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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby hinomars19 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:23 pm

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The7thParallel wrote:What he means to say is that TF4 is not a kids movie, but he's going to tell people that it is anyway to sell toys because Hasbro and Paramount are now mad at him for telling the truth.

I like that he 'misspoke' by uttering a completely different statement and thought process than the one he actually offered. This has PR flack written all over it.


Happens all the time, mate. That's PR for you >:oP

I haven't been to this thread since I read the initial story and I couldn't help notice the discussions of too many humans and Bay's questionable directing has turned up again. Think of Micheal Bay how you will, love or hate what he does, but it is fair to say that even if James Roberts, High moon studios and Seibertron himself joined forces to write and direct TF5, it would still be 70% humans, because the film needs practical, cheap to produce characters to film within the budget and time frame. The relatability issue to a general audience is only part of the reason, and neither of those are created or controlled by Micheal Bay ;)
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

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Excuse me if I disagree entirely... High Moon and others have proved that 0% involvement of humans can make for an engaging story experience where you care about characters who are <SHOCK> machines! You can argue that expense is a factor, but look at recent films like Avatar just as an example: sure, humans are integral to that story, and I'm not advocating their complete removal from a Transformers movie, but the volume of digital effects in something like Avatar surely exceeds that of any Transformers movie. In my opinion, Bayformers are entirely more complicated than they need to be simply to hide mass-changing and damage effects, among other things. How often do you see a banged-up Bumblebee transform into a pristine Camaro? Simplify the designs, remove nonsensical elements like "breath," as we seen in ROTF and DOTM and you free up the budget to remove the characters nobody cares about i.e. humans. The most recent movie is a perfect example: Shia LeDouche and others have disappeared and what is the net result? NOBODY CARES!
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby Madeus Prime » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:38 pm

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But good news on the PG rating, probably won't be any less violent then the previous ones. But at least it's only:

Occasional use of words such as darn, damn, hell


They better keep to this.

Restrained portrayals of non-graphic violence


...I'm sorry? RESTRAINED?! So is Prime gonna just gently rip his opponents faces off? :-?
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

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MegaDump wrote:Excuse me if I disagree entirely... High Moon and others have proved that 0% involvement of humans can make for an engaging story experience where you care about characters who are <SHOCK> machines! You can argue that expense is a factor, but look at recent films like Avatar just as an example: sure, humans are integral to that story, and I'm not advocating their complete removal from a Transformers movie, but the volume of digital effects in something like Avatar surely exceeds that of any Transformers movie. In my opinion, Bayformers are entirely more complicated than they need to be simply to hide mass-changing and damage effects, among other things. How often do you see a banged-up Bumblebee transform into a pristine Camaro? Simplify the designs, remove nonsensical elements like "breath," as we seen in ROTF and DOTM and you free up the budget to remove the characters nobody cares about i.e. humans. The most recent movie is a perfect example: Shia LeDouche and others have disappeared and what is the net result? NOBODY CARES!


So, get rid of a couple of puffs of smoke, and that will clear up the entire budget enough for them to make a 2.5 hour movie with nothing but giant robots who are on Earth, but somehow no humans are involved with the story at all? Ok, Sure.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby hinomars19 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:50 pm

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MegaDump wrote:Excuse me if I disagree entirely... High Moon and others have proved that 0% involvement of humans can make for an engaging story experience where you care about characters who are <SHOCK> machines! You can argue that expense is a factor, but look at recent films like Avatar just as an example: sure, humans are integral to that story, and I'm not advocating their complete removal from a Transformers movie, but the volume of digital effects in something like Avatar surely exceeds that of any Transformers movie. In my opinion, Bayformers are entirely more complicated than they need to be simply to hide mass-changing and damage effects, among other things. How often do you see a banged-up Bumblebee transform into a pristine Camaro? Simplify the designs, remove nonsensical elements like "breath," as we seen in ROTF and DOTM and you free up the budget to remove the characters nobody cares about i.e. humans. The most recent movie is a perfect example: Shia LeDouche and others have disappeared and what is the net result? NOBODY CARES!


Avatar has only had one movie. Transformers is now in it's fourth. Avatar being digital effects heavy is the reason for that. Avatar isn't a money spinning franchise, thus Cameron has the freedom to focus on story and effects. It's also his baby, thus freedom. Hasbro are not prepared to wait well over 7 years per film-that's money to be cashed in down the drain. Bay answers to Hasbro and Hollywood, ultimately. On this respect at least. And that is why Paramount chose a director like Micheal Bay, because he can deliver what they are after.
I'm talking about Hollywood in general here, not my thoughts on Transformers as a whole. Hollywood would never allow stories like WFC and FOC or those of IDW, hence what I said. :) I KNOW Transformers stories without humans can work, but this is not Hollywood's opinion and there is nothing that can be done. What Bay does with what he's given is up to him, yes, but irrelevant to the fact that humans are the focal point, and this or that director could do better has no place in this thread so I'm doing my best to avoid it.

