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guardianshand 2007-04-04 12:18 AM

Three new Movie pics!
 
Hey Guys, go to the link below and look at three new pics from the movie. I think it's gonna be GREAT!

http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/transformers.html

Wheelieizmyhomeboy 2007-04-04 05:50 AM

That looks totally awesome!!! Can't wait for July 2nd (In Australia)

Maraudermus Prime 2 2007-04-04 06:07 AM

Hmm, those pics don't look that bad. Yes, very nice.
Although I heard the release date was changed to July 28 somewhere... :eyebrow:

The Dark Optimus Prime 2007-04-04 06:48 AM

I donno if its just me, but prime almost comes off as looking young in that pic (i know a "young robot). Maybe its just cuz hes squatting down, but it doesn't look like he has much mass to him.

Denyer 2007-04-04 11:24 AM

The robot CGI looks insubstantial to me... more like good game graphics than real metal and blended with the scene. I don't think the tech is really there yet to quite pull this off... it works fine when you want an entire background that's moved past quickly (eg, Swordfish, the city scenes) but less is more -- concentrate directly on the graphics and it's very difficult to not notice light and reflections not being quite right, or being too mathematically precise.

Release date = varies for different countries.

Halfshell 2007-04-04 03:13 PM

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Originally posted by Denyer
The robot CGI looks insubstantial to me... more like good game graphics than real metal and blended with the scene. I don't think the tech is really there yet to quite pull this off... it works fine when you want an entire background that's moved past quickly (eg, Swordfish, the city scenes) but less is more -- concentrate directly on the graphics and it's very difficult to not notice light and reflections not being quite right, or being too mathematically precise.
I think the staticality (yes, I'm making up words) of the image doesn't help much. Overall effect will probably be a lot more plausible when in motion. They've also got at least another couple of months before release... I doubt that any images that have been released are quite the "finished" product yet... it's the sort of thing that I dare say they'll be tweaking for as long as they can get away with it.

CounterPunch 2007-04-04 04:57 PM

Theres a video of Op up on craveonline.com but I cant get it to load.

Brimstone 2007-04-04 05:49 PM

No video. It's just the same three pictures (but say "in action" is misleading).

CounterPunch 2007-04-04 06:02 PM

There is a video, if you look at the bottom of the page it says "Check out the new Transformers TV spot here." but its jus come to may that its more than likely just the destiny or hidden ones, nothing new.

Brimstone 2007-04-04 07:09 PM

Oh yeah, I did see that. And yes, I assumed the same (that it was just one of the videos we'd already seen...that definatley had no "Prime in Action" :))

Maybe it is new though.

Cliffjumper 2007-04-04 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Brendocon
I think the staticality (yes, I'm making up words) of the image doesn't help much.
Exactly... comparing a still with a city wooshing by in the background of Swordfish is hardly a spirit level. I agree the robots do look very CGI in stills, but then the film will be a motion picture, not a slide-show...

Denyer 2007-04-04 09:10 PM

They're going to be stationary at some point, particularly likely on close-ups of characters talking.

Assuming the film's not just one long explosion reel.

I'm just surprised they'd want this stuff public if it's not yet up to snuff.

Halfshell 2007-04-04 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Denyer
Assuming the film's not just one long explosion reel.
[insert Michael Bay gag here]

starscreamjericho 2007-04-04 10:38 PM

Not bad the pics look good to me
Bonecusher looks really good.

Reflector 2007-04-04 11:36 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Denyer
They're going to be stationary at some point, particularly likely on close-ups of characters talking.
But it does bear considering that there are degrees of detail. Certainly they'd spend more time on cleaning up the shots where the human eye may actually have a chance to see something, but they'd want to put the action-packed ones online for promotion.

I'm still stoked.

Denyer 2007-04-05 12:07 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Reflector
but they'd want to put the action-packed ones online for promotion.
So we're blaming Yahoo for taking stills from wherever they felt like in the promo reel, and saying the movie people don't have control over how their advance publicity is handled?

Seems a shade unlikely. And the posters don't look substantially different -- they're glaringly evident as renders.

Notabot 2007-04-05 12:12 AM

No by "they" I'm pretty sure he meant the publicity people for the movie. Unless you're assuming that Yahoo! is also responsible for cleaning up the movie.

Denyer 2007-04-05 12:18 AM

Again, I'm having a hard time believing that the movie people want their production to look like cheap CGI.

If Yahoo didn't pick those stills, a peon somewhere is probably desk-clearing.

Reflector 2007-04-05 02:40 AM

Long answer - Notabot nailed it. Basically, I reckon three potential promotion angles on this issue:

1) Highlight the action, and clean up every action frame in the movie on the off chance it gets picked for promo, costing a fortune;

2) Use what they have and highlight the CGI quality using photos of Bumblebee looking emotional, boring the outsiders they're trying to snare;

3) Use what they have and highlight the action using not-exactly-perfect stills from fight scenes, and hope nobody complains.

So naturally they don't want their CGI to look cheap, but it's the cheapest option that'll still keep people interested. [EDIT: Of course, if it was Yahoo's pick, they still could only choose from the footage the studio gave them, so there's no sense in claiming it wasn't at least partially intentional to take this direction with promo.]

If this thread's (where we have one skeptic out of about a dozen commenters) representative of the overall community, I'd say they picked the right angle.

Short answer - *shrug* I really don't think it looks that bad, and it'll look better in motion, even when they're just standing around.

Springer007 2007-04-05 02:18 PM

which autobot is coming out of the swimming pool? and personally, out of the three cgi shots, i would LOVE to have that as a poster, or wall scroll on my wall! i am really amazed at the face's cgi quality. yes, i am well aware one and all that i am praising a very human-like face from that one, but for some reason, that face grew on me. anyway, its even awesome we are actually seeing TFtM 2007 previews even on cartoon network finally! kudos to the cartoon network/adult swim staff for getting the previews, kudos to the cgi shots, and kudos to seibertron.com and this lovely site on getting character shots.


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