Michael Bay Presents: Transformers 2 Facts and Figures!

June 17, 2009

Transformers 2

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 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.

Disk space:
» 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.

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.

» 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!

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  • Justin D
    (mouth watering) ahhd aghh 46 bots OMG
    WOW! Speechless.
  • Jed
    I'm a little confused about this three full scenes in IMAX business. Does the whole film use the full IMAX screen or just these three scenes? Does it just provide a higher definition picture?
  • JL
    @3 Yes I believe the IMAX scenes have much higher res than the rest of the film.
  • Cat
    That's a ton of computer power. I applaud ILM.
  • Joan Fett
    Bay's movies gives me a boner. So fucking insane.
  • Joshua Parker
    Woah, those are great facts. It also gives you a perspective and the time it take to cut and edit a film of this magnitude.
  • jman571
    @3 Yes, just like The Dark Knight, selected scenes of the movie (most likely a couple minutes each in length) are shot using an IMAX camera processing 70mm film compared to the 35mm used for the rest of the film. I'm not sure if you can notice the difference when viewing it in a regular cinema, but if you go and see it in an IMAX theatre, you'll notice the difference immediately. Because in IMAX the rest of the film has black bars at the top & bottom of the screen, and when the format switches to true IMAX, BOOM! The entire screen lights up and the picture quality somehow gets even crisper and more beautiful To tell if the theatre you're going to see it at has true IMAX check this site: The information should say this Screen Format: 1570 These true IMAX theaters are somewhat rare, as the price-tag to install one of these (did I mention the gigantic surround sound speaker system, that is BEHIND the screen!) is high. To give you an idea I live in Toronto, Canada and there's only 2 movie theatres in the city that have IMAX screens.
  • Chris H
    46 bots? really? I'm running through all the characters that I know of in my head, even the ones I didn't know were in the movie until I saw their toys on the racks in walmart. But 46? That's a lot more than I ever anticipated.... I wonder how many will be in the third movie?
  • oh ..many bots 46 .
  • I have anxiety
    Am I the only one still praying to see Tidal Wave? 46, you think he could be one of them?
  • Lucas Moreira
    I think that in this 46 robots many of them are robots very small that looks the same that appears in one clipe
  • w00t!!!
    46 makes sense from what I've been seeing. We should try and list them out, what we know and what we've seen.
  • Janny
    "crazy just to see how much bigger and better they made this movie" i don't think that bigger=better or better=bigger... I am not a fan of TF1 and found that other than megan fox, the opening blackout scene and the mobilization of fire support (munis the slapstic with the indian call center) the movie was a throw away. I'd go as far as to say the bad boys series was more entertaining as a whole now on the other hand i am interested to see all the robots as I am a transformers fan, but more slapstic comedy interludes and that god forsaken below the face shot rotating around 120 degrees every second time a human character is on screen will most likely once again irritate me
  • Cool factoids. I think I will be seeing it on the IMAX screen.
  • luke
    looking at some leaked scene's ATTEMPTED humor will make tf2 somewhat fail someone tell bay we don't want humor in a robot movie
  • Lazarus
    One wish...With 46 Transformers in the movie....can I please have time to see them clearly without shit blowing up at the same time so I can enjoy my childhood robots in disguise...please...thats all i ask. A few shots where they're not blurs of colourful metal. And This from me who saw it 4 times in the theatre TF1 and knows all things Transformers from G1 to Transformers: Animated. I know I'll love the score of the film, the story, the comedy, the action, the IMAX scenes and the small geek details from G1 the writers put in...but please i want to SEE them not moving and enjoy the ILM job. But I already know I'll see it 5 times and break my Dark Knight & Star Trek record of 4 times viewing...Maybe I can freeze frame the scenes in my head after seeing it so many times LoL!!!!!!!
  • great news, michael bay won't be directing the inevitable transformers 3. that's the new you should be posting
  • "» TF1 took 20 Terabytes of disk space. TF2 took 145 Terabytes. Seven times bigger!" OMG! I had doubts about this move, but it took SEVEN TIMES the harddisk space so it MUST be good!
  • HellBoy
    bring it on!!!
  • Allen Reeve
    cannot wait im of to see it tomorrow it opens in England Friday 19th june
  • JimD
    16,000 years to render ona home PC holy crap. render farms for the win.
  • Cooldu
    I can't wait to see it tonight at 12.05am!!! Got my tickets early during the start of this week! So shall post on this later for ALL the spoilers!!!! MWHAHAHAAAAA!!! Only kidding.
  • Chris
    Under the heading "Plot" - "Yeah, we got one of those... I think. Hey guys, did we stick in one of those 'plot' things? Anyone...?".
  • hoohah
    #16 - "someone tell bay we don't want humor in a robot movie" You kidding? Speak for yourself. #24 - What's your idea of a plot?
  • chrisUK
    heh, unlucky americans, only 5hrs until i go to see this tonight, then will catch IMAX on Monday. Makes up for last time when the UK had to wait!
  • Fisherr
    Movie of the year...
  • N
    Omg this movie needs to arrive tomorrow ><
  • link1983
    I saw this movie this morning, It was released here in the uk Today. WOW it was amazing. I won't spoil it for you, but get comfortable seats. It's 2 and a half hours long
  • reeo
    TF2 is utter shit. Dialogue is so poor it is laughable. I know it a big blockbuster movie and its robots and all that. But it was so crap. -One 'old' robot actually uses a walking stick, and has a beard.... -Full of so many stereotypes its a joke. -Completely RIPS OFF Terminator, Matrix and even itself. Shame because i thought the first film was decent.
  • Paul
    Ignore #3 I've just come out of the cinema and it's brilliant! Thought the first one was better but I think that was due to nostalgia etc. This is fantastic as well!
  • davis
    Just saw it, IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! Don't Miss It. It blows Terminator Salvation away. No Comparison really. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen is a 100 times better. Will See Again.. Optimus Prime is a Hero of Heroes.
  • Jamie
    Transformers Revenge of the Fallen is great. Lots of FUN. Lots of ACTION. Lots of EXPLOSIVES. Worth Repeat Viewings.
  • George
    Transformers 2 was so bad, the worst movie of the year. A great grinding garbage disposal of a movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen isn't so much a narrative film as a cacophonous series of explosions intermittently interrupted by needless dialogue. Call me old fashioned, but I like a little side story and character to go along with my order of big, loud special effects.




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