History Creator / MichaelBay

22nd Jul '16 9:39:29 AM contrafanxxx
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* RatedMForManly
7th Jul '16 12:46:37 AM DoctorSleep
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* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Has a habit of making sequels with elaborate names [[ClicheStorm filled with overused words]]. Film/BadBoys2 was an aversion.
19th Jun '16 12:14:11 PM StFan
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-->--[[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Michael_Bay_Presents:_Explosions! A sketch from]] ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''

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-->--[[http://robotchicken.-->-- [[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Michael_Bay_Presents:_Explosions! A sketch from]] ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''



Bay got interested in action films when [[EstablishingCharacterMoment he set firecrackers on a train set, filmed it with his mom's camera, and got grounded]] - an approach which seems to have continued into many of his higher budget movies even today. As a teenager he was a clerk for Lucasfilm in the early '80s, and worked on ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''. [[ItWillNeverCatchOn He thought it would suck]], but ate his words when he saw the final product. That got him interested in directing.

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Bay got interested in action films when [[EstablishingCharacterMoment he set firecrackers on a train set, filmed it with his mom's camera, and got grounded]] - -- an approach which seems to have continued into many of his higher budget movies even today. As a teenager he was a clerk for Lucasfilm in the early '80s, and worked on ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''. [[ItWillNeverCatchOn He thought it would suck]], but ate his words when he saw the final product. That got him interested in directing.









* BadBoss: If BruceWillis is to be believed, he's hard to work for.



* DoingItForTheArt

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* DoingItForTheArtDoingItForTheArt:



* FanNickname: His SignatureStyle is called "Bayhem."

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* FanNickname: His SignatureStyle is called "Bayhem.""Bayhem".



* GenreSavvy: He ''knows'' that no matter what he does or how hated his movies are going to be, they'll be commercial successes anyways. In other words, he ''knows'' that people LoveToHate him. The exception to this is ''The Island'' which was less than successful to say the least.
** In fact, Creator/RogerEbert (not usually Bay's biggest fan, repeatedly saying that he is disappointed that Bay stopped making "real movies") said in his review that the main problem with ''The Island'' was that Bay seemed to be PlayingAgainstType trying to make a more cerebral movie and that the movie reflects Bay as not really enjoying it. He essentially admitted that while he might not always like Bay's movies, they at least usually conveyed Bay's own sense of sincerity, fun, and belief in the RuleOfCool.

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* GenreSavvy: He ''knows'' that no matter what he does or how hated his movies are going to be, they'll be commercial successes anyways. In other words, he ''knows'' that people LoveToHate him. The exception to this is ''The Island'' which was less than successful to say the least. \n** In fact, Creator/RogerEbert (not usually Bay's biggest fan, repeatedly saying that he is disappointed that Bay stopped making "real movies") said in his review that the main problem with ''The Island'' was that Bay seemed to be PlayingAgainstType trying to make a more cerebral movie and that the movie reflects Bay as not really enjoying it. He essentially admitted that while he might not always like Bay's movies, they at least usually conveyed Bay's own sense of sincerity, fun, and belief in the RuleOfCool.



* MadeOfExplodium: A ''big'' fan of StuffBlowingUp. He even parodies this.
-->"Awesome barbecue!" '''*BOOM!*''' "Awesome pool!" '''*BOOM!'''

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* MadeOfExplodium: A ''big'' fan of StuffBlowingUp. StuffBlowingUp.
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He even parodies this.
-->"Awesome --->"Awesome barbecue!" '''*BOOM!*''' "Awesome pool!" '''*BOOM!'''



* MeanBoss: If Creator/BruceWillis is to be believed, he's hard to work for.



* OldShame: Michael Bay isn't too fond of Transformers 2. Bay has also stated that for ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', claiming ExecutiveMeddling was responsible for some of the flaws: he only had a limited timeframe to do the special effects and would have had a different third act (although [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/apr/24/michael-bay-no-apology-armageddon he did insist that he was not apologizing for the movie, and that stories claiming so were misquoting him]]).

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* OldShame: Michael Bay isn't too fond of Transformers 2.''Transformers 2''. Bay has also stated that for ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', claiming ExecutiveMeddling was responsible for some of the flaws: he only had a limited timeframe to do the special effects and would have had a different third act (although [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/apr/24/michael-bay-no-apology-armageddon he did insist that he was not apologizing for the movie, and that stories claiming so were misquoting him]]).



* OneOfUs: He is a bit of a geek, even saying his [[http://movies.about.com/od/transformers/a/transfrmmb61707.htm love of anime]] influenced how he made the ''Transformers'' films. He also wasn't a fan of ''Transformers'' until Hasbro gave him a rundown of the series (even saying no one has been thinking of giant robots more than him).

