An article from Variety looks at the post-production side of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, with the attention focused on the special effects by Industrial Light and Magic, and the ‘whirlwind’ that is director Michael Bay.
“He’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.”
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.”
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With Transformers the transforming robot effects were new and it seemed as though they were testing it out to see what worked and what didn’t. Now they know what they are doing they can really go wild and show us some cool stuff…like robots snorting (I think they are doing that simply because they can).