While Corman doesn't think Bay re-used the shot to save money, it wouldn't surprise him if it happened because the filmmaker was on a deadline: a dilemma he said that faces all filmmakers face no matter how big of a budget they have to work with.

"Reusing effects and spaceships was a necessity for us because our later pictures had much lower budgets -- maybe $800,000-$900,000 -- and I had to use what I had to make it work," Corman said. "With Michael Bay it's a differently thing because he's got all the money in the world. I would guess that he was up against a time schedule. I'm making all of this up, but I'm guessing he had to deliver the picture, he looked it over one last time and said, 'That shot isn't right and I don't have time to make a new one, so what can I do?' So he grabbed an old shot and put it in."

If Bay did indeed reuse the shot, Corman said he doesn't blame the director in the least for recycling a previous shot.

"Particularly with these big pictures, because they cost so much money to market, they have their release date set a year in advance -- sometimes more than that," Corman said. "They know that the picture has to be ready at a certain time and special effects are so unpredictable in the schedule and the money you'll spend on them."