"I shoot complicated stuff, I put real elements into action scenes and honestly, I am not sold right now on the conversion process," said Michael Bay.
However, Bay did look into shooting some of the film in 3D but he found the 3D cameras "too heavy and cumbersome" for the kinds of fast pace movies he shoots.
He also isn't a fan of upconverting the films into the new format.
"I am trying to be sold, and some companies are still working on the shots I gave them," Bay stated. "Right now, it looks like fake 3D, with layers that are very apparent. You go to the screening room, you are hoping to be thrilled, and you're thinking, huh, this kind of sucks. People can say whatever they want about my movies, but they are technically precise, and if this isn't going to be excellent, I don't want to do it. And it is my choice."
The director also doesn't like the idea of handing over his finished film for somebody else to handle.
"I'm used to having the A-team working on my films, and I'm going to hand it over to the D-team, have it shipped to India and hope for the best? This conversion process is always going to be inferior to shooting in real 3D. Studios might be willing to sacrifice the look and use the gimmick to make $3 more a ticket, but I'm not. Avatar took four years. You can't just shit out a 3D movie. I'm saying, the jury is still out."
Bay thinks that the cost of the conversion is considerably more than $100,000. He cites it as being between $120,000 to $150,000 per minute. He feels that all in the total cost of the conversion for Transformers 3 would be $30 million.