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Rating: Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language
Running time: 91 mins.
Bobby…………………………………………………………………Sean Patrick Flanery
Doctor Gordon……………………………………………………………….…Cary Elwes
Coroner…………………………………………………………………..James Van Patten
Directed by..………………………………………………………………..Kevin Greutert
Written by…….......…………………………………... Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan
Produced by...…………………………………………………………..….Gregg Hoffman
…………………………………………………………………………….. Oren Koules
………………………………………………………………………………... ..Mark Burg
Executive Producer…………………………………………………..Daniel Jason Heffner
Executive Producers……………………………………………………………Peter Block
Executive Producers……………………………………………………………James Wan
Director of Photography………………………………………………………Brian Gedge
Production Designer…………………………………………………………….Tony Ianni
Music by…………………………………………………………………...Charlie Clouser
Costume Designer………………………………………………………….Alex Kavanagh
Casting…………………………………………………...Stephanie Gorin, C.S.A., C.D.C.
This October, the most successful horror movie series in history arrives in theaters in
vivid, chilling 3-D with the release of Lionsgate’s SAW 3D.
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers
to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own
dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...
The first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge SI-3D digital camera
system, SAW 3D brings the horrifying games of Jigsaw to life like never before. The film
stars Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, with Sean Patrick Flanery, and Cary
Elwes. SAW 3D is directed by Kevin Greutert, written by Patrick Melton & Marcus
Dunstan, and produced by Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules and Mark Burg. SAW 3D is a
Lionsgate Release. Twisted Pictures presents a Burg/Koules/Hoffman production.
ABOUT THE SAW FRANCHISE
“What the fuck is going on? Where am I?”
Those words, uttered two minutes into 2004‟s SAW, express the primal emotions
– the hopeless confusion, the awful sense of powerlessness and sheer, panic-stricken
terror – that lie at the heart of Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures‟ SAW franchise; emotions
that are a key to its phenomenal success. The SAW films follow the machinations of
Jigsaw, a terminally ill cancer patient with an exacting moral agenda and a genius for
gruesome games of survival, “played” with those he believes have ceased to value and
appreciate the gift of life. The approach of Halloween each October has brought a new
SAW title, replete with gruesomely inventive traps and tantalizing clues about Jigsaw‟s
master plan. To date, the six SAW titles have taken in over $730 million in worldwide
theatrical box office, DVD sales have exceeded 30 million units, and SAW has earned an
official place in the Guinness Book of Records has as the "Most Successful Horror Movie
Series." Furthermore, SAW has picked up the baton from classic horror series such as
HALLOWEEN and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET to become a part of the pop
cultural landscape, referenced in mainstream entertainment like “The Simpsons” and
known even to non-horror fans.
Now, seven years after Jigsaw introduced himself to the world, the final pieces of
his puzzle will fall into place in the last of this SAW series, SAW 3D. SAW 3D is the
first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge SI-3D digital camera
system, which allows for the extremely close, fast shooting style that is a SAW hallmark.
It includes the most traps of any SAW film, eleven; and even answers a question raised
back in SAW: what happened to Dr. Gordon, last seen crawling away (minus one foot)
from Jigsaw’s subterranean chamber of horrors?
SAW 3D director Kevin Greutert has been with the franchise from the beginning,
having edited the first five features before moving into his current role with SAW VI.
Greutert thinks part of the franchise‟s enduring appeal lies in a storytelling approach that
deviates from the horror norm. “Most slasher films introduce the victims and then kill
them off, one by one, and there‟s not much going on beyond that. SAW is very
different. The plotting is very intricate. We always have at least three central character
storylines that are interwoven throughout the movie, and if you look at the seven films as
whole, it‟s even richer. So many ideas, so much talent go into the making of these films.
And I think the films have evolved and are each unique, from one to the next.”
Producer Oren Koules explains that the filmmakers have kept in mind both the
dedicated fan and the casual viewer in conceiving the SAW sequels. “We‟ve taken a
two-pronged approach in doing every SAW film. We want to make sure we take care of
our loyal fans that come to every single movie and live and breathe our films. We really
spend hundreds of hours going, „Okay, if someone dies, how does it affect three movies
ago? How does it affect two movies from now?‟ And we also want to make sure that for
someone who‟d heard about them and just decided to walk into, say, SAW IV, that it‟s a
great movie from beginning to end.”
Producer Mark Burg goes on to note another key factor in SAW‟s longevity: actor
Tobin Bell, who has portrayed Jigsaw, a/k/a John Kramer, throughout the series.
“Tobin‟s contribution to the franchise is enormous. In SAW, he‟s lying motionless,
ostensibly dead, on a cement floor for virtually all of the movie; now he‟s writing a lot of
his own dialogue. He is the character. He is a cornerstone of the success of SAW.”
Without question, Bell‟s Jigsaw has become one of most indelible characters in
modern horror, and the actor has received glowing praise from critics. In a September 7,
2007 essay on contemporary horror movies in the L.A. Weekly, critic Luke Thomson
wrote, “Tobin Bell‟s performance as Jigsaw is a wonder; he‟s the best „real-world‟ horror
antihero since Anthony Hopkins first played Hannibal Lecter.”
Bell describes the role as a rewarding creative adventure. “You don‟t often get an
opportunity to play the same character in seven films, so this has been fantastic,” he
says. “In terms of horror villains, I think he‟s been a richer character than most because
of the concepts that the writers have come up with regarding his actions. John Kramer
talks about things that we all think about, like appreciating your blessings and
relationships with other people, and how friends can sometimes climb over friends to get
what they want. I never play him like he views himself as an evil guy, because he
The SAW series is its own saga, of course. Directed by James Wan and written
by Leigh Whannell from a story by Wan and Whannell, SAW made its world premiere at
the 2004 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Festival‟s popular “Park City at Midnight”
program. Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore, who programs the annual event, recalls that
he was impressed by the first-time filmmakers‟ command of both form and theme. “SAW
grabbed the viewer from the first frame; it was bold, cleverly constructed and flat-out
terrifying,” he comments. “But what really set SAW apart was its moral seriousness. This
movie didn‟t just want to scare you, it wanted to make you think about what you would
do to stay alive. In today‟s world, that is not a trivial thing to contemplate -- either as an
individual or as a member of society.”
