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Old 08-02-2007, 02:23 PM
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Default Transformers - Behind the scenes!

Since everyone loves Transformers (The Movie), i will share some articles of behind the scenes.

Here are some production articles that i have read about:-

Production Developement

Hasbro began developing its properties into films. Producer Don Murphy was looking to adapt G.I. Joe, but when the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003, Hasbro suggested Transformers instead. Tom DeSanto joined the project because he was a big fan of the characters. The two producers met with comic book writer Simon Furman, and researched the Generation 1 cartoon and comics. They decided to explore why Transformers exist, focusing on the Creation Matrix, though Murphy felt the term "Matrix" should not be used due to the popular film franchise of the same name. DeSanto chose a human point-of-view in his treatment to engage the audience. Murphy wanted it to feel realistic, with the tone akin to that of a disaster film. The story included the Autobots Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Jazz, Prowl, Ratchet, Wheeljack, and Bumblebee, and the Decepticons Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Ravage, Laserbeak, Rumble, Skywarp and Shockwave.

After the producers were rejected by many studio executives who did not grow up with Transformers, DeSanto met with producer Mike DeLuca in 2004, who arranged a meeting with Steven Spielberg. A fan of the comics and toys, Spielberg signed on as executive producer, and John Rogers was hired as screenwriter in November. His script pitted four Autobots against four Decepticons, and featured the Ark spaceship. Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, big fans of the cartoon, were hired in February to start a new script. Spielberg suggested to the writers an approach about "a boy and his car" which appealed to them as adulthood and responsibility is "the things that a car represents in [the United States]." Sam and Mikaela were the focus of the first draft, and the Transformers had no dialogue. This was changed in the next draft, as the writers felt that even if the Transformers speaking could look ridiculous, having them not speak would betray the fanbase. Inspired by Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Bumblebee was kept mute to stress his friendship with Sam as going beyond words.

Michael Bay, who had wanted to make a family film, was asked to direct after finishing The Island, but he thought of it as a "stupid toy movie". Nonetheless, Spielberg's premise of "a boy and his car" made Bay curious, and upon visiting Hasbro, the director gained a new respect for the mythology. In addition, he was enticed by ideas like an 85 mile-per-hour fight scene, and the comedy caused by Transformers interfering with everyday life. Bay also wanted the film to feel intense and realistic, and the writers agreed to make everything seem logical, setting aside the previous contradictory continuities in the franchise. Bay admitted not being a fan before allowed him to tell the story naturally and make it appeal to other non-fans. Orci removed the Ark from the script as he wondered why "aliens who moonlight as vehicles need other vehicles to travel." The female Autobot Arcee was cut as they had little time to explain robotic gender. Bay expanded the military storylines, as he considered the first draft "too kiddie", and based the soldiers on G.I. Joe. Throughout the rewrites, Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and Starscream were the only robots included in all of them. More Decepticons were added to increase the sense of threat, and the law enforcement-based Autobot Prowl was removed as Orci and Kurtzman loved the perverseness of an evil police car.



Design

Designs of the robots began in June 2005, and Hasbro heavily collaborated on the live action interpretations of their characters. In keeping with Michael Bay's desire to make Transformers realistic, the robots were designed more intricately to look more three-dimensional and to reflect their alien origins. Morphing in transformations was restricted, unlike the cartoon or comic books, where a character such as Megatron transforms into a Walther P38 pistol. Every character stayed the same size in both forms, which in turn explained the robots' choice of Earth forms during the story. Optimus Prime's original cab over truck form was rejected because it would make him only 23 feet tall, so Bay decided to use the Peterbilt, the largest truck available.

Bay also added flame artwork to Prime to make him distinctive, and gave him a mouth to emote more. Don Murphy wanted to retain Bumblebee's Volkswagen Beetle form, but Bay rejected it to avoid comparisons with Herbie the Love Bug. Bay chose the Chevrolet Camaro instead, which he described as having a friendly quality, but as a tribute, when Sam purchases his car, Bumblebee was parked next to a yellow Beetle. Making Bumblebee a Camaro led a full product placement deal with General Motors, to supply the alternate modes for Jazz, Ironhide and Ratchet. The deal saved $3 million, though Bay hoped they would have supplied a bigger car than the Pontiac Solstice for Jazz.

In contrast to Optimus' faithful design, Megatron's alternate mode was changed from a Walther P38 pistol to an alien jet to avoid morphing, while his face was made more hideous and menacing. The numerous animatic tests conducted also made Bay realize Starscream would require bird-like legs to perform his feats throughout the story. Bay admitted most of the Decepticons had their appearances chosen before their characterization as Hasbro needed to get started on the toys. Blackout was being considered as Soundwave, but Hasbro wanted to have a music player for the character. Don Murphy felt this role belittled Soundwave, and the writers concurred the character in the script barely resembled the original. They renamed him Soundbyte, and finally Frenzy, one of Soundwave's minions. The official names were confirmed in August 2006. Bay himself was not fully aware of these official names, and this led to Brawl being referred to as Devastator, his on-set name.
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Filming

To save money, Michael Bay cut his fee by 30%, and planned an eighty-three day shooting schedule. He kept up the pace by doing more camera set-ups per day than usual and chose to shoot the film with a crew he was familiar with in the United States. He had the support of the United States military, who supplied aircraft and vehicles for the alternate modes of the Decepticons, including F-117s, C-130 and C-17 cargo planes, and two CV-22 tiltrotor aircraft, out of three in the U.S. Air Force inventory at that time. Such cooperation led Transformers to be the first film shot at The Pentagon since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A pre-shoot took place on April 19, 2006, and principal photography began on April 22 at Holloman Air Force Base, The Holloman shoot also included White Sands Missile Range. On June 9, filming was onsite at the Hoover Dam, making the film crew the first to shoot there since 9/11. The crew then based themselves at Hughes Aircraft in Playa Vista, including six weekends of filming the climactic battle in Los Angeles. Production wrapped on September 24, and second unit shooting continued in the Arctic and Detroit, which finished on October 4.


