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Teknicolors has been extremely involved in the making of the new movie Transformers 4, due for a summer 2014 release. Here is a recent article in the Detroit News showing some awesome pictures of a set we provided a lot of material for.
By Candice Williams • July 11, 2013
An Asian-inspired town seems to have popped up in downtown Detroit as construction continues on a set of the Transformers 4 movie.
Crews worked on several buildings Wednesday in a gated lot at Washington Blvd. and Clifford. A source with knowledge of the project said Wednesday that a Transformer 4 set is being constructed on Washington Blvd. near Bagley.
At least four Asian-styled structures and a series of columns joined an existing empty building on the set. Large bundles of bamboo sat nearby. A subway car was spotted at one end of the set.
“It looks like it’s all ruins,” said Jim Zalewski, a Toledo resident, as he unknowingly passed by the set on his way to a Detroit Tigers game. When learning the lot was a movie set he decided to take some photos before heading to Comerica Park.
“I think it’s cool,” he said. “It’ll bring money to the area.”
Detroiter Calais Clark said she was relaxing in neighboring Grand Circus Park about a month ago when she noticed crews bringing in gravel.
Clark, from a rural town in Pennsylvania, said she’s sure she’ll watch the filming from her friends’ apartments that overlook the set.
“It makes me feel like I’m living in an actual city,” she said.
Article courtesy of The Detroit News
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Redford paint store goes Hollywood
By Pat Murphy • December 17, 2009
Customers walking into the Teknicolors, Inc., a paint store in Redford, are in for a surprise.
Amid the paint samples, brushes and rollers is a large chunk of what appears to be construction site rubble — a large chunk of concrete with steal beams protruding.
It's a remnant from the movie set of Red Dawn, filmed earlier this year, mostly in Troy.
It's also a relevant conversation piece, explains store manager Logan Orr, referring to the Styrofoam prop. “Customers say, ‘What's this,'” he said, “and that develops into a conversation about our paints.”
His company moved into the store at 25822 Schoolcraft, west of Beech Daly, in 2007, when the building was home to a paint outlet owned and operated by the Glenn Hanson family since 1957.
The store still caters to residential and commercial customers. “But we sell paint for anything that needs to be painted,” said Orr.
The company has supplied paint and/or finishes for 17 movies this year. Its history with movie and commercial art studios, however, goes back more than 15 years to the making of movies like Hoffa and 8 Mile in 1992 and 2001, respectively — long before 2008 when state legislation offered lucrative tax incentives to filmmakers working in Michigan.
His company provided paints and finishes to television stations as well as production companies making displays for the International Auto Show, said Orr. “And when movie companies started filming in Michigan, they called us,” he explained. “We didn't advertise, it was just word-of-mouth contact.”
His store still welcomes do-it-yourselfers, Orr said. “We have a knowledgeable staff to help customers find the right paint for the job.”
One of those staffers is Robert Hanson Jr., who worked with his dad and grandfather prior to the family's selling the store. “I graduated from Thurston (class of ‘74) and walked across the street to begin working,” he said, “and never regretted it.”
Article courtesy of The Redford Observer
Hollywood loves Detroit!
During the summer and fall of 2009 Teknicolors took part in the making of "Red Dawn". We supplied everything from paint, to fullers earth and powdered graphite. It was a sincere pleasure to work with the art and construction teams from both the local and Hollywood teams. We were able to develop a friendship as well as a mutual trust with the entire crew. We look forward to many more movies being made in Michigan. Thanks "Red Dawn"!
'Mich., Detroit have so much to offer'
I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the wonderful people of Detroit for opening your city to us while filming "Red Dawn" for the past several months.
I was less than thrilled when I heard we would be shooting "Red Dawn" in Detroit as result of Michigan's film incentive program, and I couldn't have been more wrong.
Instead of all the bad press that I have read and heard about, I found a fantastic, if somewhat challenged, city that is full of generous and kind people who have a great work ethic and an ingenuity to make more out of less.
You have allowed us to divert your traffic, close your streets, occupy your homes and buildings and let us make a bit of noise with some movie magic explosives. And for this we are eternally grateful.
Michigan and Detroit have so much to offer and I look forward to telling everyone who will listen what a wonderful experience we have had in your city and hope that this is just the first of many movies we are able to film here. Detroit, you truly do rock.
Jennifer Eddy , director's assistant,
Article courtesy of The Detroit News
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Teknicolors has played a big role in the Michigan Movie Industry by providing service and products to many of the movies filmed right in Metro Detroit. Some of them include:
- Polish Wedding---1997
- Out Of Sight---1998
- 8 Mile---2001
- Prayers For Bobby---2008
- Prince of the Motor City---2008
- Gran Torino---2009
- Gifted Hands---2009
- Butterfly Effect-Revelation---2009
- Little Murder---2010
- Red Dawn---2010
- The Irishman---2010
- Real Steel---2011
- Scream 4---2011
- A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas---2011
- Machine Gun Preacher---2011
- Oz: The Great and Powerful---2012
- Transformers 4---2013
- Superman vs. Batman---2014
The auto industry is what Michigan is all about and Teknicolors is proud to have played a part in providing supplies and services which were used in their advertising and promotions. We have supplied materials for television commercials for Ford, GM, and Chrysler as well as providing the materials for the following displays and booths at Detroit's annual North American International Auto Show:
Getting the job done:
Commercial as well as residential customers have come to depend on the reliable service and products at Teknicolors. Contractors use Teknicolors for paint and wall coverings because they can count on the availability of the products.
“Our commercial customers continue to come to us for every job because they know Teknicolors will perform,” said Westfall. “We actually help contractors make money by completing the job early, because we have the supplies available.”
Over the years Teknicolors has been involved in supplying coatings for many notable projects such as:
- Ford Motor Co. world headquarters in Dearborn
- Palace of Auburn Hills
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- IKEA store in Canton & Cinncinatti
- Beaumont Hospital
- South Lyon East High School
Teknicolors has a full line of “green products” for use in hospitals and other environmentally sensitive buildings. Teknicolors has supplied coatings for many hospitals, including:
- St. John Health System
- St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System
- U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor
- Beaumont Hospital
History of dependability:
Teknicolors opened its first store in Birmingham in 1997 with a staff of three and now has locations throughout Oakland County. A new Redford store was just added last year. The growing company has its headquarters and warehouse in Pontiac. It stocks over forty thousand gallons of paint for commercial, residential and industrial applications.
“When you come in our store, we will have what you need, or we can deliver it to you right away,” says owner Kevin Westfall.
Dear Teknicolors Fan,
Thank you for taking the time to view our web site today. In 1997, after 18 years in the paint business, I headed out with the goal to bring back the old-time service I had seen fall away in the retail paint industry by opening the first Teknicolors in Birmingham, Michigan. I am pleased to say that we have succeeded! What sets us apart is our sincere desire to see all of our customer’s projects succeed; from the contractor who is painting a large industrial warehouse to the homeowner who needs to paint a mudroom. The greatest reward is when a customer comes back and tells us how well their project turned out. Our experienced, well-trained staff is fantastic at discovering the paint needs of each customer and helping arrange the products and services needed to complete this project in the best and most cost-effective manner. After 16 years in business, I am proud to say that Teknicolors and our staff will go the extra mile to satisfy our customers like none before! It is always our pleasure to work with you on your next paint project, big or small.
Kevin Westfall - Owner/General Manager