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Robert Pearlman
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Central Florida News 13 reports:
We've just confirmed that scenes from the movie "Transformers 3" will be shot at the Kennedy Space Center in September.

Space Coast Film Commissioner Bonnie King tells Central Florida on Demand that filming will last about eight days in early September.

She said location scouts have visited the area for two to three days at a time, looking at other areas to shoot. Those included Patrick Air Force Base; Space Coast Regional Airport, in Titusville; Merritt Island Airport; Lone Cabbage Fish Camp, in Cocoa; and a Cocoa Beach house.

Scouts also checked out some swamps and went into the woods.

Film Director Michael Bay shot scenes for 1998's "Armageddon" at Kennedy Space Center. King said Bay is familiar with the area, which is why he chose it again for "Transformers 3."

WESH Orlando reports:
A shuttle launch pad, one of the crawler vehicles that move the space shuttle and the KSC Vehicle Assembly Building are expected to be depicted in the film, King said in a news release. She said the film crew will be working around the scheduled launch of space shuttle Discovery on Sept. 16.

Bay is looking for an airport with a big hangar for the movie, which could bring him and the film's crew and stars to Patrick Air Force Base, Space Coast Regional Airport or Merritt Island Airport.

The location scouts also looked at scenes of local airboat rides, swamps and woods while they were in Brevard. Whether those scenes will be used depends on the developing plot twists for the film, King said in a news release.

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Hmmm, could we finally see Astrotrain make an appearance? Hmmm.

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Who do you contact to be an extra?

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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
Hmmm, could we finally see Astrotrain make an appearance?
I'm not up on TRANSFORMER history! Is Astrotrain, a rocket that turns into a character or a character that turns into a rocket?

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As his name hints, Astrotrain changed from a space shuttle to a locomotive to a robot.

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Warning, SPOILERS ahead...

USA Today: Next 'Transformers' is due for a switch

Plot details are under wraps, but it delves into the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA, suggesting there was a hidden Transformers role in it all that remains one of the planet's most dangerous secrets. "The movie is more of a mystery," Bay says. "It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened."

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Orlando Sentinel reports that filming at Kennedy Space center of Transformer 3 has been delayed.
Michael Bay's third Transformers movie won't have Megan Fox. And it doesn't need the Space Shuttle. Or they don't need it on the pad while they're shooting on Florida's Space Coast.

So the Brevard Co. filming dates have been pushed back, according to Bonnie King, Brevard County Film Commissioner.

"They seem to be looking at mid-Sept. to early October now," King says. "NASA is in the business of launching shuttles and they can't be working around a film crew's needs, and with the last shuttle launch shifted (Nov. 1, now), things have eased up on the production schedule for the movie."

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Warning, SPOILERS ahead... use your mouse to highlight the blank area below to reveal what is reported to be the opening scene to Transformers 3 (via CHUD.com):
There's a disturbance on the Moon. A robot shaped disturbance. Scientists on Earth see this and the information gets passed up the chain of command. In the White House men in black suits are breathlessly running through the halls, and they burst into the Oval Office. The president is behind the desk, back turned to the door, looking out the window. One of the men tells the president, 'Sir, something's happened on the Moon!' The president turns around. It's John F. Kennedy.

Yes, the opening scene of Transformers 3 takes place in 1961 or 1962. The gist of the story has to do with the Transformers' involvement in the space race, and this is the reason why JFK was so hot to make sure America was first to the Moon. It sounds like a fun direction; there are a lot of stupid conspiracy theories about Neil Armstrong et al meeting ETs on the Moon, and this is a fun way to play with them. I hear this was Spielberg's idea, and it really does sound like something he'd come up with. If you're like me and you like the Spielberg-influenced Transformers but hate the mostly Spielberg-free Transformers 2, this is all good news.

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Originally posted by Rob Joyner:
Who do you contact to be an extra?
Florida Today: Brevard abuzz as 'Transformers 3' filming at KSC nears
Bonnie King has never seen anything like this in her more than two decades promoting the local film industry.

She has received more than 1,000 phone calls and e-mails from people interested in working as acting extras or crew on the sci-fi action movie “Transformers 3.” The film is scheduled for shooting at the Kennedy Space Center during a 12-day period, tentatively starting Sept. 17.

Details for interviews to apply for the temporary positions haven’t been released yet. But King said people have been contacting her ever since a FLORIDA TODAY news story published May 13 revealed plans for the local filming at KSC.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rob Joyner:
Who do you contact to be an extra?
From the Space Coast Film Commission:
Transformers 3 will be filming on the Space Coast in late September. A production office will be set up in early Sept and an email address will be given so you can send in your resumes. They are seeking the following positions:
  • catering
  • craft service
  • medics
  • PAs
  • electricians
  • grips
  • set dressing
Casting for extras will also take place. We are waiting for the Casting Director to give us the info needed for you. Please keep watch on this website for all updates.

