Incredible. That’s the only way to describe the opening five minutes of director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In the first few minutes, we get to see the Autobots and Decepticons fighting on Cybertron, and then we cut to Earth in 1961. Over the next few minutes, we’re shown the real reason why President Kennedy wanted to go to the Moon…
But let me back up a second.
Tonight at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, I got to attend a very cool event which featured James Cameron and Michael Bay talking about 3D and then showing around 15 minutes of footage from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Included in the presentation was the new trailer (which is attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides this weekend), the opening five minutes, and then a montage of scenes from the entire movie. While some of the footage wasn’t in 3D, a bunch of it was. And it looked insane. I don’t know how anyone is going to walk out Transformers 3 and think they didn’t get their money’s worth. Hit the jump for a lot more.
UPDATE: We’ve got a few minutes of the event on video. It’s after the jump.
As some of you might remember, a few months back I got to visit the Transformers editing room and was blown away by what Bay showed us. During that visit, Bay spoke to us for a long time, so if you’re looking for quotes…click this link. Unfortunately at tonight’s event, we weren’t allowed to bring audio recorders, but we’ve been told that in the next few days we’ll be getting some video clips. Once I get those I’ll post them.
Until then, here’s a video blog that I recorded with Peter from Slashfilm on the Paramount lot after we left the presentation. We talked about what we saw, what we thought, what Bay and Cameron talked about, our thoughts on 3D and the recent spell of bad 3D post conversion, and we’ll also show you a bit of the Paramount lot…
Again, the footage tonight looked incredible, and I’m extremely confident the two biggest films of 2011 are going to be Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. You can argue with me in the comments below…
Video of Bay and Cameron talking after the video blog.