15 Jun - Transformers Revenge of the Fallen premiere

June 15th, 2009.

Transfomers. They're more than meets the eye, and because I was never *that* much a fan of the cartoons, I really liked the previous movie a lot. Pity I've now seen this movie and was more than a little disappointed by it. I believe the wording of my Facebook status afterwards was:

"[I] watched Transformers II to dull the pain of work... and now I'm turning to alcohol to dull the pain of Transformers II".

Was it worth it? For the amount of time I lined up - overall? No. For the experience - perhaps. To the possibly permanent detriment of my relationship to my camera and its autofocus system - Yes, ...or maybe No, depending on the wording.

Here's how a strange day went down, photographically:

Leicester Square. All of a sudden, dozens of employees texted their bosses to explain they couldn't come in to work because of the giant robots roaming around parts of London...

Leicester Square. All of a sudden, dozens of employees texted their bosses to explain they couldn't come in to work because of the giant robots roaming around parts of London...

I see.....? In defence of these teen girls' efforts, some of my pieces of analysis have been accused of similar incoherence.

I see.....?
In defence of these teen girls' efforts, some of my pieces of analysis have been accused of similar incoherence.

And the award for cutest reporter of the day goes to.... (I felt this album needed to be balanced by the inclusion of at least one female who wasn't Megan Fox. And besides, she is cute..)

And the award for cutest reporter of the day goes to.... (I felt this album needed to be balanced by the inclusion of at least one female who wasn't Megan Fox. And besides, she is cute..)

It feels like I've been in this spot for hours... because I have literally been in this spot for hours. However, that's only generally true, as my spot has also deteriorated to the point where I'm nowhere near the front line anymore. The reason I can take an unobstructed shot like this is because the people in front of me who have been here as long as I have are sitting on the ground (but please... tell me about your day!)

It feels like I've been in this spot for hours... because I have literally been in this spot for hours. However, that's only generally true, as my spot has also deteriorated to the point where I'm nowhere near the front line anymore. The reason I can take an unobstructed shot like this is because the people in front of me who have been here as long as I have are sitting on the ground (but please... tell me about your day!)

It's a cute suit and all, but we're talking Michael Bay movie. The budget for keeping Megan Fox looking sweat-sheened for 2.5 hours was greater than the cost of this whole event, I think.

It's a cute suit and all, but we're talking Michael Bay movie. The budget for keeping Megan Fox looking sweat-sheened for 2.5 hours was greater than the cost of this whole event, I think.

We have our first arrival - actor John Turturro, who may or may not have been wearing his awesome hawaiian boxers and 'Sector Seven' singlet under his suit....

We have our first arrival - actor John Turturro, who may or may not have been wearing his awesome hawaiian boxers and 'Sector Seven' singlet under his suit....

... although it is possible he was.

... although it is possible he was.

The Red (Blue) Carpet is far too packed to take photos of people getting out of cars or posing for the Paparazzi, and they haven''t yet begun to be interviewed where they'll be blocked by passersby and hovering attendants in orbit around them. Still... for now, this is Actor Tyrese Gibson (and behind him, the head of security at most of these premieres. Hmm.... perhaps I should pixelate him out of the picture to protect his identity?)

The Red (Blue) Carpet is far too packed to take photos of people getting out of cars or posing for the Paparazzi, and they haven''t yet begun to be interviewed where they'll be blocked by passersby and hovering attendants in orbit around them. Still... for now, this is Actor Tyrese Gibson (and behind him, the head of security at most of these premieres. Hmm.... perhaps I should pixelate him out of the picture to protect his identity?)

Shia LaBeouf has arrived and is signing autographs so efficiently he's overtaking Tyreese Gibson. It's possible that Shia's signing "Shia" or even "SLB" or maybe just a lazy sprawling "S", while Tyreese is signing his full name Tyreese Darnell Gibson, with associated titles, honorifics and personalised greetings.

Shia LaBeouf has arrived and is signing autographs so efficiently he's overtaking Tyreese Gibson. It's possible that Shia's signing "Shia" or even "SLB" or maybe just a lazy sprawling "S", while Tyreese is signing his full name Tyreese Darnell Gibson, with associated titles, honorifics and personalised greetings.

