Archive for June, 2014

Those strange half houses

Posted: June 28, 2014 in Batman V Superman

Those strange half houses

I was looking at these funny half-houses again today. They really are just the tops of houses, it isn’t a weird perspective! Last week we saw a Superman ‘S’ symbol painted on the roof of one (that was covered today I think). Obviously these houses only make sense for some kind of aerial scene.. maybe with the LexCorp chopper? Maybe someone is trapped inside and needs to attract Superman’s help, so they paint the ‘S’ on the roof so he can find them.

You’re welcome.


A Very Bad Day at LexCorp?

Posted: June 27, 2014 in Batman V Superman

A Very Bad Day at LexCorp?

Setting up a the LexCorp building for what is most likely the Police/Fire/SWAT extravaganza that was promised for today. Obviously the building is surrounded by emergency vehicles. The main building still seems intact, but the sentry box has taken a beating! It’s pretty clear that filming later today will most likely be at LexCorp and not loose on the streets of Pontiac.

Security (as ever) is tight. But Batfans, NO ONE ever has the right to take your camera or your memory cards, or even to ask you to delete any pictures you have taken. If you are on public property (that’s key), like a street, or sidewalk, you have every right to be there and to take pictures. Movie security guards have a tough job, but they have almost no actual power. If they touch you, harass you or threaten you in any way, be polite, but don’t let them intimidate you. Usually the best thing to do is to comply and move away, but if they get out of hand, don’t hesitate to tell them that you know your rights. I always carry a copy of “The Photographer’s Rights.” It explains your legal rights and gives advice on how to handle potential confrontation.

I get that studios want to keep some things under wraps, I really do. But there is a balance. And there is public opinion. The movie tax breaks given in Michigan encourages the movies to come here, and it does come out of our state budget, and thus our pockets. I wholeheartedly approve of this investment (obviously), but it doesn’t cost much for the studios to create a little good will, or at least not to foster bad will! Take George Clooney.. incredibly classy guy who was more than happy to play for the crowds when filming in Michigan. And Michael Bay, building the Transformers set in full view of the city of Detroit, allowing people to watch (from a safe distance), handing out stickers to kids, and even setting an afternoon when people could come and see the vehicles. Maybe take a tip, Mr Zack Snyder?


Definitely Spoiler Territory. View at your own risk.

I thought I’d put together a map to help people find their way around the Michigan filming locations of Scream 4. Think back to the Summer and early Fall of 2010 when the Paramount trucks filled parking lots around the area, and the screams could be heard late at night in quiet suburban neighborhoods! It was a fun time.

I’m still tweaking and updating this, so consider it the Beta Version for now.  Click on the square in the top right of the map to see the more helpful full-screen view. Suggestions welcome.

Transformers: Age of Extinction. Close Up.

Transformers: Age of Extinction. Poster Shots


After getting the finishing touched for his screen debut last week (above), the now infamous Superman Statue seems to have served its purpose and was removed from its pedestal today. It seems like a lot of effort for a day or two of filming, but there’s still a lot of filming ahead, so maybe he’ll be returned to his plinth at a later stage. For now, another green screen has been erected next to this one, and something else will take center stage. 


Batman V Superman: Military extras abandoned their vehicles!

We’re still not quite sure what happened to those 8,000+ military extras who were supposed to be on set last week, but it looks like they left their trucks behind.

Batman V Superman: NYC Cabs

Posted: June 20, 2014 in Batman V Superman

Batman V Superman: NYC Cabs

Lots of yellow New York City cabs on the Batman V Superman lot today. Or are they Gotham City cabs?