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Following the release of the first official Transformers: Dark of the Moon teaser trailer, many of us are still confused about the plot for Michael Bay’s latest. (Insert your joke of choice here.) Well, still no luck on that end, but the director has offered a wealth of other information regarding his third Transformer film, including the 3D filmmaking techniques that the movie employs, the casting of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and much more.
Collider has the full rundown of the information from their visit to Bay’s editing suite, including the director’s own admission that Revenge of the Fallen wasn’t very good:
We tried to learn from the second movie. On the second movie we got burned. We had a writers strike, we had to agree on a story in three weeks, and then we knew they were going on strike. It was a fucked scenario all the way around, it wasn’t fair to the writer, it wasn’t fair to me, it wasn’t fair to anybody. It was still an entertaining movie, but I think we failed on certain aspects. What we did with this movie is I think we have a much better script, and we got back to basics. I think there’s some really cool action on this movie, there’s some very cool conspiracy, there’s great robot stuff in this that people were missing in the second one, you’ve got great robot conflict. So I’m excited about this movie. It’s more serious. I got rid of the dorky comedy, I mean we’ve got two little characters, that’s it, but the dorkiness is not there. Dork-free Transformers. It’s much more serious. It’s still entertaining, it’s big looking.
Regarding the recently release teaser trailer, which put the emphasis on character and mystery over massive robots kicking the tar out of each other:
I’m just trying to spin it a little bit. We have a more serious story this time and I’m trying to make up for movie 2. [Laughter]
We went through, and they were very good actresses, but there was something about replacing Megan; and it was more interesting to go with something brand new and fresh. When it’s brand new it’s kind of a brand new experience for the audience too. And [the casting woman] came in, and she said, “I gotta tell you Michael…this girl can be a star.” So we looked at the tape, and showed Steven [Spielberg] the tape and everyone was really intrigued. We brought her on set with Shia [LaBeouf] and the crew, and we shot with her for six hours. We put her with an acting coach and I kept telling her to be herself. She did really well in the tests and Shia really liked her and she did a really good job. I saw her really improve, and she’s so sweet. It was good; I think it was a good change.
On the fight sequences:
My take on this movie was that I wanted to make the fighting a lot more personal. In the past two movies the cavalry has always came in, this time the cavalry isn’t coming. It’s black hawk down, a small group; they’re fucked. It makes it more intimate. It’s just different.
On some of the new Transformers we’ll meet:
I think the Ferrari is interesting. I call him the Dreadbox. I don’t know what the toys are going to be called; I have my own name for these things. They’re pretty cool; they’re Decepticons. We have a new character, an Autobot, who can invent shit and fix stuff.
On whether or not he sees a fourth Transformers in his future:
There’s a couple of things that are left open. I think you’ll see some finality to this, you know we’ve made it very clear that when things die they die now. They’re not magically being brought back.
I think this has gotta be it. I think someone else will take the torch from here.
The nice thing about Transformers is that you’ve got so many stories to tell, you’ve got Cybertron. It’s just that I don’t think you could do it again with Shia and everybody, I think it’s time to move on.
There’s a whole lot more over at Collider, so head there and check out the full report.