Effects

Work on the animatics began in April 2005, with Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg conceived many ideas for action sequences. Bay shot his fourteen action sequences live to keep the budget below $150 million. Three versions of each car were created by General Motors in anticipation that some of them would crash, and stunt drivers wore black balaclavas to blend in with the darkened interiors, so as to make the vehicles appear sentient. Bay used his animatics to help the actors envision the Transformers, as well as a 17-foot-tall Bumblebee model by FXPerts, a Frenzy puppet by KNB, Scorponok's damaged tail, Optimus' head with motion capture points, and Megatron's frozen legs. The props amount to 12 out of 630 effects shots.

Industrial Light & Magic created computer-generated transformations over six months in 2005, looking at every inch of the models and making sure none of the car pieces conflicted during the simulations. Initially they were designed to follow the laws of physics, but it did not look exciting enough and was changed to be more fluid. One decision made was that the wheels should stay on the ground for as long as possible, allowing the robots to cruise around as they changed. Due to the intricate designs of the Transformers, even the simplest notion of turning a wrist requires seventeen visible pieces, while each of Ironhide's guns is made of ten thousand parts. Such detail required thirty-eight hours to render each frame of animation, which meant ILM had to increase their processing facilities. Each rendered piece had to look like real metal, shiny or dull. Photographs were taken of each set and had a lighting environment produced within a computer so the robots would look like they were convincingly moving there. ILM created the 430 shots of the thirteen primary robots, while Digital Domain and others created minor shots, including a vending machine mutated by the Allspark.

Ultimately, the complex mechanics make the characters feel dynamic and quick rather than a lumbering beast, with the mechanics resembling human muscle movement, as Bay rejected a liquid metal surface for the facial animation. Bumblebee uses a piece below his faceplate as an eyebrow, and pieces in his cheek can swivel to resemble a smile. All the characters' eyes are designed to dilate and brighten. Numerous simulations were programmed into the robots, so the animators could just focus on animating the particular areas needed for a convincing performance. Bay instructed the animators at ILM to look at martial arts films to make the fights look graceful, and they also looked to actor Liam Neeson's performances to inspire Optimus Prime's mannerisms. Bumblebee's behaviour was based on Michael J. Fox's performance in Back to the Future. Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman observed unexpected quirks in ILM's animation, and added new dialogue and re-edited scenes to adjust it to the robots' performances. Visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar was most proud of the scene where the Autobots hide from Sam's parents, as "there is a lot of humor and very dramatic night time lighting."


Box office performance

The film was released in ten overseas markets on June 28, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Philippines. Transformers made $29.5 million in its first weekend, topping the box office in ten countries including a $1.7 million four-day weekend gross in Singapore, the biggest yet. The film was released in the United States and Canada on July 3, with 8 p.m. preview screenings on July 2. The previews earned $8.8 million, and in its first day of general release it grossed $27.4 million, a record for Tuesday box office attendance. It broke Spider-Man 2's record for the biggest July 4 gross, making $29 million.

On its opening weekend, Transformers grossed $70.5 million, amounting to a $155.4 million opening week, giving it the record for the biggest opening week for a non-sequel. The opening domestic gross was 50% more than what Paramount Pictures expected, with one executive attributing it to word of mouth telling "parents that it's OK to take the kids." A Cinemascope poll indicated the film was most popular with children and parents, including older women, and attracted many African American and Latino viewers. Transformers opened in China on July 11, setting a record for the biggest foreign language film opening there with $3 million. The film was officially released in the United Kingdom on July 27, making 8.7 million, and helping to contribute to the biggest cinema attendance record that weekend. It was second at the box office, behind The Simpsons Movie. The film has grossed $535.7 million worldwide.


Awards

Before its release, Transformers was voted "Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet" at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. Transformers was nominated for nine Teen Choice Awards for Best Action Adventure, Movie Actor: Action Adventure - Shia LaBeouf, Movie Actress: Action Adventure - Megan Fox, Movie: Villain: Megatron, Movie: Liplock - Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf, Movie: Breakout Female - Megan Fox, Movie: Rumble - Captain Lennox vs. Blackout, Movie: Breakout Male - Shia LaBeouf for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Disturbia, Transformers, Movie: Chemistry - Shia LaBeouf and Bumblebee, and Female Hottie - Megan Fox. Entertainment Weekly also named Bumblebee as the fourth most convincing computer generated character.
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:03 AM
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After reading such long articles, let us have some PICTURES to look at!! 1st of all ALLSPARK!!!





BUMBLEBEE











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Old 08-04-2007, 02:29 AM
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Default Moreee moreeee stunning art!!

BLACKOUT












ARCEE..was cut off from action due to time constrain of the movie =(






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Old 08-04-2007, 02:43 AM
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nice post..very interesting..
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:55 AM
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NOKIA BOT


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sorry to interrupt this thread

i was just wondering is ARCEE a female or male?
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Arcee is a female @@
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lol. so arcee is on the good side or the evil side? they should have include her in. might be a love story between the bots.
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