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White Sands, NM To Double As Egypt

The Entertainment Tonight episode that featured a "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" set report has just aired and we have a quick wrap-up for you. Nothing new was really revealed, but it shows some characters are crossing paths sometime in the film.

On location at White Sands, New Mexico, the report showed that Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, and Josh Duhamel were all on set during the filming.

The area doubled as the Middle East in "Transformers."

According to images posted at the Transformers Live Action Movie Blog, the area will double as Egypt. The website incorrectly identifies the flag as Jordan, which was also revealed as another shooting location.

It is unknown if principal photography will move overseas as Brian Austin Green noted during an interview last month.

The video showed the characters running in the midst of explosions, as well as F-16s bombing the area.

Mr. LaBeouf commented to Entertainment Tonight, "this is nothing that I have ever done before."

Also, thanks to "TRANS-Lego-MaN" for pointing out that it was confirmed during the report that there will be 18 robots featured in the film!

This is relatively close to screenwriter Roberto Orci's suggestion that there may be ten robots on each side.

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hrsanchez15 2008-09-29 @ 8:09 pm

My brother and I go down to White Sands Missel range alot were in the New Mexico National Gaurd,at the base they have alot of sets for the new movie weve seen some pretty cool stuff down there I hope to get some pics on the blogs to share with you guys. :tfgrin

WraithVerge 2008-09-28 @ 9:22 pm

So, essentially, it's nothing but miles of kitty litter? :lol

Dark_Angel 2008-09-28 @ 9:12 pm

Hi. OK, long time lurker, first time poster, and I have to play the geek card. Sorry.

This has been grating on my nerves for days: There is no place called "White Sands, New Mexico". It does not exist. I have lived here for 32 years (and no, I am not exactly proud of that), and can assure you that I have a pretty good handle on the terrain, including place names.

Don't know if the movie folks gave this to the newsies just to blurr the issue of where they are filming, but I am seeing it everywhere, and it is incorrect.

There are two places with "White Sands" in the name here in southern New Mexico, and I can only verify that filming has occured in one of them. The first is "White Sands Missile Range", AKA WSMR, a large--well--US Army installation and RANGE that is primarily used for testing long range weapons systems, such as the Patriot Missile and its mods/upgrades. White Sands Missile Range also hosts a small US Navy presence (yes, in the middle of the desert), and is the site of the USS Desert Ship. You folks who care can verify all this with Google and Wikipedia. The only filming I am personally aware of having been done has been on WSMR. I DO NOT pretend to have any inside or other information regarding the film, however. Primarily because I am not a fan of the film series and do not frankly care.

I can tell you that you will be seeing some mobile missile launchers that I have the privilege of seeing up close on a regular basis in the film in some capacity, though I know absolutely no other details on that.

The second place called White Sands is the fairly well-known "White Sands National Monument", AKA WSNM, and it is possible that acronym confused some folks. White Sands is a national park, not a city, and does not even have its own mailing address (search it on the National Park Services website at and it comes up as a PO Box on Holloman Air Force Base, host of the Nighthawk Stealth Fighter during the 1990s and, as of this summer, the F-22 Raptor, and neighbor to Alamogordo, NM, which in its turn is most famous for its space museum and the crazy people who burn Harry Potter and other "questionable" books for Christmas. No, sadly, not kidding.) White Sands National Monument is best known for its literally white gypsum sands, and has been used by such films as Tank Girl and many others.

You can read more about all of these places on Wikipedia; the articles are all fairly accurate, though we who work on White Sands Missile Range have NOT dropped any missiles on White Sands National Monument... *cough*

So, if I haven't bored you to tears, then please spread the word. You don't want to sound as dumb as an Entertainment Tonight reporter, right? Good!

bwbm 2008-09-24 @ 1:23 am

Thanks for pointing that out!

TRANS-Lego-MaN 2008-09-24 @ 12:37 am

that guy that was reporting their said that their is 18 transformers in the sequel!

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