Feb
27

Transformers Dark of The Moon and The Oscars

Film School Reject’s Robert Fure:


Achievement in Sound Editing

Hugo wins here, which is stupid. Drive was nominated because it was loud and realistic, but I don’t think that overcomes Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which created an amazing and realistic immersive experience that was well thought out. Say what you will about the movie or Bay, but the film is cutting edge and sounded amazing.

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Again, Hugo doesn’t hold a candle to Transformers. The action film is ignored because it’s perceived as being big, loud, and stupid, when it is actually big, loud, and technically crafted amazingly in several departments. Hate the film, you can’t ignore the layers of sound work here.

Achievement in Visual Effects + This is What’s Wrong with the Oscars Part 2

The childish Hugo again wins, inexplicably. I don’t think Deathly Hallows had the consistency in its effects work to win here. Many were cheering Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but I don’t think that wins here either – what was the achievement? More facial mocap? Big whoop. The technology being utilized here is Lord of the Rings stuff plus the hair texturing of King Kong. It’s not groundbreaking. I liked Real Steel, which had some pretty great effects, but the king of the pile here is Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

This is again what’s wrong with the Oscar’s. They don’t want to give Transformers an Academy Award, despite the fact that it is utterly amazing visually. Michael Bay has a bad reputation in some professional circles and a lot of people consider him to be a bad director – so what? This isn’t about good people and this category actually isn’t about “good” movies. Transformers is at least competent in every department, but when it comes to visual effects, this film is retardedly amazing. The robots move more realistically than the apes in Rise, and they seamlessly interact with the physical environment. The effects are blended perfectly.

Further, the film breaks ground in processing power and what’s possible on the screen. Each of the Transformers is made up of hundreds, if not tens of thousands, of pieces that are animated. There was a time when just putting one of those guys on screen was impossible, yet now a battle can rage with dozens of Transformers fighting dozens of flying vehicles while buildings collapse in the background. This just isn’t about the robots, it’s about the entire digital landscape collapsing around them. Dark of the Moon was fucking robbed.

Source: filmschoolrejects.com

Feb
14

Transformers 4 Update

Michael Bay

FIRST UP FOR THE PROLIFIC FILMMAKER IS “PAIN AND GAIN” STARRING MARK WAHLBERG AND DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON, FOLLOWED BY A NEW INSTALLMENT IN THE HUGELY POPULAR “TRANSFORMERS ” FRANCHISE, TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 29TH, 2014

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 13, 2012) – Paramount Pictures announced today that director Michael Bay has signed a two-picture deal with the studio, which will commence this spring with the filming of “Pain and Gain,” and will be followed by the next installment in the hit “Transformers” franchise.

Based on a true story, “Pain and Gain” follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the Miami New Times, “Pain and Gain,” will be directed by Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Expected to begin production in early spring, the movie’s producers include Bay, Donald De Line and Ian Bryce.

Following “Pain and Gain,” Bay will bring audiences a new take on the “Transformers” franchise as he begins production on the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” is the fourth highest global grossing film of all time with 1.124 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. Directed by Bay, the movie will re-unite the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 27th, 2014.

“Michael has been working on PAIN AND GAIN for a number of years but has patiently waited for the perfect casting to trigger a start,” said Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group. “Clearly his patience has paid off as we couldn’t be more excited about this combo. His passion for this project is just awesome.”

Read the complete press release.

Feb
14

Michael Bay Talks Transformers 4, Pain & Gain

To clarify uninformed reports coming out of Toy Fair – Steven Spielberg and I are working on a whole new re imagining of Transformers, the fourth installment. We have been working on the idea for a few months. I’m excited about where it’s headed. But first I’m doing a small $20 million dollar edgy black comedy of a true crime story set in Miami called “Pain and Gain,” staring Mark Wahlberg and Dwanye Johnson, and very close to signing on a couple other great actors. I’m extremely excited to simplify my film career this spring with a great character piece.

That starts filming at the end of March. I might then jump onto a very cool television show my company Platinum Dunes is selling to a major cable network. It might be my first pilot I might potentially direct. We are still working out the details of the deal.

-Michael Bay

Feb
5

Transformers 3 Oscars VFX Reel

Feb
5

Transformers Oscars TV Ad For Sound Editing, Mixing, and VFX

Feb
1

Hansel and Gretel

Correction: Prior misinformation that I was involved with ‘Hansel and Gretel in 3D’ was due to a writer having no clue what he was talking about and running wild with it. The movie is actually Scott Gardenhour’s new project. Scott heads my commercial company, The Institute. He is my producing partner and good friend of 15 years. He’s an awesome and talented guy, and I wish him all the best with it.

Michael Bay

Jan
31

Transformers Limited Edition Available Today

It’s out!

You can either buy it at Amazon or Walmart of $89.99.

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There will be only 5,000 of these made.

Here are the specs for the Limited Collectors Edition.

Here are the specs for the 3D Blu-ray Edition.

Pre-order them at Amazon.com now!

Jan
11

Michael Bay Showcases Transformers Blu-ray Limited Edition

Jan
6

Dark Of The Moon 3D Blu-ray Trailer

Dec
27

Transformers Limited Collector's Edition

Here’s what you all have been waiting for.

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There will be only 5,000 of these made.

Here are the specs for the Limited Collectors Edition.

Here are the specs for the 3D Blu-ray Edition.

Pre-order them at Amazon.com now!

Dec
12

More Victoria's Secret Ads

Dec
10

Victoria's Secret 2011 Holiday Ad

Dec
10

Exclusive Web Only Victoria's Secret Ad

Dec
7

Michael Bay Addresses Transformers 4 Rumors

Studio’s are passing rumors but I’m not sure what I’m doing? I know I’m going to do Pain and Gain early spring but that’s it for right now. I’m leaving all my options on the table. I’ve got several Studio meetings in the next two weeks.