As the SAW series continued, the films tunneled further into Jigsaw‟s beliefs and
worldview. Says series co-creator Whannell, who wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for
SAW, SAW II and SAW III, “Jigsaw‟s cancer has led him to think very hard about what
it means to be alive and how close we are to death at any given time. But he‟s not
someone who stops with a simple „carpe diem‟ and a trip to Europe. The concept of life‟s
value becomes a springboard to look at other personal moral choices, like forgiveness
versus retribution. Jigsaw keeps digging into these issues, which become grist for his
games. And as twisted as the games are, his intention is to help people. Between his
philosophical bent and his sick take on altruism, I like to think Jigsaw is somewhat
unique in the horror universe.”
The SAW franchise has been part of a wave of horror films that have drawn
favorable comparisons to the independent horror cinema of the 1970s, a connection
highlighted in a Summer 2007 series at New York‟s Museum of the Moving Image,
entitled “It‟s Only a Movie: Horror Films from the 1970s and Today.” The six-weekend
retrospective drew a thru-line between films like Wes Craven‟s LAST HOUSE ON THE
LEFT (1972) and Tobe Hooper‟s TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974), which
shocked audiences of their day with envelope-pushing gore and disturbing explorations
of human behavior; and the films of the SAW age, including Darren Lynn Bousman‟s
SAW II, which contain images and stories that have left today‟s viewers just as stunned
and terrified -- and eager for more -- as the moviegoers of the 1970s. “It‟s Only a Movie”
presented double features that paired films from each era, with SAW II sharing a bill with
Stanley Kubrick‟s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.
Announcing the series in June 2007, the Museum‟s Chief Curator, David
Schwartz said, “These movies are of considerable aesthetic and cultural interest, clearly
reflecting the fears of contemporary lives…. Of course we are aware that these films
contain disturbing, often shocking images, but they are powerful precisely because they
tap into our deepest anxieties.”
Assistant Curator Livia Bloom also weighed in. “The filmmakers in this series use
the horror genre as a commercial framework to make smart, often subversive films. Their
work examines deep psychological concerns, and comments on social and political issues
of the day.” Bloom noted that in SAW‟s “startling scenes of torture,” she found
“reflections of a life during a time of war and turmoil.”
The thematic and stylistic consistency of the SAW series owes much to the
stewardship and participation of a core team, many of whom have been with the series for
most, if not all of, its life. In addition to Burg, Koules and Greutert, this team includes
SAW originators Wan and Whannell; the late producer Gregg Hoffman; and executive
producers Daniel Heffner, Stacey Testro, Peter Block and Jason Constantine; director of
photography David A. Armstrong, who laid the creepy visual template for the series and
shot the first six installments; screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who
have delved into psychology and mayhem since SAW IV; composer Charlie Clouser, a
onetime member of the band Nine Inch Nails; costume designer Alex Kavanagh; and
casting director Stephanie Gorin. Writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman joined the team
with the critical sequel SAW II and went on to helm SAW III and SAW IV. Production
designer David Hackl created Jigsaw‟s universe for the first four films in the series before
directing SAW V, at which time current production designer Tony Ianni (V, VI, 3D)
joined the crew.
The SAW franchise is not only about big-screen blood; it also about the blood that saves
lives. With the release of the first SAW in 2004, Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures embarked on a
cutting-edge promotion tailored specifically to the franchise’s profile: a nationwide SAW blood
drive that exhorted fans to “Give Til It Hurts” to benefit the Red Cross. The SAW “Give Til It
Hurts” Blood Drive became a key element of the SAW franchise, as much a part of its annual
rituals as the Halloween premiere date. Each year brought a new ad campaign photographed by
Tim Palen, Lionsgate Co-President of Theatrical Marketing and fine art photographer, and
featuring the SAW nurses, seductive angels of questionable mercy and considerable visual
impact. In six years of blood drives, SAW filmgoers donated nearly 124,641 pints of blood to
help save as many as 373,923 lives.
As intricate as one of Jigsaw‟s games, the SAW films reveal their twisting plots
gradually. The series itself resembles an even larger jigsaw puzzle, with each new film
linking up in some way with its predecessor. As SAW 3D arrives to bring this series to its
conclusion, now is the time to look at the pieces thus far. To paraphrase Jigsaw‟s
victims: where are we?
Director: James Wan
Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
Story by James Wan and Leigh Whannell
SAW‟s opening scene immediately plunges the audience into the unknown, along
with the two unfortunate men, Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary
Elwes), who wake to find themselves chained up in a fetid subterranean bathroom. The
captives are the most recent targets of a psychopathic genius known as Jigsaw, who
constructs elaborate games that force his victims to make impossible choices between life
and death. As Adam and Dr. Gordon struggle to unravel the elaborate puzzle of their fate,
Detective Tapp (Danny Glover) and his colleague Kerry (Dina Meyer) work furiously to
determine Jigsaw‟s identity before he can claim yet more victims. But Jigsaw has
accomplices – whose willingness is not entirely clear – and his meticulous planning
enables him to escape.
SAW opened nationwide on Friday, October 29, 2004. The film stunned industry
observers by debuting at #3 with a weekend take of $18.3 million and it remained in the
Top 10 for 4 weeks. Produced for just $1.2 million, SAW went on to worldwide box
office earnings of over $103 million ($55.1M domestic, $47.9M international). It won the
Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2004 San Sebastián Horror and Fantasy Film
Festival; the Special Jury Prize and Youth Jury Prize (both to James Wan) at the 2005
Gérardmer (France) Film Festival (a/k/a Festival de Gérardmer – Fantastic Arts); and the
Pegasus Audience Award (also to James Wan) at the 2005 Brussels International Festival
of Fantasy Film. SAW was released on DVD/home video on February 15, 2005; it
debuted at #1 on the home entertainment charts and sold 2.2 million units in its first
week. It was the top-selling horror DVD of 2005.
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Screenplay: Leigh Whannell and Darren Lynn Bousman
SAW II finds Jigsaw playing two games simultaneously: one involving eight
victims who wake up in a crumbling house and must solve their mastermind‟s riddle
before their insides are destroyed by poison; and the other with Detective Eric Matthews
(Donnie Wahlberg), whose rebellious son is among the eight captives. Also among the
abducted is Amanda (Shawnee Smith), who was introduced in SAW as the only victim to
have survived Jigsaw‟s tests. Desperate to save his son, Detective Matthews resorts, not
for the first time, to brutality and trickery. It‟s a decision that leads him right into a trap
designed by Jigsaw in collaboration with his new apprentice: Amanda.
