the number of robots present, but how they’ll be more fully and individually realized that has him excited, he said.

“The robots are going to surprise a lot of people because we go with a lot of different levels,” he teased.

Of course, that also applies to returning cast members, as well, who will now get a chance to go further with their characters than they did in the original. Shia LaBeouf will be in college (and taught by Rainn Wilson). But forget transforming robots or finals angst, Megan Fox smiled, the real transformation is yet to come.

“In this one I transform from a girl into a woman,” she laughed.

Michael Bay Meets Fans At Bethlehem Steel

Posted on Jun 3, 2008


From the Morning Call:

“Bay then zipped up to the chain-link gate in a golf cart as people screamed and chanted ”T-2! T-2!” He cheerfully invited everyone into a parking lot at Northampton Community College’s Fowler Family Southside Center, just a few hundred feet from two Apache helicopters.”

“It’s not one of those bullshit sequels”

Posted on Jun 2, 2008


Michael Bay gets interview on the MTV Movie awards red carpet. Click here to view the interview at

‘Transformers’ Comes To Blu-ray

Posted on Jun 2, 2008

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Michael Bay feels vindicated.

Paramount Pictures is releasing his box office hit “Transformers” on Blu-ray Disc, nearly a year after the studio’s decision to issue the film in the rival HD DVD format triggered a tirade from the director.

“I’ve been waiting for ‘Transformers’ to be released on Blu-ray for a long time, and it was worth the wait,” Bay said. He called the September 2 release of the two-disc set “the complete high-definition package for fans.”

“It looks stunning and really allows you to engage with this movie in new ways,” Bay added. “Remember, I told everyone Blu-ray was best.”

He sure did. In August, when Paramount stunned the industry by announcing it was dropping its support for Blu-ray Disc and would release films only in HD DVD, “Transformers” was the flashpoint of the controversy. It was the biggest title the studio had in store for the fourth quarter, and a Blu-ray Disc edition had already been mastered and prepared for release.

On his Web site, Bay blasted Paramount’s decision to go HD DVD-only and threatened to take his sequel elsewhere.

“I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible,” he wrote. “For Paramount to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They are progressive by having two formats. No ‘Transformers 2’ for me.”

Bay backtracked, writing the next day that he “overreacted” and “might be back on” for the sequel. As it turns out, HD DVD was soon to be doomed when principal developer Toshiba threw in the towel February 19.

The Blu-ray edition of “Transformers” that Paramount is preparing will include extensive extras and special features, including a commentary from Bay and two documentaries about the film’s human and robotic stars. Segments include executive producer Steven Spielberg discussing his love for the franchise, and a detailed look at the casting process and real-world weapons provided by the military.

Bay said principal photography on “Transformers 2” is set to begin Monday.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Transformers 2 Principal Photography Begins Today

Posted on Jun 2, 2008

Nelson here.

Shooting begins today in Bethlehem, Pa. Good luck to Michael and the crew!

‘Transformers’ Best Movie At The MTV Awards.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — “Transformers” is the winner of best movie at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.

Last summer’s robots-in-disguise blockbuster took the top honor Sunday night. Megan Fox helped accept the award.

The ceremony was held at the Gibson Amphitheatre, only a couple of hundred yards uphill from the disastrous fire that ripped through the adjacent Universal Studios lot earlier in the day in Universal City, Calif.

Online voters chose winners for categories such as best kiss, best villain and best summer movie so far. Johnny Depp won twice, and got the biggest ovations of the night while shyly accepting best comedic performance and best villain awards.

Tom Cruise presented Adam Sandler with the Generation Award, the show’s highest honor.