Posted on Sunday, June 7th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Michael Bay has posted a new update on his official forum, confirming what I’ve heard from a variety of sources — Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen isn’t finished, even though the movie is set to premiere tonight in Tokyo, Japan. I’ve heard that the crew has been working around the clock, 7-days a week, to finish the movie and Bay says that the film is “almost finished.”
He also tells moviegoers to see the film on the big 50 foot tall IMAX screens, as the computer animated effects have been rendered at 4K for the 70mm projection. The IMAX version of the film is “slightly longer” with “more robot fighting” and the previously advertised, four scenes, that were shot using IMAX cameras, that “will fill the fill IMAX screen.” Oh, and did we mention the film features 42 robots in all? Read the full update below.
In Japan today. After a month and half seven days a week most days going till midnight me and my crew have just about finished Transformers. I have never seen such a level of dedication from every crew member in a movie before.
Even today after the press in Japan and right before the premiere tonight, I have to sneak out to a digital house to approve the last few effect shots.
It has been a long hard road, but really fun one to travel. What you will notice that is strikingly different than Transformers 1, is the level of animation detail. The robot characters (42 in all), you really can feel empathy for them. What is also very different is the sheer scale of the movie. We have been very tight holding back much of the best imagery in commercials and trailers.
The way to see this movie is on IMAX. Never before has there been 4k rendered character animation shot on full IMAX 70 mm film. This is a first and the results are stunning. You will see Optimus Prime in a few shots where he is actually perfectly to scale on the IMAX 50 foot tall screens.
For IMAX, I created a slightly longer cut with more robot fighting. Four scenes were shot on IMAX cameras so the screen will fill the full IMAX screen for these scenes.