SAW II opened nationwide on Friday, October 28, 2005. The film‟s opening day
gross of $12.1 million was Lionsgate‟s biggest Friday gross to that point (this would be
surpassed by SAW III). It was the weekend‟s #1 film with a box office tally of $31.7
million, outperforming SAW‟s opening weekend by $12 million, an increase of
approximately 60%. The debut marked the widest release and the biggest opening
weekend in Lionsgate box office history. SAW II spent 7 weeks in the U.S. Top Ten,
and was the top grossing horror film of 2005, with domestic theatrical box office receipts
of $87 million. Internationally, SAW II opened at #1 in Australia, Brazil, Germany and
Austria; its combined international box office was $60 million. The film‟s UK opening
was Lionsgate‟s biggest international opening weekend for a film to date, and the
opening weekend box office in Japan more than doubled from the release of SAW. SAW
II was released on DVD/home video on Valentine‟s Day, February 14, 2006; it debuted at
#1 on the home entertainment charts, selling 2.8 million units on its first day and 3.3
million units in its first week. The title was the fastest-selling theatrical DVD in company
history. It was nominated for the 2006 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film by the
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA; star Tobin Bell was
nominated for the 2006 MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Villain.
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Screenplay: Leigh Whannell
Story: Leigh Whannell and James Wan
As SAW III begins, Jigsaw‟s health is failing and he is preparing his adoring
acolyte, Amanda, to carry on his work. Amanda has designed numerous games herself,
building various horrendous contraptions to test the survival instincts of her victims. A
very important game involves a brain surgeon, Lynn (Bahar Soomekh), who is forced to
operate on the dying man. Meanwhile, in another section of Jigsaw‟s lair, a grieving
father, Jeff (Angus Macfadyen) is given the barbed opportunity to fulfill his dreams of
revenge. Like so many before him, Jeff lives down to Jigsaw‟s expectations … with dire
consequences for the people he loves.
SAW III opened nationwide on Friday, October 27, 2006. It was the weekend‟s
#1 film with a box office tally of $33.6 million, the biggest opening in Lionsgate history,
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surpassing that of SAW II by 5.94%. Its Friday opening of $14.4M marked the highest
single-day box office gross to date in company history. The film was the widest release
in Lionsgate history, besting its predecessor SAW II. It spent 4 weeks in the U.S. Top
Ten, and was the top grossing theatrical horror film of 2006, with domestic theatrical box
office receipts of $80.2 million. SAW III‟s international box office receipts totaled $84.6
million, and it marked the first Lionsgate film to open at #1 in Great Britain, where it
took in $4.9 million in its first weekend. SAW III was released on DVD/home video on
January 23, 2007, debuting at #1 on the charts, selling 2.9 million units in the U.S. its
first day. It was the best-selling horror DVD of 2007, having sold 4.1 million units. SAW
III was nominated for the 2007 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film by the Academy of
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA; star Tobin Bell was nominated for the
2007 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain; Bell and Shawnee Smith received a joint
Spike TV Scream Award nomination for Most Vile Villain.
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Screenplay: Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan
Story by Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan and Thomas Fenton
Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead, and Detective Kerry has been
murdered. Two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Agent Perez
(Athena Karkanis), arrive at the depleted police precinct and help veteran Detective
Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) sift through Jigsaw's latest grizzly game of victims and piece
together the puzzle. But then SWAT Commander Rigg (Lyriq Bent), the last officer
untouched by Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), is suddenly abducted. Thrust into the madman's
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harrowing game, the officer has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of
interconnected traps...or face the deadly consequences.
Rigg's citywide pursuit leaves a wake of dead bodies, and Detective Hoffman and
the FBI uncover long-hidden clues that lead them back to Jigsaw's ex-wife Jill (Betsy
Russell). The genesis of Jigsaw's evil is unveiled, exposing the puppet master's true
intentions and the sinister plan for his past, present and future victims.
SAW IV opened nationwide on October 26, 2007. It was the weekend‟s #1 film
with a box office tally of $31.8 million. It has since earned total domestic theatrical box
office receipts of $63.3 million; the film‟s international box office receipts have totaled
over $76 million. SAW IV was released on DVD/home video on January 22, 2008,
debuting at #2 on the charts and selling 2.6 million units in the U.S. and Canada. It is one
of the top two best-selling horror DVDs of 2008. SAW IV was nominated for three 2008
Spike TV Scream Awards (Best Sequel, Best Villain, Most Memorable Mutilation),
handed out October 18, 2008.
Director: David Hackl
Screenplay: Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan
In the fifth installment of the SAW franchise, Hoffman is seemingly the last
person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman
must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.
SAW V opened nationwide on October 24, 2008, and was the #2 film that
weekend with a box office tally of $30 million. Its domestic theatrical box office receipts
totaled over $56.7 million; the film‟s international box office receipts have totaled over
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$57.1 million. SAW V was released on DVD/home video on January 20, 2009, debuting
at #2 on the charts; it has sold 1.6 million units to date.
Director: Kevin Greutert
Screenplay: Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan
Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged
successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is
forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.
SAW VI opened nationwide on October 23, 2009. Its domestic theatrical box
office receipts totaled over $27.6 million; the film‟s international box office receipts have
totaled over $42 million. SAW VI was released on DVD/home video on January 26,
2010, debuting at #3 on the charts; it has sold 1.4 million units to date.
Director: Kevin Greutert
Written by: Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw‟s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers
to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own
dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...
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JIGSAW’S NEW PIECES: THE SAW FRANCHISE EXPANDS ITS
INTERNATIONAL AND CULTURAL PRESENCE
Seven years into its life, the SAW franchise is part of the language of international pop culture,
and the series’ basic underpinnings are familiar even to non-fans. The SAW films have been
referenced on television series as diverse as “The Simpsons” (Spring 2009), “The Sopranos”
(Season 6) and “Entourage” (Season 5), and in the recent comedy GET HIM TO THE GREEK
And the franchise has expanded well beyond theater walls, allowing SAW fans and adrenaline
aficionados to play with Jigsaw in a thrillingly, scarily immediate sense:
The second SAW video game was released in October 2010 by Konami, which saw great
success with the first SAW video game, released in October 2009.
In March 2009, SAW – The Ride became the world’s first horror-theme rollercoaster when
it opened at Thorpe Park in Surrey, U.K. Closely based on the franchise, the ride dares
thrill-seekers to “face your fears.” It is the world’s steepest freefall drop rollercoaster, with
a “beyond vertical” drop of 100º from a height of 100 ft. Thorpe Park is part of the Merlin
Entertainments Group, the world’s second-biggest company for location-based, family
SAW returns for a second year to Universal Studios Hollywood‟s Halloween Horror Nights
(HHN), which runs from September 24 – October 31, 2010. SAW will be one of four
themed Haunted Mazes, and one of six themed Scares Zones. Now in its fifth year,
Universal’s HHN is the biggest Halloween event in Southern California and attracts people
from all over the state.
