A "Transformers 3" film crew spent hours Wednesday in Gary making their next blockbuster movie outside the former Lehigh cement plant on Majestic Star's property. Director Michael Bay could be seen there, leading actors like Duhamel through a scene they filmed again and again.
"We were looking for a place to emulate a foreign country with a series of abandoned buildings," Producer Ian Bryce said. "If you've got lemons, you make lemonade," [Gary's film office's Ben] Clement said. "And if that's the reason they're coming, so be it."
"Transformers" might move their shoot next to City Methodist Church, a crumbling cathedral found at West 6th Avenue and Washington Street. Last year a crew filmed "Nightmare on Elm Street" there.
Clement said Gary is benefitting not because of tax credits but because of its proximity to Chicago. diBonaventura said about 500 people might have been involved in Wednesday's shoot in Gary, and it costs money to move all of them.
"A very important piece of information is revealed in this scene," diBonaventura said. "The movie makes no sense without it."
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Transformers 3 in Gary, Indiana Again
Nearly four months to the day later, Transformers 3 production returned to film in Gary, Indiana on Wednesday. Filming occurred at the Majestic Star Casino property that officially kicked off principle photography back in April. The Post-Tribune was on hand as they reported some of what was film that included a "snow" scene between Josh Duhamel and a Optimus Prime head topped pole, the economic impact and comments from TF3 producer Lorenzo diBonaventura. No indication on how long TF3 production will remain in Gary. Thanks to Jeff for the link.