This summer’s tent pole sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction lands in U.S. theaters today, marking the fourth entry in a film franchise that has already grossed over $700 million in ticket sales alone. Michael Bay once again returns as director for what is said to be the first in a new trilogy, and trailers reveal the kind of kinetic action sequences that have made the series a marvel of technical filmmaking and visual effects.
Exhilarating as a viewer, you can only imagine the amount of work it took to create that mass destruction on set, and Film graduate Wesley Alley was one of 11 Full Sail alumni who experienced it first hand as part of the Age of Extinction crew.
Wesley is a lighting technician with IATSE Local 728, and collaborated closely with director of photography Amir Mokri during its filming in Los Angeles, as well as on all the re-shoots and additional photography.
“Working with Michael Bay and Amir Mokri is hard – fast paced, long days, and lots of pressure, but an amazing experience,” he says. “Amir is also an amazing cinematographer, and this film looks beautiful. I grew up a huge Transformers fan – the biggest – so being involved in these movies is huge to me. I am super proud and cant wait for the next one.”
Other alumni worked on the project in roles like production assistant, compositor, ADR mixer, and the full list includes:
- Wesley Alley (2010 Film/Entertainment Business graduate; lighting technician)
- Elizabeth Kate Branem (2007 Film graduate; production assistant)
- Judah Getz (2006 Recording Arts graduate; ADR mixer)
- Thomas Haring (2006 Film graduate; payroll clerk)
- Brandon Kovatch (2009 Film graduate; lighting technician)
- Dan Machut (2008 Film graduate; production assistant)
- Patrick Redmond (1997 Film graduate; edge head technician)
- Eric Sibley (2009 Computer Animation graduate; compositor)
- John C. Wise (2002 Film graduate; production assistant)