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Transformers 2 learned lessons?

Transformers.jpgI think this is really funny. The visual effects supervisor and second unit director have been talking about Transformers 2 and what they are going to do with the film, and while there's nothing indepth, the quotes they have make you wonder if they really do know what was wrong with the first film.

When I started reading the story I thought that they were going to mention the story, building the plot and strengthening the characters, which to their credit they do, for a few moments, however the rest is pretty non-descript.

They pad out the interview with things like “raising the bar” and all that rubbish, statements that don't really mean anything, but the best quote by far is the closing one:

“I think we've learned a lot about lighting, and I think we can go to much moodier lighting. Lots of things. It'll be improved.”

That's what was wrong with the first Transformers (Filmstalker review)? Wow, I hadn't realised, I thought it was the story and the editing. However to be fair they do mention something about the Decepticons and making their characters a bit richer:

“I think the commitment is not to just chuck out a sequel. The commitment is—and this makes us really happy here—that it's a deep story. There are lots of layers to the story of all these Decepticons, everybody. And so they want to really keep the characters rich.”

Still, I think they are way off the mark with the comments through Sci Fi Wire and Rope of Silicon. Of course they are primarily involved with effects shots, so perhaps that's where their concern lies, not the main story and editing.



my gripe with the first film was that it was too hard to follow which robot was which until you'd seen it once and knew what was going on. for instance, the final battle between Optimus and Megatron really shone on a second viewing, but first time out, it looked like so much flying metal.

lighting may have helped. But I think pulling back on a few of the shots and framing the action differently may have helped more. The characters really were fleshed out enough for a first outing for me, but let's be honest. We didn't get to "know" any of them whatsoever.

I can't wait for number 2. But they better not get McG to direct or someone's going to die. fullstop.

Yeah I think we agree on every point there Mogulus.

Pulling back that camera and letting us see what was going on would have done way more than just fixing the lighting.


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