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An Image From TRANSFORMERS' Detroit Shoot!!

Merrick here...
Nakedllamabot (eeeewww) sent in this image from the TRANSFORMERS movie Detroit shoot. I’ve glanced around (admittedly, somewhat cursorily) and couldn’t find this image on any TRANSFORMERS boards, and whatnot. If I’m in error, please feel free to identify its point of origin in the Talkbacks below. The dynamic of this image makes me smile: feels like a Michael Bay GODZILLA movie (complete with the woman looking skyward in horror). Actually, maybe that’s not a bad way to approach this film? A Michael Bay GODZILLA movie. Hmmmmmmmm… It’s tempting…so tempting…to say something snotty. Like: “I’m not sure if this image is actually from the TRANSFORMERS movie, because it could have been snapped on any given day in Detroit.” But I won’t say that…even though I just did. Thanks out to Nakedllamabot for sending this pic along. CLICK IT TO ZOOM IN ON IT!

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  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by stlfilmwire

    So what!?

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:24 p.m. CST


    by aeon phoenix

    and i'm STILL not looking forward to this movie!

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I bet...

    by Massage...Bored

    ....something falls from the building. They had to shut-down a Detroit street for that? Worth it!

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Mmm, beware Teh Netherverses...

    by Flummage

    ...and the malginant beings that inhabit them! BEWARE, I SAY!!1 *vanishes in a cloud of methane*

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Ooooh! Sparks!

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    Am I missing something?

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Man Farts Fire!!!!

    by TheOGT

    Lookout people!!!

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by Mister Inbetween

    I'm begging you, somebody clue me in about that animation up there with harry and the lady's head...what movie or tv show did I miss?

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST

    ooooh! aaaaaah!

    by damagedinc

    so the weird lookin, high-crotched transformers throw sparklers at people?

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST

    When breakdancing goes horribly bad

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Sparks invariably result.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by sennan

    Must flee from invisible robots. RUN YOU FOOLS!

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Must be cheap to shoot in Detroit,

    by thenewpulper

    That or Bay just likes it as a sub for Los Angeles. Not sure why he seems to shoot there all the time. Must be blackmail.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 10:54 p.m. CST

    sometimes no news is better

    by reckni

    invisible robots, a break dancer, a spark on the sidewalk.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:05 p.m. CST

    why are there no cameras!

    by jonboy83

    its just a drive-by people. typical monday in detroit.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Those sparks were stolen from Firefly!

    by J-Dizzle


  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Next photo... a greenscreen!

    by empyreal0

    Somehow it just doesn't look as interesting before post.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    By the way, the blonde in the white skirt with pokadots

    by J-Dizzle

    has great legs. She's a Hottie McHottie ooooh yeeeeeaaaaah!

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Why would anyone

    by Da Coach

    want to go to Detroit?

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by Frankenblogger

    Whatever. Fuck this movie.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by warp11

    It must be the new invisible transformer. Really though, you would think that Transformers would have to tech to turn invisible.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Look at Johnny Cage protecting his women....

    by GibsonUSA

    What a stud.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Anyone actually been here?

    by victor laszlo

    Those aren't even creative DetrOiT riffs, guys. Bay shoots in Detroit because he loves the texture - (specifically the old Central Depot}, the city takes good care of him, and it's easy to shut down intersections. Here are a ton more images I found from that shoot {I ended up as a construction worker 'extra'} -- which was aparently from the final showdown sequence:::

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit!

    by Frank Costellos Black Cock

    A guy! And he's DIVING! Stop it, right there, I've seen too much... At least NOW we can let out a sigh of relief that the movie's gonna be awesome.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:54 p.m. CST

    There should be a SPOILER warning on this!!

    by GibsonUSA

    NOW how am I supposed to feel when I watch the movie and see Johnny Cage holding back women while some dumbass dives on the floor?

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Why is this a story???

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Are you sure you got the right picture???

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:01 a.m. CST

    That black woman on the right is smiling....

    by GibsonUSA

    Is that 50 Cent firing from the roof?

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST

    The cop on the far right is crossing his arms......

    by GibsonUSA

    "Just another manic Monday....."

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Hahah Micheal Bay Godzilla Movie...

    by movieman742

    yeah, that makes sense. Godzilla was fun for about 10 minutes then forgotten in another 10.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Have you noticed they are looking at the same spot?

    by GibsonUSA

    The white girl on the far left, the old man next to him, Johnny Cage, the black girl on the right, and the guys in the back.....none are looking at exactly the same spot in the sky. Try dangling a pen above the picture and you'll see what I am talking about.....unless there are multiple things in the sky, like Sweeps or something.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Victor Laszlo/Detroit

    by DiscoGodfather

    Not to mention the fact that he must know the locals eat it up and give his movie a ton of free publicity. I heard a lot of talk on the radio and TV about the shoot. I bet that doesn't happen in NYC or Vancouver.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST

    well, it's definetly detroit

    by theghoul

    There's the mugger mover, er, 'people mover' in the background. That looks like either Woodward or Griswold. That or Fort or Lafayette. Or I'm totally wrong. Any Detroiters want to chime in?

