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Michael Bay at Transformers The Ride. 4th Movie?

Transformers News: Michael Bay at Transformers The Ride.  4th Movie?
Date: Saturday, December 3rd 2011 1:12pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Event News, People News, Media, Interviews
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Michael Bay answers questions at the Premiere of the new Tranformers The Ride. When asked about a potential 4th and 5th movie he responds:

"...We are talkin’ about it. But there is no, nothing right now. I’m gonna do a tiny movie first. Then we’ll talk about it if I potentially do it. If I do 4, not saying I am, but just… er… if I were to, I would make sure it would be state-of-the-art of whatever the new greatest thing in 3D, how you do it..."

He also touches briefly on a "small" movie he is doing first and then he will know more about a 4th movie with Steven Spielberg. The small movie might just be Bad Boys 3, who knows?

Check out the video interview and see his explosive entrance and impressive Bumblebee and Optimus Prime escorts.

Peter Cullen and Frank Welker Talk Transformers Prime with MTV Geek

Transformers News: Peter Cullen and Frank Welker Talk Transformers Prime with MTV Geek
Date: Thursday, December 1st 2011 11:25pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): MTV Geek

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MTV Geek has posted an interview with legendary voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker on their roles in Transformers Prime as Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively. Click here to visit MTV Geek to check out the full interview.

A quick note for all would-be interviewers looking to get in a word edgewise with veteran Transformers voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker when you've got them both in the same conversation: give up now and just let these two talk. The men behind Optimus Prime and Megatron have not only worked together for decades on shows outside of Transformers, but are good friends as well, with an easy rapport that you catch almost immediately when they get on the phone. The duo is indispensable to the 25-plus year old franchise, and it would be difficult to image what shape the the two men in their respective roles.

December 6th will see the DVD release of Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising, the Shout! Factory disc collecting the first arc of the new Hasbro-produced CG series on The Hub. Once again pitting the Autobots against the Decepticons in their seemingly eternal struggle, the battle returns to Earth with Megatron planning to escalate the conflict using the "blood" (as much as giant robots can be said to have blood) of ultimate franchise baddie, Unicron.

With the disc on the way next week, we thought we'd chat with Welker and Cullen--or at least let them talk while we listend--about the legacy of their characters, the unique working rapport they've developed over the years, and how innovations in CGI has allowed for more drama in Transformers.

Geek: How have you guys been enjoying working together on the current season of Prime?

Cullen: I gotta say it’s just a wonderful pleasure to be able to see Frank again and to work with him. We’ve reincarnated our glory days of Transformers and picked up where we left off. And it’s a riot.

Welker: Well, I will second that and working with Peter’s always a treat—we never quite know what’s going to happen from day to day, but it sure is great to see each other and reestablish old ties. You know, we have this rivalry of good and evil going back and it’s just fun to do battle with someone who you just like. [both laugh]

Ark Addendum Update - Soundwave and Laserbeak Transformation Sequences

Transformers News: Ark Addendum Update - Soundwave and Laserbeak Transformation Sequences
Date: Tuesday, November 29th 2011 8:25pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson has updated his blog, Disciples of Boltax, with transformation sequences for two more fan favorite characters, Soundwave and his minion Laserbeak! A small thumbnail of the Soundwave sequence has appeared in Jim's previous books, The Ark and The Complete Ark. The Laserbeak sequence on the other hand is new. Check out their transformation sequences below.


Transformers Prime Q&A: Storyboard Artists

Transformers News: Transformers Prime Q&A: Storyboard Artists
Date: Tuesday, November 29th 2011 12:29pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Transformers facebook page

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The Transformers facebook page has posted a Q&A session with "Transformers Prime" storyboard artists Sam Montes, Paul Harmon, Bryan Baugh and Jeff Johnson. The session has been mirrored below for those of you without facebook access.

Atticus Tsai-McCarthy asks: Are you basically the editors in the sense that you decide where scenes end, and how they flow?

Sam Montes, storyboard artist: I wouldn't consider myself an editor, because “Transformers Prime” has its own editors and they do an amazing job of making the show look good. I'd say storyboard artists are a lot like cinematographers because we are responsible for selecting the camera angles and compositions of every shot. We are also like choreographers because we have to plot out how the characters move, act, fight and interact with the environments.

