Extreme Sport of BASE Jumping Hits the Big Screen
Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiered last night in New York City, and if you're excited to see this film it's for one reason and one reason only: incredible, crazy, spit-out-your-drink action.
Michael Bay has been known to push the limits of action movies, going for bigger and more elaborate stunts from film to film. Well, he may not be able to top his newest innovation in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
The film features a scene in which characters are BASE jumping in wingsuits off of buildings in downtown Chicago. With all the technology available, it would have been easy to put up a green screen and a giant fan and simulate the jumps in the comfort and safety of a studio. Or he could just enlist a team of techs to do the whole thing in CGI.
But in a half-crazy, half-genius moment, Bay decided that he wanted the stunts to be performed in real life by good old-fashioned human beings. So the result was a group of BASE jumpers leaping off of the Sears Tower and Trump Towers in the middle of downtown Chicago.
For those of you that aren't familiar, BASE jumping is one of the most dangerous extreme sports out there.
Basically it's like skydiving, only instead of jumping out of a plane you're jumping off of a cliff or a building. The "thrill" (I guess) comes from releasing your parachute at the latest moment possible to maximize your free fall.
B.A.S.E. is actually an acronym that stands for buildings, antennae, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs)-- basically all the things that a person can jump off of.
A more advanced form of BASE jumping, the kind displayed in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, has evolved in what are called wingsuits, which basically turn you into a flying squirrel to provide increased speed and control as you fall.
The stunt is sure to be phenomenal and nothing like it has ever been done on the big screen. Leave it to Michael Bay, I guess.