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Pearl Harbor & the Explosions

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Pearl Harbor & the Explosions was among the initial American new influx groups. The music group was created in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA in 1978 by vocalist Pearly Gates, guitarist Peter Bilt, bassist Hilary Stench, and drummer John Stench. The group became a Bay Region preferred and was a fundamental element of a fertile fresh wave picture that also spawned Romeo Void, Translator, and Wire Teach. Gates was once a history dancer for the Pipes and after she quit, she became a member of Leila as well as the Snakes, ultimately renamed Pearl Harbor & the Explosions. In 1979, the music group released the solitary “Drivin’.” Actually without any advertising, the record offered a lot more than 10,000 copies. The group was authorized to Warner Bros. that 12 months. Nevertheless, the group’s self-titled debut LP had not been a commercial achievement as well as the group disbanded. Gates began phoning herself Pearl Harbor and proceeded to go single. She released Don’t Adhere to Me, I’m Misplaced As well, in 1981. In 1995, she collaborated with East Bay Ray (acoustic guitar) from the Deceased Kennedys, recording Right here Comes Trouble. Alongside Stinky Le Pew (acoustic guitar), Lee Vilensky (bass), and Mike Hunter (drums), they headlined the 1998 Psychobilly Event, resurrecting the Explosions’ infectious fresh influx energy and thirst for fun.

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Full Name Pearl Harbor and the Explosions
Music Songs Drivin', Shut Up And Dance, The Big One, So Much For Love, Up and Over, You Got It, Everybody's Boring But My Baby, Don't Come Back, You're In Trouble Again, Filipino Baby, Grip, Fujiyama Mama, Do Your Homework, Alone In The Dark, At The Dentist, Heaven Is Gonna Be Empty, Let's Go Upstairs, Cowboys And Indians, Rough Kids, Losing To You, Black Slacks, Out With The Girls, Two Left Feet, Keep Going, I Can Feel The Fire, Stop Me, Let’s Eat, Out In The Streets, Tell Me, Nerves
Albums Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, At The Zellerbach Auditorium Campus, Berkeley, CA 24 Apr ‘79 (Live)


