Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay have been campaigning for Oscars – but not for themselves. They are campaigning for the VFX and Sound artists involved in the film:
Roughly 3,000 people worked on thisTransformers. Some have been with me since 1995’s Bad Boys. The people I work with are animals. They’re passionate. It irks me that VFX and VFX movies aren’t considered art. It’s a different type of art, but it’s definitely art.
I remember having a conversation with a veteran VFX artist who worked on some of the best VFX films in the biz:
Me: So which film was your most favorite to work on?
Me: Armageddon? Seriously? That movie sucked!
Him: Yeah but dailies with Michael Bay was a riot. It was so fun.
One colleague told me another story where a group of VFX artists were about to go into dailies with Michael Bay. Bay stops the group and assertively asks:
Bay: Which one of you is the VFX Supervisor?
VFX Supe: I am.
Bay: Okay you stay out here, the rest of you come with me into the screening room.
What’s amazing is that Michael Bay is probably the biggest perceived egomaniac in Hollywood. Yet here he is humbly campaigning for all the artists and technicians who worked on the VFX and sound (which many of his nominees are union members).
I can’t help but wonder what Michael Bay would’ve done if Andy Serkis tried to take credit for the work of his VFX artists like he tried to do on Apes. We all know what happened to Megan Fox. Thank You Michael Bay.