I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool,” Bay told us from the Detroit set of this fourth chapter. “This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one].
But despite Optimus’s updated design, Bay is quick to point out that this really is the fourth in an ongoing series – “reboot” is a dirty word here. “It feels like a new chapter, this movie,” he says. “But it’s not a reboot. This movie lives in the history of the ‘Transformers’ movies, and this one starts three years after the last. It feels fresh.
Left to right: Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay with Camera Operator James Skotchdopole in Wulong Karst National Park on the Southeast China set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from Paramount Pictures.
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Left to right: Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay discusses a scene with Mark Wahlberg (who plays Cade Yeager) on the Detroit set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from Paramount Pictures.
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Left to right: Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay demonstrates a scene with Nicola Peltz (who plays Tessa Yeager) on the set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from Paramount Pictures.
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Jack Reynor plays Shane Dyson in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from Paramount Pictures.
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Nicola Peltz plays Tessa Yeager in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from Paramount Pictures.
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Left to right: Mark Wahlberg plays Cade Yeager and Jack Reynor plays Shane Dyson with Bumblebee (center, as a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro SS) in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from Paramount Pictures.
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The new Optimus Prime from Western Star (a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America) in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from Paramount Pictures.
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On a cold and rainy Friday November morning, Michael Bay and Architect Chad Oppenheim visited the Harvard University Graduate School Of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Oppenheim began by introducing himself and thanking Harvard for the invitation. He then proceeded to introduce Michael Bay to a packed house. Speaking to students and staff, Bay began by recounting his childhood, academic life, and his professional career. Along the first half of the three-hour engagement Bay showed some video clips of his work, artwork and design of the Transformers movies, and some behind the scenes of ‘Pearl Harbor’. Afterwards he took a few questions from the audience.
In the second half, Oppenheim spoke about his involvement in the design and legal challenges in designing and building Bay’s Bel Air home while Bay added very colorful commentary here and there. One of the things many things that got the students undivided attention was a video demo the software Oppenheim used to show visualizations of the house. It was software based on video game engines which allow the user to walk through the house like you would in a video game. Bay urged staff and students to improve their pre-visualization software. Finally, the last twenty minutes were taken up by a barrage of questions from the audience.
Before leaving, Bay chatted with students, signed autographs, posed for pictures with students and was given a tour of Gund Hall.
ET takes you behind the scenes on Transformers 4 in Detroit.
On December 3, 2013, Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Outrageous True Story
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Hailed as “Goodfellas on steroids” (Kyle Smith, New York Post), director Michael Bay’s “hilarious, smart, clever and fresh” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) dark comedy PAIN & GAIN arrives December 3, 2013 in a Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray bulked up with brand new bonus material from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Based on an unbelievable true story, PAIN & GAIN stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. The PAIN & GAIN Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray includes nearly an hour of in-depth and exciting bonus footage that takes viewers inside the surreal true story and its intriguing cast of characters. Discover Michael Bay’s vision for this character-driven story and explore the histories of Daniel Lugo, Paul Doyle, Adrian Doorbal and Victor Kershaw and their sensational descent into an inescapable web of horrifically bizarre crime.
Adapted for the screen by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely from articles written by journalist Pete Collins, PAIN & GAIN also stars Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), Ed Harris (A History of Violence), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Bar Paly (The Ruins). The Blu-ray release available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.
PAIN & GAIN Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
The PAIN & GAIN Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
The Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy of the film as well as the following:
- Feature film in high definition
- Still A True Story: Ripped From The Headlines
- Back to Basics: Michael Bay’s Vision
- American Dreamer: Daniel Lugo
- Passion Player: Paul Doyle
- Dirty Work: Adrian Doorbal
- Victimless Crime: Victor Kershaw
- Diamonds in the Rough: Locations
- The Real Deal: Law Enforcement
I’m here to set the record straight again . . . my crew and I have been having a great time in Hong Kong despite what you may have read about us being “rocked by a second extortion attempt.” Totally untrue. A few bad dudes have definitely not ruined the experience. We shoot from sun up to sun down, and the local HK crew have become part of our on-set family. We’re in the middle of busy streets, in businesses, and even in people’s homes, and everyone we’ve met has been very accommodating and generous. It’s been a once in a lifetime experience we’d all consider doing again.
Hi, it’s Michael.
Yes, the story is being passed around is not all true! Yes, some drugged up guys were being belligerent asses to my crew for hours in the morning of our first shoot day in Hong Kong. One guy rolled metal carts into some of my actors trying to shake us down for thousands of dollars to not play his loud music or hit us with bricks.
Every vendor where we shot got paid a fair price for our inconvenience, but he wanted four times that amount. I personally told this man and his friends to forget it we were not going to let him extort us. He didn’t like that answer. So an hour later he came by my crew as we were shooting, carrying a long air conditioner unit. He walked right up to me and tried to smack my face, but I ducked threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away. That’s when the security jumped on him. But it took seven big guys to subdue him. It was like a Zombie in Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z—he lifted seven guys up and tried to bite them. He actually bit into one of the guards Nike shoe, insane. Thank god it was an Air Max, the bubble popped, but the toe was saved.
Then it took fifteen Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks. In all, four guys were arrested for assaulting the officers.
After that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong. The place couldn’t be better.
Michael Bay on the Set of Transformers 4 The Age of Extinction. Dolly grip John Murphy. Photo by Andrew Cooper. Download the hi res version http://bayhem.com/183KxTi
Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor on the set of Transformers 4 The Age Of Extinction. Photo by Andrew Cooper. High resolution: http://bayhem.com/1beWtCP
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UK/AU/NZ/NETH – TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
FR – TRANSFORMERS: L’AGE DE L’EXTINCTION
RU – ТРАНСФОРМЕРЫ: ЭПОХА ИСТРЕБЛЕНИЯ
ESP – TRANSFORMERS: LA ERA DE LA EXTINCIÓN
MX – TRANSFORMERS: LA ERA DE LA EXTINCIÓN
BRA – TRANSFORMERS 4: A ERA DA EXTINÇÃO
KOR – 트랜스포머4: 사린진시대
JPN – トランス: ロストエイジ
What’s you’re favorite line from ‘Pain & Gain’? If your line wins, you’ll get a free ‘Pain & Gain’ Blu-ray and a free international poster.
Send your favorite line along with your name to webmaster at michael bay dot com.
Contest is worldwide. The winner will be selected on Friday, August 30 2013.