Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chicago Warehouse Set Pics and Report

It seems that Transformers 3 production in Chicago has moved away from the public eye and into a warehouse location. In a set report with pictures and two brief videos from "big ander" at the NeoGAF boards, a scene is being filmed involving several Autobots and Decepticons as part of the overall sequence of event being filmed for the movie's Chicago finale.

The warehouse itself seems more like a storage location for all the vehicles, not just TFs, used for the last few weeks including the Datsuns and the Mad Max truck. As for the two videos, one shows a camera rig resetting while the second shows two SUV's driving quickly down South Indiana Avenue near East Cermak Road. As the images show, they seem to look like the Decepticon SUVs spotted in TF3's first week in Chicago. The pic to the right is the location before TF3 production dressed it up as an auto body shop.

Below is the report with sample pics but the full hi-def gallery and videos can be found here (password: anderbay). Thanks to David for the pics, links and location.
They filmed a shot over and over with Ironhide, Bumblebee, and the new Ferrari driving down a street being chased by two Decepticons. For most of the shots, Ironhide was just waiting at one end of the street while Ferrari and Bee drove toward him, and then other shots were just the Ferrari. We were told that it's a scene near the end of the movie where they're in a climactic fight. Optimus was not on set, so I guess he's fighting somewhere else.

The warehouse was more fun. We ended up not being able to take pictures, but I still grabbed a few. We saw the duplicates of Ironhide, we saw Ratchet, we saw the car version of the hair robot, we saw both Optimuses (I touched one), we saw that new firetruck, we saw the armored car decepticon, we saw the nascar autobots, and we saw one of the twins. ...We also saw the three warehouse-spanning rows of wrecked cars. That was cool. Oh, and we saw a white Maybach outside of the warehouse that looked like it was being moved. I don't really know if it's even being used in the movie, but it was still sweet. Other random stuff:

- saw the sort of 3D storyboarding of the action sequences.
- Saw a bus being put together in one part, and an exploded version of it in another area.
- Saw a cool big long white Benz that looked like it had been shot up. I'll be sure to look for that in the movie.
- Saw an earlier version of a school bus, and then a second version being moved. The second version had braces and stuff inside; I'm guessing it'll be destroyed.

I just remembered one more thing: The warehouse had two old models of Bumblebee. I'm guessing he goes back to his old car form just for a bit for some reason. Dunno why.

38 comments:

  1. Hm, that Maybach got German plates. Just like the blue E550 and the SLS.

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  2. at least our fears of ironhide dying early can be concluded to be false, of course, if they're being serious, maybe he dies in this building fight? hence why we don't see him for most of the end. (at least what's been filmed)

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  3. Seeing the two deceptiburbans side by side like that? Can it be holograms, Reflector? The more I see, the more questions seem to pop up.

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  4. are there decepticon twins?

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  5. If these two similar vehicles are decepticons, they will probably just be basic soldiers without any distinct names or personality. Kind of like the prototypes in ROTF.

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  6. @Sideswipe,
    Possibly. There was a report a while ago which said about two decepticon assassins being in some of the first scenes of the film. Killing humans. Maybe this is the climax of that opening scene.

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  7. @Scorpio,

    That's interesting but i thought they said this was the end of the film? If it's not and this is the beginning that could be depressing since it can hint that Ironhide will die soon after.

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  8. that's my personal opinion, I think Ironhide dies.

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  9. What and who is the Mercedes?

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  10. @Sideswipe,
    No idea, but human killings and the assassins are likely to be early in the film. That will cause the humans to hate TF`s and start the resistance groups.

    @Anonymous,
    I`m not sure, they said it isnt Jolt. Instead its that Einstein looking robot apparently, and that isnt named yet.

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  11. A bus gets cracked in half again!

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  12. @Scorpio

    Very good point, is it July 1st yet?

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  13. The budget on this film must be ridiculous Maybach, SLS, 458, E550, and filming in 6 different cities

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  14. well, at least ironhide doesnt die at the very begining, that makes me happy :D

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  15. @ scorpio / @ sideswipe
    ... i think that the decepticons kill humans at the beginning but i think its that they assinate the preident...!I THINK!
    i remember hearing something about that somewhere

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  16. @anonymous
    That just seems kinda silly if you ask me...