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:20 a.m. CST

    I just noticed the guy on the right laying down.

    by GibsonUSA

    In front of the old man on the right. What a dumbass. (Hey, this "news" item is stupid shallow, so all I'm doing is analyzing the pic.)

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST

    that guy's farting fire

    by Bob C. Cock


  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Victor Laszlo

    by theghoul

    I guess it's Washington and Fort from looking at your pix. The big one at AICN is Fort looking west between Shelby and Washington?

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Yes this will be Bay's American Godzilla

    by INWOsuxRED

    killing a potentially fantastic franchise before the film comes out.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 1:04 a.m. CST

    That's the best picture from the movie ever!

    by photoboy

    Why is it so good? Because you can't see any of the fucking awful robot designs in it. What a fucking joke this film is going to be.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 1:15 a.m. CST


    by JackPumpkinhead

    There's a plant in one of the windows. And an even bigger one in the street.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Plus, tell the truth...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    It's really a shot from that "Will Smith Is Legend" -- that's Will doing his ending credits rap gig.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Mister Inbetween; the animation

    by BenBraddock

    I remember reading on another talkback that it was a reference to an old Busby Berkeley film, you know, with the hundreds of girls and the syncronised swimming? Usually in a swimming pool, funnily enough.. Anyway, can we have a NEW one soon please Harry, this one's been up for what seems like months now..

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 2:32 a.m. CST

    I want that robot-toy mommyyyyyy...

    by evilnerd

    What a stupid ass concept transformers is. I just cant believe that they are making a film out of it. A Robot disguised as an Ghetto blaster with an dog/ tape as pal. Oh boy...the only reason this crap ever was invented, was because of the toys they were planing to sell. Helllooooo....wake up.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 2:48 a.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    Schoolhouse Rock!

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST

    I see Venom

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Turn your monitor upside down and hold a blue-tinted mirror at 65 degrees against the window reflection. Bong hit not included.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Who is the smiling guy on the poster in the background?

    by RMcD3

    Looks like John McCain.. Or Colonel Tigh..

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 4:56 a.m. CST

    And if you look really closely...

    by kingrobot can see a guy taking a piss behind the black car middle right. That cop is going to have to arrest him after he deals with the invisible sparky Transformer. I've been playing Transformers game from a couple of years ago on PS2 recently - I'm no transformers geek but what was wrong with using those designs for the movie? I thought they looked pretty cool and functional.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 6:37 a.m. CST

    everyones is looking...

    by Datascream

    upward, people are running away from the spot on the sidewalk. yeah this is a transformers pic. what else could it be really?

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    It's that little lightning bolt creature . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . from the TF cartoon. It would jump into a TF and short circuit it or shut it down somehow. Lame post.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 7:11 a.m. CST

    What's the fucking point of posting that picture?

    by Fenton Meiks

    In future, unless you have a picture of Jazz ripping off Starscreams nuts with his teeth, please don't bother posting anything. Pathetic.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Breaking 3 Electric Jubilee..


    is that Turbo and Ozone I see?

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by godzillasushi

    thats nothing special. At least you all know stuff will be constantly blown up in this movie. Even when they talk explosions will come out of their mouths.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 9:49 a.m. CST

    those people look horrified, they are either filming...

    by INWOsuxRED

    Transformers there...or test screening it.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Second mention of the blonde in the skirt

    by Mattapooh

    Totally makes the picture worthwhile.... too bad everyone else is commenting on everything else like a bunch of goobers.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    eh, shark still looks fake

    by Orionsangels


  • Oct. 10, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    MAN IN SUIT!!!

    by Johnno

    There's a man on the set who looks like he could be wearing a suit!

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Why would anyone go to Detroit?

    by PwnedByStallone

    To see the motherf'n Tigers!!!! Yeah! Kiss my arse Yankees!!!

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by victor laszlo

    Correct you are:: Fort & Shelby was the main intersection, and he covered it so thoroughly it'll probably end up as a few different areas in the film. Word on the set was that we shot background plates for the big Optimus PRime/Megatron showdown... PS:: DETROIT would have made a helluva more authentic Gotham City than Chicago, Nolan.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    So when are the going to film

    by TimBenzedrine

    the part where the Transformers end up in a chop shop in River Rouge?

