LANSING – Shot in Detroit, Rochester and Sterling Heights last summer, Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be released in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, June 29. Several iconic landmarks in Southeast Michigan were used during filming in Michigan – including the GM Heritage Center, Meadow Brook Hall and the Old Wayne County Building.
“We were thrilled to have Transformers return to Michigan for Dark of the Moon and are looking forward to seeing the impact Michigan’s one-of-a-kind locations will have in the film,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office.
The first Transformers in the series, released in 2007, was also shot in Detroit and used the city as a backdrop for the film. Principal filming in Michigan for Dark of the Moon was shot September 7-22, 2010.
In Dark of the Moon movie-goers will see Detroit featured in scenes throughout the movie: a UFO crash that was staged in Capitol Park, across from the Farwell Building; a ticker-tape parade shot on location at Cadillac Place on West Grand Boulevard; and a hostage scene filmed in front of the Old Wayne County Building.
The DTE Conners Creek Facility doubles in the film as Chernobyl, where the Decepticon named Shockwave is held captive. In real life, the natural gas-fueled plant helps provide power to the region during periods of high demand.
In Rochester, the historic Meadow Brook Hall stars as the home of wealthy race car driver and car collector Dylan Gould (played by Patrick Dempsey). Meadow Brook Hall welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year to participate in tours, educational programs and special events.
Other Michigan locations used while filming Transformers: Dark of the Moon include:
GM Heritage Center – Sterling Heights.
Michigan Central Depot – Detroit.
The Fisher Building – Detroit.
The former Packard Plant – Detroit.
“It is exciting to see how the diverse locations filmed in the metro Detroit area are used in the film,” said David Rumble, location manager on Dark of the Moon. “The locations from metro Detroit stand in for places all over the world and in different times in history.”
Transformers: Dark of the Moon received a $6,103,649 incentive on $17,452,267 of qualified spending in the state. The project hired 315 Michigan residents, with a full time equivalent of 30 jobs.
The cast of Transformers: Dark of the Moon includes Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and John Turturro. For more information on the film visit: http://www.transformersmovie.com/.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan, as well as infrastructure development and workforce training.
Photo Credit: Robert Zuckerman
Left to right: Shia LaBeouf, an unidentified stunt person, and director/executive producer Michael Bay on the set of Paramount Pictures’ TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON.
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