Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Set Report From Princeton Day 2

Mark has provided another set report for filming at Princeton University's Holder Hall. Sadly it appears that Sam's Transformer problem has followed him to school and chaos ensures. Thanks for the report.

The TF2 crew was shooting at Holder Hall this morning until about 1:30. The scene they were shooting today ended with Shia, Megan, and Ramon running out of the building into the courtyard, which they shot several times. Once, they ran out into the courtyard, hooked each others’ arms at the elbow, and did a little dance (clearly trying to alleviate some of the boredom of doing the exact same thing over and over). Isabel Lucas was visible at one point, but I couldn’t tell if she was involved in the shot.

Once the principals were done, the crew shot a group of about 20-30 student extras running into and out of the dorm’s western entryway (the same one that Shia, Megan, and Ramon had run out of). It was pretty funny to watch the extras run, because they were being funneled in and out of the doorway in a big circle, so the kids that had just run out of the building would circle around and run back in until the shot was over. In both cases the crew used a smoke machine in the dorm’s southwest hallway, which was visible from one of the windows.

While the extras were being shot, Shia and Ramon threw a football around in the building’s courtyard for a while. The security guards and local policemen who were guarding the main archways of the building (where the rest of the gawkers and I were standing) were very strict about pictures today. They waved off anyone who even took a cell phone out of his or her pocket. Around 1:30 the crew broke for lunch and relocated to Whig Hall, where catering had been set up.

Michael Bay walked into the building with Isabel, then came back out and sat on the building’s front steps drinking a Diet Coke and talking to one of the crew. A few minutes later Isabel came back outside with some food and Michael joined her and one other crewmember for lunch on the steps. Not long after that security started dispersing the small crowd that had gathered on the lawn opposite the front of the building.

-Mark
Update: Russell has found additional pictures (like above) on Just Jared that show Megan Fox and Shia Labeouf on campus. Of note is the picture of Shia that shows a tattoo or some marking on his lower arm. Part of the character or just a personal choice?

21 comments:

  1. Oh man, I was waiting outside near Whig Hall until 1:20PM...should have stayed a few minutes longer.

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  2. report is right on.

    I saw them cleaning down the car (silver saturn) with the hole in the windshield and damaged hood from yesterday's shoot (when they ran the car in to the light pole).

    The guy said they were prepping it to be used in a scene to be filmed, probably later today/tomorrow.

    I noticed they had security guards walking around down the street where the princeton frat houses are - along with no parking signs along that road...which happens to be right around the corner from the lightpole accident scene - maybe they will be filming him zoom down that road later. I'll prob go check it out

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  3. Nice report Mark. Thats a first, security told you guys to leave even though you were out in the open. I will agree with the camera thing, they are becoming nazis about them.

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  4. does anyone know where the next shootings will be later today and tommorow?

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  5. Jfuller,

    They don't want people taking pictures of scenes, and then posting them on the internet. They work their asses off to put this movie together, and entire storylines can be ruined due to a few snapshots taken by someone in the crowd.

    It has nothing to do with them being "camera nazi's," but instead protecting their material.

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  6. I was standing at the north archway for about 2 hours, and the scene with the extras was pretty funny to watch since most of them had no idea what they were doing. I found it really weird how they made everyone stand like 100 feet from whig. The security guards were really nice even though they shooed off even cell phones.

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  7. i was there today too, shia was also on the front steps eating and they were being nazis about taking any pictures whatsoever, afterwards they started filming at dillion gymnasium.. extras running out and around the building along with shia, megan, and ramon who hopped in a PT cruiser.. rumor had it they were also going to film up where they were having lunch in a chase seen, but i had to leave before i could find out

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  8. @Anonymous - sure i can understand that, but legally they cant do anything besides ask/tell you not to. The reason they ask you not to take pics is more so because they are in full wardrobe and they could get in trouble with the studio for leaked pics. When Shia was signing yest. and he got by me, he asked not to take a pic so I honored his request. But when joblo who gets paid $10/hr to be rude to people that are watching, than i could careless and have told him to stop telling me to take pics because im not breaking any laws. There were cops right next to him and they didnt say anything to me. But if an actor/actress asks me not to, then I put it away.

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  9. just got back from them filming some scene at dillon. i got my ticket from the first movie ( wich ive had in my wallet everyday since july 5th)signed by shia. he said its the coolest thing hes signed yet.

    let me have my moment if glory

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  10. all i need is a nice picture with ms.fox and I'm good. I may head back there tonight to see what's going on...if not...tomorrow...fuller I did the same thing you did in terms of getting to be an extra the other day.

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  11. Tommy G, you are the coolest dude! Awesome story~ I woulda done the same thing. Bask in your moment of glory, man! :)

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  12. While the scenes outside of Dillon Gymnasium were being filmed, a few people got breaks and were able to come over to the crowd and autograph the random assortment of crap that people pulled out of their pockets and purses. Shia came over first, followed by Megan Fox and Michael Bay. All three were very friendly with the crowd, and gave a sumptuous amount of autographs before returning to the parking lot of the gym to film some car scenes with the silver Saturn from yesterday's lamppost crash.

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  13. As of a few minutes ago, a scene was being filmed in the courtyard by Firestone Library and the University Chapel, in case anyone was curious.

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  14. any ideas when they are filming tomm

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  15. yeah they'll be filming in the lecture hall in the morning.

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  16. i just got back from there and i only saw the scene with all of the extras running out screaming and then shia, megan, and ramon followed..something i did notice was that isabel lucas was the only one walking while everyone was running and she had a pretty mean face going on....im thinking she might not be too good

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  17. anyone know when and what time they'll be filming tommorow?

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  18. just got back from them filming some scene at dillon. i got my ticket from the first movie ( wich ive had in my wallet everyday since july 5th)signed by shia. he said its the coolest thing hes signed yet.

    LOL cool. One of my co-workers got a movie stub autographed by Bay when he worked a press screening for TF1 a year ago :p

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  19. Dunno what time, but at the ending of filming today they said they'd be at the lecture hall in the morning. My room mate & I are heading over again because we had random fun today haha. And my tans coming out pretty nice :p

    The extras really didn't know what was going on it seemed, seemed to be a lot of confusion when they were on the last set area. I didn't know running scared was so hard until today haha.

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  20. Anybody know where "lecture hall" is?

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  21. I buy shaiya gold, just because I like it.

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