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UPDATED! Hrmm... fake leaked ILM test footage for TRANSFORMERS is online...

Harry here... FOOTAGE IS FAKE - Story Is Here

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a look at something that is pretty cool. There are dozens of sites out there now hosting this purportedly leaked ILM test footage for the upcoming big screen adaptation of TRANSFORMERS. I've been watching it all day... there's something that strikes an odd chord with me with the footage. It looks polished and it also certainly looks legit to me... but I'm thrown. There are sprocket holes in this obviously snuck footage. If it's being projected we would never see the sprocket holes and if it was being played digitally on some sort of playback we wouldn't see them then, either.

Fake or real, the footage is pretty sweet. Not as cool as that dancing VW Bug Transformers-esque commercial that hit the net a year or so ago, but cool nonetheless. These are the two primary links so far... but they may change as the studios get wise to 'em, so keep an eye out in talkback for further links (tiny URL, please...)

As far as I can tell the leaked footage started here, but I couldn't get this to work on my Mac...

This link comes from "Booyotch" and is Rapid Share... you'll have to jump through hoops, but you'll get the footage in MPEG format downloaded onto your computer...

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  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Yay!!! I'm a firster Choad

    by BendersShinyAss

    Now on to this footage

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones


  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by T-Pot25

    I want this move to rock my fucking socks off!

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:09 a.m. CST

    FUCK! ING!! A!!!

    by BendersShinyAss

    that is all

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:11 a.m. CST

    lookie lookie

    by Disco Banes

    Looks cool and that's a bit of proble. You just know they're gonna focus this whole movie on effects and how cool they'll be. they don't care about plot or characters. The storyline will be something we all have seen tens of times before. Characters are gonna be predictable, but hay, robots look cool!

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty great...

    by crazyeyezkillah

    But what's this going to be about? Will it just be a remake of the cartoon, with the same premise and all? Will it play itself serious, or will this be like the Brady Bunch movies or Starsky and Hutch?

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Thats awesome

    by Ridge

    Thats just freakin awesome. Lets hope its real test footage. I cannot wait!

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:16 a.m. CST

    I like...

    by crazyeyezkillah

    how there's a subtle tremor/shudder running through the body panels as Sideswipe transforms, from the motion of the transforming. I want to see: Megatron and fuckin' Grimlock.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Here is the secret...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    ***SPOILER**** They are really robots in disguise... ***END SPOILER***

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    I hear it's AMAZING when the famous purple stuffed worm with

    by Hideo Kojima

    I need scissors! 61!

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST


    by OldEnoughForMe

    Interesting. It's early test fottage, so it wouldn't be fair to criticize the mofo out of this thing. Did I say fottage? I meant footage.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    That's cool.

    by CoursinLarry

    I cared nothing about the Transformers movie until I saw this footage. If it's real footage, count me excited.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:38 a.m. CST

    CGI will probably be pretty flawless

    by Bass Ackwards

    Robots and spaceships seems to be the things CGI can render with perfection these days, anyways, if this is test footage then its nice just to see the projects moving along, now lets see if this article lasts longer than the last Transformers one.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Don Murphy says it's a fake

    by Spyhunter

    From his forums: "So I get 50 + emails today and phone calls and Ian does and Tom does and Michael does and Steven does and poor ILM does and we are all glad you are excited... it means a lot to us. NONE of our test footage has been leaked yet. We'd tell you if it had. We'd leak it if it was ready and interesting. Sorry, IT IS ALL A FAKE. In some cases a very good fake. But a fake nonetheless. Stop sending it stop linking to it- it ain't real. Thank you for listening - we now return you to our regular message board madness."

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Fakey McFake

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Fake, but nice.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 4 a.m. CST

    No no, bullshit Spyhunter

    by BendersShinyAss

    look at it. It's been shot on film and it's got the property of ILM tagged on. Granted, the ilm part could easily be faked, but you can't fake that this is a camera filming an actual reel of 35mm film. Buuuuuuuut, in the off chance that I'm totally duped and this is fake, I say Michael bay should call up these fakers and get them on board, because the subtle shakes, the struggle of the robot to keep balance when he fully transforms, and the sheer mechanical look makes me want to see ALL my old favourite Transformer up on the big screen doing this. Incidently, This Sideswipe was my very first transformer when I was a little sprog. And I played with that little thing till it fell to pieces!

