Making of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' (2011)

Returning to the Transformers franchise for a third time, Digital Domain developed, created and animated new characters including 'Laserbeak,' 'Brains' and an army of Decepticon soldiers called 'protoforms,' as well as the returning character, 'Wheels.' VFX supervisor Matthew Butler oversaw the global digital production of 350 shots created in Digital Domain's Venice and Vancouver studios and a facility in Mumbai, India. The work included notable set pieces, including a sequence where protoforms rise out of the Moon's surface and mobilize for an assault on Earth, and a series featuring skydiving soldiers bailing out of helicopters and flying through the city skyline with Decepticon ships in pursuit. Digital Domain's work required seamless integration of animated characters, digital environments and effects animation combined with photographic plates shot on location around the world. Through our Stereo Group, which handled 2D-to-3D conversion on complex shots that i