Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production

Transformers News: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 5:15AM CDT

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According to the Times Herald Online, who were able to talk to Jonathan JJ Hook - the supervising location manager a co-producer for Transformers Universe: Bumblebee - about what goes into finding the right location to shoot a movie, and some more details about his approach to movie-making in general. Find out some snippets below, and the whole piece here!

For “Bumblebee,” a spin-off of the Michael Bay franchise “Transformer” movies, plenty of it is in Vallejo. This week on Mare Island, count on evenings with helicopters, special effects and pyrotechnics, followed by two days of downtown action.

The supervising location manager and co-producer oversees around 15 people on his team, though he’s handled movies orchestrated as many as 50 others working simultaneously in numerous states and countries.

It’s not a job for the timid, said Hook, a Los Angeles resident and native of England.

“You are dealing with change and pressure,” he said. “But if you’re creative and have a good imagination, you can climb the ranks quickly.”

Hook started as a personal assistant in England doing a period piece that included a shipwreck.

“My job was running out with blankets, tea and coffee,” Hook said.

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It wasn’t difficult to create exactly what was needed in town here, Hook said.

“Vallejo has got great bones,” he said of the town’s infrastructure. “It’s an Anywhere America, Back-to-the-Future type vibe. The great thing about Vallejo is there aren’t these huge chain stores. There a few other cities in California like it, but not that many. The city hasn’t been turned into a strip mall.”

Mare Island’s drydocks have been perfect for “Bumblebee,” said Hook.

So good, he noted, “the ending of the movie was re-written after finding the location.”
Credit(s): THO
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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1909101)
Posted by Va'al on September 7th, 2017 @ 2:14pm CDT
Courtesy of Instagram user lethalgraphix, we have some more looks at the current filming of Transformers Universe: Bumblebee taking place at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California, including some colour logo stickers, a short clip, and general set ..set-up. You can check them all out below!

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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1910513)
Posted by Va'al on September 12th, 2017 @ 4:07pm CDT
Revving up some speculation engines, we have an image from actor and stunt personnel Rory Markham on Instagram, hinting at a military presence in the upcoming Transformers Universe: Bumblebee live-action movie - with Sector 7 judging by the uniform he's wearing. Check it out below, and give us a comment in the Energon Pub!

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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1910517)
Posted by Deadput on September 12th, 2017 @ 4:17pm CDT
Not sure if I ever mentioned it here on this site but I called that Sector 7 would be back in some form!
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1910656)
Posted by TulioDude on September 13th, 2017 @ 10:33am CDT
Nice to see Sector Seven again,alwasy thought we could see more of them.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1911129)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 15th, 2017 @ 11:24am CDT
Given that Sector 7 knew of Megatron and he had been in the Hoover dam since 1933 or something like that, it makes sense they would be involved. Wonder if we'll see a little Simmons, like as a kid or something, and Bee is what convinces him to go crazy and join S7
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1911147)
Posted by Stuartmaximus on September 15th, 2017 @ 12:25pm CDT
Anyone think they'll use the standard & /or current Bee head instead of a G1 style one :-? I only ask coz he had the same style head as his current movies one during the WW2 sequence where he was a mercedes
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1911152)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 15th, 2017 @ 12:32pm CDT
Stuartmaximus wrote:Anyone think they'll use the standard & /or current Bee head instead of a G1 style one :-? I only ask coz he had the same style head as his current movies one during the WW2 sequence where he was a mercedes
Why would anyone think that he wouldn't keep his normal head in this movie?
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1911377)
Posted by william-james88 on September 16th, 2017 @ 9:28pm CDT
KSBW Action News 8 ran a piece on the upcoming Bumblebee movie headed to Santa-Cruz for principle filming. The extras that were previously sought have all been cast and you can see the video below for interviews with these extras. As said in the casting call, these extras will be wearing 80s themed clothes mainly as surfers, skaters and hippies.

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Posted by william-james88 on September 20th, 2017 @ 11:04am CDT
Instagram has plenty of on set images of the upcoming Bumblebee film currently being filmed in Vallejo, California. The town has been turned into an 80s setting with shop fronts being changed. We also see the name of this town being called Brighton Falls, which explains why this is the code name for this film's shoot. And most interesting of all is our first shot of a yellow Volkswagon Beetle showing us what we all hope is Mmvie Bumblebee finally getting his G1 alt mode in the movie verse.

Enjoy!

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These are the following links to the instagram posts if any fan wants to follow residents taking these images:

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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1911999)
Posted by william-james88 on September 20th, 2017 @ 11:18am CDT
A mural in Vallejo California has been painted over during the filming of he upcoming live-action Bumblebee movie. This mural called Vallejo Rising was painted over due to a miscommunication between Paramount and the building manager. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, a producer on this film, had the following to say: “I’m sorry about this, we will do as much as we can do to replace the mural — this was really unfortunate".

The entire story can be read here: http://www.timesheraldonline.com/genera ... over-mural

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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912000)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 20th, 2017 @ 11:22am CDT
With them using a VW, I wonder if he'll use his standard movie transformation scheme, which the early IDW comics used as the basis for his design
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912031)
Posted by Rodimus Knight on September 20th, 2017 @ 12:34pm CDT
It'll turn out that the VW isn't actually A transformer at all, just a red herring.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912058)
Posted by WreckerJack on September 20th, 2017 @ 3:48pm CDT
I wonder why they could not just edit out the mural digitally if they did not want it.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912165)
Posted by zodconvoy on September 21st, 2017 @ 8:25am CDT
WreckerJack wrote:I wonder why they could not just edit out the mural digitally if they did not want it.


And cut into the 'splosion money?
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Posted by Tyrannacon on September 21st, 2017 @ 2:18pm CDT
LAKIA Studios on Twitter tweeted a new picture featuring President & CEO Travis Knight on the set of the live-action Bumblebee film that is filming and in production now. In it we get a look at the car that is going to be the alt-mode of a Decepticon. No word on who the Decepticon is, but the car does look nice! Be sure to check out the pic below.

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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912212)
Posted by Quantum Surge on September 21st, 2017 @ 2:31pm CDT
Reminds me of Red Lightning from Power Rangers Turbo.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912216)
Posted by TFmonkeybiz on September 21st, 2017 @ 2:56pm CDT
Maybe if we're lucky this one will be in the movie for more than 30 seconds before he/she's killed off.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912218)
Posted by RiddlerJ on September 21st, 2017 @ 3:09pm CDT
it SHOULD be Runabout or Runamuck.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912219)
Posted by Soda Pop Kurtis on September 21st, 2017 @ 3:26pm CDT
I think it looks like an '80's version of Knock Out from TF Prime.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Interview with Jonathan Hook on Location and Production (1912223)
Posted by Budder Prime on September 21st, 2017 @ 4:07pm CDT
RiddlerJ wrote:it SHOULD be Runabout or Runamuck.

I was actually thinking the same thing, A vehicle this wild would suit either of those characters. Wait..

"A vehicle this wild" Perhaps we're getting our first Look at A Movieverse Stunticon? Like Wildrider, or Dead End. I'm not saying the Stunticons as a group would Appear but atleast a Character generally associated with them could.

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