MichaelBay.com has posted an official (and now extended) set report from Chicago, showing off Bumblebee’s Camaro, the weaponized Nascars, a scene under the bridge, lots of fans, the Ferrari and the Mercedes.
Official and extended Chicago set report from Michael Bay July 26th, 2010
Shockwave spotted on set during Chicago filming July 26th, 2010
More of those cardboard cut-out heads, as opposed to a 20ft robot. One diligent snapper (mtoeset via TLAMB) caught an image of what is presumably Shockwave’s head (being a cyclops and all, with a slight purple tinge), next to Soundwave. Still no hints at his alt mode.
Day 5, Chicago — Explosions and autobot heads July 25th, 2010
The most interesting aspect of Day 5’s filming was the photo of an autobot’s head, a grey haired character sporting spectacles and standing next to Bumblebee. These cards are used to aid the actors with line of sight, etc. Who is this new autobot? What is his alt mode? The head of Soundwave was also spotted (PixelRally got the shot), confirming his role in the movie.
The day also featured a base jump from Trump Tower and scenes below, much of which has been captured on film. Then of course there are explosions, wouldn’t be a Bay film without them. Cars flipping, Bumblebee skidding around, parachuters flying in. The video playlist below has over 15 videos from the day’s shoot:
Day 4, Chicago — Datsun and autobots July 25th, 2010
Filming continued on Saturday, and the ’72 Datsun sporting Bumblebee colouring was spotted alongside Shia and Rosie in Chicago, probably continuing from the scene in Milwaukee. The autobots were also out in full colors and a truck sporting the word “NEST” has shown up, sparking rumors that it’s a mobile HQ unit.
Day 3, Chicago — Utter destruction July 25th, 2010
Transformers 3 production returned to downtown Chicago and the Michigan Street Bridge. This time the destruction sets and props went up a notch. Scenes included Sam and Carly running to escape in Bumblebee and more running, this time across the bridge with some soldiers.
Filming at the Milwaukee Art Museum July 25th, 2010
A short break in the Chicago filming saw the crews head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to film scenes at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Spotted on set were Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington, along with newcomer Patrick Dempsey in an Aston Martin. There’s also a 1972 yellow Datsun, which breaks down.
Below is a set of videos from the shoot:
And Matt Schilder (flickr) has posted some shots of the Datsun, Shia and Rosie from the art museum:
And a further shot of the Datsun broken down via TFW2005:
Day 2 in Chicago — Stunticons and autobots July 25th, 2010
First up, some videos of Optimus Prime and the auto bots avoiding explosions and large piles of rubble at intersections:
Seibertron have posted 20 or so videos and a huge set of pictures from the day’s action, including close-ups of the autobots and “stunticons” (Nascar vehicles).
Day 1 in Chicago — Skydiving stunt July 25th, 2010
A collection of videos from the wing-suit skydive, with some excellent angles on the action showing five parachuters landing in East Shore Lake Park.