I'm not saying Hollywood always knows what the audience want. But they have a proven method that never fails them-impress the masses with quick flashy movies in quick succession and money is made. I'm not trying to stress a personal opinion on the TF movies or Micheal Bay's style, I'm just trying to say that this is how Hollywood thinks sometimes and the TF franchise has fallen under this banner. You can't compare it to Avatar because Avatar has a different commercial goal in mind. This leads back to the comment on PR, Welliver has been told to backtrack his statement because it goes against their sales pitch, essentially.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:57 pm

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MegaDump wrote:Excuse me if I disagree entirely... High Moon and others have proved that 0% involvement of humans can make for an engaging story experience where you care about characters who are <SHOCK> machines!
Video game audiences and major motion picture movie audiences are not mutually exclusive. If anything, movies (have to) appeal to far wider audiences than video games since movies can reach more audiences with their greater ubiquity. Meaning that video games can get away with some things that not all movies can, like having stories that alienate the human component.

MegaDump wrote:You can argue that expense is a factor, but look at recent films like Avatar just as an example: sure, humans are integral to that story, and I'm not advocating their complete removal from a Transformers movie, but the volume of digital effects in something like Avatar surely exceeds that of any Transformers movie.
In Avatar, the Na'Vi were still very human in appearance, so much so that casual film audiences can take to them much more easily than they do to the not-quite-as-humanly Transformers. Casual film audiences simply prefer humans/psuedo-humans over inhuman things.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby 5150 Cruiser » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:03 pm

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MegaDump wrote:Excuse me if I disagree entirely... High Moon and others have proved that 0% involvement of humans can make for an engaging story experience where you care about characters who are <SHOCK> machines! You can argue that expense is a factor, but look at recent films like Avatar just as an example: sure, humans are integral to that story, and I'm not advocating their complete removal from a Transformers movie, but the volume of digital effects in something like Avatar surely exceeds that of any Transformers movie. In my opinion, Bayformers are entirely more complicated than they need to be simply to hide mass-changing and damage effects, among other things. How often do you see a banged-up Bumblebee transform into a pristine Camaro? Simplify the designs, remove nonsensical elements like "breath," as we seen in ROTF and DOTM and you free up the budget to remove the characters nobody cares about i.e. humans. The most recent movie is a perfect example: Shia LeDouche and others have disappeared and what is the net result? NOBODY CARES!


"Bayformers", are complicated because that's what is demanded of them. When people spend $15+ on a movie ticket, they want to be wowed. G1 style robots are not going to cut it. making "simplified" designs taking away breath, basicly taking away the little character these bots already lack, will not free up enough of the budget to make these movies primarily bot based. And Avatar? Avatar had close to a $500,000,000 budget compared to the 150,000,000 budget that AOE has.


hinomars19 wrote:Avatar has only had one movie. Transformers is now in it's fourth. Avatar being digital effects heavy is the reason for that. Avatar isn't a money spinning franchise, thus Cameron has the freedom to focus on story and effects. It's also his baby, thus freedom. Hasbro are not prepared to wait well over 7 years per film-that's money to be cashed in down the drain. Bay answers to Hasbro and Hollywood, ultimately. On this respect at least. And that is why Paramount chose a director like Micheal Bay, because he can deliver what they are after.
I'm talking about Hollywood in general here, not my thoughts on Transformers as a whole. Hollywood would never allow stories like WFC and FOC or those of IDW, hence what I said. :) I KNOW Transformers stories without humans can work, but this is not Hollywood's opinion and there is nothing that can be done. What Bay does with what he's given is up to him, yes, but irrelevant to the fact that humans are the focal point, and this or that director could do better has no place in this thread so I'm doing my best to avoid it.

I'm not saying Hollywood always knows what the audience want. But they have a proven method that never fails them-impress the masses with quick flashy movies in quick succession and money is made. I'm not trying to stress a personal opinion on the TF movies or Micheal Bay's style, I'm just trying to say that this is how Hollywood thinks sometimes and the TF franchise has fallen under this banner. You can't compare it to Avatar because Avatar has a different commercial goal in mind. This leads back to the comment on PR, Welliver has been told to backtrack his statement because it goes against their sales pitch, essentially.