Jazz Meister asks: How long does it take to draw a single storyboard? And how often do you have to change them because something wasn't quite right?

Sam Montes, storyboard artist: For each episode, I'm usually given six weeks to finish my storyboard. That may seem like a long time but you have to consider that a storyboard artist is responsible for anywhere between 400 - 600 drawn panels per episode. As far as making changes to the storyboards, I find myself making revisions all the time. Animation is definitely a team project so it's important to incorporate the ideas of the other crewmembers, especially the directors, producers and designers.

Melynda Barney asks: What is it like being an artist for a Transformers cartoon?

Bryan Baugh, storyboard artist: It’s fun because I can remember having some of the Transformers toys as a kid. So I went into this project already familiar with the characters. I guess you could say, being an artist working on a new animated show about those same characters is sort of like the grown-up equivalent of playing with toys.

Jocelyn Simmons asks: When you guys draw out the scenes, do you guys do basic sketches like we've seen from Miko, just something to get the gist of each clip, or do you get into some of the deeper details, with little pieces and parts and all the little bolts and screws that steal every fan's breath away?

Bryan Baugh, storyboard artist: We usually don’t draw excessive detail in our boards. A storyboard artist’s job is to figure out the shot-to-shot visual storytelling, the camera angles, and the basic composition of each shot. So it is better for the characters to be drawn simply. A basic figure - with just a few basic shapes or a couple of unique features - does the trick just fine. Trying to sit there and doodle out all the little complex details of every robot’s surface texture, is not only unnecessary, but it can also make a storyboard drawing confusing to look at, or difficult to “read” visually. You want to get the point of each image across as clearly and immediately as possible.

Yessie Nieves asks: Hi guys Thanks for this opportunity. Which characters are for you the most challenging character of the series (including the humans)?

Paul Harmon, storyboard artist: The trickiest part is the scale of all the different characters; there’s a big range of sizes.

Alec Weston asks: What was the creation process for the storyboarding and how long did it take for each board?

Paul Harmon, storyboard artist: Each team is different. For my director we would do thumbnails, then roughs, and finally revisions. It’s a very thorough process but you’re more likely to stay on the same page that way.

Julia In-Gyong Handschin asks: How do you start a storyboard and how do you proceed? Do you have some brainstorming sessions where you gather ideas for the show?

Jeff Johnson, storyboard artist: We usually start by going over the script with the director. He lets us know what the scenes should accomplish and what the main goal of the episode might be.

Kathryn Vergara asks: Are all your storyboards still drawn out traditionally, with pencil/pen on paper, or is it all digital these days? Is either method easier or faster? And do all the storyboards between the various artists share the same "style" of work, or are they all very different?

Jeff Johnson, storyboard artist: I still use pencil and paper when I'm first going through the script. I make little drawings on the side to jot down ideas during my first pass through my section. After that, almost all of the drawing is done with a digital pen on an LCD screen. It is both much faster and much easier, especially when it comes to making changes and keeping track of the entire episode. All the storyboard artists try to keep the various needs of the show in mind while drawing, but the finished boards inevitably have an individual style. We are all different people after all and that comes out in the drawings.

Scott Farrar Talks Transformers DOTM

Transformers News: Scott Farrar Talks Transformers DOTM
Date: Tuesday, November 29th 2011 9:03am CST
Categories: Movie News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BBC News

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BBC News has posted a brief interview with Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Scott Farrar. He talks about his work on Transformers Dark of the Moon, in particular the the freeway chase scene with Bumblebee and the Dreads. Click here to view the video.

The chances are you do not recognize Scott Farrar's name, but his work has transported your imagination to some extraordinary places.

The Oscar-winning special effects supervisor is one of the most sought after people in Hollywood.

Credits in his CV include Back to the Future 2 and 3, Return of the Jedi, Cocoon, Chronicles of Narnia, Minority Report and Jurassic Park.

As one of his latest ventures, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, goes on general release in the UK on dvd, he took time out to discuss his art form, and how it continues to shape Hollywood.

