LOS ANGELES—A leading team of CGI experts hand-selected by blockbuster producer and director Michael Bay has pushed the limits of what can be accomplished with special effects and digital imaging by creating a computer- generated best-director Oscar for the 43-year-old filmmaker.
The $125 million project, funded entirely by Bay, has been called one of the most ambitious CGI undertakings to date, dwarfing even Bay’s most ambitious efforts in his 2007 robot-action film, Transformers. A crew of nearly 200 technicians working for nine months on a 15,000-square-foot soundstage was required to realize the director’s wildly imaginative fantasy world.
“Viewers are going to be blown away by how believable-looking we’ve been able to make Michael Bay accepting the highest award in film appear,” said senior technical director Zsolt Krajcsik, who also worked with Bay on the 2003 film Bad Boys II. “The podium, the backdrop, the sense of creative achievement that hangs about him—it’s all so vivid and detailed that you’d swear it was real.”