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FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESAs producer De Luca recalls, "Marti Noxon's agent suggested her as a candidate for screenwriterand we thought, great, but she's already done the vampire thing with 'Buffy,' so she probablywouldn't be interested. Happily, she ended up being very interested. Marti came in and pitchedus basically the story that we're shooting. She had a very fully developed pitch."Noxon understands that in real life there are situations that can quickly evolve from very dark tovery funny. That was the concept for "Fright Night" that she and the director and producers werestriving for. As Executive Producer Gaeta says, "I think that when audiences see the product ofMarti's imagination they'll find a lot of scary dark things, but also beautiful and wonderful thingstoo. She had a really great fix on exactly what the tone of the story should be and the importanceof the relationships among the characters. She gave the script that extra emotional depth thatshe's so good at dramatizing. It was really a lot of fun all the way through her interpretation of'Fright Night.'"The filmmakers knew from the start that they wanted to maintain the basic story and the delicatebalance of comedy and horror of the original film. That was one of the important aspects of theproject that Director Gillespie loved about the screenplay. "There are really horrific momentsthat are very scary, and also very human moments," Gillespie says. "It wasn't just a straight genrefilm. Marti managed to balance thriller, humor and horror."But humor and emotional moments aside, the horror-thriller element in "Fright Night" iscertainly not to be denied. This vampire is not a lovesick, conflicted being—he is an insatiable,unstoppable predator, like the shark in "Jaws." Screenwriter Marti Noxon explains, "At a timewhen vampires are part of the mainstream for moviegoers and TV watchers, some of the shockvalue and mystery surrounding vampire practices is gone. There's a sort of romantic vampirethat's common in the culture right now. We went away from that. We are very true to the spirit ofthe original film," she says.Adds Colin Farrell, "There are none of those romantic leanings. This vampire is just a killer. He'sover four hundred years old. He's probably a little bit bored when we find him, but he feeds. Hejust feeds. He exists."THE CAST: VAMPIRES, VICTIMS AND VALIANT HEROESWith his success directing the feature film "Lars and the Real Girl," as well as the Showtime ®original series "United States of Tara," there was no doubt that Craig Gillespie would bring hisfilmmaking integrity to "Fright Night." Upon reading Marti Noxon's screenplay, Gillespie foundthat he could not stop thinking about it and was eager to immerse himself in the project. "I wasn'tnecessarily looking to do a vampire movie at the time," he says of the unexpected opportunity,©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 4


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESmaking it real and honest. But you know," she adds facetiously, "I don't get to play a vampire orbe seduced by one."An obvious mutual admiration society exists between Collette and Gillespie and the directoroffers equal tribute to his friend and colleague. "I was very excited to get Toni for this role," hesays. "She's able to blend humor and drama, which is such a tricky dance to do, and she does itbeautifully. Also, you feel an instant bond between Toni and Anton, which made my work easy."The part of Peter Vincent, the Las Vegas magician/illusionist to whom Charley goes for helpwith his vampire problem, went to David Tennant ("Dr. Who," "Harry Potter and the Goblet ofFire"), a classically trained British actor whose role as the Tenth Doctor in the BBC series "Dr.Who" has gained him wide acclaim. "We were really excited to get David Tennant for this role,"says director Gillespie. "He hasn't done a lot of work in the States and this i s such a greatplatform for him. He has excellent comic timing and also comes from the dramatic arena."David Tennant found the story to be an old- fashioned monster movie with a 21st centurysensibility. "The vampires in this film are just proper old rip-your-head-off, run-screaming-foryour-lifetype of vampires. And I like that," he says.Describing his character, Tennant comments, "This character's just delicious. He's onstage doingthis huge show, which is slightly preposterous and yet absolutely rooted in the kind of things youmight see if you went to see a magic show in Vegas. But whilst his onstage life is so expansiveand bonkers, when the wig comes off he's actually a little, bitter, damaged, disenchanted weeman. It's great to get to play a character that has that scope and then gets to do things that arepretty extreme and extraordinary."Finding the right young actress to play Amy, who is Charley's beautiful and popular girlfriend,took some time. After searching far and wide, they finally discovered the perfect mix of youth,beauty, a certain innocence and great acting skills in British actress Imogen Poots ("Jane Eyre,""Waking Madison")."When I first read the screenplay, it was exciting because there's a real combination of horror andhumor," Poots says. "It's not a purely gruesome film. It has real character. Amy's relationshipwith Charley is sweet. As the story unfolds they're obviously on this adventure together. It'sreally about what they learn about one another, and themselves."Producer De Luca adds, "Imogen brings a fresh face and an effervescent personality to the earlypart of the film when things are sunny and light before they go dark. But she's never a traditionaldamsel in distress. In the second half of the movie she fights alongside Charley. She makes agreat partner for him."©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 6


