Michael Bay

Michael Bay was born on February 17, 1965 at Los Angeles, California, United States. Michael Bay net worth is $400 Million. Michael Bay is American born Filmmaker, Film director, Film Producer, Actor, Music Video Director, Television producer, Businessperson. Michael Bay has been seen in movies “Pearl Harbor”, “The Island”, “Armageddon”, “Bad Boys”, “The Rock”, “Friday the 13th”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.

Facts of Michael Bay

Full NameMichael Bay
Net Worth$400 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 17, 1965
Age55 years 3 months
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, United States
Height6 ft (1.854 m)
ProfessionFilmmaker, Film director, Film Producer, Actor, Music Video Director, Television producer, Businessperson
EducationExclusive Crossroads School, in Santa Monica, California, Wesleyan University, Art Center College of Design
ParentsJimmy Bay, Harriet Bay
SiblingsLisa Bay
NicknamesMichael Benjamin Bay
AwardsDirectors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Commercials, Saturn Award for Best Director, Golden Raspberry Awards, Huabiao Film Award, MTV Movie Awards, Scream Award, Teen Choice Award,ShoWest Convention Award - Favorite Movie of the Year
Movies“Pearl Harbor”, “The Island”, “Armageddon”, “Bad Boys”, “The Rock”, “Friday the 13th”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
TV Shows“Cocaine Cowboys”, “No Way Out”, “Coca Cola”, “Red Cross”
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Quotes of Michael Bay

1[on shooting in 3-D]: Digital, no matter what people tell you, it's bullshit. They say, "Oh, it looks just like film." It doesn't look like film and never will. And it's like those people that are telling you are technicians. But I will be able to tweak film better than you tweak a digital image, because it just can't hold really bright skies to this black thing. You have to favor one thing. If I favored her, that would go much wider.Whereas film, you would be able to get more blue out of it or whatever. And you can't really do that with digital. So they're lying to you when they say it looks just like film. It doesn't. And when you shoot 3D, technically you give up some color, you give up some sharpness, you give up brightness. But you get the added benefit of seeing 3D. And what the audiences really are pissed about is dim 3D. So I did this special thing for the theater owner, I said, "You better turn your bulbs up."
2To tell the truth, shooting action bores me now. But the audience has grown to like what I do and expect visually stimulating excitement. Staying in that genre is me being safe.
3I'm one of the few directors - it seems like a dying art - that actually shoot a lot in the camera.
4[on Transformers (2007)] Well, it's just, you know, listen, it's like...I didn't want to make the boxy characters, you know? Think about it, 30 feet in the air in the real world, just boxes, you know and it'd just look more fake, you know? And by adding more doo-dads, you know, stuff on the...stuff. Stuff on the robots, more car parts, and...you know you can just make it look more real.
5There are tons of people who hate me. They hate my movies and whatnot. But you know, hey, my films have made a lot of money around the world. 2-something billion dollars, that's a lot of tickets. They said that I wrecked cinema. They said that my, uh...cutting style. They say I cut too fast. And yet now you see it in movies everywhere. Do I take pride in people knowing my style? I think it's nice people know a director has a style. And you can reinvent yourself too.
6His most offensive criticism: Roger Ebert on Pearl Harbor (2001). He commented on TV that bombs don't fall like that. Does he actually think we didn't research every nook and cranny of how armor-piercing bombs fell? He's watched too many movies. He thinks they all fall flat - armor-piercing bombs fall straight down, that's the way it was designed! But HE's on the air pontificating and giving the wrong information. That's insulting!
7I write my own action. There's a scene in The Island (2005) - a highway chase where a pile of train wheels fall off a truck and smashes into the oncoming cars. That thought came to me as I was driving next to a truck carrying rail wheels. My mind is very fertile, so I'm like, 'That's very dangerous!' I sent someone out to do research and found out those train wheels weigh a TON each . . .
8[about the kissing scene in The Island (2005)] I should re-shoot that scene right now. Two characters who have never even heard of sex are now trying it for the first time - you could have actually made it really funny and touching. I kept saying to [Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor], 'I want you to feel like you're kissing for the first time'. I don't know if you heard it, but when they're bouncing lips, they go 'Wow!'
9Lots of sci-fi movies are much ado about nothing. What I liked about [The Island (2005)] is that it's a universal thing: we all want to live longer. But how selfish would you be to achieve that? You could get a liver, a heart, kidneys, essential things. But I wanted to show people going for things that were just so crass, like fresh skin for a face-lift. For some woman who doesn't want to go through the pain of childbirth and have stretch marks, why not have your clone birth for you? How disgusting is that?
10Quentin Tarantino called me once. Someone had written 'Is Michael Bay the Devil?' Quentin said, 'Don't worry, last year they called me the Antichrist.'
11I know [critics] have [been tough on my movies]. And that's why I've taken Jerry Bruckheimer's advice: I don't read them, I really don't.
12I make movies for teenage boys. Oh, dear, what a crime.
13Directing is not a job. It's more like a career. Which is great!
14I love it when people get really mean and call you a 'hack'. It's like, don't they see how well these movies are doing? They make an impression around the world. I met this guy in Bali who lives in a hut with a TV, and he loved The Rock (1996). That means something, doesn't it?
15A lot of directors don't want the pressure of a movie the size of 'Pearl Harbor (2001)'. But I love it. I thrive on it.

