‘I really blew the shit out of that scene’ says director
Thousands of decisions go into every shot of a film, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to the director commentary included in the new Transformers DVD.
“Right here I wanted the fire to be bigger,” said Michael Bay, referring to a sequence involving Optimus Prime and Megatron. “The first three takes looked stupid and wimpy, so I told them to make it bigger. I really blew the shit out of that scene. That’s what moviemaking is all about.”
According to Bay (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon), plot and story are important to many films not directed by him, but he prefers to keep it simple.
“There’s just something about explosions and special effects that I like so much more than the rest of the filmmaking process,” he said. “Sure, the acting in Transformers was okay, but we all know people just came to watch stuff blow up. I mean, that’s why I directed it anyway.”
Bay echoes this sentiment over and over in the DVD commentary, alternately referring to scenes as “awesome” and “killer.” He does touch on character at one point, however, when praising Shia LaBeouf for his ability to act as if he was surrounded by explosions, even though the explosions weren’t added until post-production.