Scene Stealer: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’

July 01, 2009 | 9:30 p.m.


In “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” motorcycles, bulldozers and toasters transform into a menacing militia, but it’s the robot with a more feminine side that stands out among the heavy metal soldiers. Alice, a “pretender” Decepticon, emerges in the form of a sexy coed who shares a near-fatal kiss with Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) via her titanium tongue. “We had to take a beautiful girl and turn her into a nasty killing machine in a short time,” said Matthew Butler, visual effects supervisor at Digital Domain in Venice.

The transformation begins with her face eroding away, revealing the components  inside. “We didn’t want


her to look like she had a skin disease,” Butler said.  So, a zipper-like effect was created. 

No green screen or motion capture  was  used when shooting actress Isabel Lucas.  But it took seven months for a team of 20 to create countless layers of effects, devised with complex equations and meticulous rendering with the software Houdini to create the six-second shot.

— Liesl Bradner


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4 Responses to Scene Stealer: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’

  1. Gary says:

    Absolutely, that scene had no place in Transformers..
    Instead of that we could have had more characterisation of the Transformers (the film is called Transformers, so it should really be about them).
    And when will Spielberg and Bay get it into their thick skulls that people see the film to see the TRANSFORMERS, they don't go to the cinema to see Shia (no Mr. Spielberg, they don't) or Mega Fox.

  2. Navarro Parker says:

    It was a cool effect, but it didn't belong in the Transformers universe. She was something out of Terminator meets Species.

  3. Chad Rushing says:

    There were Pretenders in the 1980's Marvel Comics series, in the American toyline, and in some of the Japanese Transformers animated shows, so the concept of robots disguising themselves as human beings (or living creatures in general as in Beast Wars) is not a new concept introduced by this movie. However, the concept was handled a bit differently in past fiction with Pretenders wearing their organic, external "shells" like armor. See the following for more information:

  4. red says:

    the best movie that I ever saw and i ilove it I give it a 10+

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