Wait...... NO...... It can't be. I just don't believe it. A TF fan that actually speaks with logic..... I never thought I'd see the day. Sir, I applaud you. :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:
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Postby Zap_OP » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:34 pm

[-( I mean the Michael Bay series is probably the worst series, not the best. I guess we all cant get what we want? :BOOM:
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

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5150 Cruiser wrote:"Bayformers", are complicated because that's what is demanded of them. When people spend $15+ on a movie ticket, they want to be wowed. G1 style robots are not going to cut it.


Yeah, coz if it isn't the movie designs, the only other designs are G1. And also, if someone doesn't like something about the movie, they automtically want to see it G1 styled. :roll:

This is why I hate mainstream movies in this department of franchising. Garbage in, garbage out. I would literally pay 50 dollars to see a transformers movie that was based on something like the IDW or MARVEL comics in both style and character model design, as well as stories and the maturity of the subject matter.

The design of a character like Whirl is so freakin stylized and unusual in the comics that seeing it on screen would be FAR from boring, and if people NEED to see a blurry mushy mess of jagged metal parts that can barely be associated with humanoid form to be wowed, then my lack of faith in humanity is just. The robots in Pacific Rim are a perfect example of how fairly cohesive robot designs can tottaly trump try-hard, over the top, nonsense. I like some of the movie designs slightly, but mainly in their toy form coz the toy has to actually work, so it isn't just a mess of random crap with a face.

I think what makes the comics so much superior is that the people making them are so much closer to the subject material than some crappy action movie director who learnt about Transformers yesturday, and only decided to keep making more movies not based on his own love for the Transformers, but for the fact that he saw how much OTHERS loved it... at a theme park. Pft.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby hinomars19 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:17 pm

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hinomars19 wrote:Avatar has only had one movie. Transformers is now in it's fourth. Avatar being digital effects heavy is the reason for that. Avatar isn't a money spinning franchise, thus Cameron has the freedom to focus on story and effects. It's also his baby, thus freedom. Hasbro are not prepared to wait well over 7 years per film-that's money to be cashed in down the drain. Bay answers to Hasbro and Hollywood, ultimately. On this respect at least. And that is why Paramount chose a director like Micheal Bay, because he can deliver what they are after.
I'm talking about Hollywood in general here, not my thoughts on Transformers as a whole. Hollywood would never allow stories like WFC and FOC or those of IDW, hence what I said. :) I KNOW Transformers stories without humans can work, but this is not Hollywood's opinion and there is nothing that can be done. What Bay does with what he's given is up to him, yes, but irrelevant to the fact that humans are the focal point, and this or that director could do better has no place in this thread so I'm doing my best to avoid it.

I'm not saying Hollywood always knows what the audience want. But they have a proven method that never fails them-impress the masses with quick flashy movies in quick succession and money is made. I'm not trying to stress a personal opinion on the TF movies or Micheal Bay's style, I'm just trying to say that this is how Hollywood thinks sometimes and the TF franchise has fallen under this banner. You can't compare it to Avatar because Avatar has a different commercial goal in mind. This leads back to the comment on PR, Welliver has been told to backtrack his statement because it goes against their sales pitch, essentially.


Wait...... NO...... It can't be. I just don't believe it. A TF fan that actually speaks with logic..... I never thought I'd see the day. Sir, I applaud you. :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:


Just calling things how I see them :grin:

MINDVVIPE wrote:I think what makes the comics so much superior is that the people making them are so much closer to the subject material than some crappy action movie director who learnt about Transformers yesturday, and only decided to keep making more movies not based on his own love for the Transformers, but for the fact that he saw how much OTHERS loved it... at a theme park. Pft.


I believe the phrase is 'dems the breaks' (or at least it used to be...I am getting old...)
In risk of breaking my promise on this thread, I do agree with you!
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The current movies are far from any vision a lot of us would have, thus it is a simple fact of each of us having and being entitled to our opinions. I remember feeling quite empty after watching TF1. But the two scenes that stuck in my head were when Ironhide and Ratchet first spoke, and when Starscream spoke at the damn ('I live to serve you, lord Megatron') I liked those shots because these robots finally had character, and facial movement, which as an animator impressed me in terms of graphics and character animation. The G1 guys of old? No. Close to unicron trilogy interpretations? Beast wars? Nope. Non of the above. But those 2 shots showed me that this universe contained something of what I always liked about Transformers. These robots are characters.
There were many aspects I looked to in the marvel comics that I used to replace what I didn't like in the cartoon as a kid, so I suppose my personal fanon was a mix of the 2. Back then was the same scenario we have now-2 different creative groups writing for different target audiences.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby Seibertron » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:01 am

