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M. Night Shyamalan net worth and wages: M. Night Shyamalan was born in 1970 as Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan in a Hindu family in Puducherry, India. Both of his parents are doctors and at half a year old moved the family to Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. M. Night Shyamalan needed to make pictures from a young age and by the time he was 17 had made 45 pictures with hi Super 8 camera. He studied film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. M. Night Shyamalan is best known for the supernatural storylines and the turns at the end of his movies such as “The Sixth Sense”, “Signs”, “Unbreakable”, “The Village”, and “The Happening.” M. Night Shyamalan is additionally known for placing his movies near where he grew up in Pennsylvania. M. Night Shyamalan has been married to shrink Bhavna Vaswani, whom he met while a student at NYU, since 1993. The couple has three daughters and lives in Willistown, Pennsylvania.


Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan information

Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan information

Birth date: August 6, 1970
Birth place: Mahé, Pondicherry, India
Height:5' 11" (1.8 m)
Profession:Producer, Writer, Director
Education:New York University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Bhavna Vaswani

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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Labor of Loveproducer announced
Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Projectproducer pre-production
The Visit2015/Iproducer
Wayward Pines2015TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
After Earth2013executive producer
Devil2010producer
The Last Airbender2010producer
The Happening2008producer
Lady in the Water2006producer
The Village2004producer
Signs2002producer
Unbreakable2000producer
Praying with Anger1992producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Labor of Lovescreenplay announced
Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Projectpre-production
The Visit2015/Iscreenplay
After Hours2014TV Series guest ending writer - 2 episodes
After Earth2013screenplay
Devil2010story
The Last Airbender2010written by
The Happening2008written by
Lady in the Water2006written by
The Village2004written by
Signs2002written by
Unbreakable2000written by
Peliukas Stiuartas Litlis1999screenplay
The Sixth Sense1999written by
Wide Awake1998written by
Praying with Anger1992written by

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Labor of Loveannounced
Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Projectpre-production
The Visit2015/I
Wayward Pines2015TV Series 1 episode
After Earth2013
The Last Airbender2010
The Happening2008
Lady in the Water2006
The Village2004
Signs2002
Unbreakable2000
The Sixth Sense1999
Wide Awake1998
Praying with Anger1992

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Airbender2010Firebender at Earth Prison Camp (uncredited)
The Happening2008Joey (voice)
Entourage2007TV SeriesM. Night Shyamalan
Lady in the Water2006Vick Ran
The Village2004Guard at Desk
Signs2002Ray Reddy
Unbreakable2000Stadium Drug Dealer
The Sixth Sense1999Dr. Hill
Praying with Anger1992Dev Raman

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Village2004executive soundtrack producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Pizza Story2008Short special thanks
Lonely Road2007Short acknowledgment
Hitchcock and Dial M2004Video documentary short special thanks
Making 'Signs'2003Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Making 'Signs'2003Video documentaryHimself - Director / Writer / Producer
'The Sixth Sense': Reflections from the Set2002Video documentary shortHimself
Between Two Worlds2002Video documentary shortHimself
Moving Pictures: The Storyboard Process2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2000TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2000TV SeriesHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director & Best Original Screenplay
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards2000TV SpecialHimself- Accepting Award for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture / Favorite Motion Picture
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2008-2015TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Ticket2015TV Series shortHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2014TV SeriesHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bruce Willis: Why the Legend Never Dies2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema 32008-2011TV SeriesHimself
Discovering 'The Last Airbender'2010Video documentaryHimself
The Last Airbender: Siege of the North2010Video documentary shortHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2009TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
Le grand journal de Canal+2008TV SeriesHimself
In the Mood for Doyle2007TV Movie documentary
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Shark Is Still Working2007DocumentaryHimself
Reflections of Lady in the Water2006Video documentary short
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
The View2004-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2006TV SeriesHimself
HypaSpace2006TV Series documentaryHimself
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside 'The Village': A Movie Special2004TV ShortHimself
4Pop2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Hitchcock and Dial M2004Video documentary shortHimself - Filmmaker
Strangers on a Train: An Appreciation by M. Night Shyamalan.2004Video shortHimself
Howard Stern2004TV SeriesHimself
The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan2004TV MovieHimself
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Director (segment "Pirates of the Internet")

