Monday, December 22, 2014

Gallery: Transformers

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Vehicle pile-ups, pyrotechnics and other stunts associated with the filming of "Transformers 3" rattled the windows along Wacker Drive near Michigan Avenue in mid-July. Here, a stunt actor fires blanks during an action scene.

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Actors Shia LaBeouf, left, and Josh Duhamel on the Wacker Drive set. The third "Transformers" movie — with the added title "Dark of the Moon" — is set to be released sometime in 2011.

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An explosion rocks Wacker Drive as Crain's employees Danny Ecker, left, Danielle Narcisse, and others watch from the third floor of 360 N. Michigan Ave.

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A stunt actor among the fake ruins on the Wacker Drive movie set.

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A member of the Chicago Fire Department, in white shirt, extinguishes a small fire after a planned explosion.

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Director Michael Bay — center, in white hat — thanks members of the sky-diving team who parachuted down to the set from the nearby Trump Tower.

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Crowds on the Wabash Avenue bridge survey the wreckage on Wacker Drive after a day of filming.

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Wrecked cars, a destroyed fire truck and a demolished bus are all part of the scenery

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Director Michael Bay — center, wearing white — lays out the scene for actors during filming on Wacker Drive.

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An actor takes a break at an outdoor cafe on the sidelines of the set.

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Technicians set up a camera for a scene involving an overturned bus.

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Director Michael Bay, in white, talks an actor through a scene.

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An explosion rocks Wacker Drive, across the Chicago River from Trump Tower.

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Work on "Transformers 3" also takes place on Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River, shutting down the Magnificent Mile from Wacker to Ontario Street during the weekend of July 17.

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Filmmakers capture an aerial stunt that lasts less than a minute from cameras mounted in several places, including the roof of Hotel 71 and on a helicopter.

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The set includes several cars made to look as if they are teetering on the Michigan Avenue bridge.

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Galab Bankov, an office coordinator with Magellan Development who lives downtown, came out at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, to watch the filming. Mr. Bankov thinks the filming would have a positive impact on the city. "It is definitely something different."

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As "Transformers" filming takes place on the north end of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wacker Drive serves as a staging area for large props, including cars and buses.

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Spectators turn out at 6:30 a.m. on July 17 to catch a glimpse from the south end of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The morning's shooting schedule includes skydivers descending over the Chicago River.

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Film school graduate and Chicago resident Nick Jamison does contract work for the film industry. He worked as an assistant location manager on the "Transformers" shoot.

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Assistant location manager Nick Jamison's friends and family traveled from Bloomington, Ind., to watch "Transformers" film during the July 17 weekend. Mr. Jamison greets Danielle Brady, 13, along with her father, Indiana state Rep. Dan Brady, in yellow shirt, and Mr. Jamison's mother, Kim Jamison, in white shirt.

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While "Transformers" takes place on Michigan Avenue between Wacker and Ontario on Saturday, July 17, Chicago River traffic continues to flow — including a Chicago Architecture Foundation cruise.

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Colleen Vittone, left, of Bozeman, Mont., and Jan Hruby of Seattle stopped in Chicago for the day on their way back from a college reunion in Michigan and came upon the movie set. "It's a great experience," says Ms. Vittone. "I am a second-grade teacher. I will bring my photos back home and show my students in a PowerPoint presentation. They have never seen anything like this. Most of them have never been out of Montana." Getting around downtown during the filming is easy, she adds. "There is a lot of security and people at every corner giving you directions."

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Fake wreckage — often made of painted foam — clogs Wacker Drive near Michigan Avenue

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Props and set pieces, stored on Wacker Drive until they were ready to be used in filming, are very popular with spectators able to get an up-close look.

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Filming sends some Chicago Transit Authority buses off their routes.

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Filming often involves hours of waiting for a few minutes or seconds of action. These early-morning spectators are waiting for a glimpse of the day's action: skydivers descending over the city and landing on a barge in the Chicago River and on Wacker Drive.

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At some points, crowds of spectators grow so large that Chicago Police officers have to bring in additional barricades to keep people safe along the north edge of Wacker Drive.

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Kim Jamison, whose son Nick (in background) works as an assistant location manager for the "Transformers 3" filming, looks up at the Trump Tower, anticipating a stunt performed by skydivers. She feels the shoot is good for Chicago's economy: "They spend money when they come into do this, and it's great for Chicago to share in some of the glamour of Hollywood."

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Skydivers jump from a helicopter and follow the Chicago River as they descend east of the Michigan Avenue Bridge to landing points on Wacker Drive and a river barge.

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The aerial stunt lasts less than a minute.

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Spectators waiting on Wacker Drive are treated to a perfect view of the morning's scheduled stunt: skydivers jumping from a helicopter to Wacker Drive and a river barge.

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A helicopter camera captures an aerial stunt.

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A skydiver lands on Wacker Drive at the end of a stunt. The maneuver was done three times

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