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Film directors case study

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Film directors case study

  1. 1. About James Wan • Born: February 27th 1977 Born in Malaysia but grew up in Australia. By the age of 11 James knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. He received a bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Melbourne institution of Technology. His trademark is Ventriloquist dolls. His father passed away when he was at the age of 14.
  2. 2. James Wan’s Career • • • • • • • • James wan is a screenwriter and film director. He’s known for directing saw the film and creating Billy the Puppet, he has also done recent films such as Insidious, Insidious chapter 2 and the conjuring. His first attempt of filmmaking was in 2000 with a film called Stygian, which is co-wrote and co-directed with Shannon Young. When he crated saw the film in just 18 days with a budget of $1.2 million, it went to earn over $100 million worldwide at the box office. Wan returned in March 2007 with two net works. After the massive success of saw he decided to make another horror movie called Dead silence on a budget of $20 million but the film was unable to recover and was only able to make $16.8 million. He then tried again in August 2007 with the film Death Sentence but once again the film failed to meet the expectations of the audience. A few years afterwards he went back to his low budget films and went on to make Insidious, written by Whannell. Sony Pictures purchased the film after the premier in 2010 Toronto film festival. With a budget of only $1.5 million the film was able to generate $54 million profit from the box office. In 2013 James Wan releases two more films, Insidious part 2 and the conjuring. The Conjuring released in July made a massive success of $132 million in just the US alone. Insidious chapter 2 which came out October hopes to do just as well as insidious.
  3. 3. James Wan Quotes • “We think craft is important, and the irony has always been that horror may be disregarded by critics, but often they are the best-made movies you're going to find in terms of craft. You can't scare people if they see the seams.” • “Not many people realize this, but I'm a really squeamish guy. When I watch other horror films that are really over-the-top with their blood and guts, I cannot watch it. So if my threshold to something onscreen is at that level, you can imagine how my threshold is to all the pain and suffering that is happening in the real world.”
  4. 4. James Wan • James wan likes to go for a realist effect when creating horror films. • He has a trademark of using ventriloquist dolls when filming and this is used in all of his films. This way when watching a horror film it makes it very distinctive to the audience to know when its one of James Wan’s films.
  5. 5. James Wan Interview • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9aquyf RWo
  6. 6. Saw 1 Trailer • http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=saw+1 +trailer&docid=5035249010871133&mid=386 56327ADA3744A132138656327ADA3744A132 1&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mi d=38656327ADA3744A132138656327ADA374 4A1321
  7. 7. James Wan and Saw 1 • IN 2003 James directed the horror film Saw with help from his friend Leigh Whannel who he met while studying in Royal Melbourne institute of technology. The two created a short version to showcase. Three producers saw their short film and read Whannell’s script that he wrote for it, they liked it and agreed to produce the film. The produces had a straight-to-DVD release in mind but were surprised when the film earned Wan and Whannell more then originally predicted.

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