Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2003, the Australian filmmakers Leigh Whannell and James Wan produced a 7-minute short film called Saw which they hoped to develop into a feature film. Not only did the tactic work, the up-and-comers were given an incredible deal that included creative control and 25% of the film’s profits. Released in 2004, Saw went on to spawn 7 sequels (the latest of which arrives in theaters Friday), video games, and even theme park attractions.
Wan & Whannell went on to have success far beyond the Saw franchise; as directors, writers, and producers, the duo has been integral in the creation of the Insidious and Conjuring franchise, among many others. The fact that it all began as a short film should be heartening for all aspiring filmmakers, and should serve as a lesson: Start small and build!
Before seeing Jigsaw this weekend, carve out 9 minutes (pun intended!) and give Saw, the short film that launched the series, a spin below. It’ll give you a greater perspective and appreciation for the franchise as a whole. After that, we’ve got the trailer and Synopsis for Jigsaw, arriving October 27th. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: David, an orderly at a hospital, tells his horrific story of being kidnapped and forced to play a vile game of survival.
Official Synopsis: Thirteen years ago, on Halloween weekend – SAW and the character of JIGSAW introduced the world to a new face of horror. For seven straight years “If it’s Halloween it must be SAW” was a holiday tradition. This October 27… Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures proudly present JIGSAW! After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement find themselves chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade and embroiled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of their own? A Lionsgate release, Twisted Pictures presents, a Burg/Koules/Hoffman production.
Jigsaw is directed by Michael & Peter Spierig and stars Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, and Callum Keith Rennie.
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