For the second year in a row, SAW is under the big top in Las Vegas, where Circus
Circus’s Adventure Dome (25 rides and attractions, 4.5 MM visitors annually) transforms
into FRIGHT DOME for the month of October. SAW will be the featured movie partner of
Fright Dome 2010
Six Flags Theme Park in Chicago has created a SAW-themed Haunted House, which will
be open from September 30 – October 31, 2010.
A SAW-themed Haunted Maze debuted on October 8, 2010 for Halloween Fright Nights at
Warner Bros. Movie World amusement park in Gold Coast, Australia.
SAW aficionados will have a bounty of dress-up and decorating options for Halloween
2010, ranging from costumes and masks to body parts and the unforgettable hanging pig
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ABOUT THE CAST
Whether you know him as „Jigsaw‟ in the wildly successful SAW movies, „Nordic‟ in
THE FIRM or even „Ted Kaczynski‟ in UNABOMBER --THE REAL STORY, TOBIN BELL
(Jigsaw/John) has displayed an uncanny – and occasionally chilling – ability to burrow deep into
a character‟s psyche. Tobin‟s longevity and chameleon-like ability to assume any role has placed
him in the upper echelon of consummate professional actors. His success as the star of the SAW
movies is a fitting reward for almost 30 years spent appearing in movies and television shows,
mainly in character roles.
Starting with the role of FBI agent „Ernest Stokes‟ in MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988),
Tobin Bell has played a long line of interesting characters on both sides of the law: JFK
conspirator „David Ferrie‟ in RUBY; „Mendoza‟ in IN THE LINE OF FIRE; the riveting „Nordic‟
in THE FIRM; gunfighter „Dog Kelly‟ in THE QUICK AND THE DEAD; „Lucian Morano‟ in
SERIAL KILLER; a parole officer in GOODFELLAS; the voice of „Zaragosa‟ in DreamWorks‟
ROAD TO EL DORADO; as well as roles in OVERNIGHT DELIVERY, HBO‟s THE FOURTH
FLOOR, GOOD NEIGHBOR, BLACK MASK 2, LOOSE CANNONS, MALICE and
Tobin is a familiar face to viewers of TV movies and dramas (though comedy fans will
recognize him as „Ron‟ from “Seinfeld”). Tobin has been a prominent guest star on some of the
most critically acclaimed and popular dramas of the last decade: as attorney „Nathan Volk‟ on the
NBC drama “Revelations,” with Bill Pullman, Natasha McElone and John Rhys-Davies; as „Peter
Kingsley‟ in five episodes of “24;” as „Agent Dreyer‟ on “Alias;” and as „Karl Storm‟ in one of
the fans‟ favorite episodes of “Walker: Texas Ranger.” Tobin has also appeared on “The West
Wing,” “The Guardian,” “The Sopranos,” “Charmed,” “Once and Again,” “X-Files,” “Stargate,”
“Silk Stalkings,” “ER,” “La Femme Nikita,” “NYPD Blue,” “Murder One,” and “Chicago Hope.”
His resume also includes the television movies-of-the-week ONE HOT SUMMER NIGHT,
BABYSITTER‟S SEDUCTION, MORTAL FEAR and DEEP RED.
Tobin comes by some of his acting skill naturally; his mother is the British actress Eileen
Bell. But Tobin also learned from the best, studying with Lee Strasberg and Ellen Burstyn at the
New York's Actor Studio and with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. On the New
York stage, Tobin has appeared at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the New York Public
Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Playwright‟s Horizons.
Tobin was born in New York City and raised in Weymouth, Mass. As befits the star of
“thinking men‟s horror movies,” Tobin is a graduate of Boston University, with a master‟s degree
in Environmental Education from Montclair State College. Hobbies include playing the guitar,
taking wildlife photographs and making frequent climbing trips to the Presidential Range of New
Hampshire‟s White Mountains. Also a writer, Tobin has completed several screenplays and stage
plays. He is married, with two children, and splits his time between homes in New York and Los
COSTAS MANDYLOR (Hoffman), born in Melbourne, Australia of Greek ancestry,
began his career as a soccer star in Greece and Australia. When his professional soccer career
was cut short following stress fractures to his shins, he packed up and moved to Hollywood. He
has since become an acclaimed actor in the States.
He became an "overnight" success when cast in THE TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT, a
Holocaust drama filmed in Auschwitz. Oliver Stone gave him a small role in 1991s THE
DOORS, but it was MOBSTERS, from the same year, that gave him his first starring role.
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Costas had a very successful and well-known television career as „Kenny Lacos,‟ the
impulsive and lovable Deputy in the David E. Kelley drama “Picket Fences” and next put his
Mediterranean good looks to good use as „Alphonse Royo‟ in the Dick Wolf drama series
“Players.” Costas has been described as one of the most "beautiful" people in the world (People
Magazine - 1991) and "one of the most exotic faces on television today." Other notable small
screen appearances include “Sex and the City,” “Andromeda,” “Charmed,” “7th Heaven” and
After “Players” in 1997 came a number of television films and larger projects. He had a
small role in Sean Penn‟s THE PLEDGE and ABOVE AND BEYOND with Alexandra Paul. He
more recently lent his voice to the role of „Hondshew‟ in 2007‟s BEOWULF starring Angelina
Jolie. He continues acting on television, including the Hallmark Channel‟s JUST DESSERTS
opposite Lauren Holly and in numerous independent movies and a starring role in David E.
Kelley's short-lived show, “Wedding Bells.” His next widely recognized role came as „Detective
Hoffman‟ in the SAW horror franchise.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, BETSY RUSSELL (Jill) is best known for her
starring role as „Jill Tuck.‟ At 16 years old, she landed her first gig in the business, a Pepsi
commercial in her hometown. This sparked a fire within her, and she immediately made the
move to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. Once arriving in LA, television roles began to
pour in, until she landed an audition for a film that would change her career, the 1983 sex-
comedy, cult classic film PRIVATE SCHOOL. She booked the role on the spot, being cast as
„Jordon Leigh-Jensen,‟ playing opposite her idol Phoebe Cates. The film launched Russell into
Hollywood stardom, and she quickly became known as the “it-girl,” known for her ability to play
a sexy bitch, with innocence. She continued to work steadily in film, starring in movies such as
TOMBOY, AVENGING ANGEL, and made cameos in top television series including “The A-
Team,” “T.J. Hooker,” and “Family Ties.” After taking a hiatus from TV and film in the 90s to
focus on raising her family, Russell returned to the silver screen starring as „Jill Tuck‟ in
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures‟ SAW III, SAW IV, SAW V and SAW VI. In addition to SAW
3D, Russell can also be seen starring in the SYFY adventure television film MANDRAKE, and
the New Films International‟s horror flick CHAIN LETTER, opposite Nikki Reed and Keith
David in 2010.
