ILM Reanimates Badass Transformers

Keeping up with Marvel isn’t easy, but Michael Bay and Industrial Light & Magic have brought new life to the badass Hasbro bots in Transformers: Age of Extinction, introducing a sleek new sci-fi design and a new army of fire-breathing Dinobots. At the same time, Bay has smartly ventured into China and has replaced Shia LaBeouf with Mark Wahlberg as a single dad and failed inventor, which also kicks the franchise into higher gear.

Taking a cue from grizzled warrior Optimus Prime, who warns, “The rules have changed — we are all targets now,” ILM’s Scott Farrar was ready to unleash a new trilogy with Mohen Leo of the ILM Singapore Studio. “There’s a coolness factor applied to old friends,” Farrar suggests. “There are different dimensions on their physique. We made both Optimus and Bumblebee a little more majestic and a little more powerful.”

There are new Decepticons as well, such as Lockdown, a bounty hunter whose head transforms into a canon but otherwise hides behind a gray 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe. However, the Dinobots are the latest addition. They include leader Grimlock, who transforms into a horned, mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex; Strafe, an assault infantry specialist who transforms into a two-headed and two-tailed Pteranodon; Slug, a savage destroyer who becomes a spiked and bestial Triceratops; Scorn, the demolition expert who transforms into a three-sailed Spinosaurus; and Slash, the stealthy fighter who transforms into a Velociraptor.

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production

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