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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Priceton Set Report

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Human Error at 2008-06-26 8:50 am

UPDATE:  Hey Mr. Bay, in case you happen to stumble upon our site this fine evening, you should check out our report of the Transformers Movie Preview Event from NYC last February!

I was at the Princeton campus yesterday to watch filming for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen!  After making a few wrong turns through town I finally saw these signs and followed them.  After all we fans are the true "VIP's" if not for us these guys wouldn't make any money. I drove around the campus and stumbled upon a street lined with production vehicles and even turned a few heads of the film crew with my silly little Neon (although it was probably because they were seeing a fanatic driving by the set AGAIN). At this point i found a parking space and hiked it over to where all the trucks were. Sadly, I couldn't get any pix of the trucks and all i could see in them were a lot of electrical equipment and carpentry things, nothing fancy.

I left truck land and trailed a grip who was riding a bike in hopes he would be lead to where the filming was going to take place, and i was right. After finding a good vantage point and unsuccessfully trying to take some covert pix with my phone i got a glimpse of Shia leaving his light blue Escalade that some other sites have reported seeing him in. Then Shia walked into a building to start filming (i know the picture is HORRIBLE but its the best i could do, i assure you hes there).

As far as what was being filmed, i dont know for sure.  This is my theory from being there and putting together the puzzle pieces to the best of my ability after listening to random crew and extras. The shots from yesterday (6/25) would be the classroom scenes that would happen early in the film. The "Frenzy" like robot i believe is Laserbeak, after speaking with extras who claim they were there the prior day and were instructed to run from some sort of "flying creature."

The Princeton scenes could piece together like this:  (Keep in mind I'm just going off what I was told by people who claim they were there, and claim they were extras. So take all this with a grain of salt.)

Sam, late for class, fumbles through the courtyard with arms full of books.

Sam arrives to class late and is greeted by the professor (Rainn Wilson) "Thank you for joining us Mr. Witwicky" and then followed by some witty banter between the two.

Mikeala visits Sam on the campus and insert whatever was shot in Philly a few weeks ago.

There is a scene in the cafeteria where Laserbeak bursts in and attacks, everyone is sent running in a panic.

Sam escapes to the Saturn, still being chased he crashes into the light post and Laserbeak lands on the windshield to attack.

I suppose we will know for sure how true this is in exactly one year from today! But until then its a good theory and will be interesting to see if it turns out to be true.


UPDATE: Bay has posted on his message boards in reference to the Bot in question.

"What that picture is - that is not a complete Transformer. We use detailed puppets for effects for sizing and color - the real effects are later completed but the robots are much more complicated.

I will post soon to tell you all about the shoot.


Autobutt said,  - 2008-06-26 13:59:56
Great info HE!!! and dont worry about the picture quality Soundwave is no Reflector. If that "brother of Frenzy" in the picture isnt Lazerbeak, then it could mean that we bet both Lazerbeak and Ravage in this movie!
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-06-26 14:32:12
I knew it was Laserbeak!
Blasten Blaster said,  - 2008-06-26 15:27:47
I still say it looks more like ravage or mabey Ratbat if it is a "flying creature"
mkbauch said,  - 2008-06-26 15:29:49
Question: If that is Laserbeak or even Ratbat, where are the wings? Seeing the video (from previous post), I saw no wings or anything to indicate where there would be wings.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-06-26 16:21:07
That's not the whole body. It's just a puppet of the head and claws. I didn't see any cameras around the outside of the car in the video from before, so maybe the scene will be seen from the inside of the car, which would mean that all they need to show are the head and claws.

Plus, if that's Ratbat, since when do bats (or rats) have long necks?
Byrerprime said,  - 2008-06-26 17:06:04
That doesn't look anything like Ravage. Laserbeak, yes.
rhinoxfan said,  - 2008-06-26 17:37:46
id like to see laserbeak in the movie as well as ravage. not so much ratbat but hey might as well
Jumpercliff said,  - 2008-06-26 18:50:07
They're filming at Princeton? Couldn't afford to go to Yale?
Blasten Blaster said,  - 2008-06-26 19:08:54
Mabey it one of those strange gimmics like those head lights/eye like things in Barricade car mode from the first movie just before he transformed in front of Sam.
KilledbyDeath said,  - 2008-06-26 20:38:25
Autobutt said,  - 2008-06-26 20:43:21
Or possibly it could have wings that transform out of him when they need to be used. That would be more modern and fit the new Bayformer style. Unless they just cut out the "transformers need wings" thing and just gave them their own boosters =\
Human Error said,  - 2008-06-26 20:50:11
"Soundwave is no Reflector"

lol well said!

