Transformers The Last Knight - Optimus Prime Fighting Bumblebee

After watching the first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight earlier this week, you probably have a lot of questions about what’s going on. Hell, I was on the set of the movie this past summer and know some things Paramount Pictures wouldn’t let us talk about and I still don’t really know what’s going on. But perhaps the biggest question from the trailer is why is Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee?

Well, it just so happens that an explanation might lie in the mythology of the Transformers, but to discuss the possible explanations would dive into spoiler territory, so we’ll leave that for after the jump. Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight Set Visit

We’ve already run through all the new story details and character information from Transformers: The Last Knight in the first part of our report from our visit to the sequel’s set last summer. But that doesn’t convey just what it’s like to be on the set of a movie directed by Michael Bay. The man is known for getting worked up on set and working fast and frenetically, and he demands the best out of his cast and crew, so much that it even sparks them to become more innovative to satisfy his work speed. This is truly something to behold when it’s all happening in front of you. As one of the crew members said, “It’s the Super Bowl every day.”

In the second part of our Transformers The Last Knight set visit report, we discuss what it’s like to watch Michael Bay at work, complete with insight from his crew members that are always kept on their toes while completing 90 setups a day, and some details on the huge action sequences we’re going to see play out in theaters next summer, including some with flares of Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan. Read More »

Transformers: The Last Knight trailer

As if the very concept of alien robot cars at war weren’t crazy enough, Transformers: The Last Knight is throwing still more nuttiness into the mix. Like baby dinobots, who need Grimlock to teach them to spit fire. And Squeeks, a cute little Vespa Transformer reminiscent of BB-8. The return of Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, genius inventor. The addition of Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins. And, for some reason, King Arthur and his knights. Because, hey, “less is more” has never been the Michael Bay way. Yep, he’s back too, despite swearing up and down after Age of Extinction that he would not return to direct another.

So does all of this “more is more” insanity add up to something spectacular? Well, see for yourself. The first Transformers: The Last Knight trailer is here, and you can check it out after the jump. Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight - Michael Bay - Transformers VR

Even though Paramount Pictures has made it possible for Transformers to come to life on the big screen, it’s safe to assume we’ll never see alien robots that can transform into vehicles standing in front of us. However, we’ll get the next best thing thanks to the magic of new virtual reality technology.

While we were on the set of Transformers: The Last Knight (check out our set visit report right here) with a group of press up in Michigan this past summer, director Michael Bay revealed that he’s working on a Transformers VR project with IMAX and Industrial Light & Magic. So now the explosive action of Michael Bay and Transformers will be in your face closer than ever before.

Find out more about the Transformers VR project after the jump. Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight - Michael Bay's Secret Weapon

There are plenty of movie lovers out there who just don’t like the movies of Michael Bay. But no matter how ridiculous the action is in his movies, or how silly the story may be, you can’t deny that he is one of the most proficient and efficient directors working today. All of the stories you hear about how crazy this man is on movie sets are true. But it’s because of his demand for excellency that the cast and crew respect him, working intensely to ensure that the production is moving quickly and efficiently.

Some might find Michael Bay’s intensity unnecessary and over the top, but it’s his raw, unbridled passion for filmmaking, albeit in his own unique style, that has resulted in one of the most impressively run film sets I have ever seen. In fact, pushing his crew to do such hard, fast work has resulted in one particular innovation that is essentially Michael Bay’s secret weapon to shooting a mega visual effects blockbuster like Transformers: The Last Knight in such a speedy, productive fashion, and it’s not the Bayhem camera that we’ve talked about before.

Find out what Michael Bay’s secret weapon is after the jump. Read More »

Transformers Dark of the Moon

Even though the Transformers franchise brings in some big-name talent to star in each and every movie, it’s the Transformers themselves and the insane action involving them that people are coming to see. Seeing the Transformers come to life on the big screen wouldn’t be possible without the impressive visual effects work done by countless people behind the scenes. And when you’re talking about a movie from a large-scale director like Michael Bay, we’re getting a movie where almost every single shot has visual effects in it.

In fact, director Michael Bay revealed on a visit to the set of Transformers: The Last Knight that the visual effects of the Transformers franchise are so complex that they have broken the computers of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Find out how Transformers visual effects break ILM computers after the jump. Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight

This past summer, Paramount Pictures gave us the opportunity to visit the set of Transformers: The Last Knight while they were shooting up in Pontiac, Michigan. The experience of being on a Michael Bay movie set is one that I’ll never forget, if only because of the amount of explosions, gunshots and debris myself and other members of the press saw in front of our eyes. We’ll have more about the experience of being on a Michael Bay production soon, but this portion of our set visit is dedicated to the story and characters.

While most moviegoers aren’t necessarily going into a Transformers movie with a lot of concern for the story and character development, that doesn’t mean there aren’t longtime fans of the franchise interested in how the battle of the Autobots and Decepticons continues in Transformers: The Last Knight. That includes the return of some human characters from previous movies, a few new ones and a deep dive into the mythology of Transformers in general. And of course, there are plenty of new Transformers, and one returning Transformer that fans will be happy to see more of.

In this set visit report, we run through everything we learned about the story, including where we find our human characters with regards to their relationship to Transformers. There are plenty of new details here that haven’t been revealed until now, so get the full rundown in our Transformers The Last Knight set visit report below. Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight Photos - Mark Wahlberg

Production on Transformers: The Last Knight has officially wrapped, and we know that because the official Twitter account for the film franchise has just posted a video announcing the completing of shooting. The video contains a bunch of stills from the set, as well as behind the scenes footage of Michael Bay directing, and some of the stars in action on set. If that’s not enough for you, tomorrow will bring the first trailer for the fifth installment of the toy-based action franchise.

Check out the Transformers The Last Knight photos and video after the jump. Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight Footage

Fans of the Transformers franchise have been waiting to see the first footage from Transformers: The Last Knight ever since cameras started rolling earlier this year. Even people who aren’t all that excited about another sequel in the franchise are likely at least curious to see how this movie brings together King Arthur and his knights, Hitler and some mini-Dinobots and mch more. Thankfully a trailer is coming very soon (likely this week), and we’ve got a sneak peek to hold you over until then.

Now we get a taste of the mayhem that Michael Bay (and his trusty camera called Bayhem) has in store for us as the first bit of Transformers The Last Knight footage has arrived in an IMAX featurette that celebrates the impact that the franchise has had on the success of the giant screen company. Watch below! Read More »

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Transformers The Last Knight Trailer Release

The buzz surrounding the next installment of the Transformers franchise is about to take off as the first trailer is on the verge of arriving next week. Word on the street is that the first Transformers: The Last Knight trailer will debut in theaters next week and then hit the web shortly thereafter. But that’s not the only good news for Transformers fans.

Find out a bit more about the Transformers The Last Knight trailer release and the status of the developing Bumblebee spin-off after the jump. Read More »