As some of you know, I visited the TF4 set in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. I won't bore you with the details, but here are some things I noticed and discovered.The next day Nelson provided a followup post to make a few corrections:
Michael has a totally new crew for this movie (aside from the DP & the AD). Stunt people & drivers, SFX crew, camera crew, and grips. I guess it goes with the whole "fresh" feel and look of TF4.
The truck company for Optimus Prime in TF 1-2-3 never wanted anything to do with the movie franchise. Before filming the first TF movie, the production crew approach the truck company to see if they could lend them 2 trucks. They said no. The producers then found 2 old rusty 1995 models that barely worked and gave them a paint job that got the job done with a very tight budget for chrome and stuff. This time around, Western Star (a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America) gave them 2 new trucks. No questions asked.
Optimus Prime was painted by West Coast Customs.
There are 2 of every car, truck, and vehicle in this production (one for back up).
1 Bugatti is owned by a private owner. The other is a loaner from Bugatti.
1 Lamborghini Aventador was purchased by the studio. The other was purchased by Bay (the one with the interior shots in the movie).
1 vintage 1967 Camaro SS (BumbleBee) is owned by the studio, the other by Bay.
Optimus and BumbleBee GGI renders are still being tweaked. Optimus looks grand and BB looks sleek, refined and badass.
Bay showed me a 5 min sizzle reel. It was f-ing amazing. After I saw it, he asked me "Kinda boring eh?" I think with all the pressure he's got, deprecating himself is his idea of humor. It also probably makes him strive more towards creating a kick-ass movie.
In the picture [to left] you can see BumbleBee's head (paper weight) made of car parts (gears and stuff).
All the catering trucks have California license plates, I wonder why? I wonder if the local catering companies got tossed because of the leaked call sheet? Some how the food is better this time around (IMO).
Yesterday I posted some details about my recent set visit to TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. I took a bit of literary license only to discover that some details were erroneous.
I was mistaken in saying that Bay is using a new crew. Most of Bay's regular, trusted team are hard at work alongside him, with a few exciting new additions. Michael is well known for his loyalty and his crew is right there with him on this fourth installment.
I also said there is two of each car, but I was wrong; there are two of some models, three of certain vehicles, and only one of others. And, the bit about Michael owning the Lambo and retro BumbleBee was actually incorrect.
Another really important amendment: Twins Custom Coaches in Pomona, California, in tandem with many talented designers and artisans at Western Star, created the new Optimus Prime, which will definitely blow you away. My comments about the former truck used by the production were also misleading -- I was trying to give kudos to the movie's super talented art and transportation departments who turned found-treasure into the original Prime we all came to know and love. He was by no means a rust bucket.
And that sizzle reel . . . AMAZING! Some people misinterpreted my attempt at humor when I described Michael's reaction to watching his own work. He is never blasé about anything, but he can be very humble when we all heap praise on him after seeing what he's capable of creating on screen.
I had a great visit and will make sure to be more accurate going forward. One thing I can be totally confident in: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is going to KICK ASS!!!