Michael Bay Talks ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Story & 3D

Published 4 years ago by , Updated December 9th, 2010 at 1:07 pm,

Michael Bay Shia LaBeouf Transformers 3 Michael Bay Talks Transformers: Dark of the Moon Story & 3D

3D Effects

During the visit, Bay frequently acknowledged the “morons” who questioned his use of 3D. Finally, we get the numbers straight from the director’s mouth. While every frame wasn’t shot in 3D, it would appear the entire movie was at least accounted for being in 3D. Hopefully, this will end the debate over the 3D format of Transformers 3 and we can turn our focus onto the quality of the film as a whole.

“I figured the rate of converting stuff is about 30-35% when I average all my native shots to conversion shots. So we think we’ve found a happy medium where we’re able to keep it looking really sharp and make it promising 3D.”

“We shot most of my close-ups with faces with anamorphic film, cause that stuff’s easier to convert and it’s just more beautiful than the digital.”

So, they did push the boundaries of 3D as Bay has exclaimed in his comments over the past few months, but it seems those boundaries were not exclusively in 3D. Bay pushed it to the limit and gave in to allow some 2D shots for post-conversion. Most, if not all, 3D releases have done this and it tends to be a necessary evil to get the desired shots.

Transformers 3 not shot in 3D Michael Bay Talks Transformers: Dark of the Moon Story & 3D

The extensive edit bay visit has every piece of information possible right now and should help you determine your level of interest in the film. Carve out a block of time and really read it all, because it is interesting. More importantly, we may never get this much out of Michael Bay ever again.

To read the entire transcript, head over to Collider.

We should start to see plenty of footage from Dark of the Moon over the next few months and in the interview Bay references multiple teasers apart from the one that just came out. But the post-production process is still in its infant stage, and may be ongoing until the release date next summer. Still, we anxiously await the first full trailer with fully rendered footage of robots doing battle.

As critical as we have all been of the Transformers franchise, it delivers huge box office numbers and plenty of action. We should remember there are plenty of worse movies out there than Transformers 2 and it served as a great learning experience for Bay to build upon for Dark of the Moon. The third, and most likely last installment for Michael Bay, comes with high expectations from fans across the world. Today’s revelations serve as a reminder that it might yet be the best of the trilogy. Might.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits theaters July 1st, 2011.

Click to watch the first Transformers 3 trailer.

Source: Collider

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  1. So, his statement that there’s just two small dorky characters means that the twins are, indeed coming back, and it sounds like only in a minor capacity. Glad that they went through and gave an objective look at what did and did not work with the first and second movies, and that he outright said that he did not like the end product of Revenge of the Fallen. His frank openness has increased my interest from cursory to outright open curiosity.

    • Bay said himself – in his official forum – that the twins are not in this film.

      • First… we know the Twins ARE back. I took photos of them on set in Chicago. Second… he is talking about human dorks. Most likely supporting characters that are there solely for 5th grade humor.

        • Yeah one of them is probably Ken Jeong I would assume.

          • The other sounds like John Malkovitch. Don’t think I’ve ever seen him in a serious role…

            • Don’t forget that Tuturro is back Yay (sarcasm).

              • I think Bay is talking about the parents…

        • If the Twins are back, who’s to say they’ll make the final cut.

  2. LMAO Michael Bay and the word “story” together in a sentence??

    Don’t make me laugh any harder screenrant

  3. Bay…….

  4. I don’t care if it was a learning experience for Bay, I’m not gonna get my money back for seeing that garbage. He gets payed millions of dollars, he can’t put out a movie that is as bad as Transformers 2 when there is so much hype surrounding it. A chef wouldn’t serve rare chicken at a restaurant, same thing. He blames the writer’s strike for every problem in the movie when HE’S the director. He didn’t have to put the robot humping leg scene. The guy’s a moron. There’s no way I’m seeing Transformers 3, no way.

  5. The opening scene of transformers 3 should be the twins death. I’d be sold then…

    • Yeah I’d consider paying to see that too…

  6. Well those that know me know I’m no big fan of the previous two films, but based on what I’m hearing about this next one, I’m hopeful that it will be a departure from what came before and may end up being better than the first two.


    • I doubt it, but we´ll see.

  7. With you all the way Vic, never liked the 2 previous versions, no brainers popcorn movies. Don’t even remember what the story was in the second one, did Megatron die in the end?
    I miss the Michael Bay that made Bad Boys 1 and the Rock. Solid scripts, good actors and great action !! The Island was good as well.
    So we get to see Unicron right at the end of the teaser? Haven’t seen Shockwave yet.

  8. I’m still unsure on the whole US / Russia space race conept which just sounds date to me. Not impressed by the films title either but it’s not as bad as The Dark Knight Rises. The robot’s face looks a bit dodgy to me. Still it’s only a teaser so will wait till I see more before deciding on whether to pay for the ticket.

    Despite this there is reason to be optimistic, the obvious improvements in CGI and being shot in 3D. Also the fact that it can’t possibly be even more worse that the 2nd film. Or can it??

    I just hope this is not another otherblown, high budgeted, bloated threequel in the same vein as Spiderman 3 or Pirates 3

  9. I meant to say that the concept just sounds dated

  10. im just really curious as to know what the plot is gonna be between Shia and the new girl since meagan Fox is out now.. because im thinkin that if that part of the story doesn’t go well with everything else that could also be its downfall

    • Why is Zach talking like the relationshp between shia and the new girl is one of importance? Zach be honest you dont give a damn…. its not even worth thinking about. We are now going into the third movie folks.. if you dont know what you’re going to get by now.. there is no hope for you. Save your money folks. These tranformers films are doing a lot of damage.