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Manoj Shyamalan, commonly known as M. Night Shyamalan, is a famous American film producer and director, actor, businessman, voice actor, as well as a screenwriter. M. Night Shyamalan debuted in the film industry in 1992, with the release of his drama film entitled “Praying with Anger”, which focused on Dev Raman’s return to India, played by Shyamalan. M. Night Shyamalan began earning through his commercial success in early 2000s, when he came out with a sci-fi thriller film called “Signs”, which featured Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix and Rory Culkin in the main roles. Upon its release, “Signs” was met with rather positive critical reviews, even though some of them criticized its script. Up to date, the movie has managed to gross more than $408 million in the box office worldwide, which proved it to be a huge financial success, considering its $72 million budget. In addition to that, “Signs” received several Empire Awards, and Online Film Critics Society awards, as well as winning an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award.

Night Shyamalan Net Worth $50 Million

Following the success of “Signs”, M. Night Shyamalan released “The Village”, a psychological thriller starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, William Hurt and Adrien Brody. Even though the film was initially criticized and received rather mixed reviews, it became more appreciated in recent years, and even gained a cult following. Some of M. Night Shyamalan’s other popular films include “Unbreakable” with Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson, “Sense”, and more recently, “After Earth”, starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith.

A famous film producer, how rich is M. Night Shyamalan? According to sources, M. Night Shyamalan’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million. Undoubtedly, most of M. Night Shyamalan’s net worth and wealth comes from his involvement in the film industry.

Night Shyamalan was born in 1970, in Mahe, India, but his family moved out to the United States shortly after his birth. Shyamalan was raised in Pennsylvania, and studied at the Waldron Mercy Academy. Upon his graduation, he enrolled in the Episcopal Academy and continued his studies in the Tisch School of Arts. After his debut in the film industry with “Praying with Anger”, M. Night Shyamalan directed a comedy-drama film called “Wide Awake”, in which the main characters were portrayed by Denis Leary and Dana Delany. The movie earned Shyamalan several awards, and went on to gross more than $305 million in the box office. In 1999, Shyamalan co-wrote a screenplay for a family film “Stuart Little” with Greg Brooker, which inspired the release of a sequel, a television show, as well as a video game.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales from the Crypt 2017 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode announced
Labor of Love producer announced
Split 2016/IX producer - produced by
Wayward Pines 2015-2016 TV Series executive producer - 20 episodes
The Visit 2015/I producer
After Earth 2013 producer
Devil 2010 producer
The Last Airbender 2010 producer
The Happening 2008 producer
Lady in the Water 2006 producer
The Village 2004 producer
Signs 2002 producer
Unbreakable 2000 producer
Praying with Anger 1992 producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales from the Crypt 2017 TV Series 2016 announced
Labor of Love screenplay announced
Split 2016/IX written by
The Visit 2015/I screenplay
After Hours 2014 TV Series guest ending writer - 2 episodes
After Earth 2013 screenplay
Devil 2010 story
The Last Airbender 2010 written by
The Happening 2008 written by
Lady in the Water 2006 written by
The Village 2004 written by
Signs 2002 written by
Unbreakable 2000 written by
Stuart Little 1999 screenplay
The Sixth Sense 1999 written by
Wide Awake 1998 written by
Praying with Anger 1992 written by

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Labor of Love announced
Split 2016/IX directed by
The Visit 2015/I
Wayward Pines 2015 TV Series 1 episode
After Earth 2013
The Last Airbender 2010
The Happening 2008
Lady in the Water 2006
The Village 2004
Signs 2002
Unbreakable 2000
The Sixth Sense 1999
Wide Awake 1998
Praying with Anger 1992

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Split 2016/IX Jai, Hooters Lover
The Last Airbender 2010 Firebender at Earth Prison Camp (uncredited)
The Happening 2008 Joey (voice)
Entourage 2007 TV Series M. Night Shyamalan
Lady in the Water 2006 Vick Ran
The Village 2004 Guard at Desk
Signs 2002 Ray Reddy
Unbreakable 2000 Stadium Drug Dealer
The Sixth Sense 1999 Dr. Hill
Praying with Anger 1992 Dev Raman

