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Did Michael Bay Recycle Old Footage For Transformers 3??

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Well, it certainly does look that way.

Check out the above clip that shows a comparison of Michael Bay's 2005 film The Island and his current release Transformers 3.

The action shots look very familiar. Sure, some of the shots are different, but if you look closely, you can see that that some of the same background cars and explosions are identical.

What do U think? Is it a cop out or just an interesting way to save money in post production??

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24 comments to “Did Michael Bay Recycle Old Footage For Transformers 3??”

  1. 1

    who cares.

  2. 2

    This isn't exactly something new for Bay. He did the same thing with Transformers where he used scenes from Pearl Habour. Bay is a hack, a shit director. Always has been, always will be. But luckily enough for him there's a shit load of stupid people out there willing to give him money.

  3. 3

    Considering the budget for Transformers 3 was $400 million, I don't think it's to save money. Michael Bay is just a douche.

  4. 4

    Looks like a smart move to me. Both movies are nothing but polished turds, so does it really matter?

  5. 5

    so what. it doesn't prevent it from being a fun movie. just think of it as "sampling."

  6. 6


  7. 7

    With the amount of money he is spending on these lackluster films, who cares? It is called cutting corners and most people, including Perez himself couldn't pick out the copied scenes.

  8. 8

    It's done all the time with mostly CGI flicks.

  9. 9

    Which then brings up why we pay to see the same thing. Regardless of how much is repeated.

  10. 10

    No surprise. There wasnt anything original during the entire film.

  11. auds says – reply to this


    ALL of the Transformers films are pretty much just the same crap re-edited over and over again. It's sad that so many male morons support this franchise. The more money that goes into this crap, the more other crap like it will come out. Such a shame for the film industry… this is a prime example of why no one makes anything original these days… also why the film industry is becoming a dying art.

  12. 12

    Bay is a worthless pos that knows out to use and save money. That's why the Jews in Hollywood love him.

  13. 13

    And you saw it how many times ?

  14. 14

    I thought I was watching the Island for a minute when I saw the movie. I thought I was crazy.

  15. 15

    Cut and Paste Master Perez.. You know very well why people do it.

  16. 16

    I'm all for saving money when it comes to piece of trash movies.

  17. nuts says – reply to this


    does it really matter , he directed both of them anyways !

  18. 18

    Who gives a shit. As long as it works for the film, that is all that matters. Nothing wrong with saving money and time if the end result looks good.

  19. 19

    I think in a way it is brilliant. I work in software development and the whole point of writing code is that it can be reused which is a huge part of the IT industry.

    A) No one will notice and like someone mentioned, who cares.
    B) This type production "can" help the retention of ticket prices, stop them from rising.

    If that scene or multiple scenes saved millions in production costs, yes it will make them more money, but will also save you money down the road. Apparently T3 cost 180 mill to make, as movies get more and more expensive to make, guess what your ticket prices will keep going up and up. Saving production costs should in theory save you money on ticket prices.

    Some may say he is lazy, some may say it is a brilliant idea. I myself do not like Michael Bay as a director, all he knows is CGI, explosions and slow mo shots. However, if in the end he saves us all money and still makes an entertaining movie, then yes, who cares.

  20. 20

    That's actually pretty smart filmmaking. But not when you've got $300 million to blow.

  21. 21

    As much as people want to shit all over Michael Bay, a lot of directors do this. Ridley Scott used some images from Blade Runner for Legend, sooooo come one. He can do whatever he wants with the footage he shoots and he saves the production money.

  22. 22

    I think it is funny of people to not look up the story which has been PROVEN true. The footage was reused because while shooting the intended footage for that shot, a female extra was struck in the head by a broken cable cord and it left her paralyzed.
    They had to cancel their shot and couldn't set up a reshoot because it would have cost a lot of money and the highway to be closed again.

  23. 23

    So what? It's his shot to use how he likes. I've seen both movies and didn't notice it so it really isn't that big of deal. The movie already cost a lot to make, if this saved them a few bucks, that's a good thing if you ask me.

    Of course you really have it out against Bay…as you made sure to post all of the negative stuff said about him and none of the positive stuff said about him (eg. Patrick Dempsey loved his time shooting T3, said it was the most fun he's ever had AND wants to work with Bay again)

  24. 24

    He prolly pocketed the saved money for some weed