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#Fact
1 Was considered to direct Planet of the Apes (2001).
2 Such is the intensely busy and chaotic nature of his film sets, the cast and crew generally refer to it as "Bayhem".
3 He was raised Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
4 Was considered to direct Watchmen (2009).
5 Co-Founded Propoganda Films in the early 1990s.
6 Was originally set to direct King Arthur (2004) but dropped out.
7 Filming Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) in the United States, Russia and possibly Africa. [July 2010]
8 Was 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.
9 One 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.
10 He 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.
11 Was challenged by German filmmaker Uwe Boll to a charity boxing match in 2008.
12 Cousin of Susan Bay, cousin-in-law of Leonard Nimoy.
13 Was considered to direct Superman Returns (2006).
14 Good friends with Ben Affleck.
15 Was offer the opportunity to direct Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) but pulled out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
16 Was offered the chance to direct Man on Fire (2004).
17 Turned down the offer to direct Van Helsing (2004) , opting to do The Island (2005) instead.
18 Michael 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.
19 Was offered the chance to direct Red Dragon (2002) but turned it down. Job went to Brett Ratner.
20 Uses 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.
21 Two of his films, Armageddon (1998) and The Rock (1996), are in the Criterion Collection.
22 The Rock (1996) is his favorite of the films he has directed and Sean Connery is his favorite actor that he's ever worked with.
23 President 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.
24 He 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).
25 Ranked #47 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Previously ranked #54 in 2004.
26 He 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).
27 He 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).
28 Studied 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.
29 Filmed the movie Armageddon (1998) with an eye towards Middle America. Has a love for Americana.
30 Since 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.
31 All his films up to and including Armageddon (1998) made him the youngest director to reach the billion dollar mark world wide.
32 Joined 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).
33 In 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.
34 Shot over 1 million feet of film for Pearl Harbor (2001). Used only about 20,000 feet for the final, 9-reel cut.
35 "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.
36 Owns 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.
37 Received a post-graduate degree in Film at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design in California.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Transformers 7 2019 executive producer announced
Bad Boys 4 2019 producer announced
The Purge 4 2018 producer pre-production
Bumblebee 2018 producer announced
A Quiet Place 2018 producer pre-production
Transformers: The Last Knight 2017 executive producer completed
Jack Ryan 2017 TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes pre-production
Untitled Miami Project 2017 TV Movie executive producer completed
Little America producer announced
The Purge TV Movie producer announced
Ouija: Origin of Evil 2016 producer - produced by
The Last Ship 2014-2016 TV Series executive producer - 34 episodes
The Purge: Election Year 2016 producer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 producer
Billion Dollar Wreck 2016 TV Series executive producer - 9 episodes
13 Hours 2016 producer
Black Sails 2014-2015 TV Series executive producer - 18 episodes
Project Almanac 2015 producer
Ouija 2014/II producer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 producer
The Purge: Anarchy 2014 producer
Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 executive producer
Pain & Gain: The A Game - Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' 2013 Video documentary executive producer
Occult 2013 TV Movie executive producer
The Purge 2013/I producer
Pain & Gain 2013 producer
Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon 2012 Video documentary executive producer
Uncharted Territory: NASA's Future Then and Now 2012 Video documentary short executive producer
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 executive producer
I Am Number Four 2011 producer
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 producer
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 executive producer
Friday the 13th 2009 producer
Horsemen 2009 producer
The Unborn 2009 producer
From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack 2007 Video documentary short executive producer
Our World 2007 Video documentary executive producer
Their War 2007 Video documentary executive producer
Transformers 2007 executive producer
The Hitcher 2007 producer
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning 2006 producer
In the Blink of an Eye 2005/I consulting producer
The Island 2005 producer
The Amityville Horror 2005 producer
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 producer
Pearl Harbor 2001 producer
Armageddon 1998 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Transformers: The Last Knight 2017 directed by completed
13 Hours 2016
Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014
Pain & Gain 2013
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009
Transformers 2007
The Island 2005
The Lionel Richie Collection 2003 Video documentary video "Do It to Me"
Bad Boys II 2003
Pearl Harbor 2001
Faith Hill: There You'll Be 2001 Video short
Armageddon 1998
Aerosmith: Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees) 1997 Video short
The Rock 1996
Bad Boys 1995
Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II - Picture Show 1994 Video music videos
Meat Loaf: Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are 1994 Video short
Meat Loaf: Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through 1994 Video short
Meat Loaf: I'd Do Anything for Love - But I Won't Do That 1993 Video short
Shadows and Light: From a Different View 1992 Video documentary short
Lionel Richie: Do It to Me 1992 Video short
Wilson Phillips: You Won't See Me Cry 1992 Video short
Tina Turner: Love Thing 1992 Video short
Great White: My... My... My... the Video Collection 1991 Video video "Call It Rock N' Roll"
Great White: Call It Rock 'N Roll 1991 Video short
Tina Turner: Nutbush City Limits 1991 Video short
Young M.C.: That's the Way Love Goes 1991 Video short
Great White: Congo Square 1991 Video short
House of Lords: Remember My Name 1991 Video short
Divinyls: I Touch Myself 1991 Video short
Donny Osmond: Sure Lookin' 1991 Video short
Winger: Can't Get Enuff 1991 Video short
Styx: Show Me the Way 1990 Video short
Chicago: Hearts in Trouble 1990 Video short
Donny Osmond: My Love Is a Fire 1990 Video short
Styx: Love Is the Ritual 1990 Video short
The Neville Brothers: Bird on a Wire 1990 Video short
Faster Pussycat: House of Pain 1990 Video short
Seduction: Heartbeat 1990 Video short
Britny Fox: Dream On 1990 Video short
Colin James: Keep on Lovin Me Baby 1990 Video short
Louie Louie: Sittin' in the Lap of Luxury 1990 Video short
Playboy: Kerri Kendall - September 1990 Video Centerfold 1990 Video documentary
Play That Funky Music 1990 Video short segment "I Love You"
Poco: Nothin' to Hide 1990 Video short
Slaughter: Up All Night 1990 Video short
Tyler Collins: Second Chance 1990 Video short
Vanilla Ice: I Love You 1990 Short
Richard Marx: Angelia 1989 Video short
Poco: Call It Love 1989 Video short
Donny Osmond: Sacred Emotion 1989 Video short
Gregg Allman: I'll Be Holding On 1989 Video short
Tyler Collins: Whatcha Gonna Do? 1989 Video short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 Truck Passenger (uncredited)
The Neighbors 2013 TV Series Michael Bay
Transformers 2007 Guy Flicked by Megatron (uncredited)
Bad Boys II 2003 Crappy Car Driver
Zigs 2001 Extra
Coyote Ugly 2000 Photographer
Mystery Men 1999 Frat Boy
Armageddon 1998 NASA Scientist (uncredited)
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo 1986 TV Movie Sled Agent
Miami Vice 1986 TV Series Goon #3

