About Oren Peli• Oren Peli was born in Israel in 1970.• At the age of 19, Oren moved to America and studied animation and graphic design.• Peli has been involved in many aspects of film making including Directing, Producing, Writing, Cinemat ographer and Editing.• As well as filming he is also a video game programmer.• He is best known for his debut film Paranormal Activity which was a box- office hit despite only having a $15’000 budget to work with.
Career• Peli’s film career to date has been relatively short but has created a massive impact on the horror industry and has created some of the most effective and scary horror films in the 21st century.• Despite beginning his career as a computer software programmer he took a shot at film making and was confident he could direct a film that heavily involved technology.• After the first Paranormal Activity Oren has gone on to produce eight other films under the supernatural sub- genre, including the remaining three Paranormal films in the series.
Filming Inspiration & Style• Oren came up with the concept of his first film Paranormal Activity through real life experience. He lived alone at his home and would hear cracks and noises when nobody was around and thought this was make a scary narrative.• The film was also inspired by the style of way The Blair Witch Project was filmed. This influenced into the way Paranormal Activity was filmed with camera’s recording all over the house to capture what was going on in the house.• Peli stuck with the idea of filming in an old-style fashion and incorporated classic suspense elements from earlier eras of horror films.• His mixture of classic horror and low-budget create box-office hits with strong positive responses from audiences.• Oren says that he can never imagine working in a massive filming studio.
Filming Inspiration & Style “The thing I find really scary about ghosts and demons is that you don’t really know what they are or where they are. They’re not very well understood. You don’t know what they want from you. So it’s the kind of thing you don’t even know how to defend yourself against. Anything that’s unknown and mysterious is very scary.” – Oren Peli
Oren Peli’s Brand of Horror“Personally I like the slow burn; I dont thinkthere is anything wrong with it. When I thinkabout the movies that were most effective onme as a viewer I think of the original Hauntingand the Exorcist, Rosemarys Baby, the SixthSense, the Others. These movies are not overthe top at all, they are movies that rely ongood story telling, good acting, good premise,good exposition and I want to stay true to thatin future projects.” – Oren Peli
Why Oren Peli is influential for me• Peli is an influential character in horror film industry as he is relevant to today’s horror scene creating some of the scariest supernatural films in recent times. His filming style is genuine and creates fears for audiences. The narratives he has created are realistic in comparison to other horror films which is something I want to achieve.