Michael Bay Calls 3D a Gimmick During His ShoWest Update
Hot shot director Michael Bay was in Vegas yesterday to accept the ShoWest Vanguard Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, and not only did he share some new footage of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (including the first shot of Devastator), but he spoke to the members of the press and answered numerous questions. Collider has a comprehensive rundown of his answers and a video, but I wanted to highlight a few of the better ones. One of them, in particular, also comes from SlashFilm, where when asked about 3D, Bay responded with, "I don't know… I might be old school. I think it might be a gimmick."
He says that the way he shoots is "too aggressive" for 3D cameras and they haven't come up with the technology that would allow him to work that aggressively and shoot in 3D. When asked if he's coming back to do Transformers 3, he wouldn't say officially either way. "I don't know, we'll see how Transformers 2 does," Bay said with a smile. And speaking of doing well, Bay also said that the budget for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was around $200 million and he even came in $4 million under budget - damn! That extra money is now being spent on polishing and improving some additional effects at ILM.
Although I've always loved Michael Bay and his explosive and highly entertaining movies, I think I'm now an even bigger fan because he called 3D a gimmick. Finally, some big filmmaker out there agrees that it really is a gimmick and nothing more! If it could only be used correctly, and even Bay said that he's interested in seeing what James Cameron has done on Avatar, then maybe it can finally become something more than just a gimmick. Anyway, I'm not trying to use this as an opportunity to slam 3D yet again, because this is supposed to be an update on all things Michael Bay. Head over to Collider for a bit more.