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hinomars19 wrote:I haven't been to this thread since I read the initial story and I couldn't help notice the discussions of too many humans and Bay's questionable directing has turned up again. Think of Micheal Bay how you will, love or hate what he does, but it is fair to say that even if James Roberts, High moon studios and Seibertron himself joined forces to write and direct TF5, it would still be 70% humans, because the film needs practical, cheap to produce characters to film within the budget and time frame. The relatability issue to a general audience is only part of the reason, and neither of those are created or controlled by Micheal Bay ;)


You bet there'd be humans in my own personal movie universe. The Transformers story that is most interesting to me is the "robots in disguise" aspect. Transformers fitting in amidst the human world. Fascinating concept. Yah, I like to revisit Cybertron, have a few spin-off series, etc, but at the end of the day, if you don't have humans involved the whole "robots in disguise" thing goes out the window and that is one of the big aspects that appeals to me about the overall Transformers mythologies. Transformers that transform on Cybertron is just a silly concept. I go along with it because it's part of the overall fiction, but in my opinion you've got to have humans as part of the integral part of the Transformers storyline.

I loved Fall of Cybertron and even War for Cybertron as one off series. It's good to take a break from the Transformers on Earth storyline in order to build upon the characters. But it's time to get back to Earth. FOC should be leading up to Earth. If it doesn't bring the story back to Earth and tie the whole "robots in disguise" thing back together, it disenfranchises me.

I also like some of what is being done with the IDW comics. However, both the games and the comics are too self indulged with trying to make Transformers more than it is instead of embracing what makes Transformers unique. For the most part, Transformers transform into things from the human world. Take humans out of it and it's just a story about robots more or less. Put humans in the story and you have a unique story that no one else is telling about robots in disguise living amongst us as they wage a never-ending battle that spans the vast Universe.

That concept fascinates me. That's what I signed up for 30 years ago as a 7 year old boy. That's what I want to read about, watch movies about, and take photographs of. That's the storyline that I enjoy the most.

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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby Megatron Wolf » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:43 am

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Trust me this movie will not grow the "fanbase", people who hated the last 3 wont go see it & the same mindless morons that were wooed by the last 3 probably already have tickets pre-ordered. Only way the "fanbase" is going to change is if there is a dramatic change in the movies, thats never going to happen so just be happy with what you have paramount. But as for wellivers comment im surprised it took this long for someone to step in & make him change his mind, but at least he tried to warn the parents this might not be suitable for the young ones have to give him credit for that.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby Banjo-Tron » Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:17 am

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Megatron Wolf wrote:Trust me this movie will not grow the "fanbase", people who hated the last 3 wont go see it & the same mindless morons that were wooed by the last 3 probably already have tickets pre-ordered. Only way the "fanbase" is going to change is if there is a dramatic change in the movies, thats never going to happen so just be happy with what you have paramount. But as for wellivers comment im surprised it took this long for someone to step in & make him change his mind, but at least he tried to warn the parents this might not be suitable for the young ones have to give him credit for that.

I pretty much agree with this, with the exception of the 'mindless morons' bit. This 'soft reboot' should have had a different creative team in place, otherwise what is the point. The first movie was pretty decent but the following 2 were overly-long and meandered to the point of incoherence. Also, I never understood how Optimus Prime could be so brutal, particularly considering his 'sentient beings' spiel, I mean executing beings at point blank range is not Prime, they got the characterisation wrong. I was looking forward to a change in direction :-(
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

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Banjo-Tron wrote:I pretty much agree with this, with the exception of the 'mindless morons' bit. This 'soft reboot' should have had a different creative team in place, otherwise what is the point.
Money making?

Banjo-Tron wrote:The first movie was pretty decent but the following 2 were overly-long and meandered to the point of incoherence.
It is because in first movie Bay was honest. In RotF and DotM he pretedns that he cares about story or Cybertronian characters. And that is he's worse lie so far.

Banjo-Tron wrote:Also, I never understood how Optimus Prime could be so brutal, particularly considering his 'sentient beings' spiel, I mean executing beings at point blank range is not Prime, they got the characterisation wrong. I was looking forward to a change in direction :-(
It's because after first movie, Bay have decided that Optimus was too weak, so he personally changes scripts in any place, where Prime fights with anyone. This is why there is so many scenes where Optimus kills Decepticons that don't do anything to stop him.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

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Banjo-Tron wrote:I pretty much agree with this, with the exception of the 'mindless morons' bit. This 'soft reboot' should have had a different creative team in place, otherwise what is the point.
Money making?


That, and a fear of rocking the boat.

TurboMMaster wrote:
Banjo-Tron wrote:The first movie was pretty decent but the following 2 were overly-long and meandered to the point of incoherence.
It is because in first movie Bay was honest. In RotF and DotM he pretedns that he cares about story or Cybertronian characters. And that is he's worse lie so far.


