Director Mike Gunther Talks Lenses, Digital And Action

Hollywood – Director Mike Gunther took time out from his duties on Paramount’s Transformer’s action franchise spinoff “Bumblebee” to answer some quick questions he’s received from fans on film making.

On whether of not he’d ever consider shooting in Black and White:

“Yes, I think it would be very cool. The market is not at all friendly to features in Black and White. You’re looking more at an art house type release, rather than a mainstream feature. But who knows?”

His preferences for lenses:

“A long lens makes everything pretty. I would prefer mainly to shoot on long lenses. It is very much more of a dynamic feel to shoot action on a long lens. 75mm – 85mm is the sweet spot for me.”

Does he prefer film or digital?

“If I had the budget, I’d shoot film. Digital looks great, it is getting much, much better. You certainly have a lot insurance to get the shot and increase your coverage – but I just love the old school look and feel of film.”

And lastly, does he prefer shooting his own shots or working with a DP?

“I like shooting my own shots. When it comes to action I’d much rather shoot it myself because I know where the next punch or move is going to be. I know the dynamic of the sequence.”

Bumblebee is scheduled for a summer 2018 release. Mike Gunther will be directing the action trilogy “Rogue Warfare” after he completes production on the Transformer’s spinoff.

Director Mike Gunther on Action

Hollywood – In town working on Paramount’s “Bumblebee”, a new entry into the massively successful Transformer’s franchise, Mike Gunther sat down and shared some thoughts on his approach to action design:

On action in general – “It has to fit the story, the tone of the film. Cartoon or serious? The action has to flow within the film’s approach both visually and in intensity.”

On fight scenes – “It has to tell a story within the action, it shouldn’t be just a bunch of signature moves strung together. It should be like music, a melody, beginning middle and end. Rhythm and pacing to it. Depending on the genre, if it is comic I go for more comic book moves, if serious, a more street and down and dirty feel/look. It always has to fit the tone of the script.”

Mike Gunther is one of the industry’s top action directors and designers. With worldwide grosses on productions he has been responsible for approaching over $3 billion dollar’s in revenue, there’s a reason all the major studios turn to him to design and provide the jaw-dropping action fueling their flagship franchises.

Director Mike Gunther on Today’s Independent Film

Hollywood – In town working on Paramount’s Transformers spin-off “Bumblebee”, Director Mike Gunther sat down to give a few thoughts on the state of today’s independent film, something he is encountering while prepping his indie trilogy “Rogue Warfare”.

“As always, a good story is a good story,” he says, “which is the most important thing because today a big star does not guarantee a big opening. Look at the current box office. And audiences are still into small films even if the major’s are not.”

And what does he find the hardest thing about launching an independent film to be?

“The money. Always the money. Financiers still want that big star and almost don’t seem to care about the concept. So you have the money people who want the star, and the audience who just want a good story. But it can be done (getting independent financing) it just takes an enormous effort and belief in your project.”

“Rogue Warfare” is set to begin production spring of 2018 with two other titles to follow.

Director Mike Gunther Moves Forward On “Rogue Warfare” Trilogy

Hollywood – Director Mike Gunther is currently back in Hollywood finalizing the casting for his eagerly awaited 2018 feature action trilogy “Rogue Warfare”. Joining star Sung Kang (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) will be Stephen Lang (Avatar, Tombstone) adding to the film’s high octane profile. Director Gunther is quoted as saying that the film’s premise is best described “As a raw, underground look at the inside of Special Forces operations. Gritty and real.”

Additional cast will be announced soon as well as individual titles for the two remaining features being produced under the “Rogue Warfare” banner. Stay tuned.

Paramount Taps Mike Gunther For “BumbleBee”

Hollywood – Paramount has brought in Mike Gunther to design and execute the action for it’s Transformers franchise spinoff “Bumblebee”, based on the popular yellow and black painted autobot character.

Gunther has been an integral part of the worldwide box office mega-success of the popular franchise and his action expertise is the reason Paramount turned to him to see this project brought to fruition.

“We’re trying to please the Transformers fans” Gunther says, “But gear it for a younger franchise audience.”

Director Mike Gunther has just recently wrapped several projects as well as announcing the start of pre-production on a trilogy of features under the “Rogue Warfare” title.