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Village 2004 executive soundtrack producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Pizza Story 2008 Short special thanks
Lonely Road 2007 Short acknowledgment
Hitchcock and Dial M 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Making 'Signs' 2003 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood 2015-2017 TV Series Himself
Quotidien 2017 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'The Visit' 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series Himself
Días de cine 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2010-2015 TV Series Himself
Today 2015 TV Series Himself
Weekend Ticket 2015 TV Series short Himself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2014 TV Series Himself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Bruce Willis: Why the Legend Never Dies 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinema 3 2008-2011 TV Series Himself
Devil: The Devil's Meeting 2010 Video short Himself
Discovering 'The Last Airbender' 2010 Video documentary Himself
The Last Airbender: Siege of the North 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors 2009 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Film Director
The Happening: A Day for Night 2008 Video short Himself
The Happening: Elements of a Scene 2008 Video short Himself
The Happening: Forces Unseen 2008 Video short Himself
The Happening: I Hear You Whispering 2008 Video short Himself
The Happening: The Hard Cut 2008 Video short Himself
The Happening: Train Shooting 2008 Video short Himself
Visions of 'The Happening' 2008 Video short Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
In the Mood for Doyle 2007 TV Movie documentary
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Shark Is Still Working 2007 Documentary Himself
Reflections of Lady in the Water 2006 Video documentary short
Howard Stern on Demand 2006 TV Series Himself
The View 2004-2006 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2006 TV Series Himself
HypaSpace 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Deconstructing 'The Village' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Inside 'The Village': A Movie Special 2004 TV Short Himself
4Pop 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Hitchcock and Dial M 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Filmmaker
Strangers on a Train : An Appreciation by M. Night Shyamalan 2004 Video short Himself
Howard Stern 2004 TV Series Himself
The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Director (segment "Pirates of the Internet")
Making 'Signs' 2003 Video documentary Himself - Director / Writer / Producer
'The Sixth Sense': Reflections from the Set 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Between Two Worlds 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Moving Pictures: The Storyboard Process 2002 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Unbreakable' 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2000 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 2000 TV Series Himself
Music and Sound Design of 'The Sixth Sense' 2000 Video short Himself
The Sixth Sense: A Conversation with M. Night Shyamalan 2000 Video short Himself
The Sixth Sense: Reaching the Audience 2000 Video short Himself
The Sixth Sense: Rules and Clues 2000 Video short Himself
The Sixth Sense: The Actors 2000 Video short Himself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director & Best Original Screenplay
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 TV Special Himself- Accepting Award for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture / Favorite Motion Picture

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián 2008 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
60 Minutes 2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Director (segment "Pirates of the Internet")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director The Last Airbender (2010)
2011 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay The Last Airbender (2010)
2007 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Lady in the Water (2006)
2007 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Lady in the Water (2006)
2007 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Director Lady in the Water (2006)
2006 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Director of the Year
2003 Christopher Award Christopher Awards Film Signs (2002) · Frank Marshall (producer)
· Sam Mercer (producer)
· Kathleen Kennedy (executive producer)
2001 FirstGlance Award Philadelphia FirstGlance Film Festival
2000 Bram Stoker Award Bram Stoker Awards Screenplay The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Director The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Sonny Bono Visionary Award Palm Springs International Film Festival
2000 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Original The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Nebula Award Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Best Script The Sixth Sense (1999)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Wide-Release Film The Visit (2015)
2016 Redeemer Award Razzie Awards From Perennial RAZZIE nominee & "winner" to director of The Visit.
2015 Rondo Statuette Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Best Movie The Visit (2015)
2014 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director After Earth (2013)
2014 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay After Earth (2013) · Gary Whitta (screenplay)
· Will Smith (story)
2009 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director The Happening (2008)
2009 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay The Happening (2008)
2007 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Lady in the Water (2006)
2006 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!) Lady in the Water (2006)
2006 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Screenplay Lady in the Water (2006)
2005 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Director The Village (2004)
2003 Bram Stoker Award Bram Stoker Awards Screenplay Signs (2002)
2003 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Director Signs (2002)
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Screenplay Signs (2002)
2003 SFX Award SFX Awards, UK Best SF or Fantasy Film Director Signs (2002)
2002 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Director of the Year Signs (2002)
2001 Bram Stoker Award Bram Stoker Awards Screenplay Unbreakable (2000)
2001 Nebula Award Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Best Script Unbreakable (2000)
2000 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 David Lean Award for Direction BAFTA Awards The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Original The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writer The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Amanda Amanda Awards, Norway Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske kinofilm) The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Annie Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Stuart Little (1999) · Greg Brooker
2000 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Screenplay The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay, Original The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Screenplay The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen The Sixth Sense (1999)
1999 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Director The Sixth Sense (1999)
1999 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Original Screenplay The Sixth Sense (1999)

