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Returning to the Transformers franchise for a third time, Digital Domain developed, created and animated new characters including ‘Laserbeak,’ ‘Brains’ and an army of Decepticon soldiers called ‘protoforms,’ as well as the returning character, ‘Wheels.’ VFX supervisor Matthew Butler oversaw the global digital production of 350 shots created in Digital Domain’s Venice and Vancouver studios and a facility in Mumbai, India. The work included notable set pieces, including a sequence where protoforms rise out of the Moon’s surface and mobilize for an assault on Earth, and a series featuring skydiving soldiers bailing out of helicopters and flying through the city skyline with Decepticon ships in pursuit. Digital Domain’s work required seamless integration of animated characters, digital environments and effects animation combined with photographic plates shot on location around the world. Through our Stereo Group, which handled 2D-to-3D conversion on complex shots that included CG stereo 3D elements and 2D backplates, Digital Domain also played a key role in creating high-quality stereo 3D by treating it as an integrated digital production process — all under the discerning eye of director Michael Bay.
Over at michaelbay.com someone just posted a 10 minute reel of various FX for the third Transformers film. I wish there was some before and after stuff but there is no denying the amount of impressive work that went into it! And remember everything was done in stereo… There might be spoilers so if you have not seen it be warned. There are robots!
BTW, I just moved this past weekend and sucked a little bit of my life away but we’re almost unpacked hoping to get back in gear this week!