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Shooting in Detroit

    by DiscoGodfather

    At any rate, it'll make for another fun game of Spot the Detroit Landmark for us Detroiters. (See also: Out of Sight, The Island, 8 Mile.) PS: Did anyone else notice the big Yzerman billboard in The Island?

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by BizarroJerry

    There's actually people criticizing this photo! It's ok. If there's nothing to say about the picture, you don't have to. It's not required. And you gotta go with the girl in black on the right. Sure, whit skirt girl is hot, but she'd be all "as if" when you hit on her. And here I thought I'd be the only one to mention her. Sure, it's kinda sad, but I'm glad I'm not the only one.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by BizarroJerry

    Girl on the left, I mean! Grrgh.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Transformers in Detroit

    by RCornwell

    This is definitelly authentic. I was down there are a different time hoping to get some photos but all they were filming were crowd reaction shots like the photo. There were no SFX at the time I was there. This took place on Fort street just a couple blocks from where I work and only a block over from Congress where scenes from the Island were shot.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Yes, this pic is legit

    by sithlard

    I know because I was there as an extra, although you can't see me in this pic. I recognize the location and the people clearly. You can go to and maybe identify some of the people in the pic, but the facial expressions on these extras' faces makes it hard to tell who's who. Plus, only 23 out of approx. 100 extras signed up to be on the MySpace page. I'm Daniel on this page. There are a couple pics of the extras here: that might make it easier to identify us. Detroit is a great place to shoot. The city makes it easy on the film makers to shut down streets, probably because major films like this don't get made often there (although Bay did film part of "The Island" there recently).

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Thanks BenB!

    by Mister Inbetween

    Twas driving me crazy!

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:38 a.m. CST

    beware of the spaces in the URLs

    by sithlard

    Sorry, but the URLs I just posted have a space in between each URL. So if you cut and paste them they won't work. You have to eliminate the spaces. Sorry. :(

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:53 a.m. CST

    That woman looks like she's looking skyward in ECSTACY

    by Sir HickoryBeans McCrackin


  • Oct. 10, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Big deal!

    by S-Mart shopper

    This happens on every Bay set. Those aren't SFX, those are the hopes and dreams of fanboys around the world self combusting, happens every time that prick yells action!

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap

    by tile_mcgillus

    Mexican guy in hat: "That is it! We are going to BREAKDANCE FIGHT!". Black Guy: "You CAN'T beat my crab walk!" Mexican guy in hat: "Oh yes I can! I will now spin pathetically and shoot sparks from my ass!" Crowd: "AGGHHH!" Johnny Cage: "OMG! That is the best spinning I have ever seen!" Cop: "I'm getting to old for this shit."

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by Optimus Murphy

    Anything less that Bay slitting his throat on a broken shard of mirror trying to get in his last line of coke is going to be underwhelming.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    That wierd lady in the back

    by godzillasushi

    Shes in between the flame sparks. She looks like shes laughing. BOOM.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Damn you, Detroit! Huge downtown explosions!

    by CreasyBear

    Mayhem in the streets! Hollywood glitz transported to your doorstep! The best my hometown area ever got was Jaws 2 filming at a local beach. Not Jaws. Jaws 2. Yeah, I know.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST

    And it's actually very fitting that a movie about

    by CreasyBear

    transforming cars and trucks is partially shot in the Motor City. Y'know, because they're both depressing.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I thought the same thing, but...

    by sithlard

    ... they had california license plates placed over various cars on the set, so I don't think it'll take place in Detroit at all. They'll edit it all together so that it looks like it all takes place either in LA or some random California city. Either way, I'm happy they at least filmed some of it in Detroit.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Those Are Industrial Sparks...That Are Magic!

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Industrial Sparks...That Are Magic!

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    RMcD3, the smiling guy on the poster in the background

    by ETI

    is Sam Bernstein, a lawyer who advertises on TV.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I'll see it

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    Michael Bay actually seems like the PERFECT fit for a toy-based movie. And despite Shia Labeouf coming off like an obnoxious, mouthy know-it-all in that interview awhile back (it could have been subtitled "actor with delusions of grandeur rationalizes being in Bay film"), I'm still intrigued to see if Bay can deliver on the fun with this movie. Even his worst detractors should admit it is a dream project for him. I really hope he pulls it off.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by JustyHakubi

    That could be just an average day in Detroit. Personally I think that guy getting sploded was a Yankee fan who happened to be in Detroit after the ALDS. Now answer my question where are the big robot cars?!

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Just Wondering...

    by Veni Vidi Vici

    Are people still interested in this movie?

  • Oct. 11, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by Plazola_MEX


  • Oct. 11, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Never that many white people on Fort St.

    by Rumpledfourskin

    Had to have been extras farmed in from the suburbs.