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Looks like they are finally ready. Filming starts tomorrow!

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ImageIt isn’t quite the Summer of 2010, the new reduced movie ‘tax credits’ have chased many of the bigger movies away, but the industry in Michigan is hanging in there, and for movie stalkers, this has been a pretty good couple of months.

Of course the Big News right now is Transformers 4 which has already been filming in the state for a month or so, but this week is due to start filming at the awesome set that has been constructed in Grand Circus Park, right in the center of our bankrupt city. Even those who rail against the tax credits have got to find this just a little bit cool. And as I’ve wandered around talking to crew, so far ALL of them are Michigan hires. Trust me, this is not just a way of ‘sending money to Hollywood millionaires,’ ¬†this is a program that really does employ local people and pump a lot of money into the local economy. Rant over. So this week there will be traffic chaos, explosions. cool cars and Mark Wahlberg. Doesn’t get much better than that. You can find the filming schedule all over online. But essentially July 30 through August 8 right downtown under the People Mover. Follow the crowds, the detour signs and the sounds of explosions. You can’t miss it.

Probably keeping a lower profile is Division 19 starring Neve Campbell, which also starts filming in Detroit this week. We don’t know where yet, but watch this space and Twitter, and of course OnLocationVacations for updates.

Meanwhile in Ann Arbor, the Bollywood movie Writer’s Block continues to film with star Saif Ali Khan. Why Ann Arbor? I honestly have no idea!

And on a smaller scale, the movie Papou (Mother and Midwife Pictures) has begun filming around the Northville/Novi area.

We missed out on Iron Man2, RoboCop2, The Avengers and the last Batman movie, but I saw a rumor a while ago that there were plans to snag a ‘major comic-book movie’ for Detroit. Still waiting to hear on this one. Man of Steel 2 maybe?

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It’s been fun watching the development of this set. So much attention to small details. That totally looks like a brick wall and not something carved out of styrofoam.

Delivery trucks, Hong Kong Style

Delivery trucks in a lot near to the Transformers 4 set.

More signs of Chinatown in Detroit

More streets closed off. More signs.

Less like a spaceship…

Posted: July 28, 2013 in Transformers 4
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Less like a spaceship...

And more like the top of a building crashed to the ground?

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I was confused what a Chicago transit car was doing on a set made to look like Hong Kong. Mystery solved today as the transit car gets a new paint job. 

Signs on Detroit set of Transformers 4

Every day more signs and posters appear on the set.

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After almost 2 months of construction, the downtown Detroit set of Transformers 4 is almost ready for filming. With shooting scheduled for later this week, crews are making the final adjustments to the set, adding more signs and posters that will turn the neighborhood from looking like a downtown Detroit block, into something that looks a little like Hong Kong — if Hong Kong has had a really bad day!

Lots of locals are stopping by the set today to take pictures of themselves and friends and family members by the new downtown landmark. If you’re planning to do this, I would get it done today or tomorrow. A couple more of the streets have already been closed to vehicle and foot traffic, and there are barricades appearing at the surrounding streets. Crew have advised that streets will be closed for quite a distance around, so unless you are one of the lucky ones who happens to live in an apartment overlooking the set, you may not be able to see too much of the action once filming starts. I’m sure that won’t stop people trying to watch as filming gets underway this week.

More photos to follow.