'Transformers' director Michael Bay says 14 more stories coming

The explosive director takes us inside the revolutionary 3D Imax shoot and reveals that the Bumblebee spinoff won't be the end of the franchise.

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Transformers fans, get your 3D glasses ready and settle in for the long haul.

In a behind-the-scenes video posted Wednesday on Vimeo, "Transformers: The Last Knight" director Michael Bay takes fans into his Miami home's editing room to demonstrate how the movie was filmed in IMAX 3D. It's the first time a movie has been shot in Imax 3D, which is a huge technical challenge. Imax cameras are already bigger than regular cameras, and shooting in 3D requires not one but two of them -- one for each eye, to create the illusion of depth.

Regarding the future of the Transformers series, Bay said that "The Last Knight" is his last hurrah but that he's "going out with a bang."

Watch this: How Michael Bay shot 'Transformers: The Last Knight' in IMAX 3D

Bay may be signing off after this film, but the franchise is here to stay. Last week Bay told MTV that "there are 14 (Transformers) stories written, and there's good stuff." A movie centering on the character Bumblebee is scheduled for a 2018 release.

As for "Last Knight," which opens June 23 in the US and UK and June 22 in Australia, Bay promises a high-tech, immersive experience.

"A movie like 'Transformers' needs to be seen using the very finest tools, the best sound technology, the best projection technology, and cameras," Bay said in the video. "We're the first movie to ever shoot Imax 3D. We place these two gigantic cameras on top of each other to give you amazing resolution. It's just like your eyes. You see depth, and it's beautiful, and it's something you cannot fake. We're going to spend the extra $10 to $15 million and we're going to do it right."

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