Actor Josh Duhamel, whom I can never quite accurately distinguish from actor Timothy Olyphant (from Deadwood and Die Hard 4.0). It's not a problem I need to deal with on a daily basis.

Actor Josh Duhamel, whom I can never quite accurately distinguish from actor Timothy Olyphant (from Deadwood and Die Hard 4.0). It's not a problem I need to deal with on a daily basis.

Vocal male cheering a while earlier suggested that "Actress" Megan Fox has shown up. (Did I swoon? Well... no. But I learned in the most devastating way imaginable that my camera appears to be female in that it staunchly preferred to not lock focus on her for some reason. We're still not on speaking terms...)

Vocal male cheering a while earlier suggested that "Actress" Megan Fox has shown up. (Did I swoon? Well... no. But I learned in the most devastating way imaginable that my camera appears to be female in that it staunchly preferred to not lock focus on her for some reason. We're still not on speaking terms...)

"So y'all are here because you're into giant robots, not this cleavage-revealing dress I'm wearing, right?" Umm... there's *some* chance of that, I suppose. I mean, who doesn't love giant robots?

"So y'all are here because you're into giant robots, not this cleavage-revealing dress I'm wearing, right?" Umm... there's *some* chance of that, I suppose. I mean, who doesn't love giant robots?

Once again, actress (or should I say Walking Magazine Cover) Megan Fox. The black and white conversion in this photo is due to the distractingly yellow jackets of the police in the background, in case you're reading the commentary instead of looking at the photo. Can one photo make a whole premiere worthwhile? Given the unforgivable autofocus issues to come in this journal, I'm saying yes.

Once again, actress (or should I say Walking Magazine Cover) Megan Fox. The black and white conversion in this photo is due to the distractingly yellow jackets of the police in the background, in case you're reading the commentary instead of looking at the photo. Can one photo make a whole premiere worthwhile? Given the unforgivable autofocus issues to come in this journal, I'm saying yes.

We're about half-way through the premiere and Megan Fox's People find the time to brush her hair and reapply some makeup. I haven't seen that at a premiere before...

We're about half-way through the premiere and Megan Fox's People find the time to brush her hair and reapply some makeup. I haven't seen that at a premiere before...

"Trust me, you looked hideous before we fixed that" "Wait... what?"

"Trust me, you looked hideous before we fixed that"

"Wait... what?"

Actor Shia LaBeouf may also be a victim of poor Pentax continuous centre-focussing, if his expression is anything to go by. That said, tens of thousands of screaming girls did their best to cheer him up

Actor Shia LaBeouf may also be a victim of poor Pentax continuous centre-focussing, if his expression is anything to go by. That said, tens of thousands of screaming girls did their best to cheer him up

He doesn't mind girls working on his engine. In fact, he prefers it. (Shia's character did get some of the best lines in the previous movie, and apparently he and the actors who played his parents ad libbed a fair amount of them. Impressive)

He doesn't mind girls working on his engine. In fact, he prefers it. (Shia's character did get some of the best lines in the previous movie, and apparently he and the actors who played his parents ad libbed a fair amount of them. Impressive)

I was hoping for a smile, but I suppose a blown kiss from Megan Fox isn't too bad a thing to take home with me.

I was hoping for a smile, but I suppose a blown kiss from Megan Fox isn't too bad a thing to take home with me.

"Tom, the weather forecast is for rain and thunderstorms, and a sixty percent likelihood of *giant fu^$king ROBOTS*. Now let's go back to the studio"

"Tom, the weather forecast is for rain and thunderstorms, and a sixty percent likelihood of *giant fu^$king ROBOTS*. Now let's go back to the studio"

I'm still not entirely convinced Megan Fox is a good actress, but I am one hundred percent certain that most guys do not care. And her interviews are generally brilliant to listen to, so it's a rare case of liking the actress more than the characters. (And that's as good a pickup line as I'm capable of, ladies...)

