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Well it’s hard to come up with different, snappier titles! Last post we were watching the platform lift up. Michael Bay was surveying the set and stunt Mark Wahlberg was in position. For reference, I’m these scenes relate to these scenes in the trailers. The giant ship is coming out of the ocean and fights ensue on the watery deck. See below.

So next time I look up there are two Mark Wahlbergs. The real one is sprawled on the top of the green screen thing (aka autobot torso), and the stunt one is on the highest point of the raised platform. You can see Michael Bay in the white shirt with the camera in the structure at the top left. Watch the guy in the little camera car who drives down the slope to get a good close up of the action.

Then the real action begins. I’ll put these shots into a slideshow so it’s easier to scroll through and see what’s going on. The scene starts with typical Michael Bay explosions, and then there’s a LOT of water. You can see it coming in from the right and washing across the platform to the bottom left.

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One of my favorite shots is this one of the crew at the top of the platform.

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Next time. even more action! I may even get these posted before the movie is released.

Early in July action started to ramp up in the backlot of the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac. This wasn’t an easy place to see what was going on, but I managed to find a place with a pretty good view of at least some of the filming done here. And it was spectacular. We’ve already seen the result of much of this in the movie trailers, but watching the Bay magic up (relatively) close was incredible. Over the month and a half that followed I took literally thousands of photographs. To be honest, many of those are terrible. I was working at a huge distance from the filming, and I don’t carry around the sophisticated equipment of a professional, but I did what I could and begged and borrowed and rented equipment here and there. So some days were more successful than others!

My view of the set at first wasn’t that great, but I thought it might give me some insight into what was going on and hey, perhaps I’d get lucky and see something cool. We’ve seen these towers before, and the platform in front of them.

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But when you zoom in there’s more detail on the platform. And that green screen thing? If you’ve followed my Twitter feed and blog you’ll know already that close up of the ‘green screen thing’ reveals that it is actually the torso of an autobot, most likely Hound. I literally saw this thing for weeks and didn’t work that out.

When you see the trailers you’ll see the scenes I’m going to describe in the next couple of posts. They get a couple of posts because the filming was pretty spectacular. Movie stalking is not an exact science. Unless you have a solid tip-off (and those are hard to come by), you never know whether you’ll be driving around for hours trying to find the set, or sitting somewhere for hours waiting for something (anything!) to happen that will justify this bizarre usage of your time. Sometimes you’ll watch a whole bunch of stuff being moved around, production crew setting stuff up and that’s all. I happen to love the whole movie package, so that’s OK. You’ll see I have hundreds more pictures of sets than I do of ‘celebrities.’ Yes, I’m happy when an actor turns up, but the sets and everything else that surrounds the actors is more important to me. So this was a balmy evening in July. I’m watching a lot of movement and then suddenly I see this guy.

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If Michael Bay is there, action will soon follow. So I’m excited. This set looks cool. But unfortunately from my angle and with that big green thing in the way and also the green screens, I’m not expecting to be able to see too much. Then I see a guy who looks a lot like Mark Wahlberg (to the right being fitted into some kind of harness). I’d see this guy a lot over the next month or so. I hope he was paid well!

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I was still cursing my obstructed view. Then I heard a siren. And then this happened.

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The platform lifted up. And up.

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I have the perfect view. Stunt Mark Wahlberg is poised for action at the top of the platform. This is going to be fun.

(to be continued)

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If there’s one picture that sums up my life as a movie stalker, it’s this one. This guy was doing his job. He was polite. It doesn’t always happen that way. But yeah, he got in my shot and made this pic awesome.

Anyway… quietly for weeks before anyone noticed, they built this very cool set in the old Packard Plant. Luckily I did get some good shots before I was spotted by this gentleman. I’m pretty sure that for a long time there was barely any security presence. Having watched the trailer it looks as though quite a lot of the sequences were filmed on this set and the open area behind this which was impossible to see. I just love these detailed sets. This wasn’t anywhere near as impressive as the Hong Kong set that was built right on downtown Detroit for Transformers 4, but still, this is cool. I wish I could have seen it close up. This set is supposed to be Chicago, I think. The building on the left that you can’t see very well is the facade of a bank. The subway train is the one that you can see Isabella Moner running through in one of the movie trailers.

Then if you look closer in the bottom left corner you can see this awesome plane/spaceship thing. I wish it had been possible to watch some of the filming at the Plant, but alas that was not to be.

Coming next, more action from the set on the backlot of the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac.

 

 

Sets were being built in and around the Packard Plant in Detroit for several weeks before anyone spotted them. It’s not a well-traveled area, so movement of trucks and machinery went undetected until these things started to appear on the side of the street.

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Even so, it’s more than possible that people thought these were just some kind of industrial equipment on another abandoned lot! Once a few pics appeared on Twitter and Instagram, those of us who follow these things started exploring more around the Packard to find out what was going on.