DEAN ARMSTRONG ‘s (Cale) varied career includes SYFY's new Stephen King series
“Haven,” five seasons on Showtime's “Queer as Folk,” two years on Broadway starring in
Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent and the host of the CBC
six part mini-series “Triple Sensation II.” Dean is also the Founder and Executive Producer of
Appulse Films. The company‟s first feature entitled VERONA, directed by Laurie Lynd
(BREAKFAST WITH SCOT), is scheduled for theatrical release in 2011.
CHAD DONELLA (Gibson) originally hails from Toronto, Canada. There, he attended
the York Arts Drama Program, a prominent and highly respected theatre school in Canada, where
he starred in such productions as Oedipus Rex, Measure By Measure, Waiting For Godot, A
Doll’s House and The Collected Works of Billy The Kid. He was subsequently cast in various
other plays, appearing on some of Toronto‟s finest stages including Wild Abandon at the
Tarragon Theatre, 2 To Tango and Cowboy Mouth at Theatre Center East, and The Juliet
Chronicles at the Factory Theatre.
The entertainment community took notice of Chad‟s amazing versatility and prescient
ability to capture a character‟s depth, casting him in the controversial and award-winning
Canadian teen series, “Straight Up.” He continued to work extensively in the Canadian television
industry, rapidly making his way to Los Angeles where he soon established himself as an actor to
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He started landing leading roles in the box office hits DISTURBING BEHAVIOR
(MGM) and FINAL DESTINATION (New Line), garnering him numerous fans and many
dedicated websites. Lionsgate, long a fan of Chad‟s work, then cast him as their lead in the
romantic comedy GIRL FEVER. After seeing his work in that film, they offered him a role in
SHATTERED GLASS. Other recent independent film credits include DAKOTA, 9 LIVES OF
MARA and HATE CRIME which garnered him Best Supporting Actor at the Colorado Film
But it was the role of „Jacob‟ in the highly rated and critically acclaimed mini-series
“Taken” (DreamWorks Television / Sci-Fi Channel) that has brought Chad to an entirely new and
devoted fan base. The series was a ratings success and has drawn imminent praise for Chad‟s
His numerous television credits include many guest star and recurring roles on prominent
shows that include the season finale of “Smallville,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Copper,” “CSI:
Miami,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Monk,” and “N.C.I.S.”
GINA HOLDEN (Joyce) is busier than ever, with an exciting slate of upcoming film
and television projects in the works. She was recently chosen for Hallmark Channel's
“Something To Be Thankful For” (November 2010), opposite Faye Dunaway and Daphne
Zuniga, and ABC's fantasy “Legend of the Seeker,” based on the popular Terry Goodkind book
series. Gina was also chosen to play high-powered radio executive „Trina Campbell‟ on the CW
family drama “Life Unexpected.”
A native of Smithers, British Columbia, Gina credits a background of dance and musical
theatre for her diverse range and interests. Early study abroad and a successful career in
modeling further enriched her creative drive and strong work ethic, helping her amass an
impressive list of credits. She has starred on CBS' popular horror-drama “Harper's Island,” and
police drama “Flashpoint,” on the CW smash “Smallville,” and “Blood Ties.”
Feature film roles include: MESSAGE DELETED opposite Matthew Lillard, ALIEN VS.
PREDATOR, FINAL DESTINATION 3, and THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 2, among many
In 2009, Gina executive produced “Bangmaster General,” a surreal skateboarding web
series created by award-winning director Corey Adams.
CHESTER BENNINGTON (Evan) is the lead vocalist for alternative band, Linkin
Park. They were recently named the #1 selling Rock/Alt Band of the Decade by
Soundscan/Billboard. Over the course of the past few years, LP amassed more than 50 million
sales worldwide, a remarkable string of chart-topping singles, a pair of Grammy® wins and an
international fan base whose members number in the millions. Their fourth studio album, A
Thousand Suns (Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros) released September 14, 2010, debuted
#1 on Billboard‟s Top 200 chart, as well as 15 other countries.
In October 2009, Bennington released an album for his side-project, Dead By Sunrise.
He is also co-owner of the tattoo chain, Club Tattoo, which opened a branch at the Miracle Mile
shops in Las Vegas last year.
Chester is involved in several charity organizations including Music For Relief
(www.musicforrefief.org). MFR was originated by the members of Linkin Park, reaching out to
their fellow artists and fans to help victims of disaster and global warming. He is also involved in
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, an organization to help feed the homeless, and Take Me Home, an
animal rescue group.
Bennington began acting in theater roles in high school that eventually led to traveling
with a troupe around the country before his singing career took off.
REBECCA MARSHALL (Suzanne) – BIO FORTHCOMING
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An actor/writer/improviser/voice-over/artist/director/teacher, NAOMI SNIECKUS
(Nina) is an alumnus of The Second City Toronto. She wrote/performed in five hit shows
including Invasion Free Since 1812, Reloaded and Bird Flu Over the Cuckoos Nest. Other theatre
credits include: The Ginkgo Tree (Arts Club), Guide to Mourning (Belfry Theatre), Conservatives
in Love (Pea Green Theatre). She directed Chelsea P. Menders in Naughty Little Children and is
presently the director of the Touring Co. at Second City. She has written for Trish Stratus for
“Walk of Fame” and Nelly Furtado for “The Junos.” TV and film credits include “Da Kink in
My Hair,” “Degrassi,” “Train 48,” “ReGenesis,” “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” “She‟s the
Mayor,” “The Jon Dore Show,” and “Skins USA.” She also had recurring roles on “Ron James
Show,” “Being Erica,” “Mr.D,” “Wingin‟ It.” You may have heard Naomi‟s voice on CBC
Radio‟s Canadia or as „Aunt Turtle‟ on the cartoon “Franklin the Turtle.” Naomi is developing a
show with Breakthrough Films called “Unrelated.” She is a founding member of The National
Theatre of the World and performs and produces Impromptu Splendor and The Carnegie Hall
Show (the former was last year‟s winner and the latter is currently nominated for a Canadian
Comedy Award for Best Improv Troupe). She has a recurring role in the new Trailer Park Boys
TV show, “Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour.” Naomi is the director of the Touring
Company at the Second City Theatre. This year she has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy
Award for the second year in a row in the category of Best Female Improviser.