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 camera operator - uncredited
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 camera operator - uncredited
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 camera operator - uncredited
Transformers 2007 camera operator - uncredited
The Island 2005 camera operator - uncredited
Bad Boys II 2003 camera operator - uncredited
Pearl Harbor 2001 camera operator - uncredited
The Rock 1996 camera operator - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 script consultant - uncredited
Horsemen 2009 presenter
The Unborn 2009 presenter
Indecent Proposal 1993 consultant: second unit, Las Vegas
Night Court 1984 TV Series production assistant
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 production intern - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bad Boys II 2003 executive soundtrack producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Office Staff 2015 TV Movie the producers wish to thank
VANish 2015 special thanks
A Most Violent Year 2014 special thanks
The Haunting of Pearson Place 2013 inspired by
The Face of Love 2013 special thanks
After the Dark 2013 special thanks
All Is Lost 2013 the producers wish to thank
Where's Waldo? 2012 Short thanks
Underbelly 2010 TV Series thanks
25 Years of Transformers 2009 Video documentary short special thanks
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 Video Game extra special thanks
For All Mankind 2009 Short special thanks
2 Days 2006 Short special thanks
Supernatural Homicide 2005 Video documentary short very special thanks
The Source of Evil 2005 Video documentary short very special thanks
Severed Parts 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Half Past Dead 2002 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Xposé 2009 TV Series Himself
2009 MTV Movie Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
2008 MTV Movie Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Shootout 2007 TV Series Himself
From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Our World 2007 Video documentary Himself
Their War 2007 Video documentary Himself
HBO First Look 2003-2007 TV Series documentary short Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself
On the Lot 2007 TV Series Himself - Judge
Down to the Bone: Anatomy of a Prequel 2007 Video documentary Himself
CC Variety TV 2006 Video short Himself
The Future in Action 2005 Video short Himself
The Source of Evil 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre 2004 Video documentary Himself
Bad Boys II: Production Diaries 2003 Video documentary Himself
Bad Boys II: Stunts 2003 Video short Himself
Bad Boys II: Visual Effects 2003 Video short Himself
Deconstucting Destruction: A Conversation on Visual Effects with Michael Bay and Eric Brevig 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Pearl Harbor: Production Diary 2002 Video documentary Himself
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2002 TV Special Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Journey to the Screen: The Making of 'Pearl Harbor' 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' 2001 Video documentary Himself - L.A. Premiere
Mundo VIP 1996-2001 TV Series Himself
Playboy: The Party Continues 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Conversations with Jerry Bruckheimer 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Making the Boom and the Bang in 'Bad Boys' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Franky Goes to Hollywood 1998 Short documentary Himself
The Directors 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Movie Magic 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II - Picture Show 1994 Video Himself - Director
Shadows and Light: From a Different View 1992 Video documentary short Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2017 TV Series Himself
Operation: 13 Hours Premiere 2016 Video short Himself
Días de cine 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 2016 TV Series Himself
Age of Extinction: Just Another Giant Effin' Movie 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Bay on Action 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Evolution with Extinction 2014 Video documentary Himself
T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie 2014 Video short Himself
Made in Hollywood 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
Pain & Gain: The A Game - Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' 2013 Video documentary Himself
Making of Transformers the Ride 3D 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Undead Noise 2012 TV Series Himself
Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon 2012 Video documentary Himself
Uncharted Territory: NASA's Future Then and Now 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Kenny Powers: The K-Swiss MFCEO 2011 Short Himself
33-y Moskovskiy mezhdunarodnyy kinofestival 2011 TV Special Himself
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - 35mm Special 2011 TV Short documentary Himself
Attack of the Show! 2011 TV Series Himself - Director, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
A Man's Story 2010 Documentary Himself
The Buried Life 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
25 Years of Transformers 2009 Video documentary short Himself
A Day with Bay: Tokyo 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Revenge of the Fallen: Giant Effing Movie 2009 Video documentary short Himself
The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen 2009 Video documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2016-2017 TV Series Himself
News Zero 2012 TV Series Himself
Espías en Hollywood 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Short Insanity 6 2000 Video documentary Himself (segment "Franky Goes to Hollywood")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
2010 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
2009 ShoWest Vanguard Award ShoWest Convention, USA Excellence in Filmmaking
2008 Filmmaker's Award Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
2002 Action Movie Director Award World Stunt Awards
1999 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Armageddon (1998)
1997 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Film The Rock (1996)
1995 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

