Transformers: Dark of the Moon

[DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures]

2011 Academy Award® nominee for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor: Scott Farrar,
ILM Co-Visual Effects Supervisor: Jeff White
ILM Singapore Visual Effects Supervisor: Brennan Doyle
ILM Animation Supervisor: Scott Benza
ILM Visual Effects Art Director: Alex Jaeger
ILM Studios: San Francisco, Singapore

Case Study

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Release Date: June 29, 2011

For this installment in the Transformers series, ILM brought all of it's artistry and technological might to bear. Massive computing power was required to create the plentiful complex simulations throughout the film and specifically where Driller destroys the Chicago skyscraper. It took a staggering 288 hours per frame to render Driller along with the photoreal CG building that it wraps itself around crushing it like a tin can. Completing the work in stereo 3D only added to the complexity.

In the final weekend of work, ILM dedicated its entire render farm to complete the remaining shots for Dark of the Moon. Totaling more than 200,000 rendering hours per day – or the equivalent of 22.8 years of render time in a 24-hour period – ILM's Academy Award® winning render control system was put to the test like never before.