Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Transformers Screening

Hey, reason for the very few postings today is: we got an early screening of Transformers here at work over lunch and my head is still recovering from it.


Holy moly, what a terrific pop-corn movie, absolutely classic!

In case you are wondering, I'm not a die-hard Transformers fan. I saw the tv show in Switzerland, liked it, but didn't have a meltdown when I saw the new designs. I really couldn't care less if Prime has flames or lips (btw. some of the Trans guys had lips before the movie, so calm down).
I'm not a huge Bay fan. I liked The Rock, the first half of The Island and Bad Boys 1. Oh, and the 45min attack in Pearl Harbor. I can't stand the music in his movies and don't care about the rest of his movies.

So with all this in mind, it's easy for me to say that this is THE best Michael Bay movie. Apart from that fact (which is not exactly a quality seal), it's a really funny action movie. The music was ok (small parts were very Bay-ish, other parts very Batman Begins-ish cool). The acting good (Shia is great, Turturro not as annoying as I thought), the writing was funny, the sound was UNBELIEVABLE, the pacing great (for a 2+ hour movie), the FX, I have to arrogantly say, were incredible, all in all, a really good summer pop-corn movie.

I think it's going to do ok at the box office. Casual moviegoers looking for good entertainment will love it, die-hard fans will probably hate it (as one did here at work).

My major complaint is this (Spoiler, highlight to read): at one point a mountain dew machine transforms into a decepticon and attacks people. There is product placement and it's not that bad, but that sequence really stood out. It was horrible and embarrassing. It truly felt like a commercial, there was nothing subtle about it.

That's it. Get your tickets boys, you'll like it.

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Clutch Falco said...

Hey Jean-Denis, are you going to give us a list of the shots you did when it comes out? I'm a big fan of your work. Thanks!

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Hey Clutch!

(Is that your real name? If yes, then that's awesome!)

Thanks a lot for the kind words! I'll write down a breakdown on this post if you want to. I don't have that many shots. I was doing Potter and as that show got slow I was able to help out a bit. You can see my megatron shot in the car commercial post, otherwise I got three Ratchet shots and an Optimus Prime shot. Other shots were shared so I can't really say that they are mine.

I hope it's going to make tons of money so that a sequel gets made. :-) I'd love to work on it again, it was a fantastic show!

Jean-Denis Haas said...

We saw the movie yesterday at the Metreon and people seemed to enjoy it a lot. It was funny so see how people reacted to the peeing shots. I was surprised at how people laughed (to me they are a bit silly).

But to answer your question now that the movie is out, I did the Megatron flying down and grabbing the car one, Ratchet walking into the powerline and falling down into the shed. I did the two with him after that when he says "that was tingling" or whatever he says, but after I was done the dialogue changed and another animator fixed Ratchet for those two. I did Optimus Prime at the end when he screams to Shia "Shove it onto the chest" although in the movie the dialogue is different (yeah, we rarely have final dialogue in our shots...). I started two more shots but as I went off to another show I never got to finish them.

All in all not too much, but it was a lot of fun. Definitely one of the best shows I worked on.

My favorite shots are Derrick Carlin's Starscream land into the cars and slowmo slide, Shawn Kelly's Bonecrusher sequence (him iceskating on the highway, breaking through the bus and slowmo Prime grab, plus the slowmo Bonecrusher head punch) and Greg Towner's Prime cutting off Bonecrusher's head shot. These just kick ass!!