June 17, 2009

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen movie image Shia LaBeouf (4).jpgIf you’re a fan of “Transformers”, has posted a cool article that lists some fun facts about the “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen” movie. While you can learn all about the new robots and technology it took to bring “giant robots that punch each other in the face” to the screen, here’s one that they don’t list….

Tomorrow night, here in Los Angeles, is the very first time anyone will be seeing the final version of the movie. Yes, you read that right.

Even though Bay and company have been promoting all over the planet, the film is just now getting its final coat of paint. It could be that the version they’ve been showing is a normal print and tomorrow night’s is the first showing in IMAX, or it could be that the final shots are just now going in. Either way, the junket press are seeing the finished film at 7:30pm and I’ll be there. While I might be under embargo from writing more than a few words…follow me on twitter for my immediate reaction.

Until then, after the jump are some cool facts about the movie and the complete image gallery.


  • 14 robots last time, 46 robots this time (ILM only)
  • If you had all the gold ever mined in the history of man, you could build a little more than half of Devastator.
  • Optimus Prime will be life size on IMAX screens in many forest fight shots.
  • Devastator’s hand is traveling 390 miles per hour when he punches the pyramid.
  • The pyramid destruction simulation was 8 times bigger than the old rigid simulation all-time record holder at ILM.
  • All robot parts laid out end to end would stretch from one side of California to the other, about 180 miles
  • Devastator’s parts stacked tip to tip would be as tall as 58 empire state buildings.
  • If all the texture maps on the show were printed on 1 square yard sheets, they would cover 13 football fields.

Disk space

  • TF1 took 20 Terabytes of disk space. Trans2 took 145 Terabytes. Seven times bigger!
  • 145 terabytes would fill 35,000 DVDs. Stacked one on top of the other without storage cases, they would be 145 feet tall.

Rendering times

  • If you rendered the entire movie on a modern home PC, you would have had to start the renders 16,000 years ago (when cave paintings like the Hall of Bulls were being made) to finish for this year’s premiere!
  • A single imax shot in the movie (df250) would have taken almost 3 years to render on a top of the line home PC running nonstop.
  • IMAX frame render times: As high as 72 hours per frame!


  • Optimus Prime will be life size on IMAX screens in many forest fight shots.
  • Imax frames take about 6 times longer than anamorphic to render.
  • IMAX frame render times: As high as 72 hours per frame!

ILM screen time

ILM Screen Time is about 51 minutes.


  • Devastator is as tall as a 10 story building.
  • Devastator has more than 10 times the number of individual parts found in an average car.
  • Laid out end to end, Devastator’s parts would be almost 14 miles long.

Devastator totals

  • Number of geom pieces: 52632
  • The total number of polygons: 11,716,127
  • The total length of all pieces: 73090 feet
  • The total length of all pieces: 13.84 miles

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