Space race, conflict and more in 3D

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 June, 2011, 12:00am


A strange, dark structure is seen crashing onto the moon's surface. Astronauts go to investigate, and stare in awe at what they find. A voice in the background booms: 'Our entire space race of the 1960s was in response to an event.'

This is the foreboding beginning of the trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the eagerly awaited final instalment in the Transformers series. The reminder of the space race between the USA and the USSR is firmly planted in the audience's minds. Fast forward five decades, and Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is looking for a job - although he thinks what he should really be doing is rescuing the world. When conflict occurs between the Autobots and the Decepticons, he again finds himself right in the middle of the action again.

Along the way, Sam finds a new girlfriend, Carly Miller (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). Huntington-Whitely has found fame as a model, but this was her first acting gig.

' We shot for seven months and ... it was this whirlwind of new experiences,' she says. 'Every day just threw something new at me, which is really exciting and terrifying at the same time.'

Like the previous two, the film is directed by the renowned Michael Bay, while Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers.But unlike its predecessors, Dark of the Moon is in 3D. Expectations for visual impact are high, as Bay used James Cameron's Avatar crew and the cameras used in the Avatar 3D room to produce the film.

Other changes went on behind the scenes. LaBeouf says: 'The difference here was that we had more direction with our game plan ... We had a really solid script so there was no second guessing, which we had to do a little on the second film where we were sort of making it on the fly.'

LaBeouf also feels that he has developed a strong relationship with Bay. 'My relationship with him has really changed and we have such a strong friendship now,' he says.