For California Milk: Aaron Burr; Vending Machine; Baby and Cat / Miller Lite: Big Lawyer Round-Up /... More

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
2011 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Sexist Pig Award
2010 SFX Award SFX Awards, UK Best Director Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
2009 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Sexist Pig Award Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
2003 DVD Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Overall New Extra Features, New Release Pearl Harbor (2001) · Mark Palansky (producer)
· David Prior (producer)
· Eric Neal Young (producer)
2003 DVD Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best New, Enhanced or Reconstructed Movie Scenes Pearl Harbor (2001)
2002 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Pearl Harbor (2001)
2001 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!) Pearl Harbor (2001)
1999 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Picture Armageddon (1998) · Jerry Bruckheimer
· Gale Anne Hurd
1999 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Armageddon (1998)

TitleSalary
Pearl Harbor (2001) $25,000,000 (Director's Gross Earnings)
Bad Boys (1995) $100,000 (directing fee)

#Quote
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."
2 To 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.
3 I'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.
5 There 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.
6 His 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!
7 I 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!'
9 Lots 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?
10 Quentin Tarantino called me once. Someone had written 'Is Michael Bay the Devil?' Quentin said, 'Don't worry, last year they called me the Antichrist.'
11 I 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.
12 I make movies for teenage boys. Oh, dear, what a crime.
13 Directing is not a job. It's more like a career. Which is great!
14 I 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?
15 A 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.

#Trademark
1 His 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)
2 Destruction 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).
3 All his films have at least one shot of a man screaming in slow motion. Usually as a battle cry.
4 Most of his films have a shot of pilots running toward their aircraft for takeoff.
5 Frenetic editing of action sequences
6 Is 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).
7 Has worked with producer Jerry Bruckheimer on all of his films, until The Island (2005).
8 He 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.
9 Big explosions, often in slow-motion, with people running away in the foreground.
10 Frequently incorporates scenes that involve characters running or moving towards the camera (almost always shot in slow-motion)
11 Use of shots where the camera spins in slow-motion in a circle around the characters. (Bad Boys, The Rock, Bad Boys II, Transformers)
12 Often features a slow-motion shot of an object crashing into, or tumbling towards the camera.
13 Uses shots of aircraft against a setting sun, especially helicopters (Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Transformers (2007)).
14 Utilizes monotonic but intense musical cues during action-filled car chase scenes (Bad Boys II (2003), The Island (2005)).
15 Often has over-the-top visuals (i.e. key events taking place at sunset or dramatic events taking place behind actors doing routine activities).
16 Often uses lightflashes (i.e. lightbulbs and cameraflashes) to enhance scenes.
17 Actors/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
19 Has the camera moving during most scenes Very rarely uses static shots
20 Films often feature a US President giving a major speech before a major action is to be committed.
21 Intense slow motion shots of characters

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