Michael Bay Presents: Transformers 2 Facts and Figures!
by Alex Billington
June 17, 2009
Only 7 days to go! Michael Bay has posted a fun little update on his own blog with facts and figures from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. What does this mean? Well, read on and find out! Essentially, he lists facts and figures regarding the technical or digital side, including how much diskspace was required to store everything at ILM or how long it took to render certain frames of the movie. Not only is it crazy just to see how much bigger and better they made this movie, but it sheds some light onto how incredible ILM is. Keep on reading for some of my favorite facts and figures or head over to MichaelBay.com for lots more!
» 14 robots last time, 46 robots this time (ILM only).
» Devastator’s hand is traveling 390 miles per hour when he punches the pyramid.
» All robot parts laid out end to end would stretch from one side of California to the other, about 180 miles.
» TF1 took 20 Terabytes of disk space. TF2 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.
» 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.
» 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.
Don't forget that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has at least three full scenes shot in IMAX!
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is again directed by action film superstar Michael Bay of Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Island, and Transformers previously. The story and screenplay for the sequel was written by Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as well as Ehren Kruger (The Ring, The Brothers Grimm, Blood and Chocolate). Paramount is unleashing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in both IMAX and regular theaters on June 24th this summer. We'll be there!