Transformers 3 is shooting outside my office today. Eight blocks of North Michigan Avenue, from Ontario to Randolph Street, is completely shut down, inaccessible even to pedestrian traffic. The street resembles an apocalyptic fantasy scene, with charred wreckage strewn everywhere. Occasional explosions were followed by puffs of thick black smoke rising from something I was unable to see.
Someone told me that stunt persons in dark costumes were jumping from buildings and gliding above Michigan Avenue last night. She compared it to the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. Wish I'd seen that.
With security very tight and barriers everywhere, it's impossible to find a good vantage point to snap a decent photo of the activity, but I took a few shots at the edges while the 20-something security people told me that it's illegal to take photos. No it's not.
If you look closely, you can see that the rear wheels of the SUV aren't touching the ground. It's pre-assembled and sits on a trailer to be towed into position on the set. All of that debris looks like real concrete and brick, but it's lightweight, prefabbed material.
A large pile-up of vehicles sits atop the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Pedestrian traffic is rerouted to lower Michigan Avenue.
I was also told that the movie begins in 1961, in JFK's Oval Office. The president is informed that there are people on the moon. This prompts Kennedy to announce a plan to land Americans on the moon by decade's end. The scene in Chicago takes place in the present day. I presume the mess on Michigan Avenue has something to do with those people who were on the moon back in 1961--the ones who can fly like the monkeys in the Wizard of Oz.
Susan Carlson reporting. She's not in the movie. I included her to pretty things up around here.