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Computer Generated Imagery: Transformers Dark Of The Moon

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Computer Generated Imagery: Transformers Dark of the Moon
In 2007, history was born. In a less climatic way, Transformers, an American science fiction action film based on the toy line was debuted. The sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released in the summer of 2009. Two years later, the third installment of the live action series, Transformers Dark of the Moon was released. In present day, enthusiastic fans await the arrival of the fourth installment of the Transformers film series, Transformers Age of Extinction. Within each film is the advancement of technology used to create the film and the improvement of the computer generated imagery that was heavily used. Michal Bay’s ...view middle of the document...

Although Computer generated imagery is accessible to all, only the few are able to make moving images that would cause great speculation.
Computer generated imagery became what it is today through the hasty growth of advanced computers in the 1970s. It was first used in Steven Lisberger’s 1982 Disney’s Tron. In Cameron’s 1989 The Abyss, CGI sparked the interest of others after it was used to construct the watery pseudopod. The method of creating images and objects through computer generated imagery is more or less a three part process that includes developing “the three-dimensional characteristics of an object through a 3D model called wireframe, producing the finished image, then animate the object and simulating camera movement.” – ( Film: A critical Introduction)
The technology contained within Transformers Dark of the Moon is primarily special effects, visual effects, 3D, and more specifically CGI. To understand the necessity of CGI in this film, one would need to comprehend the essence and the purpose of the film itself. With that being said, Transformers Dark of the Moon is set three years after the events of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen in 2009. In short, the Autobots form an alliance with the military force but later discovers an alien technology hidden away by the humans which had been found by Apollo 11 on the Moon 42 years prior. The Decepticons, the enemy transformers, secretly planned to use the technology to enslave humanity in order to revive their home planet, Cybertron. With that being said, in this live action and science fiction collaboration, computer generated imagery was needed to bring a story that was imagined and drawn in 1984 comic book to life. Industrial Light & Magic and Digital Domain were two of the main companies that were involved in the visual effects of Dark of the Moon. Industrial Light & Magic stated that they had been working on pre-visualization for at least six months before principal photography had begun. Six months worth of time and effort translated into twenty minutes worth of footage for the actual film.
Computer Generated Imagery was used and chosen in Transformers to institute damage that cannot be done in the real world. In Dark of the Moon buildings were destroyed by robots, cars were tossed, and the city of Chicago was held captivate. In the real world, based on the perspective of how much can one destroy, creativity is limited but virtually, anything is possible. Autobots, the good robots and Decpticons, the enemy robots, were not the only computer generated characters of the film but also the real world environments. Thorough shots were created such as buildings, planets, and cities. Digital Domain “rendered 350 shots, including the characters Laserbeak, Brains, Wheelie and the Decepticon protoforms concealed on the moon, the space bridge, and a skydiving sequence”. In a science fiction based film, visual effects are somewhat expected but still amazes the audience to see how far one...

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