TitleSalary
The Village (2004) $10,700,000 (Story rights ($7,200,000); Writing services ($300,000); Producing ($3,000,000); Directing ($221,000).).
Signs (2002) $12,500,000 (writing, directing, and co-producing)
Unbreakable (2000) $10,000,000
The Sixth Sense (1999) $3,000,000

#Fact
1 Was set to direct an original screenplay for Fox called The Connected; a supernatural thriller about a father's search for his missing child. Shyamalan had already cast Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow in the lead roles with a tentative start date set for early 2011, but for unknown reasons the project collapsed.
2 Was offered the opportunity to direct The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) but turned it down.
3 Was attached to write and direct an adaption of the Yann Martel novel The Life of Pi intended for production in 2005. When the project stalled, Shyamalan left the movie to direct his own screenplay for Lady in the Water (2006). The Life of Pi was subsequently passed over to Alfonso Cuarón and then later to Jean-Pierre Jeunet (both subsequently dropped out) before eventually being brought to the screen by director Ang Lee.
4 Was offered the chance to write and direct new versions of both Spider-Man (circa 2000) and either Superman or Batman (circa 2002), but having already directed a superhero project of his own with Unbreakable (2000) turned them down.
5 Turned down the opportunity to direct the Harry Potter franchise on three separate occasions. He was first offered Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) on a recommendation from friend Steven Spielberg (who had previously been considered to direct), but turned it down due to post-production commitments on his own film Unbreakable (2000). After the massive success of his own film, Signs (2002), Shyamalan was once again offered Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and later Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), turning down the former to direct his own project The Village (2004) and the latter to work on his since aborted adaptation of the Yann Martel novel The Life of Pi.
6 Directed two Oscar-nominated performances: Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette both in The Sixth Sense (1999).
7 Maintains his offices and screening room in a converted barn in suburban Philadelphia.
8 His six favorite movies are Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Exorcist (1973), Die Hard (1988), Psycho (1960), Nayakan (1987) and Reservoir Dogs (1992).
9 He and Dan Aykroyd, are the only two men to direct themselves in performances that "won" them a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. Shyamalan "won" the award for, and also directed, the film Lady in the Water (2006).
10 Has a reputation for attaining A-list actors of his first choice to star in his films, in roles specifically written for them. Shyamalan was able to cast Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense (1999), Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable (2000), Mel Gibson in Signs (2002), Joaquin Phoenix in The Village (2004), Paul Giamatti in Lady in the Water (2006), and Mark Wahlberg in his next project, The Happening (2008).
11 Has worked with two Academy Award-nominated child actors. He directed the first one to a nomination--Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999) )--and then helped introduce the second, Abigail Breslin in Signs (2002) prior to her nomination for Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
12 Father of Saleka Shyamalan.
13 Ranked #30 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Had ranked #23 in 2004.
14 Completed 45 homemade movies by age 17.
15 His Wide Awake (1998) was one of the year's lowest-grossing, least- profitable films; in contrast, The Sixth Sense (1999) was 1999's No.2 box-office phenomenon, surpassed only by Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
16 His inspiration for The Sixth Sense (1999) was based on an episode from Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Dream Girl (1994) directed by David Winning.
17 Made many films using a video camera when he was young. When his theatrical films go to DVD, he puts in a scene from one of his childhood films that marks his first attempt at the same kind of movie. The Sixth Sense (1999) includes the ghost story Nightmare on Old Gulf, Unbreakable (2000) includes the action movie Millionaire, Signs (2002) includes the monster movie Pictures, and The Village includes an untitled period piece.
18 Has in his office posters from 3 of his most favorite movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Exorcist (1973), and Die Hard (1988).
19 His three supernatural thrillers, The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), and Signs (2002), grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide.
20 Favorite film of all time is Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
21 Ranked #23 in Premiere's 2004 annual Power 100 List. He was the 5th-highest ranked director. Had ranked #21 in 2003.
22 Ranked #21 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #64 in 2002.
23 Said in the bonus disk that the movie Unbreakable (2000) was made from what started as only the first third of the original script. He said he felt no connection to the last two thirds of the text and decided to discard them.
24 Son of Jayalakshmi Shyamalan and Nelliate C. Shyamalan.
25 Became the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood when Disney gave him $5 million to write Signs (2002).
26 The silver charm worn around his neck was given to him by his father and contains Sanskrit proverbs to keep him safe.
27 After attending private schools Waldron and then Episcopal Acaedmy, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the latter in 2001.
28 He is an avid comic book fan, which was made apparent in his film Unbreakable (2000).
29 Graduated from New York University.
30 One of the first scripts he sold was called "Labor of Love" about a man who walks across country to prove his love for his recently deceased wife. As of March 2001, it has still not been made.
31 Has made on-screen appearances in several of his own movies, beginning with a lead role in his debut feature, Praying with Anger (1992), and including subsequent supporting roles and cameo appearances in the films The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004) and Lady in the Water (2006).
32 His middle name "Night" was made up during college.
33 Name pronounced "SHAH-ma-lawn".
34 His parents, wife, and 9 other family members are MDs and/or Ph.Ds.
35 Shymalan lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, part of the affluent "Main Line" suburban region of Philadelphia.
36 Episcopal Academy, where Shyamalan was sent, is actually a private academy that is affiliated with the Episcopalian Church. It is a private school in Lower Merion, PA, one of the wealthiest suburbs in the U.S. and home at one time or another to the likes of Kobe Bryant and Blythe Danner, among others.

