Michael Bay discussed the visual aspect of his film “Ambulance” and the majority of the real stunts that were performed. The opportunity for him to criticize the few digital effects of his own film.
Michael Bay is still blowing everything!
With Ambulance, Michael Bay has again amazed us. An explosive action film, sort of Mad Max: Fury Road where the Los Angeles police chase a pair of robbers in an ambulance. The criminals had with them two hostages, including an injured policeman, impossible to simply blow up their vehicle. We, therefore, attend an enjoyable and excessive chase in the pure style of Michael Bay.
Visually impressive, the film has benefited from new technologies. As we explained to you in our article, Michael Bay has indeed used VF drones (also called “FPV drones”). It is thanks to these small flying objects that the filmmaker immerses us in immersion in this chase.
The effects of Ambulance
The visual result of Ambulance is pretty awesome because Michael Bay favored physical effects rather than digital. However, the director still had to use some CGI. A uses digital for a few shots, but he is not happy about it. This is what he explained quite bluntly in an interview for Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont.
All the explosions, flipping cars, everything is real and done on set. It’s very dangerous, it could be if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most are real waterfalls. These are almost real waterfalls, there is very little blue background. There’s not a lot of CGI. Some effects are crappy. Only a few shots, I wasn’t happy about that.
Michael Bay, therefore, does not go there by four paths by qualifying certain effects of shitty“. An honesty that pleases and shows the desire of the filmmaker to make a visual proposition that holds up. It also shows that even a director like Michael Bay does not have all the cards in hand and must sometimes be satisfied with the “crappy” CGI that is offered to him.
The video of the interview can be found below. Michael Bay’s statement begins at 9:58.