Everything We Learned on the Explosion-Filled Set of Transformers: The Last KnightGermain Lussier12/06/16 11:10amFiled to: Transformers: The Last KnightMichael BayTransformersTransformers 5Set visitMark Wahlbergjosh duhamelLorenzo DiBonaventura1175EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAll the stories you’ve heard about a Michael Bay film set are true. It’s fast, loud, intense and frankly, it’s kind of amazing. Six cameras shoot simultaneously, ranging from 2D to IMAX 3D. Dozens of real Navy SEALS pour out of a crashed ship. Hundreds of live rounds are being fired. Several massive explosions go off. All on behalf of Transformers: The Last Knight.AdvertisementWe know. Say the words “Transformers movie” and you’re bound to elicit some eye rolls. In general, Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has been the poster child for expensive, loud, terrible Hollywood movies that make billions. But with each installment providing diminishing returns in terms of story quality, the people behind the scenes decided to do something about it.Overseen by Steven Spielberg and Bay himself, last year Paramount installed a brain trust of writers to break down stories not just for the fifth Transformers film, but others down the road. The result was a huge pool of ideas, which were eventually pitched to Bay a dozen at a time. Some will become spinoffs, other sequels, but landing on the next film, The Last Knight, was the first order of business.Advertisement“It was not immediately obvious that this was going to be the choice. It evolved over time,” said producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura. “As it turned out, there was not one idea that won the day for this movie. It ended up being two ideas in particular, so there was a bit of a combination thing that happened over time.”The Last Knight, whose first trailer debuted last night, is a “deep dive” into the mythology of Transformers. It’ll feature two storylines from two different timelines through the robot mythology running concurrently and converging at the end. “Having the time to actually look at the mythology and really build it, [The Last Knight] has an idea base that I think gives it a weight that’s different,” said DeBonavantura. The storylines will explore how what happened in the historical evolution of the Transformers which created the divide between Autobot and Decepticon (a parallel to Republicans and Democrats is not a silly one, suggested DiBonaventra). Autobot leader Optimus Prime will question who he is and what he’s done, and we’ll see where he came from.