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The Space Coast Film Commission is reporting that filming at Kennedy Space Center is now scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 2010.

That would mean that space shuttle Discovery will be on the pad...

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Filming of "Transformers 3" is now underway at Kennedy Space Center with scenes already shot in, around and atop the Vehicle Assembly Building and Orbiter Processing Facility-3 (both buildings now vacant with space shuttle Discovery now on Pad 39A).

Later this week, filming is expected to continue at the pad, with its rotating service structure in the retracted position, revealing Discovery, which will coincide with the STS-133 payload being delivered to the payload changeout room.

Sources report seeing lead actor Shia LaBeouf but the movie stars that seem to be catching the most attention, at least judging by these photographs, have been the Autobots themselves, including Optimus Prime seen here near the VAB and OPF-3.

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Bumblebee waiting to be offloaded with the VAB in the background...

Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Sideswipe, Hot Rod (Rodimus) and Ratchet...

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Florida Today: 'Transformers 3' turns KSC into movie set
A number of local residents, mostly employees of Kennedy Space Center and its contractors, as well as military personnel, were hired as extras for the local shooting. About 60 were on the set last week...

KSC life support system specialist Kyle Mallory of Oveido, an employee of contractor URS Federal Technical Services Inc., said he is looking forward to being one of the extras on set this week, playing a CIA agent.

As noted by the article, filming also took place on the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station-side, with scenes set within Atlas and Delta rocket facilities.

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DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures confirmed today the title of the third Transformers movie will be "Transformers: The Dark of the Moon". The film opens in July 2011.

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A few videos of the vehicles at Kennedy Space Center:

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Filming at the Launch Control Center (LCC), including extras arriving for the shoot.

Prop oil barrels near Launch Pad 39A's perimeter fence.

Film crews working on Launch Pad 39A with space shuttle Discovery.

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Transformers: The Dark of the Moon is filming this weekend in the Apollo Historic Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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A listing on Amazon.com today revealed the official plot synopsis for "Transformers: The Dark of the Moon:
In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There's new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime "Transformers" character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.

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The teaser announcement trailer for Transformers 3: The Dark of the Moon was released Wednesday.

See Apple's website for an HD resolution version. As noted earlier in this thread and emphasized by this teaser, the story line is intertwined with space history...

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If you land on the dark side of the Moon, you can't see the Earth, can you?

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There is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact it's all dark.

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If the trailer is anything to go by, this film is going to be amazing - the fact that it will be in 3D makes it even more worth waiting for!

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If you land on the dark side of the Moon, you can't see the Earth, can you?

If you can't see the Earth from the "dark side of the Moon" then how come I have seen the dark side of the Moon? I'm not an astronaut, but I'll give you a clue: I saw the dark side of the Moon from Munich, Germany, on 11th August, 1999.

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Since we can only see one side of the Moon from Earth, how's a total solar eclipse helpful in any way? I'm intrigued.

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The "dark side of the Moon" is the side of the Moon that's dark. As the Moon orbits the Earth, we see varying amounts of the sunlit side and the dark (or unlit) side. We can't normally see the "dark side" from Earth because the Moon is too close to the sun in the sky to be seen. During a total (or annular) eclipse of the sun, we can see 100% of the unlit (or "dark") side of the Moon. It's the only time you can. Even an astronaut in orbit around the Moon can't see the whole of the unlit side (even at local midnight) because he is too close to the surface.

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Okay, the difference then is between the dark (unlit) side and the far (opposite) side of the Moon, which is never seen from Earth.

Which still doesn't make sense from the movie's trailer (not that I'm expecting that kind of movie to ever make sense anyway!). If there's a loss of signal, you're on the far side of the Moon, the Moon blocking the transmission but then also blocking the view of the Earth.

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Saw the trailer in 3-D this weekend when seeing Chronicles of Narnia Part 3 in 3-D and it looked pretty cool. No KSC scenes in the trailer however!

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon film trailer transforms Apollo history

In the teaser trailer released last week for Transformers: Dark of the Moon director Michael Bay rewrites the history of the first moon landing. Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are sent on a mission that takes "a giant leap" beyond collecting rocks and planting the American flag...

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There's a reason for all the inconsistencies (and not for people to nitpick the movie....) It's because Transformers 3 depicts what actually happened. Since the movie isn't perfect in every detail, people can say, "Oh, it can't be real because of X."

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Since when did any LEM ever land facing into the sun?