-Michael Bay

Dec
7

'Pain & Gain' + The Rock

From Variety:


After a decade in development, Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain,” a low-budget (by his standards) dark comedy about bodybuilders, is finally moving forward, as Dwayne Johnson is in early talks to topline the long-gestating pic.

Based on a Miami New Times article from 1999, “Pain and Gain” will follow a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

“Captain America” scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the original script and have compared its tone to the Coen brothers’ “Fargo,” which was also based on a true crime story.

Long-gestating dark comedy, which is said to carry a modest $20 million price tag and does not yet have an official greenlight, is set up at Paramount and will be produced by Bay and Donald De Line, who has been involved with the project since 2001.

Follow Michael Bay Dot Com and The Rock on Twitter.

Dec
3

Victoria's Secret 2011 Holiday Ad by Michael Bay

Dec
3

Transformers The Ride debuts in Singapore‎

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Nelson here…

Michael was recently in Singapore for the opening of Transformers The Ride. You can read about it below.

From what I’ve heard from fans, “It was a great ride. A sort of a movie Transformers fan’s heaven” is how they describe it.


SINGAPORE: The world’s first theme park attraction based on the Transformers franchise opened at Universal Studios Singapore on Friday.

And appearing alongside the Autobots was director-producer, Michael Bay, who did not rule out the possibility of another Transformers sequel.

Mr Bay made a grand entrance in a 2010 edition of the Chevrolet Camaro, which is the same car featured in the Transformers film franchise.

With a touch of the Allspark – the life force of the robots – TRANSFORMERS The Ride officially opened after nearly four years in the making.

Standing nearly three metres tall, Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, and the much loved Bumblebee are undoubtedly the star attractions.

The latest attraction promises to bring the ultimate 3-D battle between the Autobots and Decepticons with groundbreaking visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm.

It is also one of the most expensive rides at Universal Studios Singapore with Mr Bay lending his creative input on its development.

He said the process was similar to directing a movie, only with a ride element thrown in.

Mr Bay said: “I tried to help them sculpt the story and figure out what type of shots we’d like to do, what type of characters we can use. They also had some great ideas…..on how the simulators work, how it mixed with the photography and the shots that we need.”

Transformers fans will get to ride inside a never-before featured Autobot called EVAC and whizz through tunnels, cityscapes and across rooftops.

With the opening of the new attraction, Universal Studios is expecting to rake in its highest attendance in December. It did not disclose any figures.

The same ride will make its debut at Universal Studios Hollywood by May next year.

For fans wanting to catch these fighting machines on another big-screen adventure, Mr Bay did not rule out another sequel.

Mr Bay: “How did I know someone’s going to ask me this question today? We’re talking about it, but there’s nothing right now. I’m going to do a tiny movie first, then we’ll talk about it, if I potentially do it.”

He added that if he is to produce another Transformers movie, it will feature the latest in cinema technology.

Source: Channel NewsAsia

Dec
3

Michael Bay Weighs In on the Importance of Sound

The “Dark of the Moon” helmer talks to THR about how the movie’s climactic Chicago destruction sequence came to be and the scene that caused Industrial Light and Magic’s computer system to crash.

This story first appeared in the Dec. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The Hollywood Reporter: You have quite a large below-the-line team.

Michael Bay: Roughly 3,000 people worked on this Transformers. Some have been with me since 1995′s Bad Boys. The people I work with are animals. They’re passionate. It irks me that VFX and VFX movies aren’t considered art. It’s a different type of art, but it’s definitely art.

THR: How important is sound to your films?

Bay: Sound has been a major part of my movies. It’s something I love and put a huge emphasis on. The sound on this film is the most complex I’ve ever done. The Transformers sound team invents sounds, and they start very early. It’s a long, creative process, and nothing for this movie is off-the-shelf.

THR: What did you use to create some of the sound that became part of The Driller’s “voice”?

Bay: At one point, we worked with an orangutan whose trainer said to sound designer Erik Aadahl, “Turn your back and put your keys to the side. I’m going to steal your keys when the orangutan is watching. He’ll go crazy because he can’t imagine the injustice of what’s going on.”

THR: Can you discuss the Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound mix in the climactic Chicago destruction sequence?

Bay: [Rerecording mixer] Greg Russell said reel seven [the destruction of Chicago, including The Driller] was the hardest of his career. He said it had 30,000 fades files, and the entire [Pro Tools audio postproduction system] locked up.

They had to call the engineers who developed the program to fix it. They had never heard of a reel having 30,000 fades.

THR: Didn’t the movie also crash ILM’s computer system?

Bay: It was the scene where The Driller destroys Chicago. It was single-handedly the most complex shot ILM has ever done in its history. They had to hijack the entire computer system over the weekends to get the shots finished.

Source: THR

Nov
18

Comment on Gossip Sites

I never really bother to correct gossip sites. Some of the time they report untrue things, but celebrities and public people often just let them pass. I am going to comment now on sites like TMZ and others recently reporting about a woman names Lauren Stoner. She is not my girlfriend. We are not dating nor have we ever dated. We have been friends for five years. She in fact is dating a friend of mine named, Matt Anthony. Just because a photograph was taken on the beach a while back, they had to create a story.

I know this because I talked to the photographer who took the pic. He told me “this is how I make my living”. I’m glad to have helped in any job creation I can in America. Now with the facts straight can I get back to prepping my new movie?

Nov
18

People's Choice Awards

Transformers 3 is nominated in the following categories:

Favorite Movie

Favorite Action Movie

Click on the image below to vote!

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