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We’ve since seen at least one of these props in the movie trailer, shown here in a scene filmed in the now-abandoned Pontiac Silverdome.

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Meanwhile filming was going on in streets surrounding the Packard Plant behind impenetrable barriers. Believe me, I tried. Explosions, car chases, all that stuff, but all I got to see were the vehicles parked in the lots. Cool, but nothing to write home about.

Then I stumbled across the main part of the set. (see next post)

Good question. My goal is to get them out here before the movie hits theaters in June. That doesn’t give me much time, but I’ll do my best. One of the funnest things for me is to match my filming photographs to scenes in the trailers, so I’ll try to do that too. Why are they still sitting on my hard drive? Partly because there are so so many. Partly because I’m still depressed that the movie incentives have gone from the state and the movie industry has pretty much fled to Georgia and ground to a halt here. And also I’ve been experiencing a general lack of motivation after November 8, 2016. The less said about that, the better.

In the meantime here’s a teaser. The first sign of filming last summer was this set on the backlot of the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac. Three large tubes and a platform. Before they were painted green screen green, they were white with Chinese writing on, and they were probably recycled from Transformers 4. I was impressed that they recycle props!

Here’s my shot.

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And here’s a shot from the Chicago set of Transformers 4 in 2013.

An explosion on Damen just north of the Stevenson Expressway for filming of the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” — Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune, Oct. 2, 2013)

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Update: Thanks to  () for identifying the green-screened object as the head and torso of Hound! That object was on set all Summer but I just couldn’t work out what it was. I was pretty sure it was a Transformer’s head, but now we know better!

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Yes I’m still sitting on many many pictures of the Transformers 5 filming in Michigan. I was waiting for the pictures from the UK filming to die down a little before posting. Then this morning I was watching my Twitter feed full of TF5 news as usual, and saw a post relating to the filming right now in the UK, in Gosport, Hants at the Naval Base (Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Portsmouth (HMNB Portsmouth).

Someone posted the rumor around town was that “the Alliance was going to be a Decepticon.”

Wait, where have I seen that name before? Yes!  A quick google search brought up lots of information on the HMS Alliance which is now on display at the  Naval Museum.

Here’s the submarine. Look closely toward the right.

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And here are the pictures I took of the set in Michigan in late August before the production moved on to the UK. I had no idea what this was at the time. I only saw Mark’s and Laura’s stunt doubles on this set while I was there. There was some screaming, but nothing was visible! I googled for the ‘Alliance’ but I was thinking more ‘space shuttle’ than submarine. Mystery solved.

 

I’m very envious right now of all of the great shots coming in from the UK, specifically Newcastle last week where Transformers: The Last Knight is currently filming. So much of the production in Michigan was in studio and on the back lots of the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac, and we really only got one awesome day of action to watch out on the streets of Detroit.

I did get the chance to view some of the sets in Pontiac and they were very cool. We’ve seen videos released by Michael Bay of the huge platform they used to film several scenes (and I have some pictures of that I’ll post later), but a couple of other sets were also interesting.

Like this one. I watched construction but didn’t get to see any actual filming. Looks like some kind of alien vessel with pipes and tubes? I have to say I’m curious how this whole alien/ship/submarine/helicopter theme is gong to fit in with all the castles and King Arthur etc. A year to wait, I guess.

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I do have a lot of pictures and filming stories to share from the last couple of months of the filming on Transformers: The Last Knight in Michigan. I’ll get to it, I promise.

To start off, here are some photographs of the set in the Farwell Building in Capitol Park, Detroit where the production filmed for a couple of days. This scene filmed here featured Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner and Jerrod Carmichael. Capitol Park has been under construction for a while now, so many people probably weren’t even aware that filming was in progress. For an update on the history, architecture, and plans for the park see this great article in Detroit Curbed.

Not much to see here as all the filming was inside the building. Michael Bay did share a fun iPhone video of the three stars running through the building (linked to here on Collider.com). I managed to catch Mark and Isabela briefly on their way to their cars. Yay me.

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(Always proud of the Celebrity-behind-an-object shots.. hey, it was a short opportunity and sometimes I’m not as fast as I would like).

Apologies to Isabela for catching her eating pizza.

Lots more pictures and videos to come. 

While Tranformers 5: The Last Knight filmed in Michigan over the last few weeks, much of the action was filmed well out of the public eye on the lots of the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac, or in the depths of the abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit, where only the bravest movie stalker would be found. However the production did venture out into downtown Detroit for a couple of days. Filming in Detroit always creates a buzz around town, and the scenes didn’t disappoint. Although you could only see what was going on from the ends of the streets, car chases and explosions were visible, Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg were on set, and for 48 hours downtown Detroit looked just a little bit like London, England. Oh, and Bumblebee!

I found myself in a handy parking garage which gave the best view of all, and spent a happy day watching the action. Some of my pictures have been shared by other sources already, and some were on Twitter, but here are some others, and more to come in the days ahead.