Bay talks Transformers 3
Michael Bay and his sound team have been talking about the work involved in bringing a feeling of reality to the fantastical on screen robots that have been created in the two Transformer films, and that reality has been drastically helped by sound. While doing that Bay revealed a possibility about the third Transformers film and what it might include, or not include.
Of course I'm telling you to take this with a big pinch of salt, after all remember he was telling us that Megatron wouldn't be in the second film, however the idea that the third film could be less BOOM and more character based sounds interesting.
However let's be clear about this, although he does suggest it's going to be more about the character, it's not going to be leaping into the realm of character based drama, it's still going to be the boom, whizz and click of the shiny metal eye candy. It's still going to be a Michael Bay film.
So can we expect more thunderous sound in the third installment? Although the number of robots increased significantly from the first film for the second, the third film -- which will hit theaters in summer 2011, won't be as robot-heavy and there will be fewer explosions, a tight-lipped Bay said after the Q+A.
"There will be a nice crescendo ending…It gets much more into the robot character. The last time you kind of met a few of the robots; this time you're gonna get a much cooler landscape."
While there's suddenly a lot of speculation about what that could mean for the film, the word landscape is definitely referring to the film overall, we're not going to see ourselves suddenly transported to the Transformers home world I would imagine, after all a great power of the film and of the size and scale of the robots is the fact that they are on Earth, in a recognisable world standing side by side with people. Without that the physical on screen scale is diminished and they don't seem so impressive.
So the part that is interesting is that he says it's much more about the robot character, and I hope he means characters and relationships. Hopefully we'll see a film that develops them more than having the big, spectacular fight sequences that are there to blow the speakers and attract the audience with quick, flashing shininess.
I'm all for that, a little more depth and a little less boom. However it's early days, it's all talk, and it's all Michael Bay.