There’s a sequence in DreamWorks/Paramounts’ Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in which the Devastator, a gigantic Decepticon robot, scales an Egyptian pyramid as easily as a gorilla climbing a tree and rips off the top. With over 52,632 parts and nearly 12 million polygons, the robot is the biggest model Industrial Light & Magic has built in its 30 years of model-making. And they built the bot for IMAX shots.“What’s happened in this picture is that the scale and density of the characters, and the number of characters, have gone way up,” says Industrial Light & Magic’s Scott Farrar, who was visual effects supervisor for director Michael Bay’s 2007 Transformers and his 2009 sequel.
Two effects houses created the robots. There were 16 robots in the first film, and 59 in this one. Digital Domain handled 13 robots and ILM created 46, including the returning Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, the revived and somewhat altered Decepticon leader Megatron, an old robot named Jetfire, and the huge Devastator, among many others. Devastator and Optimus Prime, two of the most complicated robots, star in the two IMAX sequences, both created by ILM and both among the most complex in the film.