#Quote
1 My smallest movie, in terms of the amount of people that saw it in the theaters, is Lady in the Water (2006), and that was always meant to be a kind of super unusual, very quirky fairy tale. That's the movie that has the most intense following, but the smallest group. You know what I mean? The people that saw it, they are like, die hard fans of that thing! And for me, if my house is burning down and I can only grab one or two movies, that would be one of the two movies.
2 [on the criticism of his work] It really doesn't bother me because my aspiration, as I said, isn't necessarily acceptance. But I always want to understand what's going on. What are the principles behind the tension or the miscommunication? I want to totally get that. Then I can choose not to react to it, or react to it. My constant, in self-analysis, is to try to figure out: Am I complicit in this situation? How did I create this situation? What is my role in it? Do I want to continue that role? Do I want to change the course of that role? As long as I understand it, I'm much more comfortable with it. And I feel I'm in a strangely decent place of wanting that amount of passion [and debate] people have when they speak about the movies, and the expectations. My obligation is to figure out the bridge so that I don't just let go of me and please them. That would be the disaster.
3 [His advice to younger filmmakers] Work on your authenticity, your own voice. It's true for everything, not just movie-making. Know yourself. Hone your point of view with the people you're around and the experiences you have. Be attentive. A rich, specific and unusual point of view is going to be very successful in any film.
4 [on his legacy as a filmmaker] After I made _Wide Awake_, the critics said I was worthless. A year later I released The Sixth Sense (1999) and the same critics called me a master. A year later I released Unbreakable (2000) and they called me pretentious. Then I released Signs (2002) and they said I was the next Spielberg. After Lady in the Water (2006) they said I was an egomaniac and a charlatan. Now, after The Last Airbender (2010), I'm a worthless filmmaker again. When the next movie comes out I'll [probably] get called a master. And after that they'll call me a charlatan. It goes back and forth to the point where you can't really take it seriously. You're only as good as your last movie, but I feel like I'm at a point in my life [now] where I want to take risks, where I want to make movies that don't necessarily "work", where all the elements seem misplaced, and maybe in doing this I can find a new way of expressing myself through movies. A style of filmmaking that is my own and true to my own sensibilities.
5 [When asked the question "What determines the success of a film for you?"] If I can I look myself in the eye and say I was artistically truthful.
6 [on Lady in the Water (2006)] Making that film for me, as an artist, was the greatest moment in my entire life.
7 I want to make tonal movies [like The Last Picture Show (1971) ] where plot is almost obscene. In fact, I think I get in trouble because my movies are presented as plot-driven vehicles, so I'm perceived more for that characteristic when in reality my tastes are more here, more like Kubrick and Blow-Up (1966).
8 [on his love for The Last Picture Show (1971)] I think Peter Bogdanovich 's mastery of tone in this film is the holy grail of filmmaking. I'm voraciously after that as both an audience member and a filmmaker.
9 [on the kind of films he'd like to make] Right now, I'm starting to believe that the future for me, what I want to do, and I know it sounds very hypocritical now, since I'm making this giant movie with Will Smith, is to be like the Coen brothers and make small movies where I can take great artistic risks and do stuff that I know 30% of the audience is not going to like, because I'm making it for the appropriate budget. I believe the future will be in marketing those movies through social networking avenues, as opposed to just TV; 95% of the way we sell movies is TV commercials. It will be more of an underground movement.
10 [on the power of cinema] I once wrote an article about the Nuremburg trial and on the evil of the Nazis. These people were animals. And their faces throughout the trial were like ice, except for the moment when they showed a movie in the courtroom. When the lights went down and they showed the footage of the bodies being pushed into the pits, their expressions changed and they became emotional. They were watching the events on the screen through the eyes of everyone in the theater. They were having a joint experience. They were all connected, and they saw the horror, saw that their victims were human beings, and they changed.
