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James Wan & Leigh Whannel on Collaboration

The writer and director of the original Saw and Insidious talk about working together. The background sound that starts about a minute in is serious drilling going on in an adjacent suite in Chicago’s Park Hyatt hotel, a not entirely inappropriate, if unplanned, accompaniment to talking about a haunted house movie.

One Response to “James Wan & Leigh Whannel on Collaboration”

  1. Dear James, Leigh & Ray:

    Thank you for filming your video for Movie City News at Park Hyatt Chicago.

    I was hoping that the noise in the background could be used as a sound effect for Saw VII. In all seriousness, please accept our sincere apologies for not exceeding your expectations during your recent stay with us.

    I have shared the details of your experience with our executive committee, and have taken immediate action to focus our hotel efforts in providing the best service our guests are accustomed to.

    I am excited to inform you that a similar occurrence will not reoccur, as our renovations will be complete in June 2011 when we re-introduce the entire seventh floor, including a refreshed NoMI and a new Spa concept.

    We value your business and I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at

    All my best,

    Lynne Bredfeldt
    Director of Public Relations
    Park Hyatt Chicago

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“Film festivals, for those who don’t know, are not exactly the glitzy red carpet affairs you see on TV. Those do happen, but they’re a tiny part of the festival. The main part of any film festival are the thousands of people with festival passes hanging on lanyards beneath their anoraks, carrying brochures for movies you have never and will never hear of, desperately scrabbling to sell whatever movie it is to buyers from all over the world. Every hotel bar, every cafe, every restaurant is filled to the brim with these people, talking loudly about non-existent deals. The Brits are the worst because most of the British film industry, with a few honourable exceptions, are scam artists and chancers who move around from company to company failing to get anything good made and trying to cast Danny Dyer in anything that moves. I’m seeing guys here who I first met twenty years ago and who are still wearing the same clothes, doing the same job (albeit for a different company) and spinning the same line of bullshit about how THIS movie has Al Pacino or Meryl Streep or George Clooney attached and, whilst that last one didn’t work out, THIS ONE is going to be HUGE. As the day goes on, they start drinking and it all gets ugly and, well, that’s why I’m the guy walking through the Tiergarten with a camera taking pictures of frozen lakes and pretending this isn’t happening.

“Berlin is cool, though and I’ve been lucky to be doing meetings with some people who want to actually get things done. We’ll see what comes of it.”
~ Julian Simpson 

“The difference between poetry and prose, and why if you’re not acculturated to poetry, you might resist it: that page is frightening. Why is it not filled? The two categories of people who don’t feel that way are children and prisoners. So many prison poets; they see that gap and experience it differently. I’m for the gap!”
~ Poet Eileen Myles