For those of you who are at Auto Assembly 2014, this announcement will come as no surprise to you, but we have just confirmed the first two guests who will be appearing at Auto Assembly 2015 which is taking place over the weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2015 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, England.
We are incredibly proud to announce that we will be joined by none other than voice actor Sumalee Montano (Arcee, Transformers: Prime) and James Horan (Wheeljack, Transformers: Prime). Both actors have been incredibly supportive of the convention over the last few years and we are incredibly excited to welcome them both to Auto Assembly as they make their debut at the convention next year.
Tickets for Auto Assembly 2015 are on sale NOW and you can get them on our Auto Assembly 2015 Bookings Page. Until Sunday 10th August 2014 we are offering tickets at a special “early bird” rate saving £10 on the normal adult weekend rate so if you want to guarantee your place at a bargain price, book now!
His latest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” promises more of the action and explosions Bay is known for, but the director reportedly almost didn’t take the job this time around. He’s not saying why, but he admits he was “prevailed upon. Expertly.” Coming back on board for a fourth time, he decided to make a few changes to the franchise. In particular, he didn’t want the robots to look too much like toys.
“I understand the need to draw an audience of kids and the global considerations, but I wanted to be involved with something that had a longer-lasting, even cerebral appeal. And I don’t want to be tied — artistically or in people’s minds — to ‘Transformers’ after ‘Transformers,’ ” he says, perhaps alluding to the series’ planned fifth installment.
While the Japanese roots of “Transformers” may be apparent in the design of the robotic heroes and villains of the film, the “global considerations” Bay refers to come mainly from the newly important Chinese market.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” was partly financed by Chinese backers, has Chinese product placement and co-stars Li Bingbing as the owner of a factory manufacturing Transformers for a U.S. outfit named KSI. Bay says that cooperation between China and the United States for future filmmaking ventures will be important. The tendency of Hollywood to cast the citizens of foreign nations in villainous roles might be coming to an end if that’s the case, I suggest, to which Bay replies, “I don’t think the Chinese see themselves as villains. They do want to be admired.”
Grammer, who played the titular role in the popular U.S. sitcom “Frasier” (1993-2004) takes on the role of Harold Attinger, the paranoid head of an elite CIA unit.
“His name’s Harold — isn’t that a perfect, anal-retentive, paranoiac name?” Grammer says with a grin. “Then you have Cade, pretty much an average Joe, and his daughter Tessa (Peltz) — these wonderful names! Stanley Tucci is this arrogant technocrat (head of KSI) who wants to make and control his own Transformers, and his name is Joshua Joyce. It’s a bit comic-bookey, but it really works on screen.”
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” has succeeded in drawing in a large audience despite replacing its cast, and Grammar believes this is because the film brings back the real draw — familiar robotic characters.
A unrealized Megatron design from around 2002, 03. I think I wanted him to be a bomber/spaceship.
We are pleased welcome Transformers comic book artist Sarah Stone to TFcon Chicago this fall.
Sarah is the artist for IDW’s highly successful Transformers: Windblade miniseries that just concluded. She will be available all weekend for commissions, prints and signings at TFcon Chicago 2014.
The secret project I announced earlier can be shared. I am co-scoring the upcoming animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise. I am excited to be co- scoring the show with renown composer Kevin Kiner (CSI Miami, Hell on Wheels, Clone Wars)
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For the sixth time Germany's first and only Transformers fan convention is taking place. We're opening our doors on October 4, 2014, 11am at Seerosensaal, Steeger Str. 38, 41334 Nettetal - Lobberich to welcome Transformers fans from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, England and many other parts of the world.
Last year we set a new European attendance record for a (single-day) Transformers fan convention and of course we fully intend to raise the bar once again this year.
We can already announce a long list of vendors who will offer you lots and lots of Transformers products this year. Attending for the first time: NTF-Toys. Finally the convention hosts NTF have their own shop and will, for the first time, have their own table.
Back again: Actionfiguren24.de, ADHD Toys, Lilly & Friends, Gerrut Camaro, Bram Bossers, That's Cult and many others.
We will also welcome Special Guests at C.O.N.S. VI. Two big names from the IDW comic scene, John Paul Bove and Andrew Griffith, will attend their first German Transformers fan convention this year.
And of course we will have a number of contests this year as well. Want to participate in our cosplay contest or prove your TF trivia knowledge in our Transformers quiz? You're welcome to take part. The rules and regulations for all our contests can be found at the C.O.N.S. website (http://ntf-cons.de/).
You can buy your tickets at pre-sale or on the day at the box office. If you want to book a vendor's table... well, hurry up, because we're almost booked up. More on that at the C.O.N.S. website as well.
We're looking forward to a great event with many of you attending.
See you then,
the C.O.N.S. team.
You've worked with filmmaker Michael Bay and his production company, Platinum Dunes, on a number of projects. How involved is he in working with you?
He's very involved. He said to me one time that for him, the sound of his movies is 50% of what he puts out there. He considers it that important. That includes music and sound effects. He wants to hear every cue, he likes to live with it for a little while-which I get, when someone hears a piece of music for the first time and I say, do you like it or not? If I were in his position, I would go "I think I like it. I need to hear it a few more times. Can I hear it again tomorrow?"
He's very involved, not just in sound and music, but he's very involved in every aspect of his films; which I think is why his life is just so crazy because he'll come to me to hear some music and he's always racing off to go to look at the color timing of the picture or to go listen to sound effects. Whatever it is, there are a million things ... he might be more involved than people think. The music to him, he either feels it or he doesn't. He feels the music and he knows it's something working for him. That's how he judges it, and like I said, he wants to hear everything. It's good for me because he pushes me to make it right. There's so much music in these movies, I kind of get lost in these scenes, writing for days and days. He's a good judge of what works, what doesn't and what's boring. It's a good collaboration, I think, that we have at this point.
How much creative freedom do you have?
He gives me all the freedom in the world, which is great. When we started Age of Extinction, the only thing he said to me is that it was a brand new cast; let's treat this as something new. We have three movies worth of music, but let's set it aside and start working on these new ideas. That was it; I just started writing and would send him theme pieces that I was writing. I wasn't even writing to picture yet, I was just writing music inspired by some of the visuals that I had seen in his cutting room. I would just send pieces to him to see what he was responding to. He seemed to be responding to the simpler things. This little piano melody I did and things like this, which is just something I thought would be cool in the movie. It's not something he asked me to do, so he definitely does give me an open canvas to try new things that I think might work. Of course, if he doesn't like it he's gonna say so. If there's something that's not quite right, he will definitely give me general notes. "I like this, you lose me here..." We have a good shorthand now where I can just send him music and he will listen to it when he's in the music mood. He will call me up and tell me if it's good or not. He let's me do what I think is right and we take it from there.
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