Transformers bonus

Don’t normally go to the film series? Wes alum Michael-freakin’-Bay is coming to the Transformers screening this Friday.

This part of his mini-biography on IMDb is pretty amazing:

Trade Mark

  • Intense slow motion shots of characters
  • Films often feature a US President giving a major speech before a major action is to be committed.
  • Has the camera moving during most scenes. Very rarely uses static shots.
  • (2001) His last 3 films all share: a) two male leads at odds with another; b) a cataclysmic event as the narrative’s fulcrumic point; c) the film’s lead female character has i) been a long-haired brunette, and ii) watched the film’s climax from a control room
  • Actors/characters in his films are almost uniformly shot in tight, emphatic close ups, framed under the hairline and above the chin.
  • Often uses lightflashes (i.e. lightbulbs and cameraflashes) to enhance scenes.
  • Often has over-the-top visuals (i.e. key events taking place at sunset or dramatic events taking place behind actors doing routine activities).
  • Utilizes monotonic but intense musical cues during action-filled car chase scenes. Bad Boys II (2003), The Island (2005)
  • Movies tend to be divided in two acts. The first one establishes the narrative and introduces the characters, allowing them to bond, usually in humorous and/or romantic ways. The second act is a non-stop action sequence.
  • Uses shots of aircraft against a setting sun, especially helicopters (Armageddon (1998/I), Pearl Harbor (2001), Transformers (2007)).
  • Often features a slow-motion shot of an object crashing into, or tumbling towards the camera.
  • Uses a shot where the camera spins in a circle around characters. (Bad Boys II, Transformers)

12 thoughts on “Transformers bonus

  1. Anonymous

    I’m going to be sorely tempted to burst into this at some point (not that I actually will):I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the mark,When he made Pearl Harbor.I miss you more then that movie missed the point,And that’s an awful lot girl.And now, now you’ve gone away,And all I’m trying to say,Is Pearl Harbor sucked and I miss youI need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school,He was terrible in that film.I need you like Cuba Gooding needed a bigger part,He’s way better then Ben Affleck.And now all I can think about is your smile,And that shitty movie too,Pearl Harbor sucked and I miss you(Interlude)Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?I guess Pearl Harbor sucked,Just a little bit more then I miss you.

  2. Anonymous

    I’m going to be sorely tempted to burst into this at some point (not that I actually will):

    I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the mark,
    When he made Pearl Harbor.
    I miss you more then that movie missed the point,
    And that’s an awful lot girl.
    And now, now you’ve gone away,
    And all I’m trying to say,
    Is Pearl Harbor sucked and I miss you

    I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school,
    He was terrible in that film.
    I need you like Cuba Gooding needed a bigger part,
    He’s way better then Ben Affleck.
    And now all I can think about is your smile,
    And that shitty movie too,
    Pearl Harbor sucked and I miss you

    (Interlude)

    Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?
    I guess Pearl Harbor sucked,
    Just a little bit more then I miss you.

  3. Anonymous

    Although he may be the worst Director in the history of Hollywood, I will most definately be attending this event.

  4. Anonymous

    Although he may be the worst Director in the history of Hollywood, I will most definately be attending this event.

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