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESEd is the boyhood friend being betrayed and left behind socially by Charley. The character is soiconic for fans of the original movie that the filmmakers felt they needed a new version that payshomage to its predecessor and also stands on its own. They chose Christopher Mintz-Plasse("Kick-Ass," "Superbad") for the role."Although this is a remake of a really popular movie it's totally new and amazing because Craig,our director, is keeping the eerie, smoky, creepy vibe of the original version," Mintz Plasseraves. "And Marti Noxon, the screenwriter, did an incredible job. She really went deep into therelationships. Unlike some recent vampire films where there are like fifty of them and they canwalk in the sunshine and sparkle instead of bursting in flames, our film has just one specificvampire. It's very straightforward: n o reflection in mirrors, crosses will burn him, stakes to theheart and sunlight will kill him. It's all very cool.""I knew Christopher would be able to bring out the humor in the role," says director Gillespie."But what impressed m e the most about him is the emotional back story that he's got going onand how he carries that in the film. It's what makes you root for him throughout the movie."HORRORÉ UPFRONT AND PERSONAL3D filmmaking has grown up. It is no longer simply about visual trickery. Today the techniquebrings audiences into the images in a more subtle way by adding a dimensional layer andcreating mood. In "Fright Night," viewers can feel total immersion in the frightening moments."Horror movies are all about dread and building up that dread," says Michael De Luca who hasproduced several films that were shot in 3D. "The use of 3D in 'Fright Night' helps audiences getinto the scene and experience the dread that the characters go through a s the scares come."One of the most prominent authorities in the world of 3D technology is Max Penner of ParadiseEffects who began working with the technique almost 20 years ago. Not only is he a notedpioneer of modern 3D, he is also the go-to stereographer in the motion picture industry. He was aperfect match with director Gillespie for "Fright Night."What exactly is a stereographer's role in creating the 3D experience? Penner describes his job: " Icontrol how deep the 3D space is and where it is placed in relation to the screen plane. This isachieved by using a 3D beamsplitter rig that is a combination of two cameras and/or two sensorsand two matched sets of optics that work synchronous and view images from two differentpoints, very much like human eyes."In complete collaboration with the director, Penner must use his expertise to create 3D imagery©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 7


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESthat is very subtle in certain places, but can be ramped up for highly emotional moments. "Usingstereographic wireless remote controls, I can change the geometry of the 3D rig on the fly tocreate a different dimensional experience," Penner explains. "In older times we weren't able to dothis. But because of digital imaging and motor controls we're now able to make the 3Denvironment more dynamic, responsive and immediate."For "Fright Night," Penner and Gillespie talked in great depth about the director's vision for hisfilm. Gillespie notes, "3D makes you feel that you're part of the world you're watching. What wehave accomplished is to place audiences within the space. We're not constantly reminding peoplethat they're watching 3D, but we're giving more depth to the screen.""We're creating new techniques and new ways of exploring 3D that are quite interesting," saysPenner, continuing the director's thoughts. "I work closely with directors and DPs to expand thisnew creative and technical landscape."Christopher Mintz-Plasse adds, "This is real 3D! It's not one of those trumped up movies wherethey transfer it after shooting in 2D. So yes, this 3D is poppin' out blood and bones and other funstuff."SFX MAKEUP: PUTTING THE FRIGHT IN “FRIGHT NIGHT ”Special-effects makeup is an enormous part of the "Fright Night" experience. Director Gillespiewanted to not only go with very broad makeup, but he also wanted to pay respect to the originalfilm.This edict especially pleased the Academy® Award and Emmy® Award-winning special- effectsmakeup team of designers Howard Berger ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch andthe Wardrobe," "Kill Bill") and Greg Nicotero ("Sin City," "Walking Dead") of KNB EFXGroup, Inc. They were charged with the task of transforming Colin Farrell from super- seductiveJerry to the savage and vicious vampire. "Fright Night" could not have been in better hands thanthose of Berger and Nicotero's, who are heroes to genre fans for their award-winning effectsmakeup."This was a great opportunity for KNB to revisit a film that both Greg and I grew up loving,"Berger says. "We saw the film when it came out in the '80s and we still watch it with glee. Wewere faced with taking a cult film loved by many and preserving the essence of what made itgreat by updating the storytelling through our visuals. We used a combination of practical specialmakeup effects enhanced and augmented with digital effects to give the audience something theyhave never seen in a vampire tale. It's the perfect blend of the two techniques that makes it amodern day magic trick for the audience."©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 8


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESFor Berger and Nicotero the work was all about creating realism, which is why they used alltranslucent silicone prosthetics on the actors. They wanted to give a specific fleshy quality to theskin of the vampires. "We needed to see deep into their layers of skin and see veins pumpingtheir black blood fluid as they get more and more excited before the kill," Nicotero explains."Craig Gillespie gave us a tremendous amount of leeway, but he was always involved 100% inevery decision made," Berger adds. "He has great respect for the original film and wanted tokeep that alive by not going too far outside the universe of the '80s version. We loved workingwith Craig. We enjoyed his energy and vision. He's a great storyteller. He brought somethingunique to the table that other films don't have—a sense of humanity."Because of the 3D process, Berger and Nicotero found there were a lot of things they had to d odifferently for "Fright Night" than with a 2D film. "The team from Paradise Effects made iteasier for us," Berger says. "We had to be very conscious of how the makeups were applied;everything shows on 3D-HD, so all the hair had to be hand-punched one strand at a time becauselace wigs and lace eyebrows will show on screen. Hours and hours were spent just punching allof the eyebrows in all the pieces that both Colin and Christopher wore each day."For Farrell's character of the vampire, Jerry, Berger and Nicotero designed six different stages ofmakeup with prosthetics: contact lenses, dentures, ears, hands and full-face appliances. Bergersays, "Craig Gillespie let us know that he really wanted us to go broad. So that was great fun forus."The filmmakers wanted to peg Jerry's transformations to the heat of the moment. As his angerincreases, so too does his more demonic physical changes. Subtle in the beginning, the process isramped up throughout the film."It's been great working with Howard and Greg who have a long history in movie makeup,"Director Gillespie says. "This was my first experience, so I took a lot of their guidance. When westarted out, we talked about why Jerry changes and what he transforms into and how that'saffected by his primal adrenaline. So we worked from a purely philosophical point of view tostart with."The makeup duo agrees that it was a bit tricky creating makeup for Colin Farrell. "It's not easywith an actor such as Colin because what you have is one of the most handsome humans on earthand you need to turn him to a hideous, yet seductive, killer," Nicotero says. "We knew that thereneeded to be many stages to his looks and they all had to be super cool, and still remain lookinglike Colin. 'Fright Night' is one of the best horror/comedies ever made, so we had to lull theaudience into a false sense of security with Colin and then ramp it to 10,000 and terrorize them©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 9


