Harry Potter Quidditch Featurette

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, go behind the scenes of the Quidditch sequences from the Harry Potter film franchise. See what a fighter pilot has to say after reviewing flying scenes from movies like Top Gun, Pearl Harbor, and Behind Enemy Lines. And finally, watch some bloopers from The Goonies episode of Josh Gad‘s nostalgic web series Reunited Apart. Read More »

pearl harbor

Even Michael Bay‘s most passionate fans rarely stand by Pearl Harbor. There are people out there that like the movie, but, unlike with the Transformers movies, you rarely get called an idiot online for not being a fan of Bay’s 2001 epic. The film was new territory for the director, but it missed the mark, thanks to miscasting, some tone-deaf humor, and its glossy aesthetic. Which means it’s ripe for getting ripped apart. After the jump, watch the Pearl Harbor honest trailer.

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Infographic: Michael Bay’s Bayhem

Michael Bay is well-known for his use of explosions, helicopters, and sheer budgetary mayhem. But what is the breakdown, by movie, of the use of some of those factors? And which of the films managed to turn Bay’s excess into financial gain?

An infographic called The Formula for Complete and Utter Bayhem breaks it down. Check it out below. Read More »

Michael Bay Makes The Big Bucks

Michael Bay

It’s a slow news day so I thought I’d point out a story over at Forbes Magazine that profiles director Michael Bay from a financial perspective. The bottom line is that Bay makes some serious cash. Here are some interesting tidbits I learned from the article.

  • When there wasn’t enough money to bring back the crew to shoot a sequence where Will Smith punches out a bad guy in Bad Boys, the first time feature director put up $25,000 of his $125,000 fee to shoot the scene.
  • Bay declined upfront pay for Pearl Harbor in favor of a 50% split of what remained after the studio recouped production and advertising costs. The film grossed $450 million; and Bay made $40 million.
  • Bay gets an estimated 8% on Transformer toys tied to movies, second only to that of George Lucas, who gets an estimated 15% royalty on all Star Wars figures.
  • As a producer, Bay gets an average 8% of the studio’s net on each film.
  • Bay bought James Cameron’s visual-effects house Digital Domain in 2007 (when the company had fallen on hard times) with his business partner, John Textor for $35 million.

Head on over to Forbes to read the whole article.