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Having just watched the trailer I have to say it's premature to nitpick about details based purely on that.

Trailers are made by splicing together all sorts of images grabbed from different parts of a movie and combining them with snippets of dialog or soundtrack that likely don't accompany the same images in the actual film.

The timing of Neil's words on the footpad, the mention of the dark side of the moon, all that stuff is likely taken out of context.

Of course the film's still going to show a mish-mash of spacecraft versions and will certainly play with the timeline of actual events before veering off into fantasy but you can't read too much into the sequence of images and soundtrack used in a trailer.

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The purpose of nitpicking the announcement trailer, at least in my case, was not to comment on the final film but use it as another way to introduce the real history of the Apollo 11 moon landing to audiences that might not otherwise take interest. In addition to topping news searches, the article is also being linked from Michael Bay and Transformers fan forums.

If in the end, the film corrects the nits in the trailer, then that will offer yet another opportunity to point out where Bay got it right and where the real history is more than meets the eye...

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So...from now on, if Bart Sibrel demands that each of us put his hand on the Bible and swear that we saw the real Moon landing, and that it didn't happen on the dark side, didn't involve talking robots, and didn't cover up massive conspiracies--and calls us a liar if we do--we can take a swing at him?

Finally! I owe Michael Bay a beer!

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If in the end, the film corrects the nits in the trailer, then that will offer yet another opportunity to point out where Bay got it right and where the real history is more than meets the eye...
Robert, it may be too much to hope that no hoax perpetrators will use Transformers 3 as evidence in support of the Apollo hoax. Your efforts to defend reality are greatly appreciated by we realty-ites.

In your statement, "It wasn't until the mission was over that the exact location of Tranquility Base was determined, based largely on the moonwalkers' description of the area, their photographs and their spacecraft's telemetry," please also include the lunar ranging retro-reflector. Its location literally pin-pointed the landing site, unequivocally and may be confirmed by anyone with the appropriate telescope and laser system, independently of official (and therefore suspect) transcripts, photographs and telemetry.

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Since when did any LEM ever land facing into the sun?
At least they got the same sun direction for both the LM and the gibbous Earth! This indicates an attention to detail almost without precedent in science fantasy movies.

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If anyone uses Transformers 3 as a serious basis for an argument that the moon landings were hoaxed then I think it is time to end the discussion there!

I saw the trailer tonight in 3D, have to admit at the start when I didn't know what it was for I got very excited, dissapointment quickly crept in when I realised it was for a Transformers film!

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I came across a photo in a Florida flight center signed by the aerial film crew for Transformers 3 and thought I recognized the older gentleman. It turned out to be NASA test pilot Tom McMurtry, who flew the X-24B and the 747 SCA among many, many other aircraft.

He identified on the company's website as their lead "Vectorvision" Captain and Chief Pilot. I wondered if the other guys in the photo had any idea who they were working with!

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Skewed 'n Reviewed interviewed Transformers: Dark of the Moon actor Don Jeanes.
Who do you play in the new Transformers film and what can you tell us about your experiences on the film? What were the first thoughts that ran through your mind when you got the script?

I play Neil Armstrong in Transformers: Dark of the Moon and it was an amazing experience. Actually, I never got a script — I was given sides to audition with, but they were just a vague outline of the actual script. Director Michael Bay did not tell me this, but apparently he’s had many attempts to hack his computer and steal the script so he is, justifiably, very guarded with regards to the script. Cory Tucker, who plays Buzz Aldrin, in the film, and I were shown a page of script while Michael held it in his hands on set. I can say that when my agent called me to tell me I booked the role, I was here in my apartment and fell down yelling for joy on the floor!

What sort of research did you do for the parts and what challenges did each present?

...for the role of Neil Armstrong, I did a ton of research and preparation for the role. It took a few days, but I watched every bit of Apollo 11 footage I could get my hands on and some of the other moon landings. One hurdle to overcome was that there are a lot of conspiracy theories regarding the moon landing and I knew I couldn’t have even the smallest doubt that it actually happened when I was on set. I finally came across a series of MythBuster videos that disproved all of the conspiracy theories and put my mind at ease. I also visited the space museum in Los Angeles to get as close to the actual vessels as possible and it is amazing how small and cramped the orbiters were. We were fitted for our space suits many weeks prior to being on set and after I tried on the 50 lb space suit I started hitting the gym hard doing heavy squats and dead lifts to make the suit feel as light as possible. I also spent a lot of time in the sauna to get used to the heat from the non-ventilated suit under the hot lights of set. The sweat you see on our faces in the film is very real. I also did a lot of running in water to observe the different ways the body moves while weightless.


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