Transformers Movie - Interview With Michael Bay

Transformers Movie - Interview With Michael Bay

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Interview with Michael Bay

What was your first reaction when you saw the whole finished piece all together?

Well, it’s, that’s not really fair cause I see it way early when it’s totally crap, you know when there’s stuff that’s not there and, and then what I do with my process is I then cut it more and then I’ll then I’ll put it in front of like 30 kids. And then I’ll do another group of 30 kids. And they’ll tell you whatever what they feel, and I don’t go up, I have somebody who will personally do a focus group and it helps you in the editing process. But then when I saw it when the real audience, I think it was 450 people and there was major laughter and major applause, I’m like WOW. They like this movie? That’s how you always feel about your movie. Its like you know, you just want to know a movie works, you know. So I think it’s been very fun. I’ve seen it now in Australia and Korea and I know this is a long answer, but I’ve seen it in Australia, Korea, Italy, United States and the audiences are all laughing and applauding in the same places.

Is the human aspect of the film important to you?

It has to be cause you, you have to focus, ground your story in someone’s human story. You know, so I think it’s the most important part.

Obviously around the world there are millions of fans of the original transformers, what do you think their reaction will be?

Well, right now, as you probably saw on the Internet, “Death to Michael Bay”, “Michael Bay, you wrecked my childhood”, “Why are you changing the robots?”, and now when they see the movie, they’re like “Thank you Michael Bay”, “We love the movie”. You have to reinvent it so it’s it could hold up on a big movie screen. Make it fresh. So that was just my vision for it, so I’ve seen enough fans around the world that are really liking it.

So you are working with Steven Spielberg, I gather when he saw the finished article, his reaction was great?

Well, yeah we’ve, I first bought him into the edit room when I showed him, he wanted to see the whole movie when it was done, and I said “c’mon, just see a scene”, so I showed him a scene and he started slapping me on the leg you know, this is my idol, slapping me on the leg and laughing. I’m like “what are you laughing at?” and he’s like “I have never seen robots do this, I’ve never seen this”, I said “well you invented dinosaurs” and he was “but I’ve never seen robots do this”. So, when he saw the end product, you know it still needed work, but he was just amazed about the heart of the movie.

The effects were jaw-dropping, is it true that each frame took thirty eight hours to render?

Well, that’s if you have three robots in a frame, cause they are so complicated, just in terms of the way, its called ray-tracing, with the light and how it bounces around these robots. The robots are made, average about 10,000 parts per robot, which is the largest digital models ever made cause they have to actually move, so you know, my thing with effects is, is, is, I push to make them very realistic, you know and how they fit into the scene. Lot of effects are very, kind of what you call they’re lit-bad, they’re pastel, they look fake. I work really hard to make it look really really real.

The human interaction is a key point in the film, how important is this aspect to you?

Yeah, it puts it you know, the humans for us, that’s our, the audience is watching them and it’s a way that draws us in to you know, these gigantic things, and it gives you scale and it just make it more involving I think.

Shia LaBeouf is playing an iconic role in the movie, what did you make of his performance?

I mean, I think, he’s like a young Tom Hanks and he’s really going to break out after this, I think he’s got the everyday, everyman kind of quality. Ummm, he’s got a great thing going on with his eyes, and you just see the window to his soul, so well. He’s really funny, so he’s going to go quite far.

Yeah exactly, we’ve got the Indiana Jones and stuff coming up for him as well which is, are you going to be quite keen to follow that progress?

Yeah, but I will know that I broke him.

As far as the franchise goes there is potential to make another movie from this. Is this something that you’ll be considering?

Yeah, I mean, you know, we want to start working on a sequel right now, so we’ll see.

How long did it take to make the film?

About a year and a half on this, about a year and a half, cause it is just the amount of artists that have to draw and like you know, conceptualize, it’s a lot of work yeah.

What is your favorite aspect or scene from the film?

Well, I, I just, people walk out of the movie and they say, “I’ve never seen anything like that” cause it looks different, it’s something totally new and different for the summer.

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