I think the first movie was also given more attention in terms of details than the sequels, being the first TF movie. Bay paid a lot of attention to how the mass was maintained from one mode to the other. And while there's a huge amount of CGI magic in hiding the car roofs and windshields, the transformations at least looked feasible.

With the exception of Soundwave and maybe Dino, many of the newcomers in DOTM barely had any car parts on them (Megatron, the Dreads)--most just consist of tires and maybe some side panels, but no headlights or front section of the vehicle.

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Banjo-Tron wrote:Also, I never understood how Optimus Prime could be so brutal, particularly considering his 'sentient beings' spiel, I mean executing beings at point blank range is not Prime, they got the characterisation wrong. I was looking forward to a change in direction :-(
It's because after first movie, Bay have decided that Optimus was too weak, so he personally changes scripts in any place, where Prime fights with anyone. This is why there is so many scenes where Optimus kills Decepticons that don't do anything to stop him.


Actually, if I recall correctly, I think it was Orci and Kurtzman who decided that; apparently, they learned that the audience complained of Optimus looking useless and weak, getting tossed around by Megatron.

It's been ages since I last listened to the commentary in the ROTF DVD, but I'm sure it was either Bay or O&K who changed it due to the audience's comments.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby MegaDump » Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:08 am

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Sorry guys, I'm new to the forums & haven't figured out how to directly reply to some responses or even how to quote others, but basically what I was trying to say is the following: Bayformers, for all its positive & negative qualities, did exactly, I am sure, what Hasbro had intended - make a tonne of money.

I agree that a WFC movie would not necessarily work without any humans, I was just making the point that a rich, interesting story with consistent character development was POSSIBLE without human involvement, something, I think the movies are consistently failing. Now, I'm not talking about removing humans entirely, just give them a reason to be there other than by giving them a McGuffin & use more of the non-action time to actually develop a STORY. Where are the TF's from? How did they get here? Why are they fighting? Why is Earth so important to them?

The two lines of dialogue between Starscream & Megatron do nothing to answer any of these questions & only hint at a hostile relationship between one another that does not necessarily tell you anything about them, let alone, say, why Starscream would leave Megatron frozen in ice for such an extended time period. Further, this iteration of Optimus Prime is, in my opinion, the most ruthless & incompassionate of all thus far presented - in DotM he was directly responsible for the destruction of Cybertron!

The Avatar example was just that, an example, I'm not suggesting that they get rid of Bay & do a rewrite, it's too late in the game for that sort of whining... But surely it makes greater business sense to develeop a comprehensive UNIVERSE that makes for a more cohesive storytelling experience for those who CHOSE to look deeper, beyond the "BOOM, BANG SPECIAL EFFECTS!' Looking at the Star Wars films as an example, there was every kind of merchandising you could possibly imagine associated with it & they're making truckloads of money even 40 years later! It's perfectly understandable that Hollywood would be risk averse to an unknown property, but surely after three box-office success stories, why not listen to some critics & formulate a coherent, logical story when there is such a rich library of background material to draw on?

As for the designs of the Bayformers, 5150cruisermentioned that they need to be complicated to impress an audience, & maybe that's all well & good. Naturally, some people like these designs & some don't - but when you have a machine with a bobbling beer gut (Leadfoot), how exactly can you take that seriously? I don't mean they need to be simplified to the point of looking like G1, since that would incite a massive shift in an already established aesthetic, I'm just saying that the characters have already been humanised to an extent that is unnecessary. Why WOULD a machine have a "beer gut? But the worst thing is that the same characters are displayed inconsistently between shots - e.g. what is clearly the hood/door of a car is dented in robot mode yet the alt mode is a model of pristine, super shiny perfection. :CON:
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby Burn » Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:24 am

MegaDump wrote:Sorry guys, I'm new to the forums & haven't figured out how to directly reply to some responses or even how to quote others,


Each post has a quote button. Clicking on it opens up the Post a Reply page, then if you want to quote others, you can scroll down and click quote on the post you want to quote.

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The Avatar example was just that, an example, I'm not suggesting that they get rid of Bay & do a rewrite, it's too late in the game for that sort of whining... But surely it makes greater business sense to develeop a comprehensive UNIVERSE that makes for a more cohesive storytelling experience for those who CHOSE to look deeper, beyond the "BOOM, BANG SPECIAL EFFECTS!' Looking at the Star Wars films as an example, there was every kind of merchandising you could possibly imagine associated with it & they're making truckloads of money even 40 years later! It's perfectly understandable that Hollywood would be risk averse to an unknown property, but surely after three box-office success stories, why not listen to some critics & formulate a coherent, logical story when there is such a rich library of background material to draw on?