Transformers: Rescue Bots Cast and Characters Revealed, D.C. Douglas to voice Chase

Transformers News: Transformers: Rescue Bots Cast and Characters Revealed, D.C. Douglas to voice Chase
Date: Sunday, November 27th 2011 11:38am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): DC Douglas, Holly Patterson

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Voice actor D.C. Douglas has updated his official blog with the characters he and the previously announced cast will be portraying on the Hub's new kids series Transformers: Rescue Bots. The Hub will be airing a sneak peek of the highly anticipated new cartoon on December 17th.

  • Steve Blum - Heatwave Rescue Bot
  • Imari Williams - Boulder Rescue Bot
  • Parvesh Cheena - Blades Rescue Bot
  • D.C. Douglas - Chase Rescue Bot
  • Maurice LaMarche - Chief Charlie Burns
  • Lacey Chabert - Dani Burns
  • Jason Marsden - Kade Burns
  • Shannon McKain - Graham Burns
  • Élan Garfias - Cody Burns
  • Diamond White - Francine Greene
  • LaVar Burton - Doc Greene
  • Jeff Bennett - Huxley Prescott
  • Peter Cullen - Optimus Prime


Here is the press release for this announcement:

Confirmed: D.C. Douglas Voicing 'Transformers: Rescue Bots'

Los Angeles, CA (TSG) November 29th, 2011. The Hub confirmed last week that actor and voice over artist, D.C. Douglas (IMDb), has been cast in their much anticipated cartoon series, "Transformers: Rescue Bots," playing Chase - the police car.

Douglas has voiced several popular characters in the past, including Albert Wesker in the last 5 "Resident Evil" games, Legion in "Mass Effect 2 & 3," and numerous characters in the libertarian cult hit, "The American Dream."

"This is a whole new level, though," says Douglas. "I've just been invited into one of the coolest franchises where I get to play with other amazing actors!"

Douglas joins fellow cast-mates Steve Blum ("Wolverine," "Transformers Prime"), Lacey Chabert ("Party of Five," "Mean Girls"), LeVar Burton ("Roots," "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Jason Marsden ("Step by Step," "Justice League"), Parvesh Cheena (NBC's "Outsourced"), Emmy winner Maurice LaMarche ("Futurama," "Pinky & The Brain") and several other voice over veterans. A breakdown of the entire cast can be found on Douglas' blog.

The Hub describes the show as "an all-new animated series following a group of Autobots charged with a mission to protect and learn about humans. Stationed on an island off the Eastern seaboard by Optimus Prime, the Transformers Rescue Bots – Heatwave, Boulder, Blades and Chase – team with a human family of first responders including a police chief, firefighter, rescue pilot and engineer to maintain peace and safety in their new found home."

Though "Transformers: Rescue Bots" premieres in early 2012, The Hub is having a sneak peek on December 17th, 2011.

Douglas can be seen in upcoming episodes of FOX's "Raising Hope," TNT's "Franklin & Bash" and ABC's "Castle." His latest film short, "The Crooked Eye" (starring Fay Masterson and Academy Award winner Linda Hunt), has just been released on iTunes through Shorts International.

D.C. Douglas is represented by AVO Talent for voice over and The Daniel Hoff Agency for film and television.

Links mentioned: ... t-autobot/

Mastermind Creations Cyclops / Shockwave Prototype Preview Video

Transformers News: Mastermind Creations Cyclops / Shockwave Prototype Preview Video
Date: Wednesday, November 23rd 2011 5:48pm CST
Categories: Toy News, People News, 3rd Party News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): eNcliNedesigNs

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Well known customizer eNcliNedesigNs has uploaded a brief preview video of the Mastermind Creations Cyclops/HoS Shockwave prototype that was on display at Vancouver's Metrocon last weekend. His video has been embedded below.

Transformers Prime Q&A: Arcee Voice Actress Sumalee Montano

Transformers News: Transformers Prime Q&A: Arcee Voice Actress Sumalee Montano
Date: Wednesday, November 23rd 2011 7:55am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Transformres facebook page

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The Transformers facebook page has posted a brief Q&A with Transformers Prime's Sumalee Montano, the voice of Arcee. The session has been mirrored below for those of you without facebook access.

