Michael Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. His films are known for their fast paced action sequences and ultra-kinetic cinematography.
His most recent film, The Island, was released in 2005. It was the most high concept Michael Bay movie and the first of his movies to flop at the U.S. box office, an unusual fate for a director whose previous four films made more than $100 million each.
Two of his films, Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, were nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards, and his films, with exception of The Rock, have received continuous critical disdain who condemn him for his overblown and over-the-top direction and his use of fast immediate cuts. Bay is often used as an example when critics complain about the lack of artistry in mainstream films.
Prior to his film career, he directed music videos for artists including Aerosmith, Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, and the Divinyls. He has also directed television commercials for brands including Got Milk?, Budweiser, Nike, Levi's, Victoria's Secret, Chevrolet, Lexus and AT&T.
Bay is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Art Center College of Design.