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Bus explosion in Chicago, Rollbar footage August 2nd, 2010

More action from this weekend’s Trans­form­ers 3 film­ing has sur­faced, this time show­ing a bus explod­ing and rolling towards the cam­eras on State St and Wacker Drive. The bus splits clean in two, as if being kicked in the mid­dle by a Decep­ti­con. (Thanks gopher1)

Skil­let Lick­ers has also posted images from the TF3 set, show­ing sol­diers (includ­ing Josh and Tyrese) bat­tling behind a yel­low cab. View the full set on Flickr.


Continued filming in Chicago, Optimus Prime and Wreckers close-ups August 2nd, 2010

This week pro­duc­tion moves to the Old Post Office (Mon­day through Wednes­day, 7am-10pm), Van Buren Street is closed for the dura­tion. There will be pyrotechnics.

Mean­while, here are a cou­ple of close up videos show­ing Opti­mus Prime, the Wreck­ers and Bum­ble­bee emerg­ing from their slum­ber for a bit of Chicago Trans­form­ers 3 film­ing this past weekend:

More Shia vs. Dempsey, Tyrese and Josh included August 2nd, 2010

If it were in any doubt that Shia was hav­ing a major fight with Patrick Dempsey, then this image of Dempsey point­ing a gun at his head should quell that. A video has also been cap­tured, show­ing that Tyrese and Josh get in on the action.


New red-faced robot, “Einstein”-bot is Mercedes called Q, Nascars called “Wreckers” July 31st, 2010


Until now, the weaponized Nascars have been dubbed stun­ti­cons, omni­bots and rally­bots, all three names have been rejected by’s Nel­son. Nel­son has since con­firmed that they are actu­ally called Wreck­ers. Wikipedia pro­vides some back­ground on the characters:

The Wreck­ers are a sub-team of Auto­bots in the fic­tional Trans­form­ers Uni­verse, func­tion­ing essen­tially as a com­mando unit.

Red Faced

Film­ing last week on Michi­gan Avenue, Chicago, the Trans­form­ers 3 crew were using more card­board head cut outs. This time, lowfatoreo’s YouTube video has high­lighted a new char­ac­ter, red faced and angry look­ing this could be the robot mode of the Fer­rari, Roll­bar or a Wrecker, my per­sonal guess is that it’s the red Wrecker. Hat tip to Trans­form­ers Live for pick­ing this one out.

Ein­stein, Mercedes

Until now it’s been pre­sumed that the Mer­cedes was the lat­est incar­na­tion of Jolt, how­ever Nel­son has dis­pelled these rumors on the offi­cial Michael Bay site, point­ing out instead that the Mer­cedes E550 is the alt mode of the Ein­stein looka­like robot, that is called Q (“like in James Bond”).

Shia and Dempsey fight scene July 30th, 2010

A fan, That­NewTechGuy, man­aged to cap­ture some of the film­ing action in Chicago, show­ing Sam Witwicky going fisticuffs with Carly’s (Rosie Hunt­gin­ton) boss, played by Patrick Dempsey.

Just­Jared have also posted some shots of Patrick Dempsey look­ing very much like a badass:

More explosions and action from Chicago’s south side July 29th, 2010

Trans­form­ers 3 pro­duc­tion has moved to Trump Tower again, this time shoot­ing at night and using “flame and smoke effects” on rooftops, accord­ing to Chicago­B­reak­ingNews. It was more than just smoke and flame effects, this was “Bay­hem” to its fullest, with ten or so rooftop explo­sions at mul­ti­ple build­ings. The action was filmed from a heli­copter (and pre­sum­ably from below as well) whilst police vehi­cles drove away from the action down below.

Trans­form­ers 3 has also been spot­ted on the south side, film­ing along­side the rail tracks, includ­ing Auto­bot chase scenes, scenes of pedes­tri­ans run­ning away scream­ing, and a video show­ing all the vehi­cles lined up, includ­ing what’s pre­sum­ably Skids and Mud­flaps new look.

Trans­form­ers lined up on south side

Almost a full cast of vehi­cles here, includ­ing the Nascars, Bum­ble­bee, Skids, Mud­flaps and Jolt.

Auto­bot chase

The next video shows the Nascar vehi­cles hotly pur­sued by the Auto­bots from an angle right in the thick of the film­ing, by johnnyism13 who hap­pened to be in the right place at the right time:

This video, from the same loca­tion, shows peo­ple run­ning away scream­ing whilst a shiny blue car calmly dri­ves past.

Explo­sions closeup

This is another view of the explo­sions we’ve seen already, but from a ground view, much closer. Thanks to ReidCollins.

Official and extended Chicago set report from Michael Bay July 26th, 2010

Michael​Bay​.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.

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:

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