Michael Bay – 5/28/06 update
We finished our first week. One of the best first weeks on a movie I’ve ever experienced. We shot over 250 set ups.
I’m working on the military aspects of the film right now in New Mexico at Hollaman Air Force base and the Army’s White Sands missile base. The military has been stellar with us. This is the largest military cooperation since Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down.
Friday we shot two CV-22’s (Ospreys). They fly like aliens dropping out of the sky. We also shot stealth fighters and low attack missile runs (50 feet off the deck) A10 Warthogs. They look so deadly and mean.
We also shot in an army tank grave yard, that has more tanks in it then all of Iraq. The military cast Josh and Tyrese are surrounded with top notch Seal Team members.
I almost dropped from heat stroke on Wednesday in the 118 degree heat. Several crew went down in the heat on these dunes. It is amazing how quickly it can come on – I now see how some of those football players drop dead from heat stroke.
The script reviews — I’ve seen, have been great but – I know they read a 112 page draft that was on record of four months old, but the dates they have given are wrong. We have done so much work since then.
I just hope people don’t spoil it for people hearing everything in the movie before they see the movie – that’s so lame.
I’ve anticipated leaks for months so I keep the only shooting script in my computer. Nobody has it, not even actors get a full script. Steven Spielberg taught me this trick.
I must say I’m very excited about this movie, we have shot some awesome shots!!!
And it’s hard to get me excited.
All the best,