11 [on making movies for the cinema] I am an artist whose art-form is making cinema for a group of people to watch together. That's what I do for a living. The exploitation of that is unending, but that isn't what I do it for. That's not the artist that I am. Someone who makes TV shows is a different kind of artist. The experience of being in a room with 500 people is different; you literally share points of view when you watch together.
12 [on his influences] At 14, I was at the airport, dropping off my grandmother. I went into the bookstore and picked up Spike Lee's book, "Gotta Have It", documenting his early filmmaking experiences. If I hadn't picked up that book, I don't know if I would have been a filmmaker. Lee was from the East Coast and had no family in the business. He just found the way to make movies. And somehow, it demystified it for me. Perhaps that was his intention. And I was like, "I'm going to go do this for real." At 14, that was it. There was no way of talking me out of anything.
13 My intention, whether it's fictional or not, is a retreat back to making small, personal visions.
14 If I'm hesitant at all about an idea, then that's not the right idea.
15 When we made The Sixth Sense (1999) in 1999, every film had an original film-maker with an original point of view - American Beauty (1999), Being John Malkovich (1999), The Matrix (1999), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Magnolia (1999). Clearly that's not the case today.
16 My movies don't get acclaim the day they come. I have to wait longer.
17 Except for Pixar, I have made the four most successful original movies in a row of all time.
18 If you're not betting on me, then nobody should get money. I've made profit a mathematical certainty. I'm the safest bet you got.
19 I am fully aware of the giant risk I'm taking. Being as eccentric as my mind will let me and then hearing people's responses. This requires an incredible amount of pain. Everyone around me, 98%, at some point doubted.
20 "It's human nature. Twenty-six people love the movie, and the 27th person hates it, and the only thing you can think about is the 27th person." (on critics)
21 You get in my corner, you're going to get pummeled.
22 I'm going to stop making movies if they end the cinema experience. If there's a last film that's released only theatrically, it'll have my name on it. This is life or death to me. If you tell audiences there's no difference between a theatrical experience and a DVD, then that's it, game's over, and that whole art form is going to go away slowly. Movies will end up being this esoteric art form, where only singular people will put films out in a small group of theaters.
23 I think I take what you might call a B-movie story, deal with B-movie subjects, and I treat it as if it's an A-movie in terms of my approach, my crew, my actors, my ethics and so on. I guess that's my trademark or one of them anyway!
24 I have this whole picture of the film in my head and then I put it all down on paper and storyboard it; showing the movie shot by shot. I like to feel that I have thought of everything before the camera starts rolling but I think that's probably my asset and weakness as a film maker. I am giving my cast a target that I have in my mind and they are trying to hit it. It's positive because I know exactly what I want to get out of my actors and the scene. But the negative is that I might not catch the lightning in the bottle, I may not get that unexpected improvised brilliance.
25 When you say fear of the unknown, that is the definition of fear; fear is the unknown, fear is what you do not know, and it's genetically within us so that we feel safe. We feel scared of the woods because we're not familiar with it, and that keeps you safe.
26 That's the way stories come to me, they come to me very naturally like that. If this was a story about me and someone else, I would be withholding information about them immediately. The negative thing about the twist is that it's all people are occupied with; all the gentleness in the movie is being overshadowed by the flashy cousin in the sequined vest taking centre-stage. [on surprise endings]
27 All of my movies have made money, and that's important for me - it's my job to make money for the studio...
28 Movie making is not like other artforms, like painting, or writing a novel, because that can be disgested or interpreted... It takes two years to make each one of these, and it's always judged on money.
29 The idea is to always go for the thing that's risky. I want to be courageous and original. And original means, you don't know what 'colour' movie you just saw.
30 My hope is we broke so many rules we created a new rule.
31 I play for a living...Success is tied to a feeling of magic, which I can protect.

