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'Transformers: The Premake' Clip : In recent years, the video essay has emerged as an exciting new form of film criticism that takes advantage of new media to explore cinema in fresh ways. For "Transformers: The Premake," Lee culls from 355 videos captured at “Transformers” shoots in America and China, to level a unique contrast between the global studio filmmaking process and its ramifications for amateur content creators. Over the course Lee’s 24-minute piece, Lee places the blockbuster in several provocative contexts, including the increasing role of China in defining the film industry and the domineering efforts of Hollywood to control its product, a feat epitomized by the recurring appearance of a self-involved Michael Bay.

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