David Fincher has directed Alien 3, Fight Club, Zodiac, and The Social Network, among others. Michael Bay has directed Bad Boys, the Transformers series, and The Island, among others. Besides the fact that they’re successful Hollywood directors, what else do they have in common? Well, both of them started their careers directing music videos. Also, along with his partners, Fincher created Propaganda Films, and Bay had once worked for Propaganda. But there’s something else they have in common. Something…larger.
In the video, below, you’ll see that they have several key shots in common in their music videos and movies. In fact, as YouTuber Daniel Garcia points out, the shots that they have in common originated with Fincher.
Did Bay “borrow” Fincher’s style? Did he steal it? Was Bay emulating Fincher out of respect? Or does Garcia, known on YouTube as dgg29, have every right to be suspicious?