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Transform the 'Transformers'-in-D.C. photo

By Melissa Bell, Bethonie Butler and Cory Haik

On the front page of The Post on Thursday, an intense photograph greeted readers: The Capitol appeared to be under attack.

Transformers had taken over D.C.

Sad Keanu
Wednesday night pyrotechnics. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Wednesdayt, Hollywood "big-budget kablooey" exploded in downtown Washington with a pyrotechnics display for the third installment of the Transformers movie, "Transformers: The Dark of the Moon." Reporter Aaron Leitko wrote from the scene: "A chain of blinding explosions -- fireballs, flames, the works -- lit up the intersection. 'Soldiers' charged into the street and sprayed 'machine-gun fire' into the air, blasting a robot monster that will later be CGI'ed into existence."

Of course, there were no Transformers at the scene. Those will be inputted into the film later with the help of computer technology. However, we're impatient at BlogPost. We decided we would help director Michael Bay and imagine the scene our own way.

Can you do better? Go ahead and download the original image, then gussy it up with the battle scene you'd like to play out. Load your image in this gallery and we'll present some of the best! They are already looking amazing; go check out the gallery.

Here's our attempt:

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Sad Keanu Reeves surveys the damage. (Wilson Andrews/The Washington Post)

(Obviously, the above image has been digitally altered (thanks, Sad Keanu!) The Post retains rights to the underlying image. We will publish altered versions that meet our Discussion Guidelines.)

Here are a few beauts:

From Bboyneko:
pandas.jpg

From Ginanoe:
jumping.jpg

From El_tigre:
cigar guy.jpg

Watch our Celebritology gals visit the Transformer set:

The Post's Hal Strauss spoke to the photographer about snapping the original photo:

Tracy Woodward got his assignment to shoot the "Tranformers 3" set in downtown Washington Tuesday morning -- but had to wait for 12 hours along with thousands of other onlookers before he got his shot.
Woodward first set up near H and 11th streets NW, where Optimus Prime and other stars of the latest "Transformers" sequel were parked until needed on the set. He then moved closer to where day's action was to take place on Pennsylvania Avenue NW -- grabbing a spot near Third Street, just southeast of where the film crews were working.
Woodward decided after dark that he wanted the Capitol in his images, and had to pack up, circle the crowds and move to the northwest edge of the set. "Usually, you don't want to leave a spot after you've invested time in it, but I took a chance," he said. "There were thousands of people packed in like sardines."
Finally, about 10:30, the fake ammunition started to go off, and Woodward began to shoot. He used a Nikon D-3 with an 80-200mm zoom lens, set at ISO 2000, F 4.5, and 1/100 of a second. "First, you heard the small-arms fire, then the pyrotechnics, then lots of smoke," he said. "It was over in about 2.4 minutes."

By Melissa Bell, Bethonie Butler and Cory Haik  | October 14, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
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Comments

Wasnt that Blackzilla that I saw coming up 14th Street? Oh never mind, it was just Chappelle taking a leak...

Posted by: SoTired | October 14, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I honestly can't believe they allowed these kinds of pyrotechnics in D.C. It's not like everyone within earshot of the explosions and machine gun fire would have been aware that they were filming, and a person's first impulse in hearing those sounds would likely be to think of terrorism.

When they can animate gigantic robots, surely they can add explosions in post production, too.

Posted by: whitwhit | October 14, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

whitwhit stop whining! It's been all over the news that they are filming in DC.

Posted by: Coqui301 | October 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"I honestly can't believe they allowed these kinds of pyrotechnics in D.C. It's not like everyone within earshot of the explosions and machine gun fire would have been aware that they were filming, and a person's first impulse in hearing those sounds would likely be to think of terrorism."

seriously? anyone in their right mind can use some basic logic to make the connection. did you even look at the picture? it's self-evident that they were filming a movie, as they have been for days in D.C. we also don;t know if parties in the nearby area were notified of the pyrotechnics (which im almost positive they were).

it's obama's fault!

Posted by: phishishere | October 14, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I like the incorporation of pandas:

Butterstick's Revenge?

Posted by: sfpearcy@hotmail.com | October 14, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Funny stuff! Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Fontana1 | October 14, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Dear whitwhit, as a former resident of Capitol Hill, I assure you that people there are quite used to film crews. Besides, hardly anyone but tourists are down in that museum/office/embassy section of town. I think there are perhaps 4 apartment buildings nearby...

I like the pandas - R O W R !!

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Posted by: 1561705755 | October 14, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Sadly the Pandas will probably be better than Transformers 3.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Team America: Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?

Posted by: thurdl01 | October 14, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

It's Pandamonium!

Posted by: RyanInFx | October 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Palizilla is outstanding. Beautifully done and a great critique on the real fear in DC of those that traffic in what is but fleeting fame.

Posted by: FoundingMother | October 15, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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