Hasbro have kind of shot themselves in the foot here by rebooting the main series every couple of years. Oh sure, it makes sense, they have to keep things fresh (provided Optimus Prime is a red truck and Bumblebee a yellow car ... can't confuse the kids too much) for the kids.

But the result is multiple "universes" with the same theme told again and again but with a slightly different spin each time.

What they need to do is take a huge gamble and develop a series that is connected, but very distant from all that's been before.

Naturally, some people like these designs & some don't - but when you have a machine with a bobbling beer gut (Leadfoot), how exactly can you take that seriously?


Well to the general movie going public, and some TF fans that liked the movie (aka the "mindless morons" of which I'm a card carrying member) don't really care.

They're there to be entertained, to take a time out from reality and just kick back, relax, and watch a movie.

I don't mean they need to be simplified to the point of looking like G1, since that would incite a massive shift in an already established aesthetic, I'm just saying that the characters have already been humanised to an extent that is unnecessary. Why WOULD a machine have a "beer gut?


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But the worst thing is that the same characters are displayed inconsistently between shots - e.g. what is clearly the hood/door of a car is dented in robot mode yet the alt mode is a model of pristine, super shiny perfection. :CON:


Well it's simple. Magic!

No really, it's probably more a case of an oversight on the animators part, or even laziness. It doesn't make sense, but then, the majority of movies have flaws, but most of them are made to entertain so you tend to forgive them.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:20 am

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MegaDump wrote:in DotM he was directly responsible for the destruction of Cybertron!
Truth be told, we don't really know what happened to Cybertron in that scene, as it was pretty vague either way. At worst, it was destroyed, but at best, it was sent away back through the space bridge but now has a giant crater in the middle of it. As there was no post-DOTM fiction published, it'll take this next movie to explain to us what happened to it.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby TurboMMaster » Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:46 am

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SKYWARPED_128 wrote:I think the first movie was also given more attention in terms of details than the sequels, being the first TF movie. Bay paid a lot of attention to how the mass was maintained from one mode to the other. And while there's a huge amount of CGI magic in hiding the car roofs and windshields, the transformations at least looked feasible.
Oh, it is not only that, in first movie, the cast was relatively small, so each character at least seems to be unique.We don't have identical characters, or generic mooks, each character at least have he's own style. Also,with smaller cast Decepticons seems to be more dangreus. For Example, Starscream beats Ironhide and Ratchet with ease, and Brawl proves to be a challenge for 4 Autobots, human troops and a silicon princess.
SKYWARPED_128 wrote:Actually, if I recall correctly, I think it was Orci and Kurtzman who decided that; apparently, they learned that the audience complained of Optimus looking useless and weak, getting tossed around by Megatron.
The main problem with entire Bayformers is: there is no good two-sided fights in it. It seems like there is no possible equality in this universe. Every time two transformers are fighting, one easily overpowered the other, with two exceptions in first movie: Barricade vs Bumblebee and Brawl vs Autubots. When Decepticons are wining they rocks, when they are loosing the sucks.
SKYWARPED_128 wrote:It's been ages since I last listened to the commentary in the ROTF DVD, but I'm sure it was either Bay or O&K who changed it due to the audience's comments.
In first movie Optimus wasn't weak: He kills Bonecrusher relatively easily (And he do that with exceptional sense of style) and he slow down Megatron and survived to tell the tale. Also, in next movies he isn't invincible at all, and in RotF and DotM comics and novels adaptation, while he is still strong, but far for beign overpowered. Many things like Prime killing Grindor or fightning with both Megatron AND the Fallen at once are entirely Bay's idea.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby SlyTF1 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:21 am

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TurboMMaster wrote:
SKYWARPED_128 wrote:I think the first movie was also given more attention in terms of details than the sequels, being the first TF movie. Bay paid a lot of attention to how the mass was maintained from one mode to the other. And while there's a huge amount of CGI magic in hiding the car roofs and windshields, the transformations at least looked feasible.
Oh, it is not only that, in first movie, the cast was relatively small, so each character at least seems to be unique.We don't have identical characters, or generic mooks, each character at least have he's own style. Also,with smaller cast Decepticons seems to be more dangreus. For Example, Starscream beats Ironhide and Ratchet with ease, and Brawl proves to be a challenge for 4 Autobots, human troops and a silicon princess.
SKYWARPED_128 wrote:Actually, if I recall correctly, I think it was Orci and Kurtzman who decided that; apparently, they learned that the audience complained of Optimus looking useless and weak, getting tossed around by Megatron.
The main problem with entire Bayformers is: there is no good two-sided fights in it. It seems like there is no possible equality in this universe. Every time two transformers are fighting, one easily overpowered the other, with two exceptions in first movie: Barricade vs Bumblebee and Brawl vs Autubots. When Decepticons are wining they rocks, when they are loosing the sucks.
SKYWARPED_128 wrote:It's been ages since I last listened to the commentary in the ROTF DVD, but I'm sure it was either Bay or O&K who changed it due to the audience's comments.
In first movie Optimus wasn't weak: He kills Bonecrusher relatively easily (And he do that with exceptional sense of style) and he slow down Megatron and survived to tell the tale. Also, in next movies he isn't invincible at all, and in RotF and DotM comics and novels adaptation, while he is still strong, but far for beign overpowered. Many things like Prime killing Grindor or fightning with both Megatron AND the Fallen at once are entirely Bay's idea.


