Saturday, July 25, 2009

Making of Transformers 2

From Tech Radar, another article that gets into the technical challenges of creating the visual effects in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen by Industrial Light & Magic and Digitial Domain. Few snippets below, the full article is here.
With animators often facing complicated 500-frame shots with three robots, Benza cast his staff according to their skill sets. "Some animators were interested in animating particular scenes, so I'd shift things around to give them a chance to do those shots," he says. "Specialists in animal behaviour would get the Ravage shots because he was a cat-based Decepticon. Others were specialists in dialogue and acting performances."

To create these performances, team members were aided by a rigging system developed by ILM for the previous movie, through which they could choose what parts of the model to connect. "An animator can animate any individual part or any groups of parts," Benza says. In addition, a new system provided the animators with a little procedural help on the more complex shots.

To make matters more complex, Devastator is so big and has so many parts that the animation crew couldn't treat him as a single asset. "When we tried to load the entire model in high res, it would grind the machines to a halt," Benza says. "We had two machines fail trying to work with him. One literally smoked. We don't know for sure if it was a direct result of working with this character, but it certainly did get overloaded – and fried."

"We designed the first version of the fight not knowing how it would be used in the movie, with Bumblebee and the cop car robot from the first movie, Barricade," says Benza. "Michael Bay liked how tight the edit was and the brutality when Bumblebee tears the limbs off, so he found a place for the fight in the movie and substituted a different robot [Rampage]."

14 comments:

  1. reading all this makes me want to ask "what exactly did Bay do in this movie?"

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  2. ^^he was the one who screwed it up basically :D

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  3. Stop your shit about Bay ...God damn I want some new images god damn it...

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  4. ^^ i'm gonna shit on bay as long as i want....i'm actually a huge bay fan...love all of his movies, especially TF1....but he made lots of huge mistakes on TF2, real talk!

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  5. If you guys really hate it then why did you come here on the blog? This blog is not just all about putting your complains or whinning. Sure I admit that it wasn't what we were expecting but is it like the "worst" blockbuster movie? OBVIOUSLY NOT. There are mistakes in the movie but not as much as the people(mostly critics)said it has lots of plot holes.

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  6. Yea stop talking crap about Bay. Its not like any of you guys could do a better job. Transformers 2 was a good and entertaining movie. Screw all the stupid critics and stupid people who keep talking shit about Bay and this movie.

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  7. I agree. For those STILL complaining about the movie, just give it a rest. Accept the fact that most of your ideas of what should have been in the movie are either unrealistic, or just plain rediculous.

    One thing, however ... I think they should have left Barricade in the fight scene with Bumblebee, instead of Rampage. Rampage could have been used elsewhere. The fight was great, but I would love to have seen him in this movie.

    Here's to hoping Barricade will be in the 3rd movie, and maybe Soundwave will have a bigger roll. I completely agree that Soundwave needs to stay out of the fight as he is an information specialist, but maybe he can be forced to Earth for some reason.

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  8. So we're all supposed to come to this blog only if we love Bay ?

    to Anon at 4:44 AM .....hilarious

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    http://www.threadless.com/submission/222218/Pessimus_Prime?streetteam=jodabaum

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  10. "So we're all supposed to come to this blog only if we love Bay ?" quote from Anon@1:22pm.

    Not really,it is more about TRANSFORMERS.

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  11. my personal pitch for transformers3....i like michael bay what he doing so far but i bigger budget likely will be able to give more characer roles..now that transformers are revealed the people should start to question why and possibly have a reason to be rid of them (decepticon threat) megatron bring about a plan with his "elites" (soundwave shock wave starscream combaticons etc.) decepticons lose an epic battle with autobots prime (lives) but cause much human destruction causing human hate for tformers (autobots use sam as a way 2 gain trust) starscream seizes this failure to overthrow megatron whom is badly beat megs is put somewhere ( dat links the fallen with unicron fallen unicron tie in) a dying megs summons unicron who makes megs galvatron in exchange for service 2 him galvatron gets control of a cybertronblah blah blah galvs kills starscream beats down prime blah blah unicron threatens earth and cybertron at the hand of galvs actions autobots decepticons teamup after say a major autobot character or human character(sam or mikaela) try 2 gain der partership 2 show earths people that they all can get along via his/ her sacrafice. dey stop unicron but galvs starts gettin possesed by uni prime and galv fight one last time till galvs true death that helps optimus gain a new allspark of some sort 2 destroy unicron and re energize cybertron the end ps. alot of soundwave alot of sideswipe n etc. n humorous scenes that arent all about the twins which one or both should die

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  12. p.s. galvatron over estimates unicrons powers tries 2 control him via some sort of matrix maybe new all spark or sumtin but fails promptin unicrons assault on earth and cybertron.....tformers history revealed unicron vs. primus...primus activated slightly by an unknowingly move by galvs that makes a space bridge 2 bring cybertron within orbit of earth...so dat autobota can protect both planets rather the lose 1

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  13. idk thats my rough idea feel free 2 disect it scrutinize or mess around with it

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