Ok so the following information comes from a guy who was an extra on 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' he posted his experience and information on automotive forum board which you have to register for to be able to gain access. So here is what the movie extra guy has to say.
I had to chase a bunch of villagers out of the area because the Decepticons were attacking, then had to protect Optimus Prime's body. There were a shitload of us out there.
The food and catering was awesome. A lot of downtime. Just like a deployment.
Movie set Catering is pretty incredible especially for big budget films.
I did an interview for the DVD. We will see if that is on it too. The asked me a bunch of questions about the military. The autobots are behind me on top of a sand dune. I did a GM plug. They liked that.
Micheal Bay loves the military. I got to speak with him very briefly. He gets so angry on set at the actors but doesn't dare yell or demean the military. It was a trip. He said something to me like do you want a job as a DA (Directors Assistant), I said hell yeah. He was getting pissed at his DA. His DA was like trust me you dont want this job.
Of course the DA is going to tell him that he doesn't want that job, because he doesn't want to be out of one. Those type of jobs are extremely competitive, and hard to get.
I have two closeup shots if they do decide to put them in the movie. One was walking with the camera on the tracks going along with me but at a slower pace. The camera was right on the side of my face following me but at a slower rate. There were two others behind me. The other close up was while I was defending from a corner of a building on one knee. The boom camera went from the ground to over head of us all. I was up front in the scene. The camera came up to my face then began to ascend over the area. It was pretty cool. Another scene was Optimus getting dropped off by a chinook. I had to run up to the area then stop as Optimus was getting dropped.
Another was with Josh and Tyrese when they argue with The President on the flightline. I am in the background. As much time as I spent filming (9-10 hours a day for 4 days) I hope I am seen at least once. Hell I'll be happy to be on the DVD.
Now, there's something you should know, he changed the word to "body" after initially writing Optimus Prime's 'corpse'. So does Optimus die in the movie? The extra goes on to explain further as to why he changed it to "body":
Don't know if he stays dead, if it is in the beginning or the end of the movie. They were secretive. They never referred to him as being dead. They always said his body. So there no spoiler.
I am pretty sure that Optimus Prime does not not die. As we saw in the trailer it looks like he gets the crap beat out of him, but I don't think they will kill him off. Check out all the new behind the scenes pics below:
Photos Have been removed at the request of Paramount Pictures. I have replaced them with even better photos: