A New Found Respect for Michael Bay and other Directors

Posted on April 27, 2012 by


BOOM, EXPLOSION, BANG. Welcome to the films of Michael Bay. Let me start by saying that I am a fan of Michael Bay’s films, however many of his most recent films, such as the Transformers trilogy, have not been well received critically. I decided to give this post the title I did because I am learning how much work it takes to create a film, even a bad one. (If anyone wants to get really off topic, here is a link to Michael Bay’s Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bay

About a week ago, my history class was charged with a daunting task; make a historical documentary on the American Revolutionary War, in roughly six weeks, as an entire class. My first impulse was to think something along the lines of, there is no way I’m going to be in charge of this. Now I understand that there is a huge difference between the number of people that work on big budget action movies and the 18 or people in my class, but still, that’s a lot of things to coordinate. Possibly the most troubling thing was the amount of time we had to complete the project. While six weeks seems like a long time, the amount of tasks that must be done are incredible. Howtodothings.com has a good page on making indie films so here’s the link: http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/a2844-how-to-make-a-movie.html

Research, scripting, editing, storyboard, filming, and to an extent casting are all things that must be completed. Add traveling to exotic places to shoot and hours of special effects and one can begin to see how hard making a movie can be and the director has to be on top of all of it. To complicate things even further, Hollywood workers are paid to do their job well while students are not. In a High School documentary the director must also act as a fun-killer, keeping kids as on task as possible. Doesn’t seem like a very fun job to me.

The amount of cooperation needed will also test the class. All the teams of writers and researchers will need to work together, under one director, to get things done in a timely fashion. Some people will need to dial back their expectations; we can’t make something as good March of the Penguins, and we certainly can’t get Morgan Freeman to narrate. Some people will need to raise the expectations and effort if we want to make anything close to a quality documentary.

In summary, I think it is possible that a group of kids with very little movie making experience can make a kick-ass (pardon my French) documentary, that is both interesting and a blast to make. To Michael Bay, I’m sorry I picked on you in this blog post and while your movies are 30 minutes too long, and have no plot to speak of; you do manage to finish your movies and get them to the box office on time and that counts for something.


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