During the event Michael Bay talked about a variety of topics including the evolution of filmmaking techniques and his low of destroying cars and his new love for Russia. Here is what he had to say.
So do new technologies make your work harder, or more difficult?
It actually, new technologies make it harder, because you keep trying to push the boundaries. Jim Cameron called me up and he asked me, he said, “So making the third one, was it easier, or, or harder?” And I knew he was asking that because of “Avatar II”. And I said, “Jim, it’s definitely harder because you keep trying to push yourself farther.”
Earlier, you said that 3D is not compatible to your aggressive shooting style. But in a few years you take 3D camera and you just shoot the thing, just like that. And it doesn’t slow you down.
It’s, it proves more than compatible to your aggressive shooting style. What’s happened? Why did you change your mind?
Steven Spielberg and Jim Cameron kept saying I should shoot this movie in 3D. I was a skeptic, because it’s new technology; the systems are a lot bigger, heavier. There’s a lot of technical issues that would bore you. But it’s hard taking it on to the real world and the streets, move it around and putting it on rigs.
So we had to invent a lot of stuff, like strapping it on to the skydiver’s helmets, where they’re tracking behind guys flying through the air. But it – I slowed my style down a bit. I made longer, wide shots, moving through things; made the shots kind of unfold in a very cool, 3D way. But it was a – I loved, loved working with 3D. I think it really works well in this movie.
I know it’s not the first time you’re in Russia with “Transformers”. Where does this love to Russia come from?
Well, when I was a kid, my grandfather, who is from Russia, he said I would never make it in the film business, so, “You’re gonna be in the jean business when you, when this film school doesn’t work out.” So maybe that’s why we’re here in Moscow. No – it’s – Moscow is an emerging market.
It’s becoming very important in the international world, in terms of film. So we are actually traveling to certain countries from Brazil to Moscow to China, because they are big, emerging markets, and it’s very important. So I’m really – really happy and proud that we’re here.
How many cars did you destroy when shooting the film?
532 cars were destroyed. But these are cars that are flood damaged. And they apparently – car companies give it to us because by law, they have to be crushed. So I am a perfect guy to do that.
You don’t believe in the end of the world, I guess. No?
Do I not believe in the end of the world? Actually, I do believe in the end of the world. That’s what the asteroid did; how the dinosaurs died. Being around NASA scientists when I was working on “Armageddon”; being around some of the greatest physicists at NASA, that’s our National Space Agency, they believe the end of the world will come – not probably in our time, because mathematically we’re, it’s a very, very slim margin. But it will happen, they say. Good. So let’s enjoy tonight, okay?
On June 29th the third and presumably last installment in the Transformers franchise hits theaters. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.