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESto no end."Farrell was definitely up for the task of wearing all six stages of Jerry's vampire makeups."That's sort of unheard of for actors," Berger says. "But Colin is a trooper and I think he felt likeit was Halloween every day. He is by far one of my favorite actors to do makeup on, aside fromjust being one of my favorite people as well."The different stages of Jerry's transformation were actually an experience that Farrell very muchenjoyed, mainly because of the artistry of the makeup team. Offering enthusiastic praise, theactor says, "They've done an amazing job. They're Academy Award®—winning makeup artists,and it was a blast to be around them. The days were long, but it was incredible from the get-go.""Working with the actors on this film was a complete joy!" Berger emphasizes. "Colin Farrellwas the best of the best. On the last day I was so sad as I was not sure when I would see him nextas he made every day completely fun. Christopher Mintz-Plasse was wonderful and brought ourEvil Ed makeup to life. He played it up and used everything we could give him. He is stellar!"PRODUCTION DESIGN: TAKING ON VEGASCraig Gillespie's overall direction for the film was to ensure that audiences felt authenticity. Forinstance, it was important to him that moviegoers would feel what it might be like to live in atract community on the desert outskirts of Las Vegas, as well as what it would be like in theterrifying private sanctuary of the vampire.This very creative job was offered to renowned production designer Richard BridglandFitzgerald ("Priest," "RocknRolla"), who welcomed the opportunity to create an imaginative lookfor "Fright Night."Supporting both horror and comedy in the production design was an important goal forFitzgerald. "The thing about designing for this film is that we didn't want the sets to encroach onthe action or compete with the comedy," Fitzgerald says. "A lot of the comedy in this film i svery subtle—what I call 'people comedy'—it doesn't have big broad gags. So everything wecreated in the world of suburbia had to sort of go into the background a bit. However, when wego to Vegas, and enter the world of stage illusionist Peter Vincent, that was my chance to be veryup front and show his amazing penthouse at the top of the hotel where h e performs his shows."Director Gillespie says, "Peter Vincent is the vampire expert in the film. He's a magician inVegas dealing with a lot of vampire mythology, and is sort of a self-destructive, self-loathingcharacter."©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 10


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESFitzgerald imagined the character of Peter Vincent as a guy who perhaps 15 years ago was ahuge hit in Las Vegas. But things in his life and career have slowly declined and he's almost overthe hill. He used to have a lot of money but he probably spent it building an amazing penthousefor himself. "I gave his space sort of a retro feel," Fitzgerald says of the look of the museum thatVincent's home has become. "I think his stage show has spilled over into his real life so wedecorated the penthouse as an extension of his show."Another space that gave Fitzgerald both a challenge and a catalyst to use his imagination andcreativity is Jerry's vampire lair in the excavated basement of his Vegas suburb subdivision tracthouse. It is his crypt and feeding room, and the private sanctuary where he stores his victims.Fitzgerald remembers consulting with Director Gillespie and suggesting that this was a placewhere they could give some history to Jerry and show how old he is. "I made Jerry's tomb coverlook like it was from medieval times. When he goes to sleep at daylight he pulls it over his crypt,and he obviously takes it with him whenever he moves."PROPS: THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS’ ARSENALBecause the original "Fright Night" holds such an important place in the hearts and minds ofhorror film fans around the world, Director Gillespie and the other filmmakers wanted to payrespect to that seminal work. Among ways they chose to acknowledge the 1985 film was to add afew nods to the source material, which observant fans will surely spot in the new incarnation.One tip of the hat to the original "Fright Night" is Jerry's jaw dislocating to reveal rows and rowsof shark-like teeth. Director Gillespie says that he's also put in a moment with Jerry eating anapple "which was prevalent in the first film." He adds, "There are a few props and there may be acameo appearance from someone who appeared in the original 'Fright Night.'"Items that became hero props for Charley and Amy when they're being pursued by Jerry in PeterVincent's penthouse museum were actually created by production designer Fitzgerald and BenLowney, the prop master. "Ben has been busy for months manufacturing all kinds of differentstakes," Fitzgerald says with admiration. "He whittled the St. Michael's stake from wood andbone and put metal caps on the top. We kind of borrowed ideas from old Catholic reliquary, andfrankly they are artworks in their own right."One of the most in-demand prop masters in Hollywood, Ben Lowney says that he was especiallyenthusiastic about working on "Fright Night" because it offered an opportunity to incorporate hispersonal passion as a sculptor, jeweler and metal smith to produce a lot of the main props. Thiswas a job he found to be both fascinating and fun.Lowney admits that the stake made from bone was one of his favorite objects to create—if not©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 11