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  17. In the photo of one of the twins you can see the fuel truck we've seen driving around Chicago. Last I heard we were still unsure what side he was on and who he was for sure.

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  18. Ed, we don't know any more because of that. It's no reason they shouldn't place decepticon and autobot vehicles side by side in the storage facilities. It's not like they're gonna start a fight when they're off the camera, you know.

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  19. I know I just felt like commenting on it that is all. Last week one of the stunt drivers was telling a little kid that the vehicles Transformer when adults aren't around lol.

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  20. Ed, that's a funny story. I happen to have a large chrome Autobot sticker on the back of my minivan. So this one time I was parked at Walmart, a coupla kids looked at my tailgate and exclaimed to their parents, "Look mommy! A Transformer!!! Transform! Transform!"

    Yeah, that was so cool. haha

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  21. @LionBoogy
    Ive been looking for a Chrome Autobot sticker for my driver's wheel to go over my Honda logo.

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  22. @Ed & @ LionBoogy

    lets be honest guys, Decepticons are so much cooler...

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  23. i want an autobot sticker for the back of my car but i cant find any ):

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  24. Oh, well in my case, I went to my local mall, and in their they have these vendors that sell pre-cut or custom-cut stickers of all sortsa designs. And this one vendor had the Autobot logo in a small size in red or something.

    So I said, hey I want Chrome and I want it this much larger size. And they did it for me. It cost me a bit more ($25 for 10" height) but they can do it.

    Don't forget your local signage shops can do it too. Just give them a logo to insert into their computer and a specific size and choice of vinyl color you want and they'll do it for you. :)

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  25. how did we start this type of coversation
    this site is for reader's to speculate, not start dinner conversation

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  26. ghjklbnm, it's a slow day. Not much to speculate on.

    Although I was speculating earlier that the big tanker truck could be Grimlock. :)

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  27. I would love to get a faction symbol for my car, but unfortunately it's leased...don't think the dealership would like it coming back with a sticker on it lol!

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  28. lionboogy
    eh, guess your right
    i'm just pissed that we can't appearently trust nelson anymore
    I WANT JOLT!

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  29. So a question arises if reports of Bumblebee changing his alt modes multiple times is true... and the question is just this: is time travel in the movie just like it was in the officially called fake "leaked" early script of the movie? And if there is time travel.. what will it mean to the movie and how will they be able to achieve that missing the previous lead female actress? Or is it for some flashback of her death?

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  30. i still trust nelson, not his fault jolt isnt gonna be in TF3

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  31. I think the time travel plot is a myth, on the grounds that the Datsun BB set pictures had other late model cars that didn't exist in the 80's. That is something else that made it look more fish out of water. I can't say a time skip will not be a part of the plot, we just have not seen anything to support it yet.

    So far Nelson has been straight up with everything he posted about. There is no reason to distrust him. He did step up to fill the void left by Orsi, as far as the guy in the loop. We all have to thank him for that at the very least.

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  32. Duplicates of Ironhide?? Can someone explain that?

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  33. Every movie has duplicates of their primary vehicles. In case one gets into an accident or whatever during a stunt, chase, or engine breakdown. It's always good to have a back-up vehicle so you don't lose time between takes.

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  34. The Ironhide duplicates, the schoolbus, the black decepticon SUV's. That is alot of sticks on the rumor pile. Seems to further support my idea of Reflector, to use a hologram to look like Ironhide to ram the bus load of children? This is just one idea, with a dozen more that can come up.

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  35. @ anonymous 8/11/2010 8:10 PM
    uh isnt it kinda his fault
    isnt he the script writer?

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  36. @Anonymous 8/11/2010 11:49 PM

    pffft, no. nelson is just the admin/or whatever that runs Bay's website and shit. no script writing for him

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  37. Martinus Prime8/12/2010 5:32 PM

    @anon 8/11/2010 4:40 PM:
    If you haven't got a sticker for your car yet, you can also order them from www.stylinonline.com

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  38. I think the two decepticon SUV's are Runamuck and Runabout. the tanker could be octane and the armored truck is sixshot. just a thought let me know what you think

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