Would You Like A Look Behind The Curtain Of ‘Age Of Extinction’?

Who doesn’t want to see the man behind the curtain? Usually, we’re told not to look (that darn Wizard. We’ll get him one day, Toto), but now, fxguide is taking us all along with them, on a tour of just how AoE utilised digital technology that is light-years ahead of what was done in the previous films.
This is an article that really wouldn’t be advisable to read if you hadn’t yet seen the film. But if you’ve seen it, or just don’t care, let’s go! Next tour starts in 15 minutes, so come on folks, get through the gate and find a seat. Magic awaits!

As always, the film was a blend of both old fashioned special effects, such as car crashes and Bay’s eternal favourite, explosions, and a very large amount of what we saw in the final product was a mix of practical and greenscreen, to be digitally covered, then blended perfectly so it looks as realistic as possible. An example is shown that illustrates this beautifully. It’s of Michael Bay himself holding a greenscreen coloured claw as it sets itself to try and pick up actress Nicola Peltz, who played Tessa in the film. Then we get to the meat, and start going through the ways new technology allowed them to get closer to real-life than ever before.
It’s interesting, and a fantastic read, but I can’t really tell you a lot about it. Some of it is a mix of tech and SFX jargon, and it’s therefore impossible for me to know not just what they mean, but then pass that onto you, in a correct manner. The best thing to do is to actually sit down, relax, and read the piece for yourself.
It is a very enjoyable look at how the film was made, and definitely gave me some ‘woah‘ moments when I realised just how far some of this stuff has come, all in less than 10 years. Amazing. The article is available at the fxguide fxadvisor (it doesn’t capitalise any parts of their associated names, so those aren’t typos), which is located right here, and enjoy. Through a mix of text, photos, and video, we really get to see even further into the film than we’d have thought possible.
This has also been posted in the Allspark’s special Transformers 4 sub-forum, and that is viewable right here. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and see if, together, we can all learn more about this part of the process.
Thanks to the tipster Ian Failes, who showed this one to us.