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESone of the most vile. "The grossest thing about this was when I cut the bone. It smelled so badthat I just about had to evacuate the shop."Fortunately, Lowney survived that experience and also found a way to give the piece deepermeaning. He explains that in the metal cap piece he etched a cryptic inscription in ancient Greekand Latin. "It has a mojo saying," Lowney explains. "I'm keeping the words secret and sort ofwaiting to hear if anyone slows the movie down and figures out what I wrote."Lowney was also responsible for, and enjoyed creating, the crucifix nail that David Tennant'scharacter pulls out of a display case and holds up to try to ward off Evil Ed. "It had to lookvintage, so I forged it out and then soaked it in acid for a week. When completed it looked asperfect as the Roman nails at the British Museum."The prop department eventually had to rely o n Low n ey to create the all-important crosses too.As the prop master explains, "Believe it or not, one of the hardest things to find were nicelookingwooden crosses. I searched and searched but these days they're all made out of plasticand plaster and are not very aesthetically pleasing."When wooden stakes through the heart or a spritz of holy water or a hot-as-matches woodencrucifix fails to destroy vampires, a bullet from a six-shooter probably won't have the desiredimpact either.But don't tell that to Charley's girlfriend Amy. To create her prop gun, Lowney took an oldrevolver, added pearl handles to give it more character and turned it into an actual replica ofWWII army hero General George S. Patton's own gun.As Anton Yelchin sums up perfectly, "You can't have a vampire movie without the stakes andthe coffins, etc. and I think this movie steps up what the weapons look like that you can use tobattle a vampire—from guns that shoot stakes to elaborate stakes to elaborate crucifixes andcrossbows—and it's really cool. It's a blast to play with all that stuff."COSTUME DESIGN: THE BEST-DRESSED VAMPIRECostume designer Susan Matheson ("The Town," "Couples Retreat"), who had long ago decidedthat she wanted to work with director Craig Gillespie if ever given the opportunity, was thrilledwhen she received an invitation to meet with him for "Fright Night." As the much sought-afterdesigner explains, "Craig has such a unique style and although I was offered another filmsimultaneously, 'Fright Night' was the only one I was interested in working on."Tasked to create a fresh look for the new version of "Fright Night," while at the same time©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 12


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESrespecting the original film and its characters, Matheson recalls that it was important to both thedirector and her own design integrity to keep the character Amy in a cream-colored dress duringthe second half of the film. "This was such an identifiable element of the original 'Fright Night',"she says. "The dress had to be something initially that a high school student would wear, but alsohad to transform into something dreamy and otherworldly in the finale of the film. I made manyversions of this dress in order to make the design and proportions of it perfect."Matheson shares a big trade secret that film buffs will love to know. If one watches the filmcarefully, they will see Amy's dress itself transforms over time. "The neckline gradually lowersand so does the length of the dress," Matheson says.The fun continued for Matheson as she created the costumes that David Tennant wears a s PeterVincent. To add to Peter's fantastic "Fright Night" stage show wardrobe, Matheson designedoriginal costumes that could be described as "Fellini meets Vegas," including a leather ensemblefor Peter and fantastical Goth-inspired black gowns for his nymphs."Of the whole design process for 'Fright Night,' this was one of my favorite parts," Mathesonsays with enthusiasm. "David Tennant is lean, so I wanted to create a costume for his stage showthat accentuated his regal stature and was also dramatic enough for a Las Vegas show."For this, she designed a classic frock coat with an exaggerated collar all made out of leather. "Imade an extreme, voluminous, pleated back side to the coat that billows behind him when hewalks back and forth on the stage," she says. "I gave him lots of rings on his fingers and somevery tight and low-cut stretch leather pants with boots. Add in David's brilliant acting to the mixand it all came alive," she raves.While Jerry lives in his subterranean world beneath his seemingly normal suburban home wherehe's dug out the basement to create a cave in which to "store" his victims and his crypt, PeterVincent resides in his penthouse atop a Las Vegas hotel.As Matheson concludes, "When he is in his penthouse apartment he wears a silk robe with tinyundies, and then in the finale of the film I made another long leather coat fit for vampire fighting.It has a bit of a revisionist 1980s feel to it and was worn with a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers."THIS SUMMER: “FRIGHT NIGHT” COMES TO TOWNAs darkness settles in theaters, "Fright Night" in 3D is sure to bite a brand-new generation ofhorror-film devotees with its imaginative take on a cult classic—a perfect blend of horror andcomedy.©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 13


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESAs director Craig Gillespie concludes, "This 'Fright Night' is a great addition to the canon ofvampire films. Some of the scenes are going to be hard to watch, in the best possible sense, butthere are also some very warm, sincere moments, as well as just flat-out humor. It'll be a wildhorrific, funny ride.""Fright Night" opened in theaters nationwide on August 19, 2011.“THERE ARE SCARY VAMPIRE MOVIES AND ROMANTIC VAMPIRE MOVIES. ITHINK IT’S TIME FOR FUNNY SCARY. THIS MOVIE IS THE NEXT ITERATION.”— Alison Rosenzweig, produce©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 14


