New Michael Bay Interview

New Michael Bay Interview

Thursday, July 5th, 2007 1:23pm CDT

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Our very own jeb865 has dropped by to let us know about an interview Transformers Movie director Michael Bay, in which he talks about his experience working on the film, the 1986 animated film and his possible plans for the sequel. Click here to view it.

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This article was last modified on Thursday, July 5th, 2007 1:24pm CDT

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Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201392)
Posted by Counterpunch on July 5th, 2007 @ 1:45pm CDT
Buttz wrote:ah crap. I hope he goes and does one of the "couple things... on the horizon" and they hire someone- ANYONE - else for the sequel.


Your opinion is wrong.

The movie kicked ass.

Thousands of Transformers fans at BotCon and around the world are in support of my statement (See above).

Millions of dollars have been made in like, oh, two days, which also goes a long way to saying your opinion is wrong.

Credit where credit is due.

Bay made an excellent movie and did the Transformers modern day justice.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201395)
Posted by Robinson on July 5th, 2007 @ 1:48pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:
Buttz wrote:ah crap. I hope he goes and does one of the "couple things... on the horizon" and they hire someone- ANYONE - else for the sequel.


Your opinion is wrong.

The movie kicked ass.

Thousands of Transformers fans at BotCon and around the world are in support of my statement (See above).

Millions of dollars have been made in like, oh, two days, which also goes a long way to saying your opinion is wrong.

Credit where credit is due.

Bay made an excellent movie and did the Transformers modern day justice.



Yeah!! (Puffs up chest) :MAD:
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201401)
Posted by Blitzwing the warrior on July 5th, 2007 @ 1:50pm CDT
Baaaawwwww?
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201408)
Posted by Rodimus_Prime13 on July 5th, 2007 @ 1:52pm CDT
Ok, completely from someone studying scriptwriting and filmaking's perspective, throwing out that I loved Transformers.

One of my favorite writers in TV/Movies today is the guy who did the recent Battlestar Galactica. They recently had a kind of convention for people studying to be screenwriters and movie makers. They had a panel of successful directors, writers etc. The writer of BSG was one of them.

For being someone that I wanted to hear a lot from. He actually had very little to say at all. (brace yourself, some might consider this mildly offensive.)

"Don't be a whore."

That is all he said. He then passed the microphone on to someone else.

It took me a while to think about what he meant. But in situations like this, the "whores" of the movie industry as far as Director's and script writers are guilty of a major sin that should not be tolerated from any quality movie.

1. The first thing to hit the cutting room floor, is character development. They excuse this basically by saying that they want to sell it to your average shallow person.

2. They spend more time and effort on speacial effects then quality of acting. This was very true with the recent Star Wars Prequels. Episode 1 was fairly solid. The actors began to get lazy as the series progressed. In comparision to the intensity of the previous three movies, the characters where only important because they where "Anakin Skywalker" not because they had any real depth. And any depth that they did have, we had to bring to the theatre with us.

3. The plot as it develops is not clearly defined. It does not move smoothly from one part to another. This sort of thing generally passes by unoticed to that "Shallow Person" who is often targeted for their money. But to an intelligient person, it is pretty clear.

Now, all of these things do lead to initially successful movies. And that is why the "whore" mentality is so prominent. They want the pay off that comes from the first three years after release. They want instant gratification, and money NOW.

The Star Wars Trilogy did not get to be the phenomenon that it is by doing this. Nor did the original Batman movie. (It is also what the Batman sequels completely lacked, that Batman Begins recaptured) The Batman sequels basically based their hope for success entirely on the Batman name, and the fact that the first one was such a Hollywood sensation. (I feel this is also true about Episode 2 and 3 in the Star wars Series.)

The new Transformers movie has hope. And they can make up for it in the sequels. They are teetering on the edge. If Bay makes the right decisions in the sequels, this line can be saved. If he goes the other route and takes the easy and initially profitable path, Transformers will fade back to the cult following that it was before this movie.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201414)
Posted by 1337W422102 on July 5th, 2007 @ 1:55pm CDT
If he wants to direct, fine. Just cut the goddamn shakycam already! What the hell's the point of having such detailed characters if you can't even see them fighting clearly?

Hire a good writer. A GOOD ONE. Like Bob Forward, or at least someone who understands the concept of CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. There's more to a film than special effects and "XTREEEEM A-SPLOZIONS!!eleveteen" And for Christ's sake, enough with the freakin US patriotism/propaganda and product placement, already!

