This post is for Bananadoc and his kids, who simply wanted to perhaps catch a glimpse of one of the Transformer robots at the Packard Plant the other day.
I think this is one of the robot things.
You can see it in place behind the bushes in these two pics. (turns out to be fake jet engines)
Here is the set minus the robot, as they pack up to leave.
Man, it’s so cool when the hollywooders come to town and make their big huge movies here, because then the local people can stop by to take a peek, or maybe show their kids a real movie set. Right ?
I have heard a shocking number of complaints about the wild behavior of some of the security guards hired to monitor the Packard Plant site while the hollywooders use it for a set. I have also experienced their tactics first hand when I stopped by to take a look.
First of all, these are not some hollywood hotshot security people – no, its some tiny place in Southfield along the Lodge. Actually the property was honestly a little dumpy. Not exactly what I expected.
As one reader noted, the actual people who work for the company bear little resemblance to the stock photo people on the website.
Don’t YOU feel safe with these guys on the job ?
This is the kid in the khaki pants that first got right in my face when I stopped on public property and took a photograph of things clearly visible from my vantage point. He had no identification, and did not identify himself. He never once tried asking me to stop taking photographs. He referred to East Grand Boulevard as “this lot” and demanded I “get the fuck out of here right now, motherfucker“. I explained that I wasn’t standing on any “lot”, but rather East Grand Boulevard, and I was legally parked, and on public property. End of story, right ? No – then he stated that he was “going to call the police” after they copied my plate number. He said “you are going to get a $5000.00 fine”. I told him to definitely call the police, and then told him where I would be while I finished my photos.
I looped back around and took a video clip of the Packard facade, and there was in fact a Detroit Police cruiser who rolled by. He waved, and sped off west on the Boulevard. Enough said about “calling the police”, eh ?
Many things wrong here: first of all, you can not lie to people in order to coerce them into stopping behavior that they have a right to engage in. So the khaki pants kid lied to me when he said that I could not take photos where I was, he lied about a $5000 fine – another thing which is actionable in court. There is absolutely no law stopping anybody from photographing Packard any time they want from a public vantage. There can not be, according to the Constitution.
Same day: the guy in this photo followed my car for 20 minutes straight, around and around the neighborhood surrounding Packard, several blocks away. This is also harassment and intimidation.
In my opinion (this post is all my opinion) these folks simply broke laws while engaging the public at this site.
CLICK HERE to download the actual real laws regarding photography, and security guards in this situation. This is serious stuff, and I personally am writing a letter to the Attorney General of the State of Michigan about this company. The AG will contact the company and investigate your complaints, I strongly urge all the folks who were abused by this company to write to the AGs office and tell them your story. Screaming at people and threatening a family with children in the car coming to look at a stupid ass movie set is completely unacceptable. Elected officials are very responsive just before elections, if you know what I mean.
I offered this person a copy of the above laws regarding photography. He said “I know the law!”…..Yessss….He sure does look like a law scholar standing in the ghetto guarding an abandoned building.
If you notice, they freaked out hardest at the front entry where you cant see anything aside from that train car. As I demonstrated, the entire set was visible from Harper across I-94 with a 200mm lens. Makes very little sense to me.
This poor fella was in full blown panic mode when I drove by, but wasn’t sure what to do -since the car he is sitting in obviously has a club lock on the steering wheel.
[A reader pointed out in the comments that the real story here isnt that the hollywood companies being here is bad or anything. Simply this isolated incident of an unprofessional security company at this site.]