ILM Releases Cool Special Effects Featurette for TRANSFORMERS

     May 17, 2011


Good news people, we are only a month and a half away from the release of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. Very soon cinephiles from around the world will be able to celebrate the universal appeal of watching big robots go boom. Michael Bay has even seen fit to offer a $25,000 reward for anyone who can spot the racist robots from the last Transformers flick, so there’s really no reason not to be excited now that there’s a potential cash award involved. In celebration of this sure to be earth shattering cinematic event, a rather impressive special effects video from the first Transformers that Industrial Light & Magic posted has gone online. Though not a great deal of thought may have gone into the writing of these movies, the artistry behind the special effects is undeniably impressive. Hit the jump to see the massive scale model used for a single stunning shot in the greatest giant robot movie Michael Bay has made so far.

Unfortunately ILM has doesn’t seem to take kindly to embedding, but head over to their ever-growing youtube account to see the rather amazing clip. The scene in question involves Megatron and Optimus Prime flying through a building mid-battle. To achieve the effect, ILM constructed a 1/4 size model of the building that took up an entire sound stage. As a result, the falling debris has a far more realistic and tactile quality than would ever be possible with digital effects. It’s nice to know that ILM still has a commitment to producing old timey model effects. While CGI might offer more fluidity and control than was ever possible with practical effects, there’s just something more believable about a physical effect. It’s always easier to buy something that clearly once existed in the real world rather than simply on a computer.

Inevitably the ILM wizards will have more fancy tricks up their sleeves for Dark Of The Moon and ideally model effects like this will be involved. It makes a huge difference and let’s be honest while a few lonely souls might show up to the new Transformers movie purely to see Shia Labeouf in action, most people will be there for the special effects. Let’s hope at least a few of the items in ILM’s new bag of tricks are this strong and creative.


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