A camera-toting helicopter had just swooped by, capturing various angles of two highly trained skydivers, who had leapt from the top of the Trump Tower -- landing with pinpoint accuracy on Wacker Drive as a horde of camouflaged troops rushed around bombed-out CTA buses, cars and cabs with their weapons blazing. (related videos here, here and here)
''The city's been unbelievably amazing -- from Mayor Daley all the way down to each and every police officer helping us out,'' said Bay. ''We don't want to inconvenience people too much, so we've been working hard to play ball with the fire department and the police.''
Though Bay keeps his ''Transformers 3'' story line close to the vest, he did reveal the Chicago footage ''is at the very end of the movie and the city is under alien attack, so it's very critical and important to the film's climax.''
The scene shot Monday between Michigan and Wabash focused on ''a number of base jumpers who are part of Josh Duhamel's unit. The heroes in this movie have very few people coming to help them this time. I like to think of it as the 'Black Hawk Down' version of 'Transformers' -- it's much more intimate in terms of what's happening.
''Something very bad has happened to America -- and this is at the very end of the movie.''
After the ''TF3'' crews leave Chicago at the end of next month, they will move on to Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Florida, ''plus a number of international locations we can't yet reveal,'' producer Ian Bryce said Monday.
Pointing toward Lake Michigan, he said, ''You go over to Michigan Avenue -- right there by the Wrigley Building ... and you look back this way [pointing west along the Chicago River] and it's the most beautiful skyline in the world. ... The reason it's so interesting is -- unlike New York, where you've got to get far away in a helicopter to make it interesting -- Chicago has so many interesting bits of architecture, you can capture very close up.''
Bay credits Our Town's infamously unpredictable weather for enhancing his experience. ''I know it's so miserable in the winter here," he said. "Maybe that's why everyone's so nice right now -- the hot weather just puts everyone in a great mood!''
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Bay Hints at Chicago's Part in Transformers 3
In an article from the Chicago Sun-Times, Transformers 3 Director Michael Bay compliments the city of Chicago for putting up with production related traffic jams and hints at the cities involvement in the movie. The sweet image on the left is from Josh P. of Obvious Child Blog and shows some of the pyrotechnics that went boom on Wacker Drive during filming. He also tweaked a portion of video to show the scale once a Transformer is inserted into the scene. Thanks to Ray for article link.