Hidden Valley Ranchers
Period piece based on the popular salad dressing.
Other World Cup
The United States soccer team is recruited by the government to face off in the first-ever intergalactic football tournament.
Michael Bay pitch.
A car salesman gets his hands on a magical iPhone that gives its owner unprecedented powers of persuasion.
Writer: Allan Beck
Watch the Transformers 2 director check email, surf the web and come up with new movie ideas…
’Maybe then we’ll get Transformers 2 in there!’ says delusional director
Just minutes after Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis announced the 2009 Oscars will feature 10 best picture nominees, ‘Transformers 2’ director Michael Bay called on Ganis to expand the field to 100.
“Only then will my genius be recognized,” said Bay. “I call on the Academy to do the right thing and allow my somewhat-decent, but ultimately corny films to be deemed Oscar-worthy.”
According to Bay, the expanded field would make it easier for filmmakers like him to get much-needed ego boosts to go along with their giant bank accounts.
“Sure, the money is good,” said Bay. “But what I really crave is the respect of my peers. I want to share a Heineken with Uwe or Roland and say ‘hey, we’re doing interesting work, too. It’s not all about Scorsese and Soderbergh.’”
Added Bay: “They should introduce a slow-motion category. I’d clean up!”
Love In The Time of Cauliflower
A divorced gardener falls in love with one of his clients, New York’s most renowned chef, who is also divorced and not really looking for love at the moment. Sappiness ensues.
Writer: Sally Bernfeld
Thriller about a secret organization that crosses all political and governmental lines to decide which countries go to war with which, and when.
Based on a pitch by Michael Bay.
A realistic comedy about some suburban guy going through a midlife crisis.
Writer: Judd Apatow
‘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.