Behind the Scenes Video of Michigan Ave Filming of Transformers 3 Saturday July 17, 2010


Behind the Scenes of Transformer 3 Filming on Michigan Avenue Chicago Saturday, July 17, 2010.

The filming helicopter for Transformers 3 is the star of The Cardinal video featuring the Michigan Avenue area where Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay filmed scenes for Transformers 3 Saturday, July 17, 2010. Take a good look at a new blue Impala NASCAR-like car (#48) that is a Chevrolet Impala armed to the max. Check out the golf cart full of ammunition machine gun rounds and machine guns mounted on the roof and the side of the car that look like .50 caliber Browning-style M2 machine guns. Take a peek at Bumble Bee — everybody’s favorite yellow Chevrolet Camaro with black stripes. Fans and curious onlookers also caught a look and Fire Rescue vehicle Rachet.

The video also includes the sights and sounds of several explosions and fireballs that were detonated, just north of the Michigan Avenue bridge over the Chicago River. The view from the River Walk plaza between Trump Tower and the Wrigley Building doesn’t show much of the blast, except a few streamers, but witnesses definitely heard the echoing booms from the vantage point. Many rushed to the river’s edge to get a better view. Parachutists jumped off the Trump Tower and landed near the Michigan Avenue bridge.


Good above-street view at Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

More views of the explosion at the Michigan Avenue bridge …

Looking south on the east side of Michigan Avenue on July 17, 2010.


Looking north at the Tribune Tower from just south of the Chicago River on July 17, 2010.


Looking south on Michigan Avenue from above on July 17, 2010.


North of the scene looking south down Michigan Avenue on July 17, 2010.


This view from the scaffolding was captured on Sunday, July 18,2020.

Transformers 3 is the working title for the third and final film in the live action Transformers series, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the sequel to Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and is scheduled for release on July 1, 2011 in Real D 3D theaters in the United States and in IMAX 3D.

Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro and Ramón Rodríguez are set to reprise their starring roles, with Peter Cullen also returning as the voice of Optimus Prime. Ehren Kruger, who collaborated in the writing of the second film, was said to be again involved in the writing. Despite having initially been confirmed for the film, with the film already into principal photography, Megan Fox will not reprise her role. Michael Bay has stated that this will be the last film in the series.

As of March 19, 2010, the script was said to be finished, and pre-shoots began on April 7, 2010 in Indiana, which will portray Ukraine and Los Angeles. Filming began on May 18. The first six weeks were filmed in Los Angeles. The filming locations of Los Angeles included Sherman Oaks and Fourth Avenue. The next segment of filming is taking place in Chicago. Filming locations in Chicago include LaSalle Street (the financial district in Chicago), Michigan Avenue (a major shopping area), Trump Tower, Bacino’s of Lincoln Park at 2204 North Lincoln Avenue and near the area of Willis Tower — formerly Sears Tower. The Michigan Ave scene is filled with wrecked cars, battle scenes, gunfire and explosions. In early August filming is planned to proceed to Washington, D.C. and Florida. Other planned filming locations include Milwaukee, Texas, Africa, Moscow, and China. The film is being shot entirely with 3D cameras rather than converting the footage into 3D during post-production.

The movie stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Mikaela Banes, Josh Duhamel as Major Lennox, Ken Jeong, Micaela Johnson as Sam’s Girl, John Malkovich as Sam’s Boss, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand as the National Intelligence Director, and more.

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