SEAN PATRICK FLANERY (Bobby) has had an extensive acting career, starting with
his explosive career making performance in the feature film POWDER. Since then, Sean has
starred in a number of feature films, such as THE GRASS HARP, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE,
SUICIDE KINGS, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS and BODY SHOTS. His feature credits go on
Sean has also been quite successful on the small screen. He began his television career
starring in the series “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” for George Lucas. He also starred in
“The Strip,” the short-lived Jerry Bruckheimer series. In addition, he has starred in the mini-
series “The Diamond Hunters” and currently, Sean recurs on the hit series “The Dead Zone.”
Throughout his career veteran actor CARY ELWES (Dr. Gordon) has turned in an
array of outstanding, eclectic performances. He just completed production on Ivan Reitman‟s
upcoming comedy FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS alongside Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.
He wrapped filming on Steven Spielberg‟s TINTIN and previously starred in Dreamworks‟ A
CHRISTMAS CAROL with Jim Carrey, directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Elwes made his cinematic debut in Marek Kanievska‟s film ANOTHER COUNTRY
based on the award-winning play, and followed up with a starring role in the highly acclaimed
historical drama LADY JANE alongside Helena Bonham Carter. He then turned in a memorable
portrayal as „Westley‟ in Rob Reiner‟s classic fairytale THE PRINCESS BRIDE which won over
audiences around the globe. Other film credits include the hit psychological thriller SAW, the
Academy Award®-winning war epic GLORY, BRAM STOKER‟S DRACULA directed by
Francis Ford Coppola, Mel Brooks‟ ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS, TWISTER, LIAR LIAR,
KISS THE GIRLS, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE and Garry Marshall‟s GEORGIA RULE
with Jane Fonda.
On the small screen, Elwes recently starred in the pilot “Tough Trade” written and
created by Jenji Kohan and directed by Gavin Hood. He also has a recurring role on the USA
Network show “Psych” as „Pierre Despereaux.‟ His previous television credits include guest
starring on a gripping episode of “Law & Order: SVU” as a mob lawyer whose family is
viciously attacked and portraying the young Pope in CBS‟s telepic “Pope John Paul II.”
Additionally Elwes starred in the Golden Globe® Award-winning HBO miniseries “From the
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Earth to the Moon,” “The Riverman,” “Uprising” and had a recurring role as „FBI Assistant
Director Brad Follmer‟ on the final season of “The X-Files.”
Elwes was born and raised in London before moving to the States in his teens. He
attended college in upstate New York and went on to study at the Actors Studio and the Lee
Strasberg Institute. Ironically, however it was back in his native England where Elwes began his
film career. He later returned to New York before eventually relocating to Los Angeles.
Raised entirely by his single mother and his maternal grandparents, actor, writer and
producer, LAURENCE ANTHONY (Rogers) is one of the most accomplished and promising
young talents of his generation. A published author and playwright, Laurence was discovered at
age 20 by a number of successful and perceptive casting directors in Toronto.
Laurence is a graduate of Ryerson University‟s illustrious school of Radio and TV Arts
and studied with private acting coaches at a young age. While in school and after he graduated,
Laurence has been featured in various commercials and has nabbed notable TV appearances in
“The Border,” “Degrassi” and pilot, “H.M.S.” SAW 3D, is Laurence‟s debut feature film role.
A frequent traveler, Laurence spends much of his time between NY and Toronto.
His author credits include “The Lido Deck,” published in the best-selling book LAID: Young
People's Experiences With Sex. He also penned the play How Do I Forgive My Dying Father and
is known as a passionate and accomplished spoken word artist and published poet.
Never one to be still and idle, Laurence is an avid cook and has prepared meals for
several well-known personalities. If he wasn‟t busy enough, Laurence is currently working on
setting up a new ad agency based in Toronto and NY.
Known for his infectious smile and deep voice, Laurence has charmed and worked his
way into becoming a very memorable and promising young actor.
JAMES VAN PATTEN (Coroner) – BIO FORTHCOMING
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
KEVIN GREUTERT (Director) is a native of Pasadena, California. He received a
production degree at USC Film School and rose through the ranks of film editing on such projects
as TITANIC, ARMAGEDDON and INSPECTOR GADGET. He was brought onto the first
SAW film through the merits of his work on the Disney comedy GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE II,
and edited all five films of the horror series before directing SAW VI AND SAW 3D. He also
edited several other horror films, including THE STRANGERS.
PATRICK MELTON (Writer) hails from Evanston, Illinois and attended the
University of Iowa, where he met his writing partner, Marcus Dunstan. After moving to Los
Angeles and working for various film companies, Patrick attended Loyola Marymount
University, where he received his MFA in Screenwriting. In 2004, Patrick won the filmmaking
contest Project Greenlight for the script he co-wrote with Marcus Dunstan titled FEAST. Since
then, Patrick and Marcus have become household names in the horror genre with such films as
SAW IV, SAW V, SAW VI, the two FEAST sequels, and THE COLLECTOR, which Dunstan
also directed. They have provided rewrites for the successful MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D
and the recently released PIRANHA 3D. Currently, Patrick and Marcus are writing a film
version of THE OUTER LIMITS for MGM and they are preparing to film THE COLLECTOR 2
this fall with Dunstan returning to the director's chair.
MARCUS DUNSTAN (Writer) hails from Macomb, IL and attended the University of
Iowa, where he met his writing partner Patrick Melton. After moving to North Hollywood in
January of 1999, Marcus attempted to stay in shape by jogging in a nearby park. He found a gun
in that park, ran back to his apartment and shortly thereafter gained 50 pounds. Odd job after odd
job followed as Mr. Dunstan watched his youth dim under the mocking gaze of his
Communications Degree. A fateful call from Patrick Melton began with, “What if we took a shot
at writing a horror film?” That script became FEAST, which was selected by Project Greenlight
and released by Dimension Films. The success of FEAST led to the creation of two sequels that
so offended one viewer, Dunstan was asked not to reproduce. In 2007, Marcus co-wrote SAW IV
with Patrick Melton, during which time, Dunstan, fearing kidney stones, endured an ultrasound
only to discover that his jeans were so tight they had pinched a nerve under his ribcage. With
shame intact, Marcus co-wrote SAW V, SAW VI and SAW 3D for director Kevin Greutert.
