I had the eye-popping pleasure to preview this 3D trailer a few nights ago at the "3D: A Transforming Visual Art" talk with James Cameron and Michael Bay. I have to admit that seeing this footage in 3D caused me to reverse my course and decide to actually see the movie. As you can see (embedded above) there's not that much new footage since the last trailer, but in 3D it does look amazing. The fact that you have to buy a ticket to the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie to see it is another thing altogether.
As I said before, I think Michael Bay might just be the perfect director for this kind of tool. He's not afraid to go over the top for an image or a set piece, that's just who he is.
The new clip, of Josh Duhamel as Lt. Colonel WIlliam Lennox asking his men for volunteers to "wingsuit in" to the war zone in Chicago is a mostly human-based clip with flesh and blood actors and not so many special effects. It's the lead up to a set piece of a bunch of guys flying into Chicago, gliding in wing-suits.
According to Michael Bay, he saw the"Birdmen" base jumpers story on 60 Minutes, and decided he wanted these guys in his movie. They actually did base jump into Chicago and according to Bay it took over a year to acquire the permits, and they had to block off over a mile of downtown streets for these guys to fly over. Unfortunately, the footage that was taken from the wing-suit helmet cam is far too shaky to be in 3D, but they're trying it anyway.
Definitely check out the 60 minutes story if you get a chance it's breathtaking. Watch the trailer (in plain ol' 2D) above, and the wing-suit clip is below.
For those of you who do happen to see the trailer in theaters in 3D, we'd love to hear what you think.
They've moved up the release date and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is now opening Wednesday June 29th, for an extra transformy weekend.