Exclusive Look into the Making of the Blockbuster Film "Transformers"

June 28, 2007 12:47 am

26 June 2007

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Exclusive Look into the Making of the Blockbuster Film "Transformers"

(Chicago, IL) - Bringing 30-tall-robots to life in this summer's blockbuster film "Transformers" incorporated some of the most complex modeling and animation ever attempted at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). The experts behind the film will discuss their challenges and successes during a special session at SIGGRAPH 2007, the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques held 5-9 August 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, USA.

Since the film features 14 fully computer generated characters (some containing more than 10,000 individually controllable pieces of geometry), entirely new graphic systems had to be developed to make this not only feasible, but also production friendly - a challenge not to be underestimated. From oil filters and axles to pistons and body panels; each piece had to have the ability to be individually controlled while operating within a substantially complex system.

ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar, Associate Visual Effects Supervisor Russell Earl, Animation Director Scott Benza, Digital Production Supervisor Jeff White, and Digital Matte Supervisor Richard Bluffwill provide this unique inside glimpse into the making of this complex and visually stimulating film.

"If it was not for the collaborative community spirit of SIGGRAPH and Hollywood's industry leaders, many of these challenges, experiences, and successes would never be exposed to the public," stated SIGGRAPH 2007 Special Sessions Co-Chair Jerome Solomon. "We are very grateful to ILM for bringing this perspective to SIGGRAPH. This will be both an educational and exciting special session."

SIGGRAPH 2007 will bring an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from 5-9 August at the San Diego Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2007 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 7-9 August 2007. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public. More details are available at www.siggraph.org/s2007.


The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGGRAPH sponsors SIGGRAPH 2007. ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

IMAGE CREDIT:Photo courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic. © 2007 DreamWorks LLC and Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Hasbro, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. ©2007 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved

Article Comments

jdehaven ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 03 July 2007

Nice press release, but lets get down to business- GIANT F'ING ROBOTS ARE HERE! This movie is one of the most spectacular action/FX films I have ever witnessed on screen! I sat, jaw agape, for most of this movie- it was fantastic- and I absolutely HATE the old cartoons (well, when I was a kid I watched them religiously, even then knowing that it was just a 30 minute toy commercial). Mind blowing action and effects, great humor, no major deep plot- but that is not the target audience or any reason to see this. ILM has outdone itself with this movie- Prime has 10,000 some odd moving parts, and in some scenes you see them all in action!

babuci ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 July 2007

Where shall I start? Get a cool comic book where good robots fights againts bad ones, mix it with a pro skill in a studio and on location...we have a fantastic movie! Oh boy what a movie it was!! Full of actions, spiced with soft humor and special effects. I was crabbing my popcorn box...I was dropping my popcorn box...I was just forget to eat my popcorn. Wouldn't you like your car transforme into a cool friendly robot?...yes you would!! Great movie get a kids, girl/boy friend and go experience a battle of the machines.

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 July 2007

I loved playing with Transformers when I was growing up [hey now, it is not just a "boy thing"]. I am very excited about seeing this movie. Although I am going for for the CG/FX, the fact that Josh Duhamel is one of the heros is an added bonus [now, that is a "girl thing"] Dee-Marie

ByteDreams ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 July 2007

Saw it - didn't love it. Got to keep it within context though - a movie about toys that I once bought for my kid. Although it tries to beat you up with scene after scene of action - I felt it lost something, like the story didn't really matter. It was kind of like watching my kid play with his action figures, only without all the explosions, LA and desert backdrops.