More than 300 Airmen and
numerous aircraft are seen in the DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures film, "Transformers"
released to theaters July 4, 2007. F-22s,
F-117 Nighthawks and the CV-22 Osprey are featured
prominently throughout the movie. Also featured are the A-10
Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III, MH-53 Pave Low, HH-53
Super Jolly Green Giant, AC-130 Gunship, C-130 Hercules,
MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and Air Force One.
Airmen filling the roles of movie extras run on the set of
the movie "Transformers" during filming at Holloman Air
Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2006.
by Tech. Sgt. Larry A. Simmons
Air Force News Agency
7/3/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN)
-- More than 300 Airmen and numerous aircraft will be
seen around the world in the latest DreamWorks/Paramount
Pictures film, "Transformers" being released to theaters
The movie combines the use of live action with
computer-generated imagery to enhance the story as Airmen
served as extras in the movie, some with speaking roles, and
aircraft are featured in the summer blockbuster.
"We would never have been able to make this movie without
the willingness of the (Defense Department) to embrace this
project. We're proud of the fact that almost every military
role, including extras, was played by military or
ex-military personnel," said Ian Bryce, the producer of
"It's a thrill to know my face will be seen in a movie,"
said Airman 1st Class Mehtar Sullivan, an emergency
management technician with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron
at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
Air Force aircraft played a huge role by providing security
during the filming and in one case during the movie, an F-22
Raptor turns into an evil "Transformer" called Starscream.
Mr. Bryce said he was particularly awed by the sight of the
F-22 in an unrestricted climb to 15,000 feet.
"I'm not sure how many people have seen that, but I am
honored," he said. "It was just one of the many exciting
things we were privileged to see."
With details of the "Transformers" essential to the movie,
some machines took up to 10,000 pieces to make. Using real
aircraft made the movie more realistic and aided in the
computer-generated battle scenes.
Along with the F-22s, F-117 Nighthawks and the CV-22 Osprey
are featured prominently throughout the movie. Also featured
are the A-10 Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III, MH-53
Pave Low, HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant, AC-130 Gunship,
C-130 Hercules, MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and
Air Force One.
"Transformers" was also the first motion picture permitted
to film in and around the Pentagon grounds since 9/11. The
cast and crew felt the weight of the responsibility and
followed instructions to the letter. When filming was
completed, they were invited to visit and pay respects at
the private 9/11 Memorial Chapel.
"We were able to access and film aircraft and areas that
people have never filmed on before and expand the presence
of the military," said Tyrese Gibson, an actor in the
"We just hope we did them justice," said Josh Duhamel, who
stars in "Transformers."
A special movie screening in Washington, D.C., allowed many
servicemembers to view the movie before the rest of the
public. Many left the movie proud of the military
involvement and the way military life was depicted on
"The movie was fantastic," said Chief Master Sgt. Mike
Gasparetto stationed at the Pentagon. "The special effects
were amazing and there was even a good plot to go with it.
The movie accurately depicted life in the military and I
think is a great recruiting tool. The movie did a great job
of putting a face on what we do as Airmen and as
servicemembers, which I think is important for the general
public to see so they understand better our job in
Airmen were not the only ones in attendance. Soldiers,
Sailors and Marines were also invited to the screening.
"Military people will get a lot out of this movie because of
how realistic they depicted the way it is in the field, the
way we all work together, and the equipment we use," said
Army Sgt. Charles Eggleston, a Walter Reed patient. "The
whole thing was action packed and I loved seeing the
A-10 'bringing the rain' the way they always came to help us
out while I was in Iraq. Some of my fellow Soldiers and I
were talking about it's funny that with all the movies out
there, it took a movie about alien robots invading the
planet to get the military stuff right."
The work of Airmen and other military members left a lasting
impression on the minds of the cast and crew.
"We had a lot of guys from the military on set and they were
terrific," said Jon Voight, a seasoned actor who plays in
the movie. "They set the bar pretty high. They are the real
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