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New Transformer “Rollbar”, Megatron and filming at Wacker Drive July 29th, 2010

Trans­form­ers 3 pro­duc­tion has con­tin­ued work­ing in Chicago, mov­ing their sets to Wacker Drive. Scenes have included a seem­ingly heroic moment for Patrick Dempsey, as Shia and Rosie sit amongst the rubble.

On set, a new red 4x4 truck has also been spot­ted, glow­ing and undam­aged, it stood out promi­nently from the mis­cel­la­neous burnt out cars. This has now been con­firmed as Roll­bar — his name is spelled out on the vehi­cle and he sports the auto­bot logo. Roll­bar doesn’t have a big per­son­al­ity within the Trans­form­ers fran­chise (or much of any­thing beyond being many dif­fer­ent toys), with this char­ac­ter Bay is free to recre­ate as he pleases.

Add to all this, the card­board head of Mega­tron has been thrown into the mix.


The folks over at TFW2005 inves­ti­gated the T B logo on the back and found that it stands for “Tommy Built”, the jeep wasn’t orig­i­nally built for the movie and a clip on YouTube showed it with a mounted machine gun on the rear, Para­mount pic­tures have sinced removed the video.


This one was picked up by Trans­form­ers Live:

Wacker Drive

The full pic­ture set is avail­able from The Chive

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 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.



Image sets

All Spark

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).

Image Gallery
Stun­ti­cons and Auto­bots
Stun­ti­cons in action
Destruc­tion on Chicago’s streets
Wacker drive

Day 1 in Chicago — Weaponized Nascar, Ferrari, Craters July 25th, 2010

The first set pic­tures came from AICN, show­ing a crater next to an office build­ing. Then on July 10th we had our first real look at some Trans­form­ers 3 action — Prime with trailer, Bum­ble­bee, the Fer­rari, Iron­hide, Ratchet and weaponized Nascar vehicles.

Opti­mus Prime and Trailer

Weaponized Nascars, and the Autobots

Chicago Day 1 set videos

A playlist of 13 videos from the first day of shoot­ing. Includ­ing an over­head angle from zztopeu­rope depict­ing a chase scene involv­ing the Nascar vehi­cles, a Mer­cedes Benz and the Chevy Volt.

More on set images

Sideswipe convertible and Ferrari 458 Italia July 25th, 2010

Spot­ted by the Corvette Blog­ger near to a Trans­form­ers 3 set, the Stingray con­cept car has now gone top­less. Whether Side­swipe will play much of a role in the new movie remains to be seen.

A video was also cap­tured of the Stingray, Bumblebee’s Camaro and the new Fer­rari auto­bot dri­ving away from the scene:

Transformers 2 Arcee bikes via Sean Haworth September 23rd, 2009

Because the movie didn’t really show us much of these, here are some shots of the cus­tom designed Arcee bikes via Visual Effects Art Direc­tor, Sean Haworth.

And a shot of the twins for good measure,

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