Few days ago, Transformers fans got a small taste of what to expect inside the December 2018 issue of the Empire Magazine. Director Travis Knight has given a lengthy interview discussing his upcoming movie; Transformers: Bumblebee.
TFW2005 purchased a copy of the mag to delve into the juicy details from the aforementioned interview.
Though we attached the images from Empire onto this news post, we will not post the interview in its entirety. You can read below, our summary of the article.
Spoiler Warning: Some may consider certain parts of the interview as spoilers. You are warned.
#1. Setting The Mood
- Favorite G1 characters: Optimus Prime, Shockwave, Soundwave, Bumblebee.
- Went for the G1 aesthetics – metallic giants with real personalities. “There’s something so magical about the simplicity of those designs.”
- Though Dropkick and Shatter are new characters, they are “woven from the same fabric” as G1.
- Shatter’s look is inspired by G1 Nightbird (minus the nunchucks).
- Dropkick’s look is inspired by G1 Megatron.
- The director considers G1 Megatron’s design as one of the greatest designs of Transformers history.
You can read the rest of the summary and take a look at the scans, after the jump. Empire Magazine December 2018 issue (out now!) can be bought from your local newspaper outlet.
#2. Assembling The Cast
- Bumblebee tries to figure out the world by copying Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld). Sometimes it doesn’t go too well.
- Hailee was so expressive, that some dialog were omitted from the script due to the fact that her facial expressions were more than enough.
- Charlie Watson introduces Bumblebee to the music by The Smiths, but he doesn’t like the band or Morrissey.
- Dropkick is unusual with a quirky sense of humor.
#3. Choosing The Setting
- No globe-trotting. The story happens in the confines of the beautiful Northern California.
- Scenes set in Redwood Forest near Santa Cruz evokes intimacy and connection.
- Look out for a homage to ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ movie.
#4 Shooting The Action
- Director always wanted to do explosions, but he wanted it to be in moderation. He’s not a ‘firebug’. Don’t expect Bayhem from this movie.
- Bumblebee [movie] is a gentle affair with lots of car-based carnage.
- Robots will carry spaceage weaponry while the humans will carry regular weapons.
#5 Marshaling The Robots
- Approached the robot sequences as if they are animated scenes.
- Completely storyboarded all robot scenes. Used animatics whenever a robot scene is involved.
- There are many more robots which the audience didn’t see [from the trailers].
- Full-on battle sequence set in Cybertron is included in the movie.
- Wanted to make all robots look and feel real. Travis directly involved with the process.
#6 Remodeling Bumblebee
- The Volkswagen Beetle has round shapes. It’s approachable and non-threatening.
- In this movie, Bumblebee [the character] is a mech-out-of-water. He’s trying to figure out the ins and outs of the human life.
- Bumblebee gets on well with Charlie’s dog Conan. He’s trying to figure out how to communicate with him.