Fincher vs. Bay

This simply deserves a post of its own. — Greatness!


  1. I was speechless as I watched it :P Un-freaking-believable...

  2. Thanks a lot!! I'm glad you all like it :)

  3. hilarious. this cannot possibly be true. I literally cannot believe this, even after seeing it. by the way this reminds me of a director friend of mine once saying the miami shot of bad boys was so 'signature michael bay'. ;-)

  4. @Ed

    I watched it like 10 times already and still can't believe it ;)


    The video got me thinking... and now I'm pretty sure that the train from "The Island" was inspired by the train shots from Nike - Speed Chain ;) And the scene from Bad Boys 2 (when the camera goes through walls & stuff (another 'Bay signature shot' :P ), he starded using it after Panic Room. Anyway, it's nothing as cool as your finds, it's just some stuff for your consideration, if you want to make some more videos like that ;)

    1. Hi mikez, I don't remember the sequence from The Island you mention, but I'll be sure to check it out. The ones in the video were just a few that I had in my head for years.

  5. Thanks for this... and for the blog in general, btw.

    Michael Bay is a hack with a megaphon!

  6. The truth is probably elsewhere.

    These videos were based on scripts and/or storyboards Fincher and Bay probably weren't even involved in the making.

    Did anyone check if these videos were produced by Propaganda? The copycat might just be the storyboarder ;-)

  7. As for one shot, there is a strong indication it was Fincher's idea and Bay "paid tribute" (ripped it off) later: The opening shot of "Janie's Got A Gun".

    In Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum's book "I Want My MTV", Peter Baron has this to offer:

    "I played David Fincher the Aerosmith song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” which no one outside the offices had heard yet. I said, “David, I want you to do this video.” I pressed play again and he listened for a couple of minutes and said, “Okay, this is what we’re going to do. The first shot’s going to have yellow police tape, rippling in the wind . . .” He already had a visual of how to start the video."

    Working for Propaganda, Michael Bay must have been aware of Fincher's videos, and with budgets being what they were I don't believe it was a 'lack of storyboard artist' that would cause these obvious copycat moments.

    Click here for more excerpts from the book:

  8. Good. Let's wait for Bay's reply. He'll probably react on his blog as he usually does ;-)

  9. Is the crowd at forums aware of this video... or do they prefer not to talk about it?


  10. This is from a forum over at slashfilm.

    "What actually happened is that Meat Loaf brought the video idea to Fincher, but Fincher's budget was too high for Mr. Loaf, so Fincher suggested Michael Bay, who worked at Propaganda Films at the time"

    And to all you guys,come on. You know, Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.

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  13. Thanks anonymous for these videos! We'll find a way to post them soon.