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESABOUT THE CASTANTON YELCHIN (Charley Brewster), with his recent highly acclaimed performances in"The Beaver," "Star Trek" and "Charlie Bartlett," as well as other starring roles in major films, isone of Hollywood's rising stars. He will soon be heard as the voice of Clumsy Smurf in Sony'sanimated feature "The Smurfs." In addition, he will be seen starring in "Like Crazy," which wonthe Grand Jury Prize when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. Herecently began filming "Odd Thomas." In the title role Yelchin stars as a short order cook withclairvoyant abilities who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark and threatening forces.Yelchin's past feature film projects include his role in "New York, I Love You," with an all starcast that includes Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn, Shia LaBeouf, Orlando Bloom, JamesCaan, Julie Christie, Andy Garcia and Natalie Portman. He also starred in "Terminator:Salvation," opposite Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesia"with Emma Roberts, and "Middle of Nowhere," opposite Susan Sarandon. His other film creditsinclude "Alpha Dog," "Hearts in Atlantis" (for which he received the Young Artist Award forBest Performance in a Feature Film—Leading Young Actor), "Fierce People," "House of D" and"You and I." Yelchin also received the Explosive Talent Award at the 2002 Giffoni Film Festivalin Italy.Yelchin has appeared on some of television's most critically acclaimed dramas. He starredopposite Hank Azaria on the Showtime original series "Huff" for two seasons, and had gueststarring roles on "Criminal Minds" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."Yelchin currently resides in Los Angeles.COLIN FARRELL (Jerry) is a native of Ireland. He won a Golden Globe® Award for hisperformance in the dark comedy "In Bruges," which followed a pair of hit men who hide out inBruges, Belgium after a difficult job in London.He most recently starred in the New Line Cinema comedy "Horrible Bosses." Farrell is currentlyfilming the Sony Pictures feature "Total Recall" for director Len Wiseman. The film is currentlyin production in Toronto, also staring Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston.He recently wrapped the Peter Weir film "The Way Back," starring opposite Ed Harris and JimSturgess. The film tells the story of a group of soldiers who engineer a grueling escape from aSiberian gulag in 1942. He also completed William Monahan's feature "London Boulevard,"based on the best-selling novel by Ken Bruen, about a South London criminal newly releasedfrom prison, who resists the temptation to go back to a gangster life by taking a job looking aftera reclusive young actress, played by Keira Knightley.©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 15


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESFarrell was recently seen in "Ondine," for Irish director Neil Jordan, which revolves around anIrish fisherman who discovers a woman he thinks is a mermaid. His other films include GavinO'Conner's "Pride and Glory," Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream," "Miami Vice," OliverStone's "Alexander," Terrence Malick's "The New World," "Ask the Dust," based on the novelby John Fante, opposite Al Pacino in "The Recruit," "A Home at the End of the World," based onthe Michael Cunningham novel, and in Joel Schumacher's "Phone Booth" and "Tigerland." Healso appeared in "Minority Report," "Daredevil," "American Outlaws," "S.W.A.T." and"Intermission."Born and raised in Castleknock, in the Republic of Ireland, Farrell is the son of former footballplayer Eamon Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell. Both Tommy and Eamon played for theIrish Football Club, Shamrock Rovers, in the 1960s.It was Farrell's early teenage ambition to follow in his father and uncle's footsteps, however, hisinterest soon turned towards acting and he joined the Gaiety School of Drama in Dublin. Beforecompleting his course, Farrell landed a starring role in Deirdre Purcell's miniseries "Falling for aDancer," a starring role in the BBC series "Ballykissangel" and a featured role in Tim Roth'sdirectorial debut, "The War Zone."He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE (Ed) was born in Los Angeles, California, and made hisscreen acting debut with the role of Fogell in the hit comedy, "Superbad." He has since starred in"Role Models," and "Kick-Ass."I n addition to his live-action screen performances, Mintz-Plasse was heard as the voice ofGiuseppe in the animated hit "Marmaduke," as well as Fishlegs in DreamWorks' animationblockbuster "How to Train Your Dragon."Mintz-Plasse was nominated for the MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Performance Award forhis role in "Superbad" and received several other award nominations for his work in "Kick-Ass."He will next be seen in the comedy "Moive 43," starring with Elizabeth Banks. He is currently inproduction on Maggie Carey's "The To Do List," alongside an all-star comedy cast that includesBill Hader, Aubrey Plaza, Andy Samberg and Donald Glover. The film is set for release in 2013.DAVID TENNANT (Peter Vincent) is a classically trained actor whose career spans film,television and theater. His role as the Tenth Doctor in the BBC series "Dr. Who" earned him theNational Television Awards Best Actor three years in a row, a Best Actor BAFTA Award in2007 and the TV Quick Awards Best Actor in 2006, 2007 and 2008.©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 16


