There are parts of cinema history that we forget or want to forget. Among these are:
- David Lynch’s family film
- Martin Scorsese’s Cheech and Chong comedy
- Wes Craven’s drama about music teachers
- The Iwerks ridefilm based on James Cameron’s Aliens (see it on the blu-ray collectors set)
- George Lucas, Ray Harryhausen, Arthur Hiller, Peter Medak, Robert Sherman, John Singleton, and Barbet Schroeder all in their bizarre Beverly Hills Cop III cameos
- And of course, that mess of a movie called Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Yes, no matter how much I’d like to give credit to Michael Bay for using IMAX cameras on that shoot, it does not matter. IMAX or 3D cannot fix a bad film, since it’s the content and not the medium that truly makes the difference.
But if what my colleagues in projection booths across the country are telling me is true, then Michael Bay may have just made his first non-Michael Bay film. In 3D. And not just that, but one of the best 3D films ever made.
Bay had no intention of making the third Transformers film in 3D until James Cameron approached him, with words of encouragement that the film, by its very nature, was designed to be filmed and presented stereographically. Using the Pace Fusion 3D rig that was employed on Avatar, Bay went through a learning curve that transitioned his directing style from his trademark quick pans and fast cuts to locked shots and slow pans.
As a special treat, a 2D trailer for Brad Bird’s upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol will be on the head of the film. If you happen to see Transformers in an IMAX theater, you’ll notice the last 30 seconds of the trailer, which takes place on the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) in Dubai, were filmed with IMAX cameras (thanks to KZ for pointing this out). If you catch the trailer in an IMAX 1570 film theater, you’ll really notice the difference, as the image goes from around 4K for the rest of the trailer to over 10K for the last 30 seconds.
And speaking of films we’ve forgotten or want to forget, Brad Bird has yet to make one.
I have no idea what the video below is. I know it came from Russia (I’ve virus checked it) and is originally from France. I can’t make heads or tails of it since I don’t speak French, but see if you can figure it out before I or someone else gets frustrated enough to take it down.