Michael Bay & Directing Essay

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[Michael Bay’s ability to enhance his audience’s emotional responses to his films through his cinematic techniques such as color, sound, special effects, and editing, has evolved from his “popcorn” films, The Rock and Armageddon, to his more serious film, Pearl Harbor.] The Bay Effect Meaghan Walsh FSP 10106 November 25, 2008 Over the past decade, Michael Bay has proved himself as a notable director through his remarkable special effects and use of cinematic storytelling. Academic Critic Kent Jones of the Film Society of Lincoln Center insists that¸ “Bay’s ruthlessly maximalist approach to the job of filmmaking has less to do with the destruction of a cherished old idea of cinema than the construction of a whole new one” (Jones). Together with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Bay has directed all hit action/adventure blockbusters with romantic side-plots with Disney production companies. His three biggest films, The Rock, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor, grossed a cumulative 1.4 billion dollars worldwide. With his films mostly being geared towards a younger audience from teenagers to the late twenties, he started out, as a “popcorn” film director with 1996’s The Rock and 1998’s Armageddon. After being quite successful, he wanted to establish himself as a more serious filmmaker and took on the project of turning one of the infamous days in the nation’s history into an unforgettable cinematic experience. Michael Bay’s ability to enhance his audience’s emotional responses to his films through his cinematic techniques such as color, sound, special effects, and editing, has evolved from his “popcorn” films, The Rock and Armageddon, to his more serious film, Pearl Harbor. In his films preceding Pearl Harbor, he had successfully captured the

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