Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo

Transformers News: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 9:01PM CDT

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Yahoo! Movies has put up an interview with Michael Bay, the director of this summer's Transformers Movie, wherein he answers some question from fans as well as adressing recent fan complaints like the flame designs on Optimus Prime.

watch the interview on Yahoo Movies here.
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Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150616)
Posted by clk430r1 on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:06pm CDT
front paged and credited!
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150620)
Posted by Skowl on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:10pm CDT
clk430r1 wrote:front paged and credited!


Yup, I credited both of you since I originally found out through clk430r1's email, but noticed Dragonslayer also had a thread up.

What about the "Fans Speak" video that runs right after the interview, is that new? I don't remember seeing that before...
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150623)
Posted by decepticonjon on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:11pm CDT
AbsumZer0 wrote:"Why flames? 'Cuz I wanted flames."

This just in: Michael Bay thinks painted flames make things look faster.

Why couldn't Starscream or Megatron come close to resembling their previous counterparts like Optimus does his namesake? In summation, "because the cartoons look dated and blocky robots wouldn't look realistic. Starscream needed bird legs because humanoid legs wouldn't be ergonomic... ignore the fact that none of the others have bird legs". WTF.

nice! :grin:
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150626)
Posted by AbsumZer0 on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:15pm CDT
Skowl wrote:
clk430r1 wrote:front paged and credited!


Yup, I credited both of you since I originally found out through clk430r1's email, but noticed Dragonslayer also had a thread up.

What about the "Fans Speak" video that runs right after the interview, is that new? I don't remember seeing that before...


I think that's the video that was shown at the last BotCon (or some other event), wasn't it?
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150638)
Posted by Skalor on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:22pm CDT
I'm pretty much over the fact that people still criticize with dismay Bay's work on the movie. The fact is, this is going to rock, the designs are working really well and just about everyone I know is excited to see this. Bravo Michael Bay. :APPLAUSE:
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150640)
Posted by Ultra Magnus on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:23pm CDT
Well, at least he was honest. Ah, well. Based on what I've seen, it looks like Transformers, they're calling it Transformers, it is Transformers. Let's just enjoy the ride.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150647)
Posted by ScorpoMax on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:27pm CDT
AbsumZer0 wrote:"Why flames? 'Cuz I wanted flames."

This just in: Michael Bay thinks painted flames make things look faster.

Why couldn't Starscream or Megatron come close to resembling their previous counterparts like Optimus does his namesake? In summation, "because the cartoons look dated and blocky robots wouldn't look realistic. Starscream needed bird legs because humanoid legs wouldn't be ergonomic... ignore the fact that none of the others have bird legs". WTF.


Something about that whole attitude of his that turned me off totally. I'm sure that this will be a good movie, I'm sure it will have plenty of action and quality special effects that will amuse the kiddies. But it's still not quite the movie I was waiting for.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150650)
Posted by Dragonslayer on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:29pm CDT
Skowl wrote:front paged and credited!

Sweet action! :grin:

As for the Fans speak vid, I think It's a few months old. I started to watch, but I didn't finish it because I got bored :P
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150652)
Posted by clk430r1 on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:38pm CDT
Skowl wrote:
clk430r1 wrote:front paged and credited!


Yup, I credited both of you since I originally found out through clk430r1's email, but noticed Dragonslayer also had a thread up.

:D
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150669)
Posted by Darth Decepticonus on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:56pm CDT
Yeah his answer "Why the flames? Because I wanted them" did souns both dumb and childish but hey at least he was honest. I have grown to accept the flams. I mean Prime's main color scheme is blue and red right? And the idea that his I dunno what you call them in truck mode but in robot legs are blue. I mean that wouldn't fly well.

He is right that it is dated. Though I do not look down at the G1 cartoon really. I do look down at Voltron cause the characters piss me off so much and it's the same story everytime or the G.I. Joe movie...must I explain myself.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150689)
Posted by tile_mcgillus on June 5th, 2007 @ 10:12pm CDT
That whole interview made me sad face. The reasoning behind certain choices: The flames...oh gosh, The bird legs...shiver. The diss on the cartoon again. He just rubs me the wrong way. I always hoped he have a concept for the flames. Like a explanation that validated the whole thing that played into Prime's character and his perception of the character. He didn't. Could care less too. Man oh man.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150691)
Posted by AbsumZer0 on June 5th, 2007 @ 10:14pm CDT
Darth Decepticonus wrote:Yeah his answer "Why the flames? Because I wanted them" did souns both dumb and childish but hey at least he was honest. I have grown to accept the flams. I mean Prime's main color scheme is blue and red right? And the idea that his I dunno what you call them in truck mode but in robot legs are blue. I mean that wouldn't fly well.

