Michael Bay Says He Doesn’t Really Hate Ambulance’s CG Effects


Michael Bay’s new movie Ambulancewhich finds Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II caught in a heist gone wrong, hits US theaters later in April. But that didn’t stop the action director from courting a little controversy: During the film’s European press tour, Bay seemed to have some criticism about Ambulancethe CG effects of and how they weren’t up to par.

In one video interview with the director and his cast helmed by European theater chain Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont, Bay explained that most of the film was filled with practical effects, while some visual effects were poor.

“Some of the CGI is crap in this movie,” Bay says in the edited music video. There’s a few shots I wasn’t happy with, okay? »

However, during a recent phone interview, Bay himself clarified to Polygon exactly what he meant.

When asked if he didn’t like the effects, Bay said, “That’s a bit of a misnomer. […] That day, you say something, [then] they take it away.

Bay then explained a bit about how CGI was used in Ambulance and how it fits into its overall process.

“We did very little CGI for this movie,” Bay said. “There are some really good ones and then there are a few shots where I’m like, ‘I wish I had more time’, whatever. There’s some really good work [in this movie.] I’ve always had really good CGI. […] But yeah, there are a lot of real explosions, real car crashes, real stuff.

Wasting no time, Bay recalled his early days of mixing practical effects and CG in Bad Boysand the potentially unrecognized achievement of wearing pearls. He noted that the period action flick earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records thanks to the complexity of one of the film’s explosive sequences (although Spectrum later stole the title). According to Bay, a single take in wearing pearls involved blowing up seven ships with 350 explosive events in seven seconds, while launching 20 aircraft. The stunt was “a lot of pressure, let me tell you, and it was an unbelievable stunt, but it was real,” he says. “Then we add other elements to it. But these are all real explosions, it took three months to rig.

So while Bay says the viral clip of him punching his visual effects team was taken out of context, he remains a CG-amplified hands-on effects provider.

“I’m kind of a dying breed where I do my own stunts, and we make it real, and I work with the best people in the world. For me, it’s fun. I don’t like doing it in computers.

Ambulance hits US theaters on April 8.


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