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST

    sprockets bother you?

    by quentintarantado

    That's a Rank Cintel, a sprocketless film to video (or maybe in this case, video to film) transfer. The sprocketlessness is gentler on the film. Actually, I read IMAX is sprocketless too. They use vacuum to keep an IMAX frame perfectly still against glass, and this is steadier than normal film projection so it feels more realistic. read and about IMAX, and read about the RANK CINTEL.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST


    by LeckoManiac

    pretty cool stuff, looks authentic.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 4:31 a.m. CST

    rank cintel

    by quentintarantado

    I'm of the camp the footage is fake. However, if ILM is experimenting right now, it does make sense to make film prints, because whatever is seen on video does not look the same when printed on film. Makeup tests, film stock tests, effects tests would necessarily be shot on film and printed.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 5 a.m. CST

    Didn't THE IRON GIANT have a transformation?

    by Todd

    You know if the IRON GIANT could have turned into a car perhaps Kent Mansly would not have been so eager to capture Him. I mean

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 5:08 a.m. CST

    i rekon...

    by Obscura

    its a fake, and a damn good one. im gonna get a bit technical here but if you're good at using HDRI lightimg maps you can make anything look pretty damn amazing. its more the animation that gives it away, id expect ILM to be much more advanced in their transformations. but maybe thats a bad thing. i like the fact that this looks just like the toys, big chunky molded limbs... but thats what gives it away as a fake. one way to prove if its a fake or not.... anyone recognise the dude?

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Quint, can you do us a favour bud?

    by BendersShinyAss

    If you find out it is in fact fake, let us know. Because I would bet money that it is.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 6:04 a.m. CST

    real, that is

    by BendersShinyAss

    I would bet money that it's real.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Looks like they've been shut down.

    by Venardhi

    I cant get any to come up.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Fake or real?

    by Spyhunter

    Well when one of the film's producers posts on his forums that the above clip doesn't have anything to do with their film, you might want to believe them. If it was a real leak you know they would've kept quiet about it.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Sound? They better make that cool, mechanical, electronic, "clea

    by squidman

    That, pluse this footage would make me a happy TF fan!!! Even if it is a fake, as some are speculating, it adheres to Sideswipe's character design, and it's a nice animation. Either way, a nice treat on this shitty Wednesday morning sick day. Thanks for getting me sick, office fucks!!!!

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Don't Work

    by magnius

    It isn't working!!! How come?

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    The sprocketlessness is gentler on the film.

    by board shitlez

    I agree. Wasn't that the dog on Fraggle Rock? Anyway, I reckon they start the film with the Ark smashing into the mountain, an immediate "three million years later", cut to a decepticon air raid on an oil refinery. cue a big lorry becoming Optimus and general energon madness. And a smart global warming metaphor. If I'm not mistaken it was the rampant energy demands and war that turned their home planet into a hell hole. I was thinking maybe Target 2006 for plot but it's too complicated. Don't bother with Cybertron, set it on earth and seap out the backstory. I demand the cruellest, coldest, most indifferent Soundwave possible. And if Starscream speaks with that voice from the cartoon I will weep. Any other requests?

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST


    by Spyhunter

    Are you guys using the Rapidshare link? It works for me, just read the have to wait like 20 seconds to download, then key in a special code and then it'll let you download. Hoops indeed..

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Great work, but it tries too hard to fake it

    by scratcher

    Props to the makers/fakers. It's really good work, but would be easier to accept as real if it didn't try so hard to seem real. The hand-held shake is overdone, the ILM tag looks pasted, and what's with the crosshairs? If they can do that animation, faking the look of sprockets and grainy film is no prob. But they should have just released it straight. Where would this have come from if it were real, and as Quint says, why would the sprockets show?

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Rapidshare works, Quint it was NOT a VW...

    by ComputerGuy68

    but a Citroen C4 that was the dancing car.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Lookin good !

    by Smash Mcduggan

    Looks heavy ! That footage has me anticpating this film a lot more now. as for don murphy denying that the footage is fake.....i dont beleive him. Producers are full of shit , particularly hollywood ones. But yeah, bring on those robots in disguse man! oh and hopefully optimus prime wil do the robot, you know, to be ironic.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:50 a.m. CST

    It's definitely fake

    by LucienPierce

    I've watched the clip a good coupla times and there is no way that's real. Admittedly it's a good fake and were Transformers a straight to video movie I could believe that this would be real. But come on guys, ILM just made those awesome tripods for War Of The Worlds don't you think that the robots for Transformers will be even more spectacular. And nevermind the robot, what about the actor? Pff. And besides that Michael Bay would never use a static camera to film something like that either. It could possibly be just a little test thing that ILM threw together though, that's a possibility. The "actor" looks like he could be an ILM type of guy.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:54 a.m. CST

    New Link

    by MrHighNMighty

    Cmon. Who's going to rehost this video somewhere else so I can look at it?

