Michael Benjamin Bay is an American film director and producer. He got his start in the film industry as an intern on the location of George Lucas' "Raiders of the Lost Ark," where he used to file storyboards. Upon watching the film in the theater, he was so impressed by the...Read more experience that he decided to become a film director. After directing a series of highly successful music videos, Bay was picked by producer Jerry Bruckheimer to direct "Bad Boys" (1994), which was his first feature film. The smashing success of the film at the box office led Bruckheimer to recruit him again to direct the action film "The Rock" in 1996, which starred Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris. In 1998, he continued his successful collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer by directing and co-producing the sci-fi disaster drama "Armageddon," starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Liv Tyler. The film was a huge commercial success, earning a total of $553 million at the box office worldwide. Bay's other films include Pearl Harbor (2001), and the "Transformers" film series, which started in 2007. Michael Bay is one of the most commercially successful living directors in the world, with films that grossed over 3 billion dollars worldwide. He is known for making films that are highly-budgeted and focused on action, stylistic visuals and substantial special effects. Despite his commercial success, Bay has been the subject of ongoing criticism for his work by both critics and movie-goers alike.