Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. He is known for directing high-budget action films characterized by their fast edits, stylistic visuals and substantial practical special effects. His films, which include The Rock (1995), Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001) and the Bad Boys and Transformers series, have grossed over three billion dollars world-wide. He is co-founder of commercial production house The Institute, a.k.a. The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness. He is co-chair and part-owner of the digital effects house Digital Domain. He co-owns Platinum Dunes, a production house which has remade horror movies including Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Despite his considerable success at the international box office, Bay has been heavily criticized for his work by both critics and movie-goers alike. He has received 4 nominations for worst director at the Golden Raspberry Awards, with his films also featuring regularly; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was nominated for 7 awards alone.
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