The INSIDER Summary:
- People aren’t shy to nitpick “Transformers” director Michael Bay‘s penchant for using eye-candy shots and explosions in his movies.
- “Transformers: The Last Knight” actor Josh Duhamel defended Bay recently to INSIDER.
- Duhamel said he doesn’t think Bay gets enough credit for “how brilliant he is.”
- He said Bay is able to visualize exactly where he sees the robots in the final film on set and makes room in the frame for them while shooting.
People love picking apart “Transformers” director Michael Bay for his directorial skills.
It’s those same factors that will lead most to argue that while Bay can nail those things time and time again, they get old after awhile. Some argue that his movies become stale when there’s all action and little substance in the storytelling and character development department. Then there’s the way Bay’s films fixate on objectifying women, which former “Transformers” actresses Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whitely have spoken out about.
Still some actors enjoy working with the director, who gets to have a lot of toys at his disposal to play with and destroy on set.
In a recent conversation with INSIDER, “Transformers: The Last Knight” actor Josh Duhamel talked about what it’s like working on set of a “Transformers” movie and what it’s like watching Bay design shots for a world with fictional robots.
Duhamel recalled a time on set when Bay took a camera from a cameraman telling him, ‘I see robots, you don’t,’ to capture exactly where he saw a Transformer winding up in the final shot.
“He makes room in the frame for where he sees the robot’s going to be, the Transformer, and shoots it,” said Duhamel, who went on to explain that he doesn’t think Bay gets enough credit for the work he does on screen.
“He’s got such a specific skill set … he’s such a talented dude that I think he doesn’t get credit for how brilliant he is sometimes,” said Duhamel. “He’s unbelievable to watch work and to watch a man walk on set like that and it may have been a long weekend or it may have been a Friday and people are tired after working their butts off all week, as soon as he walks on set, everybody goes to the next level.”
“I think that speaks to his ability to lead,” he added. “You feel like a tiny little cog in this giant machine a lot of the times, but for me I take it all in and learn as much as I can.”
For those who may be skeptical, it’s worth checking out this 2014 YouTube video from Tony Zhou over on Every Frame a Painting. Zhou points out how Bay has perfected his camera movement style — something he calls “Bayhem” — which others have attempted, and failed, to master.
“Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth movie in the franchise, is in theaters June 21.
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