One of the complaints lodged year after year during summer movie season is that we don’t see enough real action. Tentpoles are increasingly propped up with CGI-enhanced mayhem rather than the in-the-flesh work of real stuntmen. Or, when the stuntmen are at work, their effort is so obscured by layers of post-production noise and quick cutting that it is difficult to appreciate their effort.

I don’t know what the ‘wingsuit’ sequence in Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon will look like. While the film features real men in real wingsuits ‘flying’ between the buildings of downtown Chicago, the final edit may obscure some of their real-world derring-do. So here’s a behind the scenes featurette that presents an unvarnished look at some of the most purely physical — and possibly most awesome — action in the movie. Read More »

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If you’ve been waiting for the full video of Michael Bay and James Cameron getting all geeky and talking about 3D, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is, that video has been released. The bad news is that it’s only about 15 minutes long. Even so, it’s a jam-packed 15 minutes filled with positive and negative spins on 3D and discussion of how Cameron helped Bay decide to bring 3D to the $195 million third Transformers film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which opens June 29. The full discussion is embedded after the jump. Read More »

Paramount has been blitzing us with Transformers: Dark of the Moon footage this week, from the Cameron/Bay 3D talk to a couple of clips and now a new trailer for the film intended to run in 3D with Pirates of the Caribbean this weekend. You obviously won’t be able to see it in 3D here, but we have a nice 2D presentation of the trailer, complete with some big new shots, after the break. Read More »

Earlier this week, Peter attended an exclusive discussion called “3D: A Transforming Visual Art – A Conversation With Michael Bay and James Cameron.” The point of the event was to discuss the use of 3D in Transformers: Dark of the Moon and how 3D in general has evolved over the last few years including, of course, the application in Avatar.

However, according to Peter’s write up, the interview wasn’t strictly a love letter to the third dimension. It was much more realistic, open and critical of the medium. “Michael Bay was as honest as you can get, explaining how everything and anything can, and did, go wrong while shooting his movie with Cameron’s 3D camera rigs….Cameron was also honest, admitting that 3D filmmaking is still in the early stages, and it will only get better.”

For more info on the event, head over to Peter’s write up and watch his video blog with Frosty from Collider. But if you’d like to see these two titans of filmmaking going head to head yourself, as well as some brand new footage from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, check out a clip after the jump. Read More »

Deadline has learned that Paramount Pictures is moving up the release date of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon from Friday July 1st 2011 to Wednesday June 29th 2011. This new move gives the threequel more room from Horrible Bosses and Zookeeper, which open on July 8th and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which opens on July 15th. Paramount is also showing confidence in the film, as Bad Teacher and Cars 2 open five days earlier.

This is kind of expected news as Paramount has a history of doing this with the franchise. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was moved from Friday June 26th 2009 to Wednesday June 24th 2009 and the release date of Transformers was moved from July 4th 2007, to on day earlier – July 3rd 2007 a handful of weeks before release.

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Clip #2

Yesterday, Paramount Pictures released the first clip from Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon which chose to showcase the acting abilities of Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely, over showing any big giant robots. Today they have released a second clip via Twitter. The new 41-second clip also doesn’t featuring any giant transforming robot action, but it is a bit more exciting. Josh Duhamel gives a speech to his team before they wing-suit into Chicago, which has been invaded by Decepticons. Unfortunately the clips stops right after they jump out of the aircraft, because this is where the really amazing shots begin, with actual wing-suited men flying in and around the skyscrapers of Chicago with Decepticons in pursuit firing away. Watch it now embedded after the jump

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On Wednesday night, I attended a presentation on the Paramount Pictures lot called “3D: A Transforming Visual Art – a conversation with Michael Bay and James Cameron“. I has expected going into the presentation that it would be an evangelical sale of the future of 3D filmmaking, but it was nothing of the sort. Michael Bay was as honest as you can get, explaining how everything and anything can, and did, go wrong while shooting his movie with Cameron’s 3D camera rigs. To every critique, Cameron had a quick rebuttal about how the issues have since been fixed with the newer digital video cameras or how solutions are just around the corner. Cameron was also honest, admitting that 3D filmmaking is still in the early stages, and it will only get better — smaller cameras, lighter rigs, requiring less techs on set, and a more streamlined post production process. The easier it is for filmmakers to use the tools, the better they will be able to creatively employ them.

I have also been a strong supporter of digital 3D filmmaking. After Avatar, movie studios jumped at an opportunity and shot out a bunch of crappy post 3D conversions. Bay calls those films “bullshit 3D” and Cameron said that some studios are “trying to wedge [3D] into post production like its a sound mix.” So for a while now, I’ve drawn a line between movies shot in 3D and those movies converted to 3D after the fact. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was the first film to make me question myself. Pirates 4 was shot in 3D and it felt just as unnecessary as the post conversion on Thor. Was I wrong about 3D?

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If anyone who watched the latest trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon thought it had too much action in it, today is your lucky day. Yahoo has the first full scene from the film and it’s totally devoid of action. Or robots. Or walls with color on them. In the scene called “My Secret Weapon” we see Sam’s (Shia LaBeouf) totally out of his league girlfriend Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whitely) introducing him to her boss Dylan Gould (Patrick Dempsey). Awkward banter and jealousy ensues.

But wait. Wouldn’t it be cool if that red car was Hot Rod? Read More »

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