Too bad you couldn't see anything with the drunken camera man faffing about. Optimus vs Sentinel in DOTM was pretty even, even though Sentinel basically called an airstrike on Optimus in the middle of it. The forest fight in ROTF was pretty even as well. Even though Optimus was beating the asses of 3 Decepticons at once, he still only managed to kill one before he was killed.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby TurboMMaster » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:03 am

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SlyTF1 wrote:Optimus vs Sentinel in DOTM was pretty even
You are kidding right?
SlyTF1 wrote:even though Sentinel basically called an airstrike on Optimus in the middle of it
You forgot to mention that Sentinel used the shield... And when Optimus used backup it was fair, but Sentinel calling support = cheating.
SlyTF1 wrote:The forest fight in ROTF was pretty even as well.
You are kidding, right?
SlyTF1 wrote:Even though Optimus was beating the asses of 3 Decepticons at once, he still only managed to kill one before he was killed.
Three guys, each is a warrior, yet they couldn' take a single guy with civilian origing, much smaller then them. Plus entire Decepticon's tactic & combat style during forest battle was pathetic. Why they don't use their flying abilities? Why Megatron don't use the same technique he used in mission city?
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby SlyTF1 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:47 am

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SlyTF1 wrote:Optimus vs Sentinel in DOTM was pretty even
You are kidding right?
SlyTF1 wrote:even though Sentinel basically called an airstrike on Optimus in the middle of it
You forgot to mention that Sentinel used the shield... And when Optimus used backup it was fair, but Sentinel calling support = cheating.
SlyTF1 wrote:The forest fight in ROTF was pretty even as well.
You are kidding, right?
SlyTF1 wrote:Even though Optimus was beating the asses of 3 Decepticons at once, he still only managed to kill one before he was killed.
Three guys, each is a warrior, yet they couldn' take a single guy with civilian origing, much smaller then them. Plus entire Decepticon's tactic & combat style during forest battle was pathetic. Why they don't use their flying abilities? Why Megatron don't use the same technique he used in mission city?


Not kidding.

Sentinel had a shield and Optimus had a giant axe. Seems fair to me.

Optimus is a Prime for a reason. It doesn't matter if he was a civilian before or not, some people are just better than others when it comes to melee combat. And he wasn't much smaller than anyone. The only one he was smaller than was Grindor, and he was big and slow. In a sword fight, speed (usually) always beats strength.

Starscream thrusted a couple of times, Grindor would have taken forever to get off the ground, and Megatron was engaged in the fight most of the time. Why didn't Megatron use his tactics from the first movie? Because he was using his damn hands in the first movie, and all he did was punch Optimus. In ROTF Optimus was coming at him with two swords. Punching at Optimus would have done nothing.
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby hinomars19 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:04 pm

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MegaDump wrote:Sorry guys, I'm new to the forums & haven't figured out how to directly reply to some responses or even how to quote others, but basically what I was trying to say is the following: Bayformers, for all its positive & negative qualities, did exactly, I am sure, what Hasbro had intended - make a tonne of money.


The two lines of dialogue between Starscream & Megatron do nothing to answer any of these questions & only hint at a hostile relationship between one another that does not necessarily tell you anything about them
The Avatar example was just that, an example, I'm not suggesting that they get rid of Bay & do a rewrite, it's too late in the game for that sort of whining... But surely it makes greater business sense to develeop a comprehensive UNIVERSE that makes for a more cohesive storytelling experience for those who CHOSE to look deeper, beyond the "BOOM, BANG SPECIAL EFFECTS!' Looking at the Star Wars films as an example, there was every kind of merchandising you could possibly imagine associated with it & they're making truckloads of money even 40 years later! It's perfectly understandable that Hollywood would be risk averse to an unknown property, but surely after three box-office success stories, why not listen to some critics & formulate a coherent, logical story when there is such a rich library of background material to draw on?