Dunstan's next offering as director will be THE COLLECTION, a sequel to his directorial debut,
THE COLLECTOR, which is based, once again, on a script co-written by his college bud, Patrick
Melton. The screenwriting duo are currently working on the film adaptation of the sci-fi series
THE OUTER LIMITS which will hopefully bring Dunstan one step closer to realizing his
lifelong dream of living on the moon…or within walking distance of a Jimmy John‟s
Subs…whichever comes first.
OREN KOULES (Producer) worked as a commodities trader in Chicago prior to
relocating to California. He began his career as a producer, producing the thriller SET IT OFF
with Jade Pinkett and Queen Latifah and MRS. WINTERBOURNE with Shirley MacLaine.
Koules then served as Senior Vice-President of Production with Paramount Pictures for two years
before leaving to co-found Evolution Entertainment with Mark Burg.
Under this new partnership, the duo produced the dramatic thriller JOHN Q., starring
Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and Robert Duvall. Koules and Burg also
produced SAW, one of the most profitable films of 2004, which was the first picture released
under the Twisted Pictures banner, the horror/thriller division of their company.
The success of SAW spawned the powerhouse horror franchise with follow ups SAW II,
SAW III AND SAW IV, all opening # 1 in North America. SAW V and SAW VI continued the
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unprecedented streak of six consecutive years of a Halloween release, thus propelling the series to
the top of the list of horror franchises of all time.
In addition to producing over 16 films in the feature world, Koules is also an Executive
Producer on the CBS Emmy® nominated television series “Two and a Half Men.”
Koules and his business partner Burg became professional sports owners in 2008 when
they purchased the NHL franchise, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
As co-founder of Evolution Entertainment and Twisted Pictures, MARK BURG
(Producer) has assembled an impressive client list that represents talent both in front of and
behind the camera. Formerly the president of Island Pictures, Burg is a veteran film producer,
whose credits include films like CAN‟T BUY ME LOVE, BULL DURHAM, THE SANDLOT
and THE GINGERBREAD MAN.
After partnering with Oren Koules to form Evolution, their list of films produced includes
the dramatic thriller JOHN Q., starring Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and
Robert Duvall. In TV, Burg is an Executive Producer on the CBS Emmy® nominated television
series “Two and a Half Men.” Burg and Koules also produced SAW, one of the most profitable
films of 2004, which was the first picture released under the Twisted Pictures banner, the
horror/thriller division of their company.
The success of SAW spawned the powerhouse horror franchise with follow ups SAW II,
SAW III AND SAW IV, all opening # 1 in North America. SAW V and SAW VI continued the
unprecedented streak of six consecutive years of a Halloween release, thus propelling the series to
the top of the list of horror franchises of all time.
Outside of Hollywood, Burg along with his partner Koules became professional sports
owners when they purchased the NHL franchise, the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008.
DANIEL JASON HEFFNER (Executive Producer) attended Ithaca College School of
Communications and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications in 1978.
Upon graduating, Mr. Heffner worked as a stage manager and production assistant on the
Academy Award®-winning film KRAMER VS. KRAMER, and then as a research assistant to
Milos Forman on RAGTIME.
In January of 1980, Mr. Heffner moved to Los Angeles and became a member of the
Director‟s Guild of America as a second assistant director. He has worked in this capacity on
such films as: PERSONAL BEST, the Academy Award®-winning AN OFFICER AND A
GENTLEMAN, RICHARD PRYOR LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP, and the critically
acclaimed THE BIG CHILL. In 1982 he went to work for Columbia Pictures, working on various
projects as a production manager and a first assistant director.
Mr. Heffner's executive career began in August of 1985, when he was selected to be the
first Production Executive for the newly restructured film division of the Walt Disney Studios. In
this capacity he was instrumental in the rebuilding of the studios feature production division,
serving on the studio‟s new technologies and facilities expansion committees. As a production
executive, Mr. Heffner oversaw the production of the following projects:
THE COLOR OF MONEY, directed by Martin Scorsese starring Paul Newman and Tom
Cruise, filmed on location in Chicago; TOUGH GUYS, which was the final collaboration of Kirk
Douglas and the late Burt Lancaster; ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, the directorial debut
of Chris Columbus, starring Elizabeth Shue, filmed on location in Toronto and Chicago; THREE
MEN AND A BABY, directed by Leonard Nimoy starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve
Guttenberg, filmed on location in Toronto and New York City.
During his tenure at Disney, Mr. Heffner was called upon to line produce COCKTAIL,
directed by Roger Donaldson starring Tom Cruise, Elizabeth Shue, and Brian Brown, filmed on
location in New York City, Jamaica, and Toronto; as well as THE GOOD MOTHER, directed by
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Leonard Nimoy starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson, filmed on location in Toronto and
Boston (Mr. Heffner also served as the first Assistant Director on this film).
In 1988, promoted to Vice President of Production, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, a
division of The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Heffner was charged with the creation and operation
of the Buena Vista Pictures Production Division. Including both production and finance
personnel, this division started with five employees in 1988 and grew to over 35 employees by
the end of 1991. During this period he was responsible for the production of over 25 motion
pictures, including the highly successful ERNEST series as well as MR. DESTINY directed by
James Orr starring Jim Belushi; DECEIVED directed by Damian Harris starring Goldie Hawn;
THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE directed by Curtis Hanson starring Rebecca De
Mornay and Anabella Sciorra; as well as WILD HEARTS CAN'T BE BROKEN, WHITE FANG,
WHERE THE HEART IS, SPACED INVADERS, SHIPWRECKED, PARADISE, THE
INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, GREENCARD, and BETSY'S WEDDING.
In November of 1991 in order to pursue a career as an independent producer, Mr. Heffner
left The Walt Disney Company.
