‘Transformers 3′ Shot In & Post-Converted to 3D [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated October 21st, 2010 at 5:40 pm,

Transformers 32 Transformers 3 Shot In & Post Converted to 3D [Updated]

Vince Pace – who was the director of photography on the Los Angeles unit of Avatar – spoke out about Transformers 3 to reporters at a press conference this week and mentioned that Michael Bay’s new movie with giant robots wreaking havoc was shot in 3D, but that there would be post-3D conversion work done on the film as well.

We got in touch with Paramount today and learned that while certain sequences of Transformers 3– specifically, those that feature CGI effects/animation – will be converted to 3D in post-production, the live-action portions of the film were filmed using 3D camera rigs.

The post-conversion to 3D process has gotten a bum rap since Warner Bros. rushed it on this year’s Clash of the Titans remake and is generally considered inferior to the use of 3D camera systems to shoot a film. The first half of the final Harry Potter film is not being released in 3D largely because of the Titans snafu and the very negative response it received from both moviegoers and industry figures, while this month’s Saw 3D has sold itself in part on the claim that it is “the first theatrical feature to shot exclusively on the cutting-edge SI-3D digital camera system.”

Pace talked up the mix of 3D camera rigs and post-conversion technology that will be used on the third Transformers movie and pointed out that time and effort are both important factors that affect the quality of what he referred to as the “dimensionalization quotient.”

Here’s an official quote from Pace on 3D in general and how Avatar has affected filmmakers’ approach to using the technology:

“This theory of just push-button [3D] in the context of a film that you already have an allotted amount for 2D, the fact that you’re going to convert it into 3D, I think people are beginning to realize that’s not as great an option as it once was thought to be. ‘Avatar’ kind of elevated us to say, now we have a 3D camera to go shoot a 3D movie, and you can make the money of ‘Avatar’. [But] I do feel that if you have the proper amount of time, given a ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Star Wars,’ and if you put the right team together, you can make good product.”

Transformers 3 Chicago filming Transformers 3 Shot In & Post Converted to 3D [Updated]

Transformers 3 will feature tons of eye-popping FX and CGI, so Bay and his production crew want to be certain that those visuals aren’t heavily blurred or distorted as a result of the 3D conversion process. Moviegoers flock to the Transformers franchise to see over-the-top action and explosive set pieces and won’t be happy if they pay a couple of extra bucks to watch all that in 3D, only to end up ย being unable to make out any of the animated robot action onscreen (though that was kind of the case with the first Transformers movie and yet the sequel was even more popular, so…).

No one doubts that Transformers 3 will be a financial hit in theaters, but if the mix of 3D live-action footage and post-conversion animated material doesn’t turn out well, it could severely weaken moviegoers’ demands for movies being presented in the third dimension. That’s something that Hollywood really doesn’t want to see happen, considering how many upcoming tentpole pics are going to be released in 3D.

What are your expectations for the look of Transformers 3?

Source: Paramount, Cinematical

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. Meh, I don’t care. I just want it to improve on the last film, and seeing how Bay will bringing his “humor” back (and more of it), I’m not hopefull.

  2. The first film was fine, it was harmless fun, the effects were good, it was the kind of spectacle I expect from Bay. The technology was all new and looked great, Megan Fox was hot rather than annoying.

    The second film was a disaster on every level. The effects were worse, there are some terrible green screen moments near the end, it was impossible to tell who was who, and the story was constructed by an eight year old. And the actors just didnt seem to care.

    As for the third film? Who knows frankly, it could go either way. The title is awful but the plot sounds like it could be interesting. Fox is gone and been replaced by another beauty who most likely cant act. So no difference there. The 3D guarantees this will generate huge revenues, it has nothing to do with creative decisions.

    • I enjoyed both films (own both on BD), but my problem with ROTF was that Bay got out of control with his “humor”. I mean, everything in that film was turned into joke. Even the final battle, when I thought the action was getting intencse, they cut to Devastator’s “testicles”.

      I diagree with that you couldn’t tell who’s who. Everyone I watched it with couldn’t tell which was Megatron or Starcream, but I could. It wasn’t difficult to tell.

      I’m remaining hopeful about the third, but once again I’ve heard the “humor” will be more present than the last.

    • I agree. I thought the first was good. something new. Got to see Optimus on the big screen. Great effects, the humor was funny to me,action and megan fox was hot to me as well. Like most of the characters in the movie. I really enjoyed it.