#Trademark
1 Frequently uses broken glass as a symbol of fragility or to foreshadow a terrible event.
2 Emphasises beats between actions and dialogue delivery, so his characters lines and actions seldom (if ever) overlap.
3 Often includes a spiral motif or pattern in environments. The stairway at the birthday party in The Sixth Sense (1999), a chalk pattern in a school playground in Unbreakable (2000), the direction in which the corn was bent in Signs (2002).
4 His characters are often ordinary individuals caught up in extraordinary circumstances
5 Films contain widowed spouses or struggling/abandoned marriages. Anna Crowe in The Sixth Sense was a widow and Lynn Sear's husband had abandoned them. The struggling relationship of David and Audrey in Unbreakable. Graham was a widower in Signs. Alice was a widow in The Village. Cleveland was a widower in Lady in the Water. Finally, the struggling marriage of Alma and Elliott in The Happening.
6 Often works with particular actors twice in consecutive movies. For example Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, both Joaquin Phoenix and Cherry Jones in Signs and The Village, and Bryce Dallas Howard in The Village and Lady in the Water.
7 Never uses stock sound effects; insists that all foley sounds, ambience, and other audio be originally created
8 Always works with James Newton Howard for the musical score
9 Use of bright colors, especially red, to signify a clue or crucial item in the movie.
10 Lengthy, uncut, immovable shot of two people talking. Usually the two characters are standing a distance from the camera.
11 His films tend to be religiously themed
12 Many of his films have an important scene set in a basement. The Sixth Sense (1999): Malcolm is in the basement when discovering important plot information; Unbreakable (2000): David discovers his strength in a basement; Signs (2002): The family is in the basement when the aliens attack. In The Village (2004), when they are in the cellar (basement) Ivy discovers that Lucius really does care for her.
13 Car crashes play pivotal roles in all his films: Cole reveals his gift to his mother during a traffic jam in The Sixth Sense (1999), David "loses" his football abilities in a car accident in Unbreakable (2000), and Graham's wife dies in a bizarre car accident in Signs (2002).
14 Frequently uses water as a sign of death or weakness (the aliens in Signs (2002) and David Dunn in Unbreakable (2000) both have the same weakness; in The Sixth Sense (1999), Malcolm Crowe's killer is hiding in a bathroom. In The Village (2004), Finton becomes too scared to continue on with Ivy when it is raining.)
15 Makes cameo appearances in his own movies, like Alfred Hitchcock, one of his favorite directors.
16 Films often use an event from the main character's past as a major connection to what is happening in the present (the Vincent Gray case in The Sixth Sense (1999), the car crash in Unbreakable (2000), the death of the wife in Signs (2002))
17 Frequently uses fluttering curtains, such as when Bruce Willis discovers the victimized mother in Unbreakable (2000) and in the last shot of Signs (2002).
18 Many of his films involve two ordinary individuals with extraordinary abilities or events happening to them. One of the people either has connections to a child or is a child, and the one connected to the child is always having marital difficulties.
19 Frequently uses shots of people's reflections in various objects
20 Having some sort of twist in the end or surprise ending in his films
21 Frequently uses Philadelphia as the backdrop in his movies. As seen in the films Wide Awake (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002) and The Village (2004).
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