And don't give me that 'uh but teh crat00nz is N07 teh lyk dis lulz' crap. This ISN'T a cartoon, it's a major motion picture event. Do it right!
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201420)
Posted by Robinson on July 5th, 2007 @ 1:57pm CDT
Rodimus_Prime13 wrote:

The Star Wars Trilogy did not get to be the phenomenon that it is by doing this. Nor did the original Batman movie. (It is also what the Batman sequels completely lacked, that Batman Begins recaptured) The Batman sequels basically based their hope for success entirely on the Batman name, and the fact that the first one was such a Hollywood sensation. (I feel this is also true about Episode 2 and 3 in the Star wars Series.)


You mean this batman movie?
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Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201427)
Posted by Buttz on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:02pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:
Buttz wrote:ah crap. I hope he goes and does one of the "couple things... on the horizon" and they hire someone- ANYONE - else for the sequel.


Your opinion is wrong.

The movie kicked ass.

Thousands of Transformers fans at BotCon and around the world are in support of my statement (See above).

Millions of dollars have been made in like, oh, two days, which also goes a long way to saying your opinion is wrong.

Credit where credit is due.

Bay made an excellent movie and did the Transformers modern day justice.


The same could be said of Episode 1 when it came out. But now that time has passed and reality has sunk in, not even the most die-hard fan can justify Jar Jar.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201431)
Posted by Rodimus_Prime13 on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:04pm CDT
I realized after showing that post to someone, that I forgot to mention the things to do right.

You should care about the characters. They should be real to you. This is the contrast.

Jazz in the cartoon was a hero. He had a definite personality.

The movie version of Jazz dies, people barely notice.

Irohide dying was a huge blow to any transformers fan.

If the Ironhide of this movie died, I don't think anyone would of noticed. People like us who care about transformers would. For the same reason that it was compelling to watch "Obi-Wan vs Anakin" in Episode 3. That's Anakin Skywalker! Darth Vader!

Even though Aiden Christenson's rendition of Anakin made you want to pimp slap him. He came off as a total crybaby. Even with him being a Jedi and having a lightsaber, he is about as intimidating as a 2 year hold having a temper tantrum. Nobody would of ever entertained the notion of pimp slapping Darth Vader.

Optimus Prime is the major light of this movie. He is the only character that was at least a shadow of himself.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201436)
Posted by Robinson on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:07pm CDT
Buttz wrote:
Counterpunch wrote:
Buttz wrote:ah crap. I hope he goes and does one of the "couple things... on the horizon" and they hire someone- ANYONE - else for the sequel.


Your opinion is wrong.

The movie kicked ass.

Thousands of Transformers fans at BotCon and around the world are in support of my statement (See above).

Millions of dollars have been made in like, oh, two days, which also goes a long way to saying your opinion is wrong.

Credit where credit is due.

Bay made an excellent movie and did the Transformers modern day justice.


The same could be said of Episode 1 when it came out. But now that time has passed and reality has sunk in, not even the most die-hard fan can justify Jar Jar.


I can. It was an alien species from the gungan planet that spoke in a manner other than what we are used to seeing. Plain and simple. Not everything has to be so complex that it riddles the mind.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201438)
Posted by Rodimus_Prime13 on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:07pm CDT
"bay didnt write the script, bay has nothing to do with the underdevelopment of characters"

This is not true. The Director decides what gets cut. Along with the Producers to some degree.

I have rarely seen a Scriptwriter pleased with the end resault of what happens to a movie after the time limit of how long a movie is allowed to be gets imposed.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201444)
Posted by Rodimus_Prime13 on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:10pm CDT
"You mean this batman movie?"

No, I mean the movie with Micheal Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

But that movie was accurate to what the comic book was like at the time.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201447)
Posted by Briggs on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:11pm CDT
1337W422102 wrote:If he wants to direct, fine. Just cut the goddamn shakycam already! What the hell's the point of having such detailed characters if you can't even see them fighting clearly?


THat was pretty much my only issue.

