Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Now that we’re five chapters deep into the Transformers series, it’s safe to say that just about everyone on the planet has an opinion on these movies. And while I’ve never been the biggest fan of what Michael Bay has done with these characters, I have to admire his audaciousness as a filmmaker. There are many, many things you can say about Bay’s filmography, but anyone who calls him lazy or derivative hasn’t been paying attention. Like him or not, he’s really one of a kind and his movies are made with a voice that is all his own.
And that’s why I’ve been digging the behind-the-scenes videos that have been trickling out of Transformers: The Last Knight, showcasing Bay in his element: commanding large armies of artists and technicians as part of a grand plan to orchestrate cinematic mayhem. The latest trio of videos are more of the same in the best possible way.
The first Transformers 5 set video features footage of Josh Duhamel (whose William Lennox is returning to the series after sitting out Transformers: Age of Extinction) leading a band of soldiers through a stunning U.K. landscape. For fans of the series, a look at a familiar face making a triumphant return may prove exciting! The rest of us can just enjoy the video of camera-equipped helicopters flying over a very busy movie set.
The next video finds stars Mark Wahlberg and Laura Haddock strapped to a giant rotating rig that spins them upside down while they hold on for dear life. Naturally, this rotating device will eventually become a room through the power of digital effects and Wahlberg and Haddock will eventually look like they’re in actual robot-related peril. In the meantime, we can simply enjoy watching two actors get tortured for a bit while Michael Bay yells at them from the sidelines.
The third video is longest and the most interesting. Taken on the final day of shooting in the U.K., Bay takes us on a quick tour of the set, introducing us to cast and crew, thanking everyone for their hard work and, you know, revealing a group of extras dressed like medieval knights and a giant trebuchet. We’ve known for some time that the Knight in The Last Knight is meant to be taken literally (they’ve gone and cast a King Arthur and everything), but that doesn’t make it any less weird to see a Transformers set populated by actors who look like they walked out of Game of Thrones. Then again, the fourth movie opened with a flashback to the age of the dinosaurs, so all bets are off at this point.
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