Quick Facts of Michael Bay

1$25,000,000 (Director's Gross Earnings)
2$100,000 (directing fee)
3Was considered to direct Planet of the Apes (2001).
4Such is the intensely busy and chaotic nature of his film sets, the cast and crew generally refer to it as "Bayhem".
5He was raised Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
6Was considered to direct Watchmen (2009).
7Co-Founded Propoganda Films in the early 1990s.
8Was originally set to direct King Arthur (2004) but dropped out.
9Filming Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) in the United States, Russia and possibly Africa. [July 2010]
10Was reported to be fine and uninjured after fending off two men who attacked him demanding money--and carrying an "air conditioner" as a weapon--on the set of the latest Transformers (2007) sequel shooting in Hong Kong in October, 2013.
11One of 20 prominent filmmakers to sign a letter in protest of Premium Video on Demand, which allows films to be streamed by home viewers at a cost of $30 only 60 days after the film's release in theaters.
12He considers himself an old school director, preferring analog over digital, both in shooting on film stock and keeping CGI shots to a minimum, staging practical action and stunts whenever possible.
13Was challenged by German filmmaker Uwe Boll to a charity boxing match in 2008.
14Cousin of Susan Bay, cousin-in-law of Leonard Nimoy.
15Was considered to direct Superman Returns (2006).
16Good friends with Ben Affleck.
17Was offer the opportunity to direct Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) but pulled out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
18Was offered the chance to direct Man on Fire (2004).
19Turned down the offer to direct Van Helsing (2004) , opting to do The Island (2005) instead.
20Michael was adopted when he was two weeks old, by Harriet (Markowitz) and Sheldon James "Jim" Bay, who raised him. He has a sister, Lisa Bay.
21Was offered the chance to direct Red Dragon (2002) but turned it down. Job went to Brett Ratner.
22Uses a Mark V director's viewfinder while shooting a film. The viewfinder is often prominently featured in photographs of him, hung around his neck. It is engraved with his name and the names of every film he has directed.
23Two of his films, Armageddon (1998) and The Rock (1996), are in the Criterion Collection.
24The Rock (1996) is his favorite of the films he has directed and Sean Connery is his favorite actor that he's ever worked with.
25President of The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness, also known as The Institute, a commercial and music video production company he founded with Scott Gardenhour.
26He filmed the dynamic shots of the thrown dice in the gambling scenes for Adrian Lyne's Indecent Proposal (1993). He later "repossessed" the shots for a montage in Armageddon (1998).
27Ranked #47 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Previously ranked #54 in 2004.
28He is a very good friend to Don Michael Paul and even lent him some aerial shots from The Rock (1996) to Paul's movie Half Past Dead (2002).
29He is a very close friend of writer/director George Lucas from whom he often seeks advice. As a teenager, he worked at ILM in the storyboard department for films like Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
30Studied under film historian Jeanine Basinger at Wesleyan University; Basinger later provided audio commentary, along with Bay, for the Pearl Harbor (2001) DVD. Filmmakers Ruben Fleischer, Joss Whedon' and Benh Zeitlin are also Wesleyan graduates.
31Filmed the movie Armageddon (1998) with an eye towards Middle America. Has a love for Americana.
32Since the age of 26, Bay has won every major commercial directing award, including the Gold and Silver Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. He also won the Grand Prix Clio for Commercial of the Year for his "Got Milk/Aaron Burr" commercial, which also won him the Museum of Modern Art Award for Best Campaign of the Year.
33All his films up to and including Armageddon (1998) made him the youngest director to reach the billion dollar mark world wide.
34Joined Propaganda Films two weeks out of graduate school. He befriended actor Djimon Hounsou, who was working across the street at a modeling agency. Djimon Hounsou later appeared in The Island (2005).
35In Bad Boys (1995), Bay paid $25,000 (one quarter of his fee) for the climax explosion scene. The initial shot was made impossible by a rainstorm, and the production company refused to pay for another try.
36Shot over 1 million feet of film for Pearl Harbor (2001). Used only about 20,000 feet for the final, 9-reel cut.
37"Movieline" revealed in 2001 that Bay's father is John Frankenheimer. Frankenheimer, who always denied paternity, took a DNA test in the 1980s which was negative.
38Owns two English Mastiff dogs, named Grace after the character played by Liv Tyler in Armageddon (1998) and Bonecrusher after the Decepticon that appeared in Transformers (2007). His bullmastiff Mason Rock Bay named the character Sean Connery played in the The Rock (1996)) died of old age in 2007.
39Received a post-graduate degree in Film at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design in California.

