The Transformers 3 shoot has begun to reveal some pretty interesting production props – with intriguing story implications.

The latest round of photos and video reveal craters, likely from the arrival of new protoform Transformers, outside of an office building – as well as video of the massive tilting office set (which includes exploding windows and screaming actors) that we reported on a couple weeks ago.

Obviously with onlooker-footage, especially when it comes to Transformers, what isn’t in the picture (currently presented as blue screen) is still the most intriguing aspect.

The Chicago shoot, especially, has already presented Transformers fans with a lot to be excited about – and filming is just getting started. Most of the larger shoots are scheduled for later this week as well as the following week.

Check out the images of the crater props courtesy of Aint It Cool.



The craters definitely look similar to the protoform impact points seen in previous Transformers films.

Though, I’m inclined to say they may not be craters at all – maybe they’re eruption points for large-scale Insecticons (or some other burrowing Transformer)? Simply looking at the pictures, given the symmetry of the prop, as well as the direction of the broken asphalt, I’m more inclined to imagine something exploding out of the ground rather than crashing in. Obviously, it all depends on how the props are implemented when they’re actually used on film.

In addition to the new Chicago images, Coming Soon has put up a few images from the Los Angeles shoot featuring Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) as well as Mikaela Banes and/or eye-candy (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) in formalwear – as well as a few shots, originally from Premiere in France, of Huntington-Whiteley in a more casual look.

We’ve hand selected a few of the better shots but definitely check out Coming Soon for the full spread.




Aint It Cool has also acquired video of the infamous tilting office rig in action – showcasing the destructive wake of a massive Decepticon on-screen, and a lot of crazy set-techs off-screen.

The rig is ambitious to say the least. The potential scale of the shot gives me pause, as I’m not particularly interested in seeing another Devastator-size Transformer – which was just too epic to be taken seriously or offer the great bot on bot action that makes the series fun to watch.

That said, Devastator would dwarf the blue screens used in the shot, so hopefully we’re talking about a Demolishor-sized enemy this round. There’s no doubt that the Demolisher scene was one of the few highlights of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen – and it happened in the first 5 minutes. With Demolisher, Bay had a large-scale baddy that was actually interesting to watch. When he upped the anti with Devastator, he went too big – leaving viewers with nothing more than a lumbering brute.

Thankfully, Bay has promised that he’s aware of the problems in Revenge of the Fallen, and is attempting to reign it in for Transformers 3 – and I for one believe him.

What’s that? Transformers 3 is being shot in 3D? I thought Bay said that he couldn’t shoot action in 3D

What do you make of these mysterious Transformers 3 eruption points/craters? What would you like to see in Transformers 3?

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

Source: Aint It Cool, Coming Soon