He is right that it is dated. Though I do not look down at the G1 cartoon really. I do look down at Voltron cause the characters piss me off so much and it's the same story everytime or the G.I. Joe movie...must I explain myself.


I don't mind the flames so much myself, but they do seem silly to me. Every time I see Optimus I'm reminded of the episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (I think that's what it's called?) where the retarded friend named cheese shows up and the blue thing wants to paint flames on their soapbox car. Or the episode of House where he buys a cane with flames on it and deadpans that it makes him look like he's going really fast.

I know the cartoon looks dated. It is dated. But saying that the cartoon looks dated still doesn't explain why they decided to make Starscream look nothing like his previous namesakes or why Megatron has to look the way he does, as if he's made of soldering iron glued to an artist's mannequin. There are other routes they could have taken and pointing out that the cartoon is dated and that robots made of rectangles wouldn't have worked feels a lot like someone saying 'terrorism' to justify the decisions made in the middle-east. We know things wouldn't have worked as they were, but what exactly is the reasoning for this particular route? Otherwise it really isn't an answer to anything.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150695)
Posted by Darth Decepticonus on June 5th, 2007 @ 10:17pm CDT
I wont deny that I want Megatron's old design. I mean he's so basic looking yet when you still look at him you can tell he is evil and may be terrified in some way. You get that with the new Megatron but too much. While I have grown accustom to Screamer's design but would prefer the other one still. Hell I bet if he did keep that, Megs or both designs he may of saved some time and money I dunno.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150839)
Posted by Roboto750 on June 6th, 2007 @ 1:24am CDT
Bay really didn't upset me with his comments, though I will say that I found the majority of his comments to be in response to fan's criticisms. The video should have been titled, "Bay Defends Himself." I will say that the fact that he didn't know many of the names while filming makes me a bit uneasy. I assume this means that many of the characters will not be addressed by their name in the movie. Lame.

Though, I still very much look forward to this movie! Can't wait to see it at Botcon! :D
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150846)
Posted by dabattousai on June 6th, 2007 @ 1:40am CDT
I hope not calling the robots by name during shooting isn't gonna effect their characteristics...

I guess we will all soon see if Bay destroyed the TransFormers, or did revitelized them to Pop Culture.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150864)
Posted by Stormrider on June 6th, 2007 @ 2:50am CDT
After reading so many interviews about Michael Bay I am starting to get the impression that he doesn't get it when it comes to what drives this series.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150891)
Posted by bobpiecheese on June 6th, 2007 @ 3:46am CDT
...I'm not gonna say anything. Anything I say will can and will be used against me. Thus I shall say nothing.

Oh bugger, I just did :P.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150911)
Posted by Anonymous on June 6th, 2007 @ 5:05am CDT
Stormrider wrote:After reading so many interviews about Michael Bay I am starting to get the impression that he doesn't get it when it comes to what drives this series.
Pretty much. He keeps referring them as "Robots" (which I believed means a mechanical humanoid like thing that has no will on its own) while he should be saying "Transformers" (which are you sentient mechs)
As for his arguments... how shitty can they get really?
"Because I wanted flames?" and "I didn't wrecked your childhood because if you look at the cartoons now they look really dated" ? Now I could try to write a whole essay (especially on the dated part) on this but since 1. I just woke up 2. Nobody is really going to care anyway. I will refrain from doing so.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (150992)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on June 6th, 2007 @ 7:27am CDT
I think I'm gonna not hate this guy so much anymore and just focus the remander of my movie rage towards the designers, blaming them for the look of the film.
Re: Interview with Michael Bay on Yahoo (151091)
Posted by D-340 on June 6th, 2007 @ 9:40am CDT
Spoon wrote: He keeps referring them as "Robots" (which I believed means a mechanical humanoid like thing that has no will on its own) while he should be saying "Transformers" (which are you sentient mechs)


That's kinda nitpicky, eh? I mean TFs have been refered to as robots since G1. I mean it said on the boxes "Converts from (insert to Alt. mode here) to robot and back". Not to flame or anything, just kinda comes off that way.

As for the interview, seems more like he's defending the choices made with the movie than anything else. The whole "Cuz I wanted flames" bit kinda urks me. The flames never bugged, being that I see at least 2 semis a day with flames on them going to and from work, but his way of responding to it does. Basically it comes off as "I'll do what I want cuz I can" kind of attitude.

As far as Screamer, while he's growing on me, ole gorilla-chicken legs isn't Starscream. Now I agree, the old G1 designs are very dated, but Starscream coulda been a bit more recognizable.

And that's all I gotta say about that.

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