Chaos and confusion continued to abound on the streets of downtown Chicago this Monday as “Transformers 3” started another week of production. Michael Bay, director of the trilogy sci-fi action drama displayed his satisfaction after shooting a carefully orchestrated stunt scene. He managed to get it down on the first take.
“I do love action,” Bay pointed out. The director has quite a list of cinematic successes that precede him, such as “The Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” and two installments of “Transformer” flicks. Action is great, but Bay is not about to fill movie frames with meaningless footage.
The stunts are indeed showy and dramatic, but they only serve to enhance the storyline. The director attempts to create believable sci-fi action scenes. Forget about the fluff.
Locals and tourists, alike have been able to see first hand how well Bay works. Scorched and burned police cars, firetrucks, ambulances, piles of cars actually burning, even a CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) bus flipped over give the appearance to any passerby-er that our city is under siege by enemy forces.
Every scene shot, including the extraordinary megastunts, skydiving, explosions, street fights with gunfire, will come together in the editing phase to create the illusion of an all-out war.
The director indicated that shooting would go on rain or shine, as the threat of showers was forecast. Up until now, the weather has held up. Yesterday and today a nice cloud cover blanketed the sky giving a little relief from the warm summer heat.
The city not only serves as host to the Hollywood film production, but will also be featured in the movie as the real McCoy, Chicago, not some fictional location in America. According to Bay, our distinctive skyline will appear towards the end of the picture. The main storyline he won’t reveal except to say that Chitown will be under attack by alien forces.
Street closings, detours, and traffic are some of the inconveniences residents have had to put up with. The rewards outweigh the temporary imposition the shooting may have caused. The local economy has had about a $20 million boost.
Bay will soon pack up to do additional filming in Washington, D.C., Florida, Detroit, and LA. International sites are also on the agenda.
“TF3” will be filming July 24-27, July 31 and Aug. 1 at 35 E Wacker, (between Wabash and Wacker). For the complete schedule, go here.