I'm still not entirely convinced Megan Fox is a good actress, but I am one hundred percent certain that most guys do not care. And her interviews are generally brilliant to listen to, so it's a rare case of liking the actress more than the characters. (And that's as good a pickup line as I'm capable of, ladies...)

"Surely y'all's name can't ALL be 'ebay'??"

"Surely y'all's name can't ALL be 'ebay'??"

It's director Michael Bay. If his movies are anything to go by, I expect (and sort of hope) that every time he has breakfast his toaster explodes in slow motion and five different camera angles!! (edited to add : also it does so for no reason, because plot is overrated...)

It's director Michael Bay. If his movies are anything to go by, I expect (and sort of hope) that every time he has breakfast his toaster explodes in slow motion and five different camera angles!! (edited to add : also it does so for no reason, because plot is overrated...)

Interviewer : Hi Megan Fox : Hi Interviewer : ......... Megan Fox : ... Interviewer : ............... Megan Fox : ... Interviewer : Yeah. That's all I've got, pretty much. Mind if I just keep staring at you? Megan Fox : I guess not

Interviewer : Hi
Megan Fox : Hi
Interviewer : .........
Megan Fox : ...
Interviewer : ...............
Megan Fox : ...
Interviewer : Yeah. That's all I've got, pretty much. Mind if I just keep staring at you?
Megan Fox : I guess not

We're now three-quarters of the way through the premiere, and just about to do the group shot in front of the giant robot with the rest of the cast. Obviously it's about time for another quick make-up touch-up. (And I agree... I reapply my lip-gloss several times each day> it's all about having pride in your appearance, people!!)

We're now three-quarters of the way through the premiere, and just about to do the group shot in front of the giant robot with the rest of the cast. Obviously it's about time for another quick make-up touch-up. (And I agree... I reapply my lip-gloss several times each day> it's all about having pride in your appearance, people!!)

Memo to : Shia LaBeouf . From : Every guy in Leicester Square. Message : YOU. ARE.STANDING. NEXT. TO. MEGAN. FOX. COULD. YOU. AT. LEAST. TRY. TO. LOOK. CHEERFULL?? Regards,

Memo to : Shia LaBeouf . From : Every guy in Leicester Square. Message : YOU. ARE.STANDING. NEXT. TO. MEGAN. FOX. COULD. YOU. AT. LEAST. TRY. TO. LOOK. CHEERFULL?? Regards,

Ah... he's finally realised it. Well noticed, sir.

Ah... he's finally realised it. Well noticed, sir.

The group shot. I don't want to use this photo to pour scorn on the autofocus of the Pentax K10D in high pressure situations, but I set the camera to centre-focus for this (for... obvious reasons) but actor Tyrese Gibson on the far left is the person most in focus. And that makes no sense unless my camera hates me, or is a woman. Or possibly both. (Also,it's taken me five years to realise that actor Ramon Rodriguez, second from left, was at this premiere... or even in this photo. Too much time looking at Megan Fox. And the wonderfully non-blurry Tyreese Gibson)

The group shot. I don't want to use this photo to pour scorn on the autofocus of the Pentax K10D in high pressure situations, but I set the camera to centre-focus for this (for... obvious reasons) but actor Tyrese Gibson on the far left is the person most in focus. And that makes no sense unless my camera hates me, or is a woman. Or possibly both.

(Also,it's taken me five years to realise that actor Ramon Rodriguez, second from left, was at this premiere... or even in this photo. Too much time looking at Megan Fox. And the wonderfully non-blurry Tyreese Gibson)

Umm...  okay. Well, at least I got one shot not obscured by thousands of reaching fans!! ..  (it actually looks really good in black'n'white, where the blur and grain look pretty artistic... thought you'd like to know!)

Umm...  okay. Well, at least I got one shot not obscured by thousands of reaching fans!! ..  (it actually looks really good in black'n'white, where the blur and grain look pretty artistic... thought you'd like to know!)

So, fair enough I got a couple of not-too-bad-shots. But I won’t lie, it wasn’t my favourite premiere from a photographic perspective. Can’t wait for the movie, though, with my expectations kept firmly in check at ‘Terminator Salvation’ levels. (ie. not high, verging on skeptical)

Until next time!

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