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* OneOfUs: He is a bit of a geek, even saying his [[http://movies.about.com/od/transformers/a/transfrmmb61707.htm love of anime]] influenced how he made the ''Transformers'' films. He also wasn't a fan of ''Transformers'' until Hasbro gave him a rundown of the series (even saying no one no-one has been thinking of giant robots more than him).him).
* TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou: Even Ebert acknowledged that Bay's work represents some of the most visually stunning and technically polished cinematography in modern film. Ebert gave, and many critics continue to give, a strange impression of YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: That is, they wouldn't be so bothered by Bay if he actually were a bad director. It's the fact that a talented one willfully chooses to create unapologetic popcorn movies that drives them nuts.



* TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou: Even Ebert acknowledged that Bay's work represents some of the most visually stunning and technically polished cinematography in modern film. Ebert gave, and many critics continue to give, a strange impression of YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: That is, they wouldn't be so bothered by Bay if he actually were a bad director. Its the fact that a talented one willfully chooses to create unapologetic popcorn movies that drives them nuts.



* UncleTomfoolery: The ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' movies had some of this but WordOfGod (from Bay and the voice actors) says that Skids and Mudflap were meant to be wannabe gangsters, not this trope.

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* UncleTomfoolery: The ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies had some of this but WordOfGod (from Bay and the voice actors) says that Skids and Mudflap were meant to be wannabe gangsters, not this trope.



''[[MundaneMadeAwesome Awesome]] [[TheStinger STINGER!]]'' '''[[MadeOfExplodium *BOOM!*]]'''

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''[[MundaneMadeAwesome Awesome]] [[TheStinger STINGER!]]'' '''[[MadeOfExplodium *BOOM!*]]'''*BOOM!*]]'''
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6th Jun '16 8:33:52 PM seminoles8
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%%* HonorBeforeReason: '''The''' defining attribute of a Heroic Male in a Michael Bay movie.



%%* MsFanservice: He usually has more than one in each of his movies.
6th Jun '16 7:52:48 PM TheNerfGuy
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* HonorBeforeReason: '''The''' defining attribute of a Heroic Male in a Michael Bay movie.

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* %%* HonorBeforeReason: '''The''' defining attribute of a Heroic Male in a Michael Bay movie.



* MsFanservice: He usually has more than one in each of his movies.

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* %%* MsFanservice: He usually has more than one in each of his movies.



* OldShame: As noted above Michael Bay isn't too fond of Transformers 2. Bay has also stated that for ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', claiming ExecutiveMeddling was responsible for some of the flaws: he only had a limited timeframe to do the special effects and would have had a different third act (although [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/apr/24/michael-bay-no-apology-armageddon he did insist that he was not apologizing for the movie, and that stories claiming so were misquoting him]]).

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* OldShame: As noted above Michael Bay isn't too fond of Transformers 2. Bay has also stated that for ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', claiming ExecutiveMeddling was responsible for some of the flaws: he only had a limited timeframe to do the special effects and would have had a different third act (although [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/apr/24/michael-bay-no-apology-armageddon he did insist that he was not apologizing for the movie, and that stories claiming so were misquoting him]]).
31st May '16 4:54:02 PM hamza678
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* Irony: Bay is a man disliked by critics of films, but is respected by makers of film. Odd thing ain't it?

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* Irony: {{Irony}}: Bay is a man disliked by critics of films, but is respected by makers of film. Odd thing ain't it?
30th May '16 9:25:04 AM seminoles8
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* Tropes/Irony: Bay is a man disliked by critics of films, but is respected by makers of film. Odd thing ain't it?

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* Tropes/Irony: Irony: Bay is a man disliked by critics of films, but is respected by makers of film. Odd thing ain't it?
30th May '16 9:24:24 AM seminoles8
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* Irony: Bay is a man disliked by critics of films, but is respected by makers of film. Odd thing ain't it?

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* Irony: Tropes/Irony: Bay is a man disliked by critics of films, but is respected by makers of film. Odd thing ain't it?
30th May '16 9:23:20 AM seminoles8
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%%* HonorBeforeReason: '''The''' defining attribute of a Heroic Male in a Michael Bay movie.

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%%* * HonorBeforeReason: '''The''' defining attribute of a Heroic Male in a Michael Bay movie.



%%* MsFanservice: He usually has more than one in each of his movies.

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%%* * MsFanservice: He usually has more than one in each of his movies.



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26th May '16 4:14:12 AM rjd1922
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* SignatureShot : He has several. Spinning Steadicam shots, low angle closeups with a zoomed in telephoto lens, layered deep focus shots contrasting foreground and background (see page image), panoramic aerial shots (preferably involving sunsets), and slow motion destruction shots employing the VertigoEffect are all part of his signature look.

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* SignatureShot : SignatureShot: He has several. Spinning Steadicam shots, low angle closeups with a zoomed in telephoto lens, layered deep focus shots contrasting foreground and background (see page image), panoramic aerial shots (preferably involving sunsets), and slow motion destruction shots employing the VertigoEffect are all part of his signature look.
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