Transformers on the Mall

Optimus Prime is a Peterbilt truck and a character in the movie, Transformers III.

Optimus Prime, photo by Jeff Ostermayer

Film crews have taken over sections of the National Mall this week to film “Transformers III,” with the big event Tuesday night pyrotechnics. As today’s Washington Post reports, “‘Transformers’ blasts D.C. in a blink of an eye“:

Five hours to set up, one minute to set off. The wait for truly special effects was long, but Michael Bay’s Tuesday-night pyrotechnics display on the Mall — part of the director’s D.C. shoot for the sequel “Transformers: The Dark of the Moon” — ultimately delivered the big-budget kablooey.

Our Shopfloor At Night correspondent Jeff Ostermayer was on the scene and delivered this cell-phone camera shot of Optimus Prime, the leader of the Transformers, who manifests himself mechanically as a flame-detailed Peterbilt

We hope Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots inspire a new generation of engineers and manufacturing technicians. We can picture the exchange as father takes his son or daughter to the movie, and the excited child exclaims, “That’s so cool! How do they do it, dad?” 

“Hydraulics, kiddo. It’s the hydraulics.” 

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