Transformers 2 filming in Philadelphia

It would seem that Philadelphia is bragging about its lineup of movies to be filmed in their little town including Transformers 2.

“The film industry is [an] increasingly lucrative [thing] for government to embrace,” says Pinkenson. “We already have a reputation as the most cooperative and film-friendly city in the business. Having these tax incentives adds to our attraction. Right now, we’re looking at applications for six to eight films to begin in June, and more to follow.”The not-so-top-secret list includes Remorse, Three Sistas, Shyamalan’s Avatar series, a film based on Marley and Me and possibly Transformers 2.

Now I have to challenge this claim of “the most cooperative and film friendly city in the business” as I think this is a little bit of an advertisement within a statement. All advertisements will claim that they are more durable yet softer than the leading kitten brand.

Personally I think they are trying to lure some business their way from the REAL most film friendly city in the world. Toronto Ontario Canada. As a former courier that worked the downtown core of Toronto, I have to say that if the repeatedly closed streets and lines of Craft Services trailers and crews were any indication, they would have approximately six to eight movies a WEEK in Toronto.

Producers LOVE Toronto. It looks enough like an American city that they can take shots of it and CGI the Empire State Building in the background and you wouldn’t know the difference. I knew the downtown core building by building and could often identify scenes shot in Toronto.

Am I happy that Transformers 2 is being filmed in Philly? Honestly I don’t care. I am just happy its being filmed. Period.

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