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:
- 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)