Michael Bay Reuses The Island Footage for Transformers 3


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After watching Transformers 3, Youtube user cinefilojermain23 remembered that a certain scene in The Island looked awfully similar to one in Bay’s new movie, so when he compared both scenes one beside the other, the trickery was revealed.

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16 Responses to Michael Bay Reuses The Island Footage for Transformers 3

  1. And how many sci-fi movies have reused scenes from the 80’s film “Battle Beyond the Stars”? It’s Hollywood. Not many movie ideas are original anymore, why should we expect the effects to be?

    • is that…. sarcasm?

      There is supposedly a difference between B (o r even Z) rated movies with negligible budgets and a Hollywood blockbuster movie worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

      Whats more, the main (only) point of a MB movie is effects.  And here he is, reusing the SAME effects that he was using 6 years ago….in the same exact order.  It's embarrassing.

  2. Of course, and I can find patterns in pigeon movements when I stare at them long enough…
    The editors probably had to follow the the beats-per-minutes to the pieces of music for both scenes, and the piece probably had similar counts (not surprising, considering most BPMs are based off a base-2 count; 2,4,8,16,32, etc. with anything above 32 being nearly impossible for most humans to achieve, let alone keep for the duration of a song).
    The only slightly-spooky thing was the can in the second car crash, but as far as I'm concerned, that's the only eye-brow raiser – and one data point a pattern does not make.

    • Actually – not that I would want to disagree with someone named after the all-father – but if you look at it – putting the re-editing of the sequence aside – a couple of pieces are specifically THE EXACT SAME PIECE OF FOOTAGE but with transformers digitally edited in-front of the cars and now CAUSING the accidents. There are in-between sequences which are shot up close of new cars and people, as well as some matching cars or vehicles, which when they are all interspersed gives each sequence a different rhythm and causality, but the original shots are identical.  Even the locations, the skids, the swerves of the vehicles are identical, its just a sompletely recut sequence that makes it seem different, and a different post-production filtering of the images.

    • Actually – not that I would want to disagree with someone named after the all-father – but if you look at it – putting the re-editing of the sequence aside – a couple of pieces are specifically THE EXACT SAME PIECE OF FOOTAGE but with transformers digitally edited in-front of the cars and now CAUSING the accidents. There are in-between sequences which are shot up close of new cars and people, as well as some matching cars or vehicles, which when they are all interspersed gives each sequence a different rhythm and causality, but the original shots are identical.  Even the locations, the skids, the swerves of the vehicles are identical, its just a sompletely recut sequence that makes it seem different, and a different post-production filtering of the images.

  3. Ha-ha! Michael Bay bashing is so in at the moment, no-one likes success!

    I'm not fussed he's reused a few seconds of footage – I'd rather he do this than spend more millions destroying more cars than he needs to.

  4. Thank you. I agree. Bayhem is amazing. Anyone thinking otherwise has NO good taste in movies. AT ALL. More than likely, the ones who are bitching and moaning about 3 seconds of reused footage must have forgotten that they ADDED in a MILLION dollar DECEPTICON to make it look like it was the one that destroyed the car. IT LOOKS LIKE IT REALLY DID. I say to the ones that think it was a BAD MOVE: Watch the Kings Speech again. I bet it's more entertaining to you than a 200 MILLION dollar movie. AND A TRILLION DOLLAR ENTERPRISE.

  5. Doesn’t really surprise me. I’ll take one side and say that, it IS only a little bit of footage reused.

    However, for anyone going into “oh everyone does this”, I’d have to disagree with. Why? Ad Populum. It’s lazy. Don’t recycle footage. Like someone else said, it’s embarrassing.

    I’ve never cared for his work, and I sure as hell don’t care for his work involved with the remakes of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm street. Absolute horseshit. Bunch of boner movies.

  6. Doesn't really surprise me. I'll take one side and say that, it IS only a little bit of footage reused.

    However, for anyone going into "oh everyone does this", I'd have to disagree with. Why? Ad Populum. It's lazy. Don't recycle footage. Like someone else said, it's embarrassing.

    I've never cared for his work, and I sure as hell don't care for his work involved with the remakes of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm street. Absolute horseshit. Bunch of boner movies.

    • Just to claifry – Michael Bay was one of several Producers of Nightmare on Elm street and Friday the 13th – he did not write or direct either so had nothing to do with the creative direction of these movies. Producers do stuff like secure locations, arrange actor auditions etc – all dull stuff really.

    • Just to claifry – Michael Bay was one of several Producers of Nightmare on Elm street and Friday the 13th – he did not write or direct either so had nothing to do with the creative direction of these movies. Producers do stuff like secure locations, arrange actor auditions etc – all dull stuff really.

  7. Not sure how up to speed people are with the making of the film but there was an accident whilst shooting the highway scene where someone got hurt and they stopped shooting. Due to this they must of had to use previously filmed footage to complete the scene in TF3 – I do not have a problem with it personally, still looks good :o)

  8. Not sure how up to speed people are with the making of the film but there was an accident whilst shooting the highway scene where someone got hurt and they stopped shooting. Due to this they must of had to use previously filmed footage to complete the scene in TF3 – I do not have a problem with it personally, still looks good :o)