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 7:54 a.m. CST

    You know, the Citroen ad looks better...

    by ComputerGuy68

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by occams_razor

    Fake or not, I think the kitsch value alone makes the footage novel. Here's to hoping the movie is worth watching. Oh, and all the cartoons from that era were essentially 30 minute commercials but that's ok, I don't think that they ever pretended to be anything else. That being said, they need to release The Real Ghostbusters on dvd.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST

    I'm with Computer Guy on this one

    by NivekJ

    If ILM can't do better than the people who did the Citroen ad, something is wrong. Now, the test footage did look a bit kiddy, and since these are kids' toys, maybe we shouldn't demand such photo-realism. But screw that... this is Transformers! I wan't those CG models delivered to Ford or GM or whoever, and make my transforming coupe PRONTO!

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST

    It was a Citroen indeed ComputerGuy but...

    by TheMinorityVote

    ...there was also a clip floating around on the net a couple of years ago featuring a new VW Beetle. He didn't dance though. But what'cha expect from a stiff assed German? French cars always had a better ear for music if you asked me...

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Scratcher, I think I can answer some of that

    by BendersShinyAss

    From my own experiance working with film transfer, All the big films you can think of look exactly the same as this at a telecine room. It even looks like it projected in a cinema. It's merely cropped out. Thats why they have cross hairs. It's obvious from the camera angle that this has been shot from the very same vantage point I've looked when watching film footage run through a telecine. Someone said earlier that ilm would shoot test footage on film, they'd do it digital. Absolutely Wrong! It's test footage. They shoot it on film, they produce the effects on film, they screen it on film. I'm sorry, I believe that this is absolutely real. Even if the makers are claiming it's fake. As for it being over done in the shaky, geez I was thinking the shake was magnificent. If you really want to nitpic, I thought the guy (stand in spike or sparkplug?) jumped a little too early. he should have reacted after the back sprung open. I too, hope it chills a bit on the back story of cybertron and concentrates more on earth. But I never liked that the ship was there for 3 million years. Never got why they did that. How fucking hardcore was that movie they brought out. I was disturbed by it. (Incidently, make a spike with one finger and a sparkplug whole with your other hand and have some dirty laughing fun)

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I hope it is a fake...

    by Blacket-Man

    I am a huge transformers fan, and part of me felt let down by the clip. It seemed to cartoony. that being said Sideswipe was my first transformer and I did like seeing him transform in real life. Real cartoony life that is.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST

    BendersShinyAss: did you make this?

    by scratcher

    Congrats on a great job if you did. Just kidding, but you sound like a plant. I'm with LucienPierce, the more I watch it the more believable it is to me that it's not ILM. It's the movement that sells it as being professional, but if you look at the robot and the splitting of the car, there's nothing awe-inspiring, and the "actor" is just terrible (is he CGI?). The stagger is great, and it wouldn't get a second look without it. Of course, I could be wrong, but it would have to be an EARLY EARLY test.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:17 a.m. CST

    That citreon thing was motion captured

    by Terry_1978

    Which is what i assume they'll do for this film, but a lot of the characters can't move too fluidly as they are robots first and foremost.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by BendersShinyAss

    If I had the ability to make something this fucking good, trust me - I would not be the simpleton I am hanging on aint it cool and working out how I'm going to get enough cash together for my Everest trek in 6 months. Chances are I'd have done it by now too. Not to mention you'd be revelling in my feature films which I'm sure I'd have finished by now, if I could in fact produce special effects THIS GOOD. It's real. I just don't have any doubt, until someone can prove other wise.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    It's fake.

