“Revenge” News Triple Take-Over

{mosimage}In a fashion. Up first, Variety has an article about how director Michael Bay had the folks at ILM and Digital Domain quite busy regarding the vfx for Revenge of the Fallen:

"[Micahel Bay]'s brilliant, but he's a challenge," says Matthew Butler, Digital Domain's vfx supervisor on the film. Not only is Bay demanding, as top directors generally are, but "he's incredibly fast-paced. He's a whirlwind to keep up with, both on the set and in post."

Scott Farrar of Industrial Light and Magic, lead vfx supervisor on both "Transformers" films, sounds somewhat awestruck as he compares the sequel to its predecessor.

"Michael took the production value up many, many notches," he says. "Just the backgrounds alone are huge. It's a combination of 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Ben-Hur,' in regards to fantastic backgrounds and the unbelievable sets we worked at around the world."

Of perhaps the most interest in the article, however, was some information regarding the robotic cast of the new movie:

Everyone involved in "Revenge of the Fallen" is keeping the details under wraps, but Farrar says there are some 60 robot characters, and they play in settings around the world. Some, like refineries at night, were chosen to boost the visual drama and show off the scale of the giant 'bots.

What's more, this time the Transformers will interact much more with the world around them. Farrar highlights "the splashes and the hits and the fighting on dirt or moving, banging into trees," explaining, "Things splinter and break, they spit, they outgas, they sweat, they snort."

Second, Amazon has updated the listing for "Transformers the Movie Universe" (hardcover version) from Dorling Kindersley with a quick summary of contents:

The Transformers and their movies exposed…Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the "Transformers" including footage from the films "Revenge of the Fallen" and "Transformers", with this explosive guide.

Lastly, Scifi Wire has interviewed screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on various things, such as why they came back for Revenge, reasons behind the giant alien robots, and Leonard Nimoy's possible entrance:

Kurtzman: Well, we resisted it for a while, because … the first movie was so … tough to find, you know? Everyone always asked us, "Well, what is it? Is it a cartoon?" They just couldn't imagine what it was, and we kind of felt like we were to some degree improvising our way through it. And then we found it, and felt like we had somehow, just couldn't imagine replicating it.

Whatever we write, we always own and throw so much of ourselves into that we just couldn't get there without believing in the story. And the story was not immediately obvious to us. And … they really wanted us to do it. And we said, "We just can't do it until we know what this is."

Click here to read Variety's article, here for Amazon's updated listing, and here at Scifi Wire for their Kurtzman/Orci interview!