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  • This Is The Shot Michael Bay Uses In All Of His Movies

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    When "Transformers: Age of Extinction" hits theaters this weekend, it's bound to be another hit in Michael Bay's explosive filmography. 
    While Bay's films are hits with audiences grossing more than $4.6 billion dollars worldwide, they're not always loved by critics.
    Yet, some do see a method in Bay's madness. 
    “I think that the critical revulsion that Michael Bay inspires actually is itself a kind of proof of his distinctiveness," film critic Justin Chang told Variety. "There are a million hacks in Hollywood but there’s only one Michael Bay.”
    Fast-cuts, slow motion, and pyrotechnics have all been trademarks of Bay's style. However, one hallmark stands above the rest: the 360 spin shot.
    Bay utilizes a 360 shot that has the camera slowly spin around one or more characters (usually the protagonists) as they come up from below frame.
    One of the first uses of it was in 1995's "Bad Boys" starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.Bad Boys, spinning shot
    Bay used it again a year later with Nicholas Cage in 1996's "The Rock."The Rock, spin shot
    Smith and Lawrence returned in 2003's "Bad Boys II" along with another 360 spin.Bad Boys 2 360 Shot
    In 2001, Bay changed it up a bit and didn't focus on an important character but rather used it to show fighter planes flying in for an attack in "Pearl Harbor."Pearl Harbor spin shot
    In 2007, Bay combined the CGI transformation of Autobot Optimus Prime with his signature shot for "Transformers."Optimus Prime 360 shot
    Page 2 of 2 - Bay expanded the shot further in a shootout in "Bad Boys 2." Instead of focusing on a single actor, Bay used spinning to wrap around an action scene that occurs in two completely different rooms.
    Bad Boys 2 shoot out spin
    According to a behind the scenes featurette for the film, Bay used the spinning shot to attempt to show both sides of the shootout without cutting away.
    Bay spun the cameras around the different rooms and then digitally added in the doors.
    The shot has been noticed online by many (YouTube channel ScreenJunkies compiled a supercut of the shots), and while some don't find his work to be anything special, Bay isn't too worried about what the critics have to say.
    "I really, really don't care," Bay told Mother Jones. "I make movies for people. I make movies for audiences to enjoy. A few sour apples are not going to spoil my fun."
    Bay's next film, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" hits theaters Friday.
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