Transformers Movie Writers Live Video Chat *UPDATES*

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  1. Joe Moore

    Joe Moore Is Not Jim... Administrator

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    TFW2005 followed along with Transformers Movie writers, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci from their Video Chat.

    We documented everything that took place. Here is the full rundown...

    Chat Begins:

    Teaser Trailer Shown First

    Character Names:

    Autobots:

    Optimus Prime - Classic Prime type character. True hero of the Autobots.
    Bumblebee - Underdog type character. The scout. Smallest of the gang. (Spike mentioned)
    Jazz - Rock n' roll style character.
    Ratchet - New form. Emergency vehicle. Medical officer/Science officer. Repairs Transformers injured in battle.
    Ironhide - Optimus' oldest friend. Gritty

    Decepticons:
    Megatron - Survival of fittest. Less idealistic version of humanity.
    Starscream - 2-faced. Secretly plotting to overthrow Megatron. Doesn't neccassarily want Megatron's duties, but wants to be leader.
    Brawl - Pissed off Decepticon. Heavy lifter. One of the first ones not from G1. More experemental with Decepticons. More G1 styled characters to come with sequals.
    Bonecrusher - Closest to constructicon. Hates all other Decepticons except for Megatron.
    Barricade - Hunter type. Cop car, likes to get to things first.
    Skorponok - closest to a beast era type of character.
    Frenzy - Character who evolved from Soundwave. Had contradictions to the original Soundwave, so they changed him to Frenzy. Smaller form. Stealth spy.
    Blackout - Takes out ability to fight back. Likes to pulse blast electronics. First tier attacker. Transport, one of the biggest decepticons in the movie.

    Question and Answer Session:

    What did you know about TF's before?
    They were fans from the begining. Wanted to do movie right. Wanted to make sure the things they loved from G1 made it into movie, such as Prime. Both big G1 cartoon fans.

    What's the Transformers to human ration in terms of screen time?
    Script floating around is not finished script. More Transformers action than what most fans expected. Very close to 50/50 in terms of screen time.

    Why is Bumblebee a Camaro?
    Needed for design changes. Character is more important than the "cloths". Bublebee will be very close to his original character. Close relationship with Spike. No cheating in the transformation. No size shifiting. What you see is what the vehicle is.

    From a female - How is this movie going to open the eyes of fans who never watched Transformers?
    You won't need to know anything about TF's to enjoy the movie. Fans will notice alot more and will appeal to them a bit more. Movie is massive. Approaching the film how Spielberg approached Jurrasic Park. Girls will like the "hot guys". There are cool, smart women in the film. Film for everyone.

    Will Megatron insult at leat once?
    Yes...multiple times. The relationship between the two will be much like G1.

    Why are there so few Autobots compared to Decepticons?
    Wanted Autobots to be outnumbered and at a major disadvantage. Makes it have very intense action scenes. Decepticons firepower far outweighs the Autobots. You will see and feel the sense and scope ofthe Cybertronian war.

    How closely has Hasbro been involved in the character design process?
    Very closely. Sat with the design team. Looked through all Transformers catalogs and talked extensively with the design team about what is important. Trying to overcome the perception of a "toy commercial". Tried to use the history to their advantage.

    They talk about monitoring the boards to see reaction.

    Who would win in a street fight Optimus or Megatron?
    You will find out.

    Why no Shockwave?
    Too many characters, tried to choose important characters who could focus o nthe story. Door open for possible future appearance.

    Laser blasts or bullets and missles?
    In earth modes, they have earth style weapons. But Cybertronian technology (pulse blasts) come into play while in robot form.

    Bumblee as a Camaro asked again.
    Explained again at greater length.

    Video Cuts out...Technical difficulties.

    Fans will know first via TF movie.com.

    How do you feel about Bay directing?
    Great. They felt Bay was the right guy for the job. Was their first choice. When they pitched it to him, his eyes lit up. He wanted to really know about the story and characters. Bay trusted Orci and Kurtzman to keep the perspective of the fans. They feel Bay is keeping things great. Bay knows vehicles like no other director.

    Can you tell us about any other voices?
    Not yet. They called it a Work in progress right now.

    That's all for now. They will be involved at Transformersmovie.com Message Board.

    Contest coming soon:
    Submit a line that Optimus Prime MUST say for the film. Winning entry will be recited by Cullen (Prime) for the movie.
     
  2. chocula78

    chocula78 Satellite Systems Engr TFW2005 Supporter

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    It's 2:06 and no video. The people running it must be the same who ran hasbrotoyshop.com when Alt Nemesis Prime went on sale....
     
  3. The Spider

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    It's working for me. I dunno how fast they can get through.
     
  4. chocula78

    chocula78 Satellite Systems Engr TFW2005 Supporter

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  5. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Arise Rodimus Prime

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  6. JKahn913

    JKahn913 Bunch of Mooncalves

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    Well, we know Optimus has to say "Transform and roll out!"
    I just hope we don't have to waste the contest on that line.

    I'm excited!
     
  7. Nightrain

    Nightrain Senior Villain

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    Watch out Spike! I'm going for a layoff!
     
  8. chrizgrv

    chrizgrv lurker in the depths

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    Well, I'm glad to know who is in the movie. I don't know where they are getting that Brawl is a new character, he was in G1. Well, at least there are some "new" characters in the movie. Can' Wait!
     
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  10. chocula78

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    Dinobots, DESTROY DEVASTATOR!!!

    But none of them are in the movie. damn.
     
  11. Chaos Incarnate

    Chaos Incarnate Not just a name.

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    Cool. Just, way cool.
     
  12. Cory Bauer

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    All great stuff. I'm feeling very confident about the film at this point.
     
  13. paskal

    paskal SHWOOOO!!

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    Interesting changes to what we thought we knew:

    Brawl -> Barricade
    Demolisher -> Brawl
    Soundbyte -> Frenzy
    Incinerator -> Blackout
     
  14. Code of Honor

    Code of Honor TT Decepticon

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    They revealed some good info. I thought they dodged the design issue a bit, but over all not bad.
     
  15. Wajo357

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    that was fun.. they should do this weekly.. :) 
     
  16. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    yikes. bots are getting shafted numbers-wise. :( 

    i guess they gotta put in the humans somewhere.
     
  17. Zzeezz

    Zzeezz Ambassador of Music TFW2005 Supporter

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    "One shall stand, one shall fall", "Megatron must be stopped no matter the cost". Besides "transform and roll out", those are my favorite lines.

    It was a nice idea to have this conference, but I wish they would have answered some better questions. Also, if these are the names of the Decepticons, why all the secrecy on what they would be called? The characters all feel made up by the writers anyway.
     
  18. Mike

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    yay contest!!!

    optimus prime "trukk not munkky!"
     
  19. HellSpawn

    HellSpawn And justice for all...

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    Wow, Amazingly fast. I hope you don't mind that I have copy&paste this whole conversation to my own Dutch Transformers board. Helps you with your bandwith. I personally did the same, but lost most of the conversation to poor download. sound was garbled.
     
  20. Shaun_C

    Shaun_C The REAL One True fan Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    The news about Frenzy was no surprise to me in the least.I mean it's so obvious that the 4ft robot would be Frenzy/Rumble.

    In terms of the video cast itself 1)I'm surprise at how smooth it came through,I mean it wasn't choppy,the audio and video were in sync
    2)This validated EVERYTHING I thought about the movie's direction.

    I never felt any doubt about the movie's direction and what was said by the 2 validated it for me :) 

    P.S.

    Thank god for the new server,this site's getting HAMMERED right now :D 
     

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