KINGMAN – Since the beginning of Hollywood, Arizona highways have played a big role in the movie industry, showing up in classic films such as “Grapes of Wrath” when director John Ford sent a film crew to shoot scenes along Route 66.
Last year, Michael Bay filmed scenes in Arizona for the fifth installment of the “Transformers” series. Parts of the movie were filmed at Luke Air Force Base, a junkyard and along State Route 88.
Filmmakers love the picturesque landscapes in Arizona, bringing their lights, camera and action to highway locations for 75 years.
Denton Hanna, location manager for “Transformers,” credited Arizona Department of Transportation for helping action sequences that involved specialty vehicles, aircraft and pyrotechnics on Arizona highways.
“I cannot overstate the importance of ADOT in the success of filming these action road scenes in Phoenix,” Hanna said.
Arizona is close to Hollywood and attracts filmmakers looking for clear weather, scenic highways and a variety of terrain. Arizona is the setting for big-budget films, documentaries and commercials.
ADOT officials work with the Arizona Office of Film and Digital Media to obtain necessary permits. Requirements include adequate liability insurance to safeguard the state’s investment in its highways. The agency issued 18 film permits in 2016, compared with 12 in 2015.
ADOT does its best to accommodate even the most outlandish stunts, like a crew that tethered a vehicle from a crane for a “bungee jump” from the Navajo Bridge.
Movies with scenes from Arizona highways include:
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