Transformer tidbits from Michael Bay

Transformer tidbits from Michael Bay

Saturday, August 19th, 2006 1:10pm CDT

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Thanks to Reximus Prime for letting us know that Nelson on Michael Bay's website posted a new update last night at

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Transformer tidbits from Michael Bay
08/18/06 07:47 PM | Permalink
Nelson here...

I just barely caught Michael in between takes. Among the things he mentioned:

  1. They will be releasing more teaser posters in the coming months.

  2. Paramount made studies and concluded that the TF "ANNOUNCEMENT" was the 2nd highest rated "teaser" this summer.

  3. They just finished shooting a lot of Pentagon interiors on a soundstage in scenes that involved many Chiefs of staff in their huge war room.

  4. Shia just was recently suspended over the edge of a 20 story building in a very dynamic and intense scene.

  5. The average transformation time from normal mode to alt mode and vice versa is about 3 to 4 seconds.

  6. The leaked pictures are legit (although a somewhat early rendering).

  7. Filming of massive chase scenes will begin in the following weeks.

  8. The CGI transformations by ILM are looking wicked and nastier every single day.

  9. Part 1 will be about why the transformers came to earth.

  10. This movie will be a new start for the live action franchise that will not be based on any particular TF TV series and/or comic book.

And last but certainly not least, the Autobots are:

Optimus Prime: idealistic view of humanity.
Bumblebee: underdog, spy, most "connected" to humans
Jazz: style, loyal, eager, contemporary
Ratchet: new form, medical officer, science officer. Emergency vehicle.
Ironhide: tough, tough stare, first in battle, classic cowboy, gritty. Optimus' oldest friend.

Decepticons are:

Megatron: survival of the fittest, social darwinism, less idealistic view of humanity. Sees himself as advanced, sees humans as lower.
Starscream: seems faithful but plotting, "we will see a lot of that dynamic," explains why he does not push it, waits for his opportunity.
Brawl: eager for battle, jumps in. From non-G1 character, experimental, but will be in sequels. First disguised non-flyer.
Bonecrusher: closest to constructicon but not giving away mode. Hates other cons except Megatron. Doesn't want friends.
Barricade: scout, hunter, lures into trap.
Scorponok: closest to Beast Wars, fitted to environment.
Frenzy: "had some evolution for us," started off as Soundwave but had contradictions and changed to stay truer to G1. Smaller, able to infiltrate. Stealth spy, can hide anywhere.
Blackout: comes in, takes out fighting ability, sends EMP, first-tier attack, transporter, biggest vehicle.

Credit(s): Reximus Prime

This article was last modified on Monday, August 21st, 2006 12:12am CDT

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