I didn't mean to disagree with you per say, so sorry if it felt I was fighting you (edited your post a bit to save on length, hope you don't mind) But yes, all your points are valid, and I understand your use of Avatar as an example. I didn't give you my thoughts or wants in response-I gave you what is going on in the heads of the Hollywood people now associated with the TF franchise. I do not feel this is how it should be done, but rather how it is now and why it is unlikely to change.
Look at Spider-man. Raimi's 3 films were successful, but had some faults, especially in the eyes of Spidey's fanbase. But all 3 progressed counter to those complaints because the track it was set on was a one way course. It took a full re-boot into Amazing Spider-Man to change up and play with things, the part I like most about amazing is Gwen gets her rightful place in the story, not being shoehorned into Mary Jane. But I doubt Amazing is considered perfect or right either. What one fan group loves another hates ;) Maguire or Garfield? Not an answerable question really. Maybe one day a real re-boot of Transformers in live action will happen, who knows. But when it does, it won't be better or worse, just different.
My reason for liking that Starscream and Megatron scene was as I stated-the robot has character, life. I didn't say it was good, bad or even enough :D I said the same thing about ROTF's twins, at least they HAD character :lol:
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby hinomars19 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:22 pm

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Seibertron wrote:You bet there'd be humans in my own personal movie universe. The Transformers story that is most interesting to me is the "robots in disguise" aspect. Transformers fitting in amidst the human world. Fascinating concept. Yah, I like to revisit Cybertron, have a few spin-off series, etc, but at the end of the day, if you don't have humans involved the whole "robots in disguise" thing goes out the window and that is one of the big aspects that appeals to me about the overall Transformers mythologies. Transformers that transform on Cybertron is just a silly concept. I go along with it because it's part of the overall fiction, but in my opinion you've got to have humans as part of the integral part of the Transformers storyline.

I loved Fall of Cybertron and even War for Cybertron as one off series. It's good to take a break from the Transformers on Earth storyline in order to build upon the characters. But it's time to get back to Earth. FOC should be leading up to Earth. If it doesn't bring the story back to Earth and tie the whole "robots in disguise" thing back together, it disenfranchises me.

I also like some of what is being done with the IDW comics. However, both the games and the comics are too self indulged with trying to make Transformers more than it is instead of embracing what makes Transformers unique. For the most part, Transformers transform into things from the human world. Take humans out of it and it's just a story about robots more or less. Put humans in the story and you have a unique story that no one else is telling about robots in disguise living amongst us as they wage a never-ending battle that spans the vast Universe.

That concept fascinates me. That's what I signed up for 30 years ago as a 7 year old boy. That's what I want to read about, watch movies about, and take photographs of. That's the storyline that I enjoy the most.

Robots. In. Disguise.


Haha, yeah I got that the sometimes over complicated nature of IDW was a thorn to you from a response you posted in the Windblade threads with the whole gender thing. I do agree that it's a problem when the fun and imagination is being taken out of Transformers, that's for sure. But the one thing I do like about Transformers is the robots ARE the characters of the story, and it is good to see comics and games that show that they are not Gundams.
However, we as the audience are human beings, and having that 'alien' concept (alien to the Transformers, as we and our world are)to bounce off of is indeed what give this franchise it's meat. The disguise thing was blown pretty quick...but suspension of disbelief helps with that :D (I liked how Beast wars gave need to the alt modes as a way of protecting themselves against the environment of the 'alien' planet)
I didn't mean to suggest human characters should not be in any movieverse, neither do I feel they are their purely due to budget and filming constraints. Simply those factors are what contribute to the inbalance of screen time between human and TF, and why TF1 was a story about a boy finding an alien and not a story of aliens finding us and having need to hide :) (as per G1)
I need to hail the fact humans are in Transformers because how else as a kid could I have imagined I was Spike going on epic adventures with Bumblebee? :D
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Re: Titus Welliver Seen on Set of Transformers 4

Postby MINDVVIPE » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:42 pm

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I for one don't find transforming robots on Cybertron silly at all. I wish I had wheels or wings or treads or any other forms that enable me to move faster, fly, or traverse rough terrain. I do not NEED any humans, as I've never ever EVER viewed any tf story and cared about the humans. Sure, if they're on earth they have to be there, but if it was such that I never heard a single one speak other that to scream in fear, that's fine with me. And if people have a problem with cockpits or windows on cybertronian vehicles, they pretty much have eyes behind mini windows in robot mode, why can't the same apply for vehicle modes? Protection for their eyes and sensors wherever they are in vehicle mode. Robots in disguise is cool and all for the fact that they need that disguise, but you know what's even more important and interesting? The fact that they TRANSFORM? Like the name of the entire franchise? No humans needed for that to hold water.
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