    by WesReviews

    This has already been shot down. Good fan work, though.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Hey, some further thinking

    by BendersShinyAss

    The footage has been taken down of an upload site. Meaning someone contacted the site and demanded it be removed. Sounds to be like all the recent talkbackers talking it down are in fact the plants. But thats just the conspiracy theorist in me, and not to be taken to much to heart :) It's cool, I can understand ILM & the Producers getting nervous about this getting released. it's test footage and the last thing they need is people believing it's somehow 'The film'. This excites me even more because it means they're going to really pull out all the good shit for the film! So lets assume it's real. Either someone got their balls kicked, or they were so fucking happy they had to put it out for a day on the net for everyone to see (God damn I wish I saved it!) or lets assume it's fake. Well. Contact me right now. I got some work for you I need done! you can find my email if you look through the clerks talkback.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Sweet-ass mini-cooper robot.

    by PVIII (scroll down a bit) -- from the people that bring you firefly and bsg.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:49 a.m. CST

    PVIII, Citroen ad still looks better...

    by ComputerGuy68

    anyone have the VW link?

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Nevermind, I think I found it...

    by ComputerGuy68, it looks good too.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    A Vancouver company did the Citroen ad...

    by ComputerGuy68

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Or just go here to get your Transformers fix...

    by ComputerGuy68

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by dr_buggerlugs

    Why can't the filmmakers BUILD some fucking Transformers! Bollocks to all this gay digital, "I can do this on my ipcmac with iAdobe Final Cut photo-Dooby Doo- shop" rubbish - I want craft, I want audacity, I want the Henson company and any remaining puppet guys from ILM to team up and build some GREAT BIG FUCKING TRANSFORMERS THAT FUCKING TRANSFORM! Fuck digital! I want my good old analogue thrills and spills back! BUILD THEM AND WE SHALL COME....

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    by dr_buggerlugs

    But of course that'll never happen... :(

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    uhm. that's real.

    by Mr Brownstone

    a sample shot that ILM did to get the gig.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Actually Don Murphy is fake.

    by Mr Brownstone

    He's an old animatronic puppet Jim Henson built for Labyrinth but never used because it was too ugly for a kids film.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Looks like film running on a film viewer

    by fishface

    I think it is real, footage done as a sample, and ran through a film viewer. While running, it was shot by a hand held camera or phone.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by Shaner Jedi

    it's TEST footage. It's called a TEST...early pre-production work to seek out the viability of certain effects methods. So yes, it wouldn't look as good as FINAL shots, even in a Citroen ad. Geesh. Learn the ropes.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST

    There's no way that's real.

    by Lezbo Milk

    ILM isn't that sloppy even on their animatics. If you look at the second cut, the guy is looking way the hell up in the air, when the transformer is still low to the ground...ILM is not that sloppy end of story.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    The GIANT MONKEY of 2006. Yay! Also, to everyone faking off in their palms - granted, you're all probably well-connected in your local video markets, but EFFECTS TEST FOOTAGE will often just use interns to stand in for scale. Cause its a test, you see. Test. Test. GIANT ROBOTS!!!

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Let me count all the ways pointing to fake:

    by Hot Carl

    but first I'll preface it by saying it's a fun piece of fan produced CGI. 1. ILM doesn't audition to get jobs. Filmmakers come to them and ask them to do their projects, they don't say "well, lets see what you can do and if we like your test footage...mayyybeee we will hire you". Give me a break. 2. If ILM did test footage, it would be shot on digital and would have been shot on the ranch, not out in the middle of some god forsaken stretch of desert. 3. You wouldn't have all the film artifacts (because it would have been shot in digital). 4. ILM would have been way more precise. The guy (actor) is never looking in the correct spot, not once in any frame. He is looking above the car in the first cut of the transformation, and in the second cut while the car is continuing to transform, he is looking so far up in the air it's almost comical. Was there a pretty bird flying overhead that distracted him? 5. ILM's lawyers are like a pitbull after a postal worker when so much as a single frame of their stuff gets leaked. I just watched this footage five minutes ago, it's still up. Nuff said. All in all, a good fan made piece, but not ILM, no way, no how.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    LOTR test footage

    by DinoBass

    had digital horses jumping on and over parked cars.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Nice fan CGI

    by Nerdgasm

    Not ILM. First off, like was mentioned above, they don't do test footage to get a job. If they did do test footage and that was it...they would not get hired. Like was mentioned by a few other people, test footage would be digital, the actor would have been looking at the transforming car instead of at a passing airplane, the CGI is rough by even the weakest professional standards; where's the car's shadow in the second cut? If someone were filming this in a daily room, why can't you see anything around the screen? The shot is a bright one, it would have lit up some of the surrounding room. No, this is fake.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Now is the time with Sprockets when we dance!