Trademarks of Michael Bay

1His films often feature two male leads who have arguments, trivial discussions or are constantly trying to one-up each other (Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys II, Pain and Gain)
2Destruction of famous locations/landmarks; e.g. Alcatraz (The Rock), New York and Paris (Armageddon), Pearl Harbor (Pearl Harbor), The Pyramids (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen); Chicago (Transformers: Dark of the Moon).
3All his films have at least one shot of a man screaming in slow motion. Usually as a battle cry.
4Most of his films have a shot of pilots running toward their aircraft for takeoff.
5Frenetic editing of action sequences
6Is known for his high grossing action-packed movies. All of his movies have grossed more than $100 million, except Bad Boys (1995) and The Island (2005).
7Has worked with producer Jerry Bruckheimer on all of his films, until The Island (2005).
8He occasionally makes cameo appearances in his films: in Bad Boys II (2003) he plays a guy driving a small beat-up old car which Martin Lawrence attempts to borrow, a NASA scientist in Armageddon (1998), and in Transformers (2007) he is the "disgusting" human that gets flicked away by Megatron.
9Big explosions, often in slow-motion, with people running away in the foreground.
10Frequently incorporates scenes that involve characters running or moving towards the camera (almost always shot in slow-motion)
11Use of shots where the camera spins in slow-motion in a circle around the characters. (Bad Boys, The Rock, Bad Boys II, Transformers)
12Often features a slow-motion shot of an object crashing into, or tumbling towards the camera.
13Uses shots of aircraft against a setting sun, especially helicopters (Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Transformers (2007)).
14Utilizes monotonic but intense musical cues during action-filled car chase scenes (Bad Boys II (2003), The Island (2005)).
15Often has over-the-top visuals (i.e. key events taking place at sunset or dramatic events taking place behind actors doing routine activities).
16Often uses lightflashes (i.e. lightbulbs and cameraflashes) to enhance scenes.
17Actors/characters in his films are almost uniformly shot in tight, emphatic close ups, framed under the hairline and above the chin.
18(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
19Has the camera moving during most scenes Very rarely uses static shots
20Films often feature a US President giving a major speech before a major action is to be committed.
21Intense slow motion shots of characters

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