Since then he has served as Co-Executive Producer and Production Manager of HOLY
MATRIMONY directed by Leonard Nimoy starring Patricia Arquette, filmed on location in
Great Falls, Montana; Co-Producer and First Assistant Director on Fred Dryer‟s HIGHWAY 395,
filmed in Lone Pine, California; First Assistant Director on WINTER BREAK, filmed in Aspen,
Colorado; First Assistant Director on ACI/American Cinema, Inc‟s KILLER BUZZ filmed
entirely in Brazil; Co-Producer on Walt Disney Pictures‟ GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE 2, filmed
in Queensland, Australia; Co-Producer and First Assistant Director on Twisted Pictures/Lionsgate
Films SAW; Producer on Fox Television Studios MOW/Pilot “Anonymous Rex” for the Sci Fi
Channel; Line Producer on CHECKING OUT for Full Circle Productions, LP; Co-Producer on
Twisted Pictures/Lionsgate SAW II; Executive Producer on Twisted Pictures/Lionsgate SAW III;
Co-Producer on P2 for Summit Entertainment; Executive Producer on Twisted Pictures/Lionsgate
SAW IV; Executive Producer on Twisted Pictures/Lionsgate REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA;
Executive Producer on Twisted Pictures/Lionsgate SAW V and SAW VI.
Mr. Heffner is currently in development for Serendipity Productions, Inc. as Producer on
THE DEVIL TAKES TOMORROW, THE DELICATE SKIN and SHOESHINE CATS.
PETER BLOCK (Executive Producer) formed A Bigger Boat in 2008 and just
completed production on John Carpenter‟s THE WARD, featuring Amber Heard, Danielle
Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Jared Harris and up-and-comers Lyndsy Fonseca and Laura-Leigh.
A Bigger Boat‟s first production, FROZEN, was an official selection of the Sundance Film
Festival and was released theatrically in February 2010. Peter‟s next production is HOUSE AT
THE END OF THE STREET which was penned by David Loucka and is set to be directed by
UK‟s Mark Tonderai in the summer of 2010. Later this summer, A Bigger Boat is branching out
into the distribution business with the release of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, a
taut UK thriller starring Gemma Arterton and directed by J Blakeson which was the hit of the
most recent Toronto and Tribeca film festivals. Peter has also acquired the rights to Roger
Smith‟s thriller MIXED BLOOD, which he will produce with GreeneStreet Films and Sidney
Kimmel Entertainment. The script is currently being written by Kelly Masterson (BEFORE THE
DEVIL KNOWS YOU‟RE DEAD) and is to be directed by Phillip Noyce (SALT, CLEAR AND
PRESENT DANGER). Other recent producing credits include RAMBO, THE EYE,
MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, SAW VI and DAYBREAKERS, as well as serving as Co-Executive
Producer of the NBC series “Fear Itself.”
Peter also played an integral part in the structure and formation of Epix, the pay cable
joint venture between Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate, and has helped to broker distribution and
output deals for the new network. In addition, Peter was instrumental in the creation of FearNet,
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the VOD and Internet portal for horror and thriller content that is a joint venture between
Comcast, Sony and Lionsgate, serving on the initial board of directors for the venture.
From 2000-2008, Peter was the President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for
Lionsgate Entertainment and its related entities. Over the years, he held an executive level
position in nearly every aspect of the company‟s business and served as the primary acquisitions
executive and as a production executive, drawing upon his knowledge of genre films and past
experience creating marketing plans, key art and trailers for many of the company‟s DVD and
Under his supervision, the Lionsgate acquisitions department acquired distribution rights
to over 500 films through pre-buys, negative pick-ups and co-productions both at script stage and
via festival/market screenings. Such films included the box office sensations CRASH, SAW,
OPEN WATER, FAHRENHEIT 9/11, THE COOLER, and art-house hits such as LANTANA
and SECRETARY. His focus on genre pictures resulted in the company‟s foray into the
theatrical release of horror and thriller pictures through the acquisition of CABIN FEVER, and
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. He was responsible for acquiring a number of films from
international filmmakers which introduced them to the U.S. audience including Peter Jackson's
DEAD ALIVE, Guillermo del Toro's CRONOS, Takashi Shimizu's JU-ON: THE GRUDGE,
HIGH TENSION from Alexandre Aja, and UNDEAD from Australia‟s Spierig brothers.
In addition to his other duties, Peter worked as a primary production executive for the
company on such varied theatrical releases as the Academy Award®-nominated GIRL WITH A
PEARL EARRING, the Bobby Darin bio-pic BEYOND THE SEA directed and starring Kevin
Spacey, the Paramount released NARC, Rob Zombie‟s DEVIL‟S REJECTS, and the cult hit
Previously, Peter oversaw the entirety of Lions Gate Home Entertainment from its
inception, and under his leadership grew the division into a $150 million full-service distribution
business in the United States and Canada. Lions Gate Home Entertainment now includes more
than 8,000 titles and generates over 100 new DVD releases, comprised by new to sell-through
and over 70 new rental titles annually.
In the area of New Media, Peter oversaw the company‟s in-house web ventures, and
served as the primary liaison with the company‟s affiliate, CinemaNow. In an industry first, Peter
designed and negotiated the Trimark-Broadcast.com venture, an agreement for streaming and
advertising motion pictures over the internet provider. The agreement established Broadcast.com
(now Yahoo) as an equity investor in the Company, and furthered the Company‟s ability to avail
itself of Yahoo‟s dominating media presence on the internet.
Peter was also responsible for the company‟s VOD and PPV efforts, and for its Pay-TV
output arrangement with Showtime Networks, and prior to that with HBO. He has negotiated a
full range of motion picture development, production, acquisition, distribution and financing
Before joining Lionsgate, he served at Trimark Pictures as Executive Vice President of
Acquisitions, Distribution and New Media where he fulfilled his current functions, as well as
overseeing Trimark‟s theatrical releasing division, business affairs and music divisions.
Prior to Trimark, Peter represented writers, producers and film financiers for such
pictures as CUTTHROAT ISLAND, POINT BREAK, THREESOME and SNIPER, and worked
for the WGA and in the marketing and studio operations departments at the Walt Disney
Company. Peter, a frequent guest speaker at graduate schools and industry events, is a member
of the advisory board of the U.S Comedy Arts Festival and a member of the executive branch of
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Peter received his J.D.
from USC, his M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and his B.A.
from Duke University, where he has established an endowment for student programming.
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As President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, JASON CONSTANTINE (Executive
Producer) oversees the tracking and acquisition of theatrical films for Lionsgate, plays an
instrumental role in the creative oversight of pre-buy projects in development, production and
post-production, and manages the day-to-day operation of the acquisitions department. Jason has
been involved in the acquisitions of numerous critical and commercial successes for Lionsgate,
from Academy Award®-winning films to genre movies, including PRECIOUS, KICKASS,
SAW, TRANSPORTER 3, HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, DAYBREAKERS, THE
DESCENT, OPEN WATER, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, BEYOND THE SEA, AWAY
FROM HER, LORD OF WAR and CRASH. Constantine has been involved with overