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Michael Bay Talks the End of Film and Upping the Game for ‘Transformers 4’

Michael Bay has helmed all of the Transformers films so far and the latest, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is no exception. Slashfilm talks to the quintessential action director about how he approached the latest installment.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction


“Movie franchises have to grow up a little bit. You start off kind of like fun, trying to figure out what it was, you know what I’m saying? That kind of setup,” Bay says. “But I like it a little bit more grounded. Still fun, but grounded.”

Transformers 4 was the first movie to use the new IMAX 3D cameras, which Bay calls “a crazy crazy camera.” “First of all, it’s really good 3D,” he says of the look. “Just the technology. The contrast of it is really rich. It’s also the resolution, it’s so beyond anything else.”

Despite that, the longtime champion of film does mourn the end of the celluloid era. “I love film. I’m still shooting on it, but the reality is that the labs are basically all shutting down, and there’s basically one lab,” he says. “It’s sadly over.”

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