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July 19, 2009

At Random: Brandon Delaney

The Valdosta Daily Times — VALDOSTA — Brandon Delaney thinks a lot about movies. He studies them, in fact. They are perhaps the most telling evidence of how Americans see themselves and the rest of the world — almost like America’s autobiography.

Filmmakers are like novelists. No matter how they try to disguise their intentions, they always show through. It’s no wonder Delaney finds them both fascinating and disturbing. They reveal the naked truth.

“I don’t want to go to a movie that’s just about some giant robots blowing stuff up. If I don’t leave the theater feeling like this movie has changed me in some way, I feel like I wasted my time. I don’t want to have to turn off my mind to watch a movie,” he said.

His experience with movies, good and bad, led to his becoming a filmmaker himself.

One of Delaney’s short films is about Michael Bay, the director of such films as “Armageddon” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” In his mind, Bay represents everything that is wrong with the American motion picture industry today.

“Bay caters to a mindless audience. There’s no depth to what he does. It’s what I call soulless cinema, with a lot of in-your-face special effects and computer-generated imagery, but no real substance,” he said.

Delaney made a short animated film called “Kill Bay,” with Bay as one of the characters. The Michael Bay character, played by a Ken doll, gets blown up at the end of Delaney’s film by Optimus Prime, one of the Transformers, in a “special effects moment,” a fitting denouement. In the story, Prime was outraged because Bay was withholding his royalties from the “Transformers” movies.

“It was a release to get rid of Michael Bay because of all his horrible films. I’m sure he’s a great guy in real life, just not a good filmmaker,” Delaney said.

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