Why The Transformers 3D Is Way Better Than Everything Else This Summer, According To Michael Bay


While once a rarely used gimmick, 3D has become a normal part of filmmaking for your major blockbusters and animated films. We'll see it used a lot this summer, but Michael Bay says that Transformers: The Last Knight has all the rest beat. You see, while most 3D is done in post-production, where a normal 2D image is converted into 3D, the new Transformers was actually shot using a pair of 3D IMAX cameras, making its 3D presentation clearly superior to all the rest. According to Bay...

I'm here to keep 3D alive, and the only way to make it the best experience for you is to shoot it natively. That means two cameras, two eyes to see exactly what you're seeing. We're the first movie to ever shoot IMAX 3D. We placed these two cameras on top of each other to give you amazing resolution. Just like your eyes, you see depth. It's beautiful. It's something you can not fake. We're going to spend the extra 10 to 15 million dollars, and we're going to do it right. We're the only movie this summer that was shot in native 3D.

As Michael Bay points out in a Transformers: The Last Knight featurette, most movies have to have editors go through and transform a flat two-dimensional image into 3D by moving different parts of the image in each frame one at a time. By shooting the movie with a pair of IMAX cameras, each camera captures the information the way each of your own eyes would, then, when combined together, a 3D image is created in exactly the same way our own brains work. In addition to it not requiring intensive post-production work, it also should simply look better because it's more natural.

While Michael Bay has been criticized by many for the types of stories that he tells in his movies, there's little one can be critical about when it comes to his commitment to technical excellence. He's always focused on making sure his movies do everything they can from both a visual and audio standpoint. Previous Transformers films have been nominated for Academy Awards because of the quality of their sound work and clearly Bay wants to be sure the visuals reach that level of quality as well.

Check out the director's full comments in the video below.

Since we here at CinemaBlend are always judgemental when it comes to 3D, we're certainly looking forward to checking out the quality of Transformers: The Last Knight when it comes to the 3D presentation. If native 3D filming turns out to be as good as Michael Bay says it is, we can only hope that more movies follow suit.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.