Twitter Update

Posted on Jul 22, 2014

Nelson here..

We’ve updated and migrated the @s4te Twitter handle to @michaelbay. It should automatically update on your follower’s list.


Posted on Jul 21, 2014


My new cat!! Her name is Fifi.

Transformers DVD Release

Posted on Jul 20, 2014

Nelson here…

The Transformers DVD…when does it come out you ask. What’s it gonna have? What I can tell you is this: there will be 2 versions:

1- A regular version with no extras (just a director commentary).

2.- A multi-disc version with the movie w/ director’s commentary and additional disc(s) with tons of extra stuff.

Transformers will also be available on HD-DVD and Blu-ray formats.

Transformers 4 Rio de Janeiro Premiere

Posted on Jul 17, 2014

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Rio de Janeiro Premiere Of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction"

Rio de Janeiro Premiere Of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction"

Rio de Janeiro Premiere Of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction"

Rio de Janeiro Premiere Of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction"

Rio de Janeiro Premiere Of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction"

Rio de Janeiro Premiere Of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction"

Rio de Janeiro Premiere Of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction"

Michael Bay Milestone

Posted on Jul 7, 2014

Nelson here…

This past weekend Michael Bay became the second-highest-grossing director of all time. Congratulations Michael.

Chart courtesy of Box Office Mojo.


Happy 4th of July

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Hope all of the US fans have a great 4th of July!


Meet The Man Behind The Boom in Transformers 4

Posted on Jul 2, 2014


The giant robots from Transformers: Age of Extinction may be computer generated, but the theater-rattling explosions they cause are intensely real, very frequent and highly popular.

Though the fourth installment of the franchise met with some harsh reviews from critics, it earned $100 million during its opening weekend to finish at No. 1. And despite its perceived faults in the drama department, no one was carping about the quality and quantity of the pyrotechnics.

“Everyone loves a good explosion, that’s what people like to see when they go to a Transformers film,” says Jim Schwalm, the special-effects coordinator who oversees the bangs, booms and kablooeys. “We always get a thumbs up. I haven’t gotten a bad review yet.”

Schwalm, 59, has worked on all of the Transformers movies, and each time out, he and his team of “top-notch pyro guys” have had to find different ways to make sparks fly.

Director Michael Bay “does not want to see the same thing. That’s a no-brainer,” says Schwalm. “No one says, ‘I want a Die Hard-type explosion.’ We always come up with something new. We don’t want to get boring.”

Schwalm has special tricks to make each explosion memorable, such as putting cement bags on top of the explosives to boost the amount of flying debris. He has a 48-foot truck tasked solely for carrying explosion equipment to each film set, where he and Bay often riff right on the spot.

“I’m always creating and trying to do something other than your average fireball. We always add pizzazz,” says Schwalm.

The special effects in the new film are more elaborate and intense: One particularly impressive explosion features five cars with their engines removed for better flight. Schwalm and his team spent one morning hooking them up to mechanical rapid accelerators and devices that flipped them over.

Bay “told me he was coming to shoot this later in the afternoon and he wanted a nasty, dirty explosion,” says Schwalm. “When he came back we had five cars ready to go. One car flew 120 feet. It was a big, dirty explosion.”

In a further extra touch of mayhem, one of the cars was directed into an old street light, leveling it.

Schwalm’s artistry also meant for some hair-raising days for stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. For one scene, they had to run through the middle of two sets of carefully placed rolling explosions. It was all done in one take, with the cameras focusing on their faces to capture their reactions.

“When you hear the explosions, the adrenaline goes and you just haul ass,” says Peltz. “Things were blowing up behind us and on both sides.”

While Schwalm assures that the actors were never in danger, he was standing nearby just in case. “Jim’s the best, and most of all, he’s safe,” says producer Ian Bryce.

Schwalm is so proud of that effect that he still carries the raw footage in his camera to show off.

“That was a real beautiful explosion,” he says. “Beautiful history.”


Source: USAToday

The Sound Of Transformers Age Of Extinction

Posted on Jul 2, 2014

Sound Credits

Erik Aadahl
Supervising Sound Editor And Sound Designer

David Bach
Adr Supervisor

Matt Cavanaugh
Post Production Sound Assistant

Kevin Cerchiai
Boom Operator

Scott Curtis
Foley Mixer

Thadd Day
Sound Utility

Peter J. Devlin
Sound Mixer

Joel Erickson
First Assistant Sound Editor

Judah Getz
Adr Mixer

Lee Gilmore
Sound Editor

David Michael Green
Post Production Infrastructure

Jeffrey J. Haboush
Sound Re Recording Mixer

Lauren Hadaway
Sound Editor

Shawn Harper
Sound Play Back

Michael Hertlein
Dialogue Editor: Mpse

Jason W. Jennings
Sound Effects Editor

Matt Klimek
Post Production Sound Assistant

Kyle D. Krajewski
Adr Recordist

John Marquis
Sound Designer

Scott Millan
Sound Re Recording Mixer

Alyson Dee Moore
Foley Artist

Ralph Osborn
Dialogue Editor

David Peifer Digital
Editorial Support

Bryan Pennington
Dolby Atmos Consultant

Clayton Perry
Sound Mixer

Michael Piotrowski
Sound Mixer (Additional Photography)

Tobias Poppe
Sound Designer

Alex Riordan
Production Sound Mixer: Additional Unit

Greg P. Russell
Sound Re Recording Mixer

Roland N. Thai
Sound Effects Editor

Ethan Van der Ryn
Supervising Sound Editor

Csaba Wagner
Sound Effects Editor

Drew Webster
Re Recording Mix Technician

Garret Farrell
A.D.R. Recordist (Uncredited)

Billy Theriot
Adr Mixer (Uncredited)