    by kdoc13

    Touch my monkey. love him, pet him, hold him. He is as happy as a little girl. -Mike Myers. 1992

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by SamBlackChvrch21

    Don Murphy is downplaying this leak. This was probably a piece of test footage for a teaser that if I recall correctly is due out some time this spring.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I knew a giant robot article would draw TODD out of hiding.

    by JustinSane

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by Todd

    It was actually this that did it -

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:13 p.m. CST


    by Bishop6

    The animation is terrible, his legs IK lock when he stands up..beginner mistake. They did a decent job of merging it with the footage..the rendering sucked though too. I animate..I can do better than this..

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Yes but too bad Michael Bay is directing it

    by Bong

    So even if all of the greatest effects ever conceived by man were used, the movie would still be awful

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Real man

    by Iamagoodguy

    ILM do pitch for jobs just like other effects houses and its a test it doesnt have to be perfect, so the few tiny mistakes people have spotted don't really matter ... its just a test.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST

    kdoc13, also around the last time SNL was funny...

    by ComputerGuy68

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 4:33 p.m. CST

    "Fuck digital! I want my good old analogue thrills and spills ba

    by 3 Bag Enema

    To to bed old man.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Meh again...

    by dr_buggerlugs kids and your digital my day, they'd build a Transformer...sure they'd look shit, move shit, bankrupt a studio and the director would be the biggest pariah since Cimino, but let's be honest...that's fun... :(

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 6:32 p.m. CST

    BendersShinyAss, pay up, and fess up - you made it

    by scratcher

    Must've been a good laugh for the talented youngster who made it to see it get this much attention. They should own up (or you should if you did make it, Bender). But next time, just release the video without all the shake and text.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Hey Iamagoodguy

    by Lezbo Milk

    If ILM has to promote themselves to do a job, as in doing a suposed "test" like the clip, wouldn't they bring their A-game? If you're trying to win a contract for an effects movie would you show some halfbaked clip to the people making the picture? No, you'd make something that knocked their socks off because you want the job. ILM does not need to pitch themselves for any job. Do you know what the head honcho at ILM would say if some producer walked into their office and said "I'm thinking about hiring you guys to do some work. I need to know what kind of work you do, so whip me up something so I know you guys have what it takes to do a good job" The head honcho would probably tell him to get the fuck out of his office, walk his ass down to the video store and rent one of the dozens of movies for which they won oscars for SFX. At least that's what I'd do. Jeez.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Well I don't know

    by Hot Carl

    about ILM pitching for jobs. Most likely they have to bid on jobs against other effects houses, or only do portions of movies depending on their workload etc. Also, movies with a small budget arn't going to be ringing up ILM anytime soon. I would imagine that when WETA isn't busy flinging poop for PJ, they bid for movies against ILM. But really, everyone knows what ILM and WETA can do, they don't have to prove themselves to anyone, their work is out there to be judged, they just have to put in a competitive price when the check writers start calling.

  • Jan. 12, 2006, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Yup, something doesn't add up.

    by Azlam Orlandu

    I agree, giant Optimus Prime semi on camera = Transformers is coming. Also this footage is legit in some form or another. If Speilberg isn't making this shot then he should be. -Az

  • Jan. 12, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Heh, yea, make ILM do a pitch for a job.

    by Nerdgasm

    That's like someone asking Dale Earnhart Jr if he knows how to drive before they lend them their car; that's like asking Lance Armstrong if he knows how to ride a bike; thats like asking a porn star if she knows how to give a BJ; thats like asking a frat boy if he knows how to do a beer bong; thats like asking Willy Nelson if he knows how to roll a fatty; thats like asking Steven Hawking if he knows what 2 + 2 equals; that's like asking...well you get the picture.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 6:53 p.m. CST

    just for the record

    by Mr Brownstone

    ILM does audition for projects. They created test shots to pitch Tim Burton on using CGI for Mars Attacks. One of which ended up in the movie (Taj Mahal shot). That's just one example. Maybe I'm crazy but I don't beleive a word that comes out of Michael Bay's mouth and a denial does not equal proof to me.