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
60 Minutes2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Director (segment "Pirates of the Internet")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorThe Last Airbender (2010)
2011Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayThe Last Airbender (2010)
2007Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorLady in the Water (2006)
2007Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorLady in the Water (2006)
2007Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign DirectorLady in the Water (2006)
2006ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USADirector of the Year
2003Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsFilmSigns (2002)· Frank Marshall (producer)
· Sam Mercer (producer)
· Kathleen Kennedy (executive producer)
2001FirstGlance AwardPhiladelphia FirstGlance Film Festival
2000Bram Stoker AwardBram Stoker AwardsScreenplayThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000Sonny Bono Visionary AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest ScriptThe Sixth Sense (1999)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Wide-Release FilmThe Visit (2015)
2016Redeemer AwardRazzie AwardsFrom Perennial RAZZIE nominee & "winner" to director of The Visit.
2015Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest MovieThe Visit (2015)
2014Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorAfter Earth (2013)
2014Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayAfter Earth (2013)· Gary Whitta (screenplay)
· Will Smith (story)
2009Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorThe Happening (2008)
2009Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayThe Happening (2008)
2007Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayLady in the Water (2006)
2006Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!)Lady in the Water (2006)
2006Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ScreenplayLady in the Water (2006)
2005Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorThe Village (2004)
2003Bram Stoker AwardBram Stoker AwardsScreenplaySigns (2002)
2003Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorSigns (2002)
2003OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplaySigns (2002)
2003SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest SF or Fantasy Film DirectorSigns (2002)
2002Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearSigns (2002)
2001Bram Stoker AwardBram Stoker AwardsScreenplayUnbreakable (2000)
2001Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest ScriptUnbreakable (2000)
2000OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WriterThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000AmandaAmanda Awards, NorwayBest Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske kinofilm)The Sixth Sense (1999)
2000AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature ProductionStuart Little (1999)· Greg Brooker
2000CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayThe Sixth Sense (1999)
2000WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThe Sixth Sense (1999)
1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorThe Sixth Sense (1999)
1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayThe 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
1Was 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.
2Was offered the opportunity to direct The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) but turned it down.
3Was 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.
4Was 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.
5Turned 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.
6Directed two Oscar-nominated performances: Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette both in The Sixth Sense (1999).
7Maintains his offices and screening room in a converted barn in suburban Philadelphia.
8His six favorite movies are Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Exorcist (1973), Die Hard (1988), Psycho (1960), Nayakan (1987) and Reservoir Dogs (1992).
9He 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).
10Has 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).
11Has 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).
12Father of Saleka Shyamalan.
13Ranked #30 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Had ranked #23 in 2004.
14Completed 45 homemade movies by age 17.
15His 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).
16His 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.
17Made 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.
18Has in his office posters from 3 of his most favorite movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Exorcist (1973), and Die Hard (1988).
19His three supernatural thrillers, The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), and Signs (2002), grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide.
20Favorite film of all time is Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
21Ranked #23 in Premiere's 2004 annual Power 100 List. He was the 5th-highest ranked director. Had ranked #21 in 2003.
22Ranked #21 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #64 in 2002.
23Said 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.
24Son of Jayalakshmi Shyamalan and Nelliate C. Shyamalan.
25Became the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood when Disney gave him $5 million to write Signs (2002).
26The silver charm worn around his neck was given to him by his father and contains Sanskrit proverbs to keep him safe.
27After attending private schools Waldron and then Episcopal Acaedmy, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the latter in 2001.
28He is an avid comic book fan, which was made apparent in his film Unbreakable (2000).
29Graduated from New York University.
30One 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.
31Has 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).
32His middle name "Night" was made up during college.
33Name pronounced "SHAH-ma-lawn".
34His parents, wife, and 9 other family members are MDs and/or Ph.Ds.
35Shymalan lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, part of the affluent "Main Line" suburban region of Philadelphia.
36Episcopal 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
1My 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.
7I 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.
13My intention, whether it's fictional or not, is a retreat back to making small, personal visions.
14If I'm hesitant at all about an idea, then that's not the right idea.
15When 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.
16My movies don't get acclaim the day they come. I have to wait longer.
17Except for Pixar, I have made the four most successful original movies in a row of all time.
18If 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.
19I 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)
21You get in my corner, you're going to get pummeled.
22I'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.
23I 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!
24I 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.
25When 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.
26That'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]
27All of my movies have made money, and that's important for me - it's my job to make money for the studio...
28Movie 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.
29The 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.
30My hope is we broke so many rules we created a new rule.
31I play for a living...Success is tied to a feeling of magic, which I can protect.

#Trademark
1Frequently uses broken glass as a symbol of fragility or to foreshadow a terrible event.
2Emphasises beats between actions and dialogue delivery, so his characters lines and actions seldom (if ever) overlap.
3Often 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).
4His characters are often ordinary individuals caught up in extraordinary circumstances
5Films 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.
6Often 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.
7Never uses stock sound effects; insists that all foley sounds, ambience, and other audio be originally created
8Always works with James Newton Howard for the musical score
9Use of bright colors, especially red, to signify a clue or crucial item in the movie.
10Lengthy, uncut, immovable shot of two people talking. Usually the two characters are standing a distance from the camera.
11His films tend to be religiously themed
12Many 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.
13Car 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).
14Frequently 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.)
15Makes cameo appearances in his own movies, like Alfred Hitchcock, one of his favorite directors.
16Films 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))
17Frequently uses fluttering curtains, such as when Bruce Willis discovers the victimized mother in Unbreakable (2000) and in the last shot of Signs (2002).
18Many 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.
19Frequently uses shots of people's reflections in various objects
20Having some sort of twist in the end or surprise ending in his films
21Frequently 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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