Transformers director Michael Bay: ‘3D is not for me’

Cameras too heavy and conversion 'looks fake' says director

Transformers director Michael Bay – currently at work on the third film in the action series – has taken a swipe at the rush to make films in 3D, suggesting “you can’t just shit out” a 3D film.

The filmmaker has been under pressure from studio Paramount to make Transformers 3 – starring Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf – in 3D following the phenomenal box office success of James Cameron‘s Avatar.

However he has dismissed both the options available to him, either shooting with 3D cameras or putting his movie in for a “3D conversion” after shooting.

“I shoot complicated stuff, I put real elements into action scenes and honestly, I am not sold right now on the conversion process,” he told Deadline. “Right now, it looks like fake 3D, with layers that are very apparent. You go to the screening room, you are hoping to be thrilled, and you’re thinking, huh, this kind of sucks.”

He added: “People can say whatever they want about my movies, but they are technically precise. I’m used to having the A-team working on my films, and I’m going to hand it over to the D-team, have it shipped to India and hope for the best?

“Studios might be willing to sacrifice the look and use the gimmick to make $3 more a ticket, but I’m not. Avatar took four years. You can’t just shit out a 3D movie. I’m saying, the jury is still out.”

A series of recent films – shot in standard 2D – have undergone “3D upgrades” in the hope of emulating Avatar, with Clash of the Titans, set to be released next month, one of the first to hit the cinemas.