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESTennant was heard a s the voice of Spitelout in the animated adventure "How to Train YourDragon" and played the role of Barty Crouch Junior in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Hewill soon be seen in the comedy "The Decoy Bride." His other feature films include "Pirates!""Glorious 39," "St. Trinians II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold," "Bright Young Things," "Nine Y2Minutes," "Sweetnight Goodheart," "The Last September," and "L.A. Without a Map."Tennant has appeared in numerous British television dramas and comedies including "SingleFather," "Blackpool," "Einstein and Eddington," "Recovery," "Secret Smile," "He Knew He WasRight" and the award winning "People Like Us." His title role in "Casanova" won himrecognition both in the United Kingdom and internationally.Tennant's extensive stage work includes a production of "Hamlet" for the Royal ShakespeareCompany alongside Patrick Stewart. Also for the RSC he starred in "Romeo and Juliet," "AsYou Like It" and "The Comedy of Errors" for which he received an Ian Charleson Awardnomination for Best classical actor under 30. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Awardfor "Lobby Hero" at the Donmar Warehouse, a Theatre Management Award for "The GlassMenagerie" and Critics Award for his portrayal of Jimmy Porter in "Look Back in Anger."Tennant is currently starring in "Much Ado About Nothing," opposite Catherine Tate, at theWyndham Theatre in London.IMOGEN POOTS (Amy) is an emerging actress on the rise. Earlier this year, Poots starredalongside Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in Cary Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre," portrayingBlanche Ingram, a socialite whom Mr. Rochester (Fassbender) flirts with to make Jane jealous.In August, Poots will begin production on Daniel Algrant's "Greetings from Tim Buckley," costarring opposite Penn Badgley. Based on a true story, the film focuses on the days leading up toJeff Buckley's eminent 1991 performance at his father's tribute concert. Prior to this, Pootscompleted production on Yaron Zilberman's "A Late Quartet," starring alongside ChristopherWalken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mark Ivanir. The film charts thetensions that threaten to divide a group of celebrated classical musicians.Notably, Poots made her breakthrough performance in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's criticallyacclaimed film "28 Weeks Later," portraying Tammy. Set in post-apocalyptic England, the storyfocuses on a group of survivors who attempt to rebuild their lives amidst chaos following themass outbreak of a rage virus.Additional film credits include James McTeigue's "V for Vendetta" with Natalie Portman andHugo Weaving; Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles" with Zac Efron and Christian©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 17


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESMcKay; Jordan Scott's "Cracks" with Eva Green and Juno Temple; Brian Koppelman and DavidLevien's "Solitary Man" with Michael Douglas and Susan Sarandon; Neil Marshall's "Centurion"with Dominic West and Michael Fassbender; and Hideo Nakta's "Chatroom" with AaronJohnson.On television, Poots' credits include BBC's "Miss Austen Regrets" as Fanny Knight; ITV's"Bouquet of Barbed Wire" as Prue Sorensen; and BBC's "Christopher and His Kind" as JeanRoss.TONI COLLETTE (Jane Brewster) is an Academy Award® nominee for her rivetingperformance in "The Sixth Sense." She first came to international prominence starring as MurielHeslop in "Muriel's Wedding," and will soon be seen in "Foster" and the comedy "Jesus HenryChrist." She is currently in production with director P.J. Hogan's drama, "Mental."Among Collette's most notable feature film credits are "The Black Balloon," "Towelhead,""Evening," "Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger," "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Night Listener""Like Minds," "The Dead Girl," "In Her Shoes," "Japanese Story" (for which she received theAustralian Academy Award as well as the AFI Award for Best Lead Actress), "Connie & Carla,""The Last Shot," "Changing Lanes," "Dirty Deeds," "About a Boy," "The Hours," "Shaft," "TheBoys," "Velvet Goldmine," and "Emma." In addition, she provided the voice of Mary DaisyDinkle in the Australian animated film "Mary and Max."On television Collette currently stars in the hit Showtime's series "United States of Tara," forwhich she won both an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in aComedy Series, as well as two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.In addition to her screen roles, Collette appeared on Broadway in the revival of "The WildParty." Her additional stage credits include performances for the Belvoir Street Theater and theSydney Theater Company.Born and raised in Australia, Collette was a student at Australia's National Institute of DramaticArt. She resides in Australia.DAVE FRANCO (Mark) most recently appeared on film in the biographical drama "TheBroken Tower." His previous motion picture credits include "Charlie St. Cloud," "Greenberg,""The Shortcut," "Milk" and "Superbad." He will soon be seen in the big screen version of "21Jump Street."Among Franco's episodic television credits are "Scrubs," "Privileged," "Greek" and "Do Not©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 18


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FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESABOUT THE FILMMAKERSCRAIG GILLESPIE (Director) gained widespread recognition early on in his feature-filmdirecting career with the critically acclaimed "Lars and the Real Girl," starring Oscar ®-nominated Ryan Gosling.For television, Gillespie produced and directed the highly acclaimed Showtime series "UnitedStates of Tara." His direction of the pilot episode earned Toni Collette both an Emmy® Awardand a Golden Globe® Award.MARTI NOXON (Screenwriter) most recently wrote the screenplay for DreamWorks Studio's"I Am Number Four." She is currently writing "Bad Baby" for DreamWorks, which she and herpartner Dawn Parouse will produce.Noxon has written and executive produced for many critically acclaimed television programsincluding "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Brothers &Sisters," "Point Pleasant" and "Still Life." She has also served as consulting producer for "MadMen," "Prison Break" and "Angel," and is currently a consulting producer on "Glee."Under her Grady Twins Production banner which she co-runs with Dawn Olmstead, Noxon iscurrently producing projects for Lifetime, FX, The CW and NBC.A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Noxon currently lives in Hollywood with her two children.TOM HOLLAND (Story by) is an actor, director and writer who began his career as an actor intelevision, starring in such soap operas as "A Flame in the Wind," "A Time for Us" and "Love Isa Many Splendored Thing" and guest-starred on many series, including "Felony Squad," "MyFriend Tony" and "The Mod Squad."Holland broke into screenwriting with "The Beast Within" and also wrote "Class of '84." At thesame time, he continued to act, guest-starring on TV series such as "The Incredible Hulk"(credited as Tom Lee Holland) and Dan Curtis' "The Winds of War." In 1982 he landed the jobpenning the sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," for which he received an Edgar Allan PoeAward nomination. That was followed by "Cloak & Dagger," both with director RichardFranklin, and "Scream for Help," directed by Michael Winner, at Lorimar.His directorial debut came i n 1985 with the vampire horror movie "Fright Night," starringRoddy McDowall and Chris Sarandon. H e co-scripted and directed the first in the "Child's Play"series of movies in 1988, before going on to adapt the Stephen King stories "The Langoliers" foran ABC mini-series and "Thinner" for the big screen. He also did many TV shows including©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 20


