M. Night Shyamalan en Madrid_3 by Cineando.
M. Night Shyamalan en Madrid_3 by Cineando.
Group Members: Allison E and Frances C


Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (professionally known as M. Night Shyamalan) was born on August 6, 1970 in Mahe, Pondicherry, India. Shyamalan spent the first six weeks of his life in Pondicherry and was raised in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. He attended private school before studying at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 1992. Shyamalan knew at the young age of 8 that he wanted to be a filmmaker. By the time he was 17, he had made 45 home movies. Beginning with The Sixth Sense, he has included a scene from one of his home movies in every DVD release film. In 1993, he married fellow NYU student, Bhavna Vaswani. Together, they have two daughters and live in Willistown, Pennsylvania.

Movies and Awards:

Prayer with Anger (1992): This film is Shyamalan's first work that he directed while a student at NYU. He produced the movie by borrowing money from family and friends. It was screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 1992 and is the only one of Shyamalan's movies not to be shot in Philadelphia. Shyamalan plays the role of the main character in this film who returns to India to explore his heritage.
Wide Awake (1998): This is Shyamalan's first major film and was purchased by the film studio, Miramax. This film was made in 1995 but was not released in theatres until 1998 when it grossed a total of $288,000 against a production budget of $7 million.
The Sixth Sense (1999): Shyamalan received commercial success after he wrote and directed this film. The film grossed over $600 million in the worldwide box office and was nominated for several awards including: Six Academy Awards, including Best Editing, Best Supporting Actor for Haley Joel Osment, Best Supporting Actress for Toni Collette, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. In 1999 the film was awarded a Nebula Award for Best Script.
Unbreakable (2000): A drama starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson that opened to mixed reviews and grossed $154 million worldwide.
Signs (2002): A Science Fiction drama starring Mel Gibson that opened in theatres in August 2002. The film grossed $227 million domestically and $408 million worldwide. It is the highest grossing film of Mel Gibson's career. The movie received positive reviews and a four star review from Roger Ebert.
The Village (2004): This film is a drama of a 19th-century community that is isolated from the outside world. The film had a successful opening weekend at the US box office but received several negative reviews. The film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.
Lady In the Water (2006): This film was received by several negative reviews. The film received four "Golden Raspberry Award" nomination, three for Shyamalan himself. He received Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. The film received the award for Worst Picture. Worldwide the film grossed in a total of $72.8 million at the box office.
The Happening (2008): This is Shyamalan's first R-rated film and received negative reviews. The film was released on Friday, June 13, 2008.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2010): Filming will begin for this in May 2009 and its planned release date is July 2, 2010. The movie will be produced by MTV Films and Nick Movies.

Style- Vision

Early on in his carreer, Shyamalan established his style of dramatic, personalized thrills, shaped by his direction and writing. His slight-of-hand storytelling allowed him to claim one of the most infamous twist endings in cinematic history.The twists would continue throughout Shyamalan's next few movies; becoming a trademark that would characterize his early career. Shyamalan is not afraid to slow down time for extended periods and often reinvents classical apporaches as well as showcasing contempory supernatural plots. Each of Shyamalan's films have their "calling cards" and their own signature sound effects. Other elements of his directing style include the fact that his movies run exactly 106 minutes long and often makes cameo apperances. He remains one of the few big directors who lean in the direction of suspense and he makes a point to showcase supernatural and otherworldly phenomena within his plots. He focuses on the plot and the interpersonal relationships of his characters rather than explicit content. Some have compared his somewhat clean and classy style of "fright filmaking" to that of Alfred Hitchcock.The only drawback to his filmaking style is that he often makes films with fragile or sealed-off plots that fall apart when exposed to the auidence's minds. As far as his vison goes, he often films or stages his plots in or around the Philadelphia or Pennsylvania area.

Themes/ Conflicts/ Motifs/ Characters/ Actors

Shyamalan has used a great range of themes in his films, from faith to deception his films always reflect his personal directing style.
A consistent theme throughout many of his movies is the use of reflected images. In "The Sixth Sense" he uses glasses, mirrors, windows, and other reflecting surfaces acting as a metaphor for the "false reality" of Malcom who becomes a reflection of his living self. Another display of the motif of reflection are paralleling shots and symmetrical compostitions, which play with the audience's mind. Throughout the making of his films Shyamalan focuses on creating rounded characters whose behavior directly relates to reality. Later, in "Unbreakable" Shyamalan used themes that protrayed the human side of supernatural occurences, he later employed the same themes in his film "The Village". In the film "Unbreakable" a major theme was how completely different people can always be. In 2002, in the film "Signs" he portrayed God as an all powerful, all loving god who wants to infuse our lives with his love. Other major themes in "Signs" are the questions what we believe, why we believe it , and what happens when we are tested. Shylaman's latest movie "The Happening" employed environmental themes and exploration of human behavior and the way we treat each other in a crisis. In this film Shyamalan makes the environmental world come alvie and feel threatening like a predator hunting its prey in the humans.

Analysis of Key Film

Lady in the Water(2006) was a disappointing movie and one of Shyamlan's worst. It was a lengthy movie with a terrible plot line. Lady in The Water is about a manager tenant for an apartment complex named Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) that discovers in the water that he is not alone at the pool side. Cleveland then finds out that there is a nymph that is within the water named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) from an enchanted world. She appears to Cleveland as a beauty that sounds foolish because she is from a bedtime fairytale. Story finds out that there are mythical creatures and people trying to stop her from the journey back home. But the tenants in the building discover that they are a piece of this bedtime tale and group up with Cleveland to protect Story, on her passage back to her world. Along the way Cleveland becomes more attracted to Story and in love with her and the couple become inseparable. I expected more from Shyamalan's movie that received much more hype before it was released in theatres.

Visuals: external image wideawake.jpgexternal image sixthsense_sm.jpgexternal image unb_sm.jpgexternal image signs_sm.jpg
Praying with Anger
Praying with Anger
The Village DVD
The Village DVD
Lady in the Water DVD
Lady in the Water DVD
external image happening.highlight.jpg
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1