But again, wel, for me atleast, maybe it was cheaper to make that sorta shot then it was to show a longer, or bigger scene of them fighting (even if Bay does like to shoot stuff like that)

Still though, I wanted to see more full bot on bot action, not just someones fist and someones chest plate or something.. haha.. but oh well. In the end I don't care. I just wanted to see Ironhide transform.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201452)
Posted by Robinson on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:13pm CDT
Rodimus_Prime13 wrote:"You mean this batman movie?"

No, I mean the movie with Micheal Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

But that movie was accurate to what the comic book was like at the time.


I was being sarcastic :grin:
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201453)
Posted by Rodimus_Prime13 on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:14pm CDT
I tottally agree with Briggs. The action was almost impossible to keep track of. Some people think this lead to a "Wow, so much action" reaction.

Instead it makes you think "What the hell just happend? Am I in a bottle?"
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201458)
Posted by Maju Garzett on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:16pm CDT
Shadowman wrote:No, no it was not. To think anyone would ever take such a ridiculous concept such as this seriously, is madness.


Madness?... THIS IS SPARTA!!

Seriously, like Seibs said a couple of days ago, anyone who thinks that Transformers exist for another reason except to make money is sadly mistaken. So they would never take something serious that's doing fine as it is.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201459)
Posted by Briggs on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:16pm CDT
Rodimus_Prime13 wrote:
Optimus Prime is the major light of this movie. He is the only character that was at least a shadow of himself.


Ohhhh I don't know if I agree with that. I can look at each movie autobot and see STRONG resemblances in characterization to their G1 counterparts (which mind you, they didn't HAVE to do, but they did, and i assume they did it for us, as we are the only people who are going to remember that Ironhide was headstrong, Ratchet was a nerd, Bumblebee was heroic and hung out with spike, and Jazz was mr smooth cool guy who didnt have much to do with actual *jazz*, but with whatever music was cool in that decade)

In the end, to each his own i suppose.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201462)
Posted by Counterpunch on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:18pm CDT
Buttz wrote:
Counterpunch wrote:
Buttz wrote:ah crap. I hope he goes and does one of the "couple things... on the horizon" and they hire someone- ANYONE - else for the sequel.


Your opinion is wrong.

The movie kicked ass.

Thousands of Transformers fans at BotCon and around the world are in support of my statement (See above).

Millions of dollars have been made in like, oh, two days, which also goes a long way to saying your opinion is wrong.

Credit where credit is due.

Bay made an excellent movie and did the Transformers modern day justice.


The same could be said of Episode 1 when it came out. But now that time has passed and reality has sunk in, not even the most die-hard fan can justify Jar Jar.


So, if one movie is good, future movies aren't allowed to improve?

What you said really has no relevance. I'd love it if Transformers 2 or 3 was better than 1. Why shouldn't I?

That wouldn't mean that the first movie didn't rock as well.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201467)
Posted by Rodimus_Prime13 on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:23pm CDT
"Ohhhh I don't know if I agree with that. I can look at each movie autobot and see STRONG resemblances in characterization to their G1 counterparts (which mind you, they didn't HAVE to do, but they did, and i assume they did it for us, as we are the only people who are going to remember that Ironhide was headstrong, Ratchet was a nerd, Bumblebee was heroic and hung out with spike, and Jazz was mr smooth cool guy who didnt have much to do with actual *jazz*, but with whatever music was cool in that decade)"

How many times have you EVER heard Irohide ask permission to kill a human in G1? This was probably the most glaring difference for me. I remember opening my mouth saying "what?" when I heard that. His voice didn't suit him either. Irohide was like the drill seargeant of the Autobots.

Bumblebee was never a good fighter at all. Yet in this movie he did great.

Jazz was a great fighter. And he got taken out like a mosquitio. Jazz also had tons of cool and usually useful things to say. This Jazz was barely noticeable.

Ratchet was pretty much dead on.
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201471)
Posted by Rodimus_Prime13 on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:25pm CDT
Oh.... and one more thing.

Ratchet was not a Nerd. He was a doctor.

Perceptor was the Nerd. :)
Re: New Michael Bay Interview (201485)
Posted by Skowl on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:34pm CDT
I was as much a skeptic of Bay's ability to direct Transformers as the next guy, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised, and left the theatre on opening night with a big smile on my face, with that alone he has earned the right to direct another.

If Transformers goes on to become another one of these Hollywood trilogies, it would be good - in terms of style and presentation - to keep the same director throughout. You start changing things around and, well, you end up with X-Men 3...


... 'nuff said.

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