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTES"Tales from the Crypt" and "The Owl," and TV movies like "The Stranger Within," whichearned its star, Rick Schroeder, a Golden Globe Award® nomination.Holland recently returned to the horror genre, directing the "We All Scream for Ice Cream"episode of "Masters of Horror," with William Forsythe. In 2010 Holland received the LifetimeAchievement Award from Home Media magazine, honoring his status as a legend in the horrorgenre. Currently he is producing, writing and directing a new series for Fearnet, entitled "TomHolland's Twisted Tales."MICHAEL DE LUCA (Producer) founded Michael De Luca Productions in March of 2004. Aformer production chief for film companies such as DreamWorks and New Line Cinema, DeLuca is focusing his production company on developing provocative specialized films withvisionary filmmakers, and pop culture, mainstream genre films with franchise potential. Hisprojects as a producer for Columbia include the science-fiction adventure "Zathura," "GhostRider" and "21." Other projects include "The Love Guru" and "Brothers." Most recently, heproduced "Drive Angry 3D" and "Priest." De Luca is currently in production on "Moneyball,"starring Brad Pitt.Prior to forming Michael De Luca Productions, he served as DreamWorks' head of productionwhere h e oversaw the day-to-day operations of the live-action division and the production ofsuch films as "Old School," "Anchorman," "Head of State" and "Win a Date with TadHamilton."Previously he spent seven years as president and COO of New Line Productions. During histenure there, he created the highly successful "Friday," "Blade," "Austin Powers" and "RushHour" franchises, as well as " Seven," "Wag the Dog," "Pleasantville" and "Boogie Nights." H elaunched the directing careers of Jay Roach, Brett Ratner, Gary Ross, Alan and Albert Hughes,F. Gary Gray, and the Farrelly brothers, among others.ALISON ROSENZWEIG (Producer) is a graduate of Wellesley College. She began her careerin the entertainment business as an associate producer for Showtime's "30 Minute Movies" seriesat Chanticleer Films. Among the many live-action shorts she associate produced was theAcademy Award c-winning "Session Man." She was involved in many theatrical and cable films,including "Look Who's Talking," "Five Corners," and HBO's "Blindside."Rosenzweig subsequently served as vice president of production at The Samuel GoldwynCompany, where she oversaw such projects as "Tortilla Soup," "The Secret Life of WalterMitty" and "Master & Commander."She conceptualized and produced "Windtalkers," starring Nicolas Cage and directed by John©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 21


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESWoo. More recently, she executive produced the Lifetime Original Movie "Unstable" starringKathy Baker.Along with her partner Michael Gaeta, Rosenzweig currently operates Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films,a production and management company. They are currently in post production on the feature"Transit," starring Jim Caviezel, which they executive-produced along with Joel Silver.RAY ANGELIC's (Executive Producer) many credits include serving as executive produceron Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" and "The Burning Plain" "The Ex," "FriendsWith Money, "The Wendell Baker Story," "In the Cut" and "Once in a Life," directed by andstarring Laurence Fishburne.As a producer Angelic worked with Anthony Bregman on "Carriers," and "Eternal Sunshine ofthe Spotless Mind."Angelic's first producing project was Bob Gosse's "Julie Johnson" starring Courtney Love andLili Taylor.JOSH BRATMAN (Executive Producer) is a native of the Bronx and graduated with a BBAfrom Emory University's Goizueta Business School in 1995. After a brief career in the musicbusiness in Atlanta, Bratman moved to Los Angeles where he served as an assistant in thefeature film production department at 20th Century Fox. There, Bratman gained a reputation fortracking buzzworthy spec scripts and trends in popular culture. Bratman then joined theproduction company Strike Entertainment as a creative executive where his most notableaccomplishment was serving as production executive on the hit remake of "Dawn of the Dead,"which was one of Universal Pictures' most profitable films of 2004.Michael De Luca hired Bratman as a creative producer to help launch his Columbia Picturesbasedproduction company, Michael De Luca Productions. Bratman recently executive produced"Priest" and "The Sitter."Bratman has also championed several other noteworthy film and television projects indevelopment including the remake of "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud," "Untitled Delta ForceProject," plus bestselling book adaptations such as "Emergency," "How to Survive a RobotUprising" and "A Reliable Wife."MICHAEL GAETA (Executive Producer) has been a staff writer, editor and freelancejournalist covering regional, national and international news and news figures. His beats formedia organizations such as Cox Enterprises have included the Kennedys, the Trumps, nationalpoliticians, notorious crimes and trials, renowned artists, actors and writers.©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 22


