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'Transformers' director Michael Bay and James Cameron talk 3-D

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Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

“You know, I’m just a director with a little dream of doing a 3-D movie,” said Michael Bay, referring to his goal of bringing the 3-D element to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Upon hearing that the director was considering using 3-D to shoot the summer mega-action film, James Cameron felt it his duty as producer to step in and solidify the shift. “You got to look at it as a toy,” he said to Bay after inviting him to the set of Avatar to see his 3-D team in action. In this clip, the movie-making moguls discuss the ways they turned Transformers into a mesmerizing 3-D experience that picked up an Oscar nod for Best Visual Effects.

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