Chalrie Levitz asks: What was your favorite Arcee episode in season 1 and why?

Sumalee Montano: For me it’s a tie between Predatory and Crisscross. I love Crisscross because of the amazing fight and scenes between Starscream and Arcee. Both characters are at their utter best…and worst!!!

Predatory is also a favorite of mine because of the style and tone of the episode. It’s strikingly different from the others episodes, and it’s a huge turning point in Arcee’s character development. We meet her nemesis, Airachnid, and gain insight into Arcee’s vulnerabilities: her guilt over her partners’ deaths, losing those she cares about (Jack), and struggling with a desire for revenge (against Airachnid). Those are some pretty hefty character traits that, as an actor, I really enjoyed delving into.

Ryan Mulligan asks: How was it taking part in a show with such classic voice actors?

Sumalee Montano: Mind-blowingly awesome! I’m a big believer in surrounding yourself with people who inspire you. And not only is this cast insanely talented, but everyone is so nice, generous, and giving – an absolute joy to be around! It truly feels like a family, and I’m convinced I’m the luckiest girl in the world to be a part of it. Plus, we laugh together sooooo much. It’s an incredible blessing and an honor.

Amanda Butt asks: How have you adapted your approach to Arcee's voice over time? When watching the early episodes it sounds like you played a more feminine angle, whereas by later episodes she sounds more dry and sarcastic. Was that intentional? And if so, what about her character is it you respond to and use to shape her voice?

Sumalee Montano: That wasn’t intentional, but I definitely appreciate your attention to detail. When we started, I focused on Arcee’s toughness, which vocally came from a certain posture and physical stance that I used (and still use) in our recording sessions. I chose a very specific way to stand in relationship to the mic/mic stand that makes me feel my strongest and most powerful. As time went on, I was able to “fill in” my physical stance with Arcee’s history and life experiences. Living through those things in my mind affects and shapes the voice.

Abby Ryan Cluster asks: As a female VO artist, how fun/hard/interesting do you find working in what some think is a "boys’ club?"

Sumalee Montano: Being an actor is interesting, fun, and continually challenging. I love my job! I don’t really think about it as being a boys’ club. Although that kind of thinking can push you to work even harder, which can be a good thing. But I basically see myself as a “guy’s girl,” so I always appreciate an opportunity to hang with the guys. :)

Jordan Hobbins asks: Are you planning on buying the toys?

Sumalee Montano: YES! All the toys! They’ll be great replicas of these hopefully indelible characters. There’s also a fun coincidence related to the new Arcee toy. I was talking to a friend on the East Coast who I hadn’t spoken with for years. I didn’t know she was part of the team working on Arcee’s toy packaging, and she didn’t know that I was the voice of Arcee. When I told her, she exclaimed, “Hey, I just worked on Acree’s toy earlier today!”

I love it when you discover how Transformers touches so many people’s lives and brings us together.

Ark Addendum Update - Rumble's Transformation Sequence & Animated Cheetor's Badge

Transformers News: Ark Addendum Update - Rumble's Transformation Sequence & Animated Cheetor's Badge
Date: Monday, November 21st 2011 10:14am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Our friend Jim Sorenson dropped by to let us know that this week's Ark Addendum update features another iconic animation model from the Transformers pilot More Than Meets the Eye, the transformation sequence of Rumble! Click the teaser image below to visit Jim's blog Disciple of Boltax to check out the full model.


Jim also posted Animated Cheetor's badge, don't forget to pick up 2011 Diamond Edition Timelines BotCon Comic: The Stunti-Con Job, featuring a 16 page AllSpark Almanac Addendum covering Transformers: Animated season 3.5.


Interview Video with Takara Tomy Designers

Transformers News: Interview Video with Takara Tomy Designers
Date: Wednesday, November 16th 2011 10:02pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Toy News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Takara Tomy

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The Takara Tomy YouTube channel has uploaded an interview with three of their toy designers Hironori Kobayashi, Hisashi Yuki, and Hisao Nishimoto. The trio give insight into the design of Takara's new Striker Optimus Prime, Leader Class Sentinel Prime, and DOTM's new Cyberverse series. It's been subtitled in English to boot! Interview embedded below.

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