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
He received a bachelor of Arts
degree from the Royal
Melbourne institution of
His trademark is Ventriloquist
His father passed away when he
was at the age of 14.
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
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
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.
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
• “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.”
• 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.
James Wan Interview
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.