Michael Bay; the Director of Transformers: Age Of Extinction had a chat with South China Morning Post regarding his experience in filming Transformers 4 in Hong Kong.Filming the fourth Transformers installment was a big operation involving at least 100 local crew. Bay said a lot of the equipment and at least 10 cars had to be shipped to Hong Kong – including some massive vehicles that were disassembled into smaller parts to fit in an air cargo hold.
Bay said it took him nine months – with a lot of help from the government – to work out the Hong Kong shooting plan. And despite having made three Transformers movies and many big-budget action blockbusters such as Armageddon and Pearl Harbour, it was still a challenge.
Regarding the plot, he was cautious…Bay managed to get 30 to 35 minutes of what will be a two hour blockbuster – including a Hong Kong set in Detroit that he blew up: “There was a lot of dynamite.”
“We are not destroying Hong Kong.” He said the story started in the US and there was a reason to go to China. Is Hong Kong a great hiding place for the Decepticons? “I can’t tell you how they get here.” Are Autobots rescuing Hong Kong from something? “They are not rescuing Hong Kong but definitely rescuing something.”
Videos from the interview are interesting too. One of them reveals how the Bugatti Veyron came to be. You can check out the videos and read the full interview at South China Morning Post.