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTESIn addition to winning numerous awards for news reporting, feature writing and editing fromvarious press and magazine associations, including the Florida Press Association and the FloridaMagazine Association, as well as a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Relations,and nominations for fellowships such as the Smithsonian, he earned a masters in literature, andbecame a freelance writer based in London, where he began his involvement in the movieindustry as a consultant.Along with his partner Alison Rosenzweig, Gaeta currently operates Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films, aproduction and management company. They are currently in post production on the feature"Transit," starring Jim Caviezel, which they executive-produced along with Joel Silver.LLOYD MILLER (Executive Producer) is a private/independent investor and has served onnumerous corporate boards of publicly traded companies. He was also a member of the ChicagoBoard of Trade and traded actively on the floor there from 1978 to 1993.As an investor in the distressed public debt of Carolco Pictures, Miller served as anadministrative trustee of The Carolco Liquidating Trust where he became actively involved inmanaging the assets of the company. Miller acquired the remaining assets of Carolco in 2002.Miller is the father of 5 children, and currently lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Susanand his three younger children. He attended Brown University and graduated with a BA in 1977.JAVIER AGUIRRESAROBE (Director of Photography) lensed director Chris Weitz's "TheTwilight Saga: New Moon" and currently in theaters is the director's feature "A Better Life."A master in Spanish cinema who first gained international acclaim for "Secrets of the Heart,"which was selected by "American Cinematographer" magazine as one of the top 50 films since1970, Aguirresarobe has been nominated 11 times for the Goya Award, and won the honor sixtimes.Aguirresaro be has worked on major American and international features such as "The Others"directed by Alejandro Amenabar, Pedro Almodovar's "Talk to Her," Amenabar's "The SeaInside," John Hillcoat's recently released, BAFTA-nominated "The Road," Milos Forman's"Goya's Ghosts," and Woody Allen's Oscar ® nominated "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."Aguirresaro be was also director of photography for the James Ivory film "The City of YourFinal Destination."RICHARD BRIDGLAND FITZGERALD (Production Designer) began his career in the UK,designing sets and costumes for opera, plays, and dance for nearly a decade. Credits from this©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 23


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTEStime include "The Magic Flute" with Gerald Scarfe for Los Angeles Opera, directed by Sir PeterHall, and "The Pretenders" for the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Danny Boyle.As an art director, Fitzgerald wo rked on the Academy Award® nominated, and BAFTAwinning "Richard III" starring Ian MacKellan and Robert Downey Jr. His work as a productiondesigner includes the critically acclaimed "Gangster No. 1" starring Paul Bettany and MalcolmMacDowell, "Resident Evil" and "Alien vs. Predator" with director Paul W.S. Anderson,"Tsunami: The Aftermath" for HBO and director Bharat Nalluri, Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla,"Screen Gems' "Priest" also starring Paul Bettany, and the thriller "Unknown" directed by JaumeCollet-Serra and starring Liam Neeson.SUSAN MATHESON (Costume Designer) started her career designing clothes for the mostfamous fashion model of all: Barbie. During her time at Mattel Toys, she also revamped the styleof all the Disney princesses.Among Matheson's costume design work for feature films are "The Town," "Couples Retreat,""Step Brothers," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Semi-Pro," "Friday NightLights" and "The Kingdom." Other highlights from her career include "Blue Crush,""Crazy/Beautiful" and her first film, "Dancer, Texas Pop. 81."Matheson has an ongoing collaboration with several international performance artists for whomshe has designed the costumes for their stage shows, as well as for an underwater opera inManchester, England.TATIANA S. RIEGEL, A.C.E. (Editor) recently edited Grant Heslov's "Men Who Stare atGoats," starring George Clooney, and Craig Gillespie's comedy hit "Lars and the Real Girl,"starring Ryan Gosling. She was the second editor on Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar ®-nominated "There Will Be Blood," and the editor on Wim Wenders' "The Million Dollar Hotel."In 2008, Riegel received an ACE Eddie award for her work on the HBO film "PU-239." She hasedited several successful pilots including those for the HBO series "Game of Thrones," and theShowtime series "United States of Tara."RAMIN DJAWADI (Composer) may be best known for his Grammy®-nominated, guitardrivenscore for "Iron Man," but his repertoire covers a wide variety of film genres. Aftergraduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1998, the German-born filmcomposer garnered the attention of Hans Zimmer, who recruited him to Remote ControlProductions.After moving to Los Angeles, Djawadi wrote additional music on "The Time Machine," "Basic,"©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 24


FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)PRODUCTION NOTES"The Recruit" and the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." Hethen collaborated with Zimmer, co-composing and producing the score for "Thunderbirds" andcollaborating on "Something's Gotta Give" and "Batman Begins." Djawadi then went out on hisown with "Blade: Trinity," collaborating with The RZA for director David Goyer. This was thebeginning of his relationship with Goyer for both film and television. Djawadi wrote the scorefor Goyer's horror thriller "The Unborn," which was produced by Michael Bay. With WarnerBrother's "Clash of the Titans" Djawadi scored one of 2010's biggest blockbusters.Another collaboration with Goyer was the television show "Flash Forward," which earned himhis second Emmy® Award nomination. He was also nominated for the main title theme musicfor "Prison Break." Djawadi's most recent TV work is HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones.Djawadi also created an ethereal score for the film "Mr. Brooks," starring Kevin Costner andWilliam Hurt. The score earned him a World Soundtrack Awards "Discovery of the Year"nomination. Other sonically diverse scores include "Deception" and "Ask the Dust."Animation has been another facet of Djawadi's career; he scored the first Sony Animationproject, "Open Season," followed by the sequel, "Open Season 2." Additional animation scoresinclude "The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas." Djawadi's work in these films attracted the filmmakersof the Belgium-based NWave, who created one of the first animated movies in 3D, "Fly Me tothe Moon."In 2010 Djawadi branched out into the modern video-game media, scoring EA's most recent"Medal of Honor," one of the most popular video game franchises.©2011 DreamWorks Pictures 25

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