      Second film was terrible. Only good thing about it was the forrest fight scene. Humor was too much, hate the twins, hate the balls on Devastator, too many bad guys, most of the people I like in the first one were gone, Megan Fox was annoying, parents were trying to hard to be funny, Shia was annoying, stupid storyline, special effects look like puppet animations to me sometimes. Didn’t like it.

      Don’t care if it is 3d or not just as long it better than the last one.

  3. So…what will they say about megan foxs character? Are they ignoring her or what?

    • Ricky,

      Since Megan Fox is two-dimensional, they’ll be using the post-production 3D conversion process on her.

      Kidding, kidding…



      • LOL i see….

        So theyll just ignore her character…

        • I suppose they will have to make some reference to her character though?…

          • They MUST. They should say that she died lol.

      • Vic, man, when I read that I fell off my chair!

      • They’ll explain her absence the same way Barricade’s absence was explained. Meaning, they’ll just not include her in the film, and hope the audience just forgets.

  4. i tihnk there going to say she was possesed by a boy-hating demon and optimus prime killed her to protect sam

  5. I hope this article is right, or Mr. Bay will not be happy ๐Ÿ˜› lol

    • Do you think he’s ever happy? :)

      • Only when he’s blowing something up.

  6. 3d sucks c’mon !

  7. This appears to be an admission that
    the nature of some actions scenes meant
    they had to be shot in 2D and later converted
    to insure clarity and definition of what is depicted.

    There are limitations in shooting in 3D and one is resolution.
    Perhaps with very fast action scenes of robots flailing
    everywhere a very high definition source is
    necessary to capture everything.

    Meaning some scenes had to be shot in 2D and later converted
    taking the proper time to get the conversion to look right.
    And if they were shot in 3D they would not have
    looked as good as converting a 2D source.

  8. Both films were bad (yes, even the first one). It will take a miracle for the third one to be even a good movie.

  9. Ok the title is horrible they should just call it TRANSFORMERS 3 ,the first film was awesome the second had some problems but was still pretty good and I just hope this latest one will not have way too much humor it was overdone in the second film can’t wait to see what new charactors will be featured in TF3

  10. I have to admit, I’m a transformers geek to the fullest effect, and admittingly like Bays use of camera angles and shots (not saying his films are up to critical standard) but knowing he’s using real 3D rigs mIke sully a happy guy.

  11. FYI: The shoot in Detroit was looking to be some kind of throw back with vintage vechiles and Russian troops. Extras were wearing vintage 50’s type costuming. Divatine was covering something looking like a Russian, 50’s autobot of some kind. IDK, we will see what is in the film.

  12. Not gonna lie, I saw “Updated” and thought… “Oh God! What did Michael say now?” haha ๐Ÿ˜›

  13. @Ryan Esta , first film was bad but the secont was very good! :)

  14. I worked on this film (& was actually supposed to be featured in it until my favorite director… Michael Bay… took that away – he subsequently tried REPEATEDLY to squeeze me in elsewhere after actually speaking with me) & I can tell you unequivocally that the as usual, if you’re in ANY way doubting the aesthetic of this Michael Bay film… you will look very stupid.

    I worked on the shots you all are worried about, the non-middle of the street explosion shots & TRUST ME, they’re stylized & NICE. & when the offices blow, that’s nice too. & 1 little itsy-bitsy note… SOME OF THOSE SHOTS WERE SHOT IN 3D TOO. As a matter of fact, the NON-FIGHT SCENE I was originally supposed to be featured in was shot in 3D. It’s a walk up an isle into the office of a very famous actor who has been suspiciously absent from the promotion of this film thus far. Nothing “special” as you all would want to see it, but… rightfully so due to the aesthetic nature of a cubical type office isle… Bay called out of the 3D camera, got it, then sat on the dolly & did the camerawork for that scene & many others in 3D himself. & just looking at the MONITORS, ALLLLL of it looked GREAAAT!!! Once again, pay attention to the small things… the colors, organization, etc. It’s VERY stylized.

    Trust me, I was there.


  15. I can’t wait to see this movie. Trailers seem to promise a lot. Great effects graphics and sound.

  16. Just watched the movie in 3D, and enjoyed it. However it was perhaps a bit long and whilst the 3D is impressive the very fast action made some of the 3D blurry seems my eyes didnt get chance to catch up with focusing on the pop out effects before something else was heading towards me!