Sunday, June 21, 2009

Up Next? Transformers

Big movies tend to have big media promotion campaigns -- which have been great for New Mexico. The latest media blitz we're seeing is for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" which did much of its production in and around Alamogordo.

The El Paso Times has this...

White Sands Missile range goes Hollywood in new 'Transformers' sequel

EL PASO -- Talk about a military operation.

When director Michael Bay and his army of filmmakers wanted to shoot a climactic desert battle sequence for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," they turned to the real Army (and Air Force) for help -- and hardware.

The cast, including stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, and crew of more than 250 people holed up in Alamogordo last summer to work on what's sure to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, now a college student who gets in the middle, again, of a battle between the good robots, known as Autobots, and the bad ones, Decepticons. Much mechanical mayhem ensues. The movie will open Wednesday.

The filmmakers shot for a month in southeastern New Mexico -- about 20 minutes worth of on-screen footage -- at White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base, both of which also were featured in the first "Transformers" movie two years ago. Other scenes were shot in Tularosa and the Lincoln National Forest on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

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