"where are the wings? Seeing the video (from previous post), I saw no wings or anything to indicate where there would be wings."

Well, im thinking that maybe during the pursuit they hit Laserbeak (thats what im calling it until its confirmed to be different) and pin him between the post and the car. that would explain the lack of wings and how it has those "dreads" no other character has had exposed wires like that. who's to say that its not because of battle damage and not just the way he was designed

but who knows maybe it is ravage. in the video the camera is low they could be filming that low to put ravage in later running along the car
mkbauch said,  - 2008-06-26 22:13:57
I'm just saying its a bit soon to be definitively saying "Oh its Laserbeak!". Until solid confirmation comes along, I'm calling it as inconclusive.
Sidewinder said,  - 2008-06-26 22:15:21
Agreed, could be Laserbeak, could be Ravage, could be Rumble...heck, could be Wheelie for all we know.
Human Error said,  - 2008-06-27 06:25:45
"I'm just saying its a bit soon to be definitively saying"

I understand that. Im just simply calling it Laserbeak because its easier than "The frenzy like robot"
Luketroop said,  - 2008-06-27 07:29:47
364 days left, can't wait, i guess some of what u were saying were very interesting spoilers. I hope that wasnt what lazerbeack was supposed to look like in the movie.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-06-27 09:42:57
Well, if Frenzy was silver, skeletal, and small in the first film, who's to say that the other ex-Cassettes won't be the same?
Tyscream said,  - 2008-06-27 10:18:49
Why are we still fighting about this topic on the "Frenzy" thing? For the last time it's Lazerbeak. And Luketroop, that's not what he'll look like. They still have to add color and effects to it.
Someone said,  - 2008-06-27 10:52:25
Lazererbeak/Ratbat might be getting his/her wings+color in PP, but I'm not entirely sure.
Human Error said,  - 2008-06-27 10:56:45
We dont know for sure that its Laserbeak everything at this point is pure speculation. Youll see in the update i posted a little more info on the bot in question.

What Bay said could further my theory of it being LB the wings could be added in post to look more natural. But who knows it could all just be misdirection at this point.

They couldve "leaked" the picture themselves it is quite good for a "spy" pic
lord megatron said,  - 2008-06-27 12:33:07
apparently there have been sightings of wave 1 Universe toys at a Toys R' Us! I sure hope that this applies for all of us! Check it out over at
Its just one sighting but still,
rhinoxfan said,  - 2008-06-27 20:10:27
hopefully there is laserbeak anywho. he is a very cool character but hopefully they show his awesome spy skills and doesnt just have him attack sam like frenzy did cause thats just repeating the same crap they did before
Human Error said,  - 2008-06-27 21:45:25
i totally agree rhinoxfan! i love soundwave and his minions! i was rather disapointed with frenzy, so i really hope they do that with the new character. At least we did see frenzy's covert skills on air force one and such. Even though he really was only really a fighter and not a spy in the past
Teh King'o chaos said,  - 2008-07-29 16:43:51
hey i cant wait to see the transformers twins i bet there gonna be cute or funny and get into all kinds of troubble!XD
Teh King'o chaos said,  - 2008-07-29 17:00:18
also where is the pic of the mystorious decepticon spy?
Teh King'o chaos said,  - 2008-07-29 17:03:29
and the frezzeny thing is defently rumble but he probly less psycotic and mabe stop with the spaz-out talk

bf said,  - 2008-08-05 19:11:15
yoyoyoyo said,  - 2008-08-05 19:12:32
nah they would use 2009 or 2008 cars
kshfj said,  - 2008-08-05 19:13:27
transformers suck
kshfj said,  - 2008-08-05 19:13:50
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