Exclusive: ‘Transformers 3′ Chicago Set Video and Photos

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

transformers 3 logo Exclusive: Transformers 3 Chicago Set Video and Photos

We’ve received exclusive photos and video from today’s Transformers 3 production in Chicago.

Fellow Screen Rant writer Mike Eisenberg visited the set today and offered some intriguing details.

Upon first arrival, a number of girls were screaming. It was Shia LaBeouf – with his stunt double right behind him. Walking off set, onto the public street, he turned and got nervous, or maybe scared of the girls, and took off at a full sprint (with his double) right down the street. Very random…

All of the filming took place in Chicago’s financial district on LaSalle St. – the same location as The Dark Knight’s famous Joker/Batman showdown (the scene where the truck flips). Any flags, or other exterior decorations, on the buildings were replaced with torn and scorched ones. Cars and taxi cabs were shoved up onto curbs – and were also damaged and on fire. The previously reported craters were placed in the road.

While there weren’t any tilting buildings this round, a helicopter with a front-mounted camera flew over the city and down LaSalle in between the buildings – true stunt flying. The chopper went to the Sears Tower and flew near the top. Two stunt-men walked to the edge and jumped. Wearing flying-squirrel wingsuits, they base jumped off the top of the Sears Tower – and another three followed moments later.

The Autobot and Decepticon vehicles didn’t see much action but were still out in the open for all to see. Among them was a set of NASCAR Transformers. It’s very likely the bots are part of the Generation 1 Race Car Patrol – Freewheeler, Roadhandler, Swindler, and Tailspin. All of them had turrets and weaponry attached to the front – weaponry that would make a Bond car look somewhat uninspiring.

Check out video of the NASCAR Transformers, the helicopter rig, as well as the base jumpers:

NEST squadrons and extras (with debris and blood makeup) walked amongst crowds heading to and from the set. There was also a series of explosions going off every thirty or so minutes – with PAs yelling “Fire in the hole” moments before. Crowds were moved where the explosions were not visible – but it was still unspeakably loud.

You can check out several of Mike’s photos below – or check out the full gallery (with higher-res images) - HERE.

The report definitely seems to hint at a pretty amazing Chicago action-sequence – not to mention some exciting additions to the Transformer roster – in the form of those NASCARs. You might also notice that the twins are back (see column 1, row 10) – hopefully Bay will only be using them in moderation.

More than anything else, I’m interested to see what happens with regard to those base jumpers. Of course, there’s still more action headed our way – as the Transformers aren’t done with Chicago yet. Shooting continues at various locations until July 22nd. We’ll be sure to keep up the exclusive coverage throughout the next couple weeks.

Transformers 3 is scheduled for a July 1st, 2011 release.

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  1. I’m pretty darn bored wth the same old fashion billboard. Can’t the marketing team come out wth something else refreshing? I mean c’mon is alrdy the 3rd sequence or cld be the final of this trilogy – it shld be epic & special.
    Despite seeing so many new cars/bots ard, I doubt they put in any dept in those character development.

  2. I think Dale Jr. needs to drive this version of the #88 from now on…

  3. I think it’s cool they added Prime’s trailer into the film.

  4. hehehehe sears towers.. yeah! NO to WIllis tower! BIG WILLY =_

    • Haha, I know. I REFUSE to call it that. It will always be the Sears Tower to me.

  5. hmmmm.. the lady on the top of the building could she be transformed too? wink! wink! trailer… ^.^ ( autobots? decepticons? )

  6. The Ferrari plates CT41401 , what state is that from?

  7. *Totally diggin’ the Search&Resue Ratchett logo

    • Too bad the movie is more than likely gonna suck though.

      These movies deliver exactly what people want and expect: action and excitement, and Bay is the only man for the job these days. Just because a group of vocal critics don’t like these types of films, it doesn’t make them bad movies. Remember that.

      Wanna hear my opinion: the TF films are NOT high-quality smart and intelligent films, I admit that. But as action films, pure action films, the TF films are some of the best I’ve ever seen. And believe me, I’ve seen a lot.

    • what the f–k man, who will watch the movie if they make a ‘god father’ type movie with all those robots, robots are meant for action, not for drama… admit it

  8. COOL

  9. Wow, did Screenrant actually get that footage? Congrats!

  10. are they the stunticons?

  11. Looks like they copied the Van Halen logo.

    • I agree with ya martin. Im one of the ones who thought Transformers 2 was ok, could of been better but was ok. But i wouldnt go as far as to what people have said about it. Mostly what i found annoying about it was the Twins & the roomate of Sam’s, and Devastor being took down too easy by missle strikes. What i didnt get was people not liking Megan fox, and now wishing she didnt call it quits. Till this day, i never seen a movie thats 100% to expectation, not even the beloved TDK impressed asmuch as most. I do hope Prime has his trailer in this film, it would be cool to see atleast in one film. And after seeing pictures of nascar cars, I wondering if someone heard my request for the Stunticons aswell to have them form Mensasor to combat the Aerialbots. Anyways i dont let one film like the 2nd film get me down, nor diss the franchise.

  12. If there isn’t an explosion in the film, then it’s not a Micheal Bay film or if someone is not being massacred by a Texas chainsaw or a Hockey face goalie Jason Voorhies. This is Micheal Bay saying ” thank you Megan Fox for doing Jonah Hex instead of my movie”. Oh! and good luck with your “acting”.


  14. How long they gonna be there in Chicago?

  15. Megan Fox is extremely sexy! I really fall in love with her.

  16. Now thats jus sh*t tha Megan Fox isnt in the 3rd one. Dont you hate it when movies change their characters?? (actors)
    Thats when i start to doubt the movie. But this is Transformers we’re talking about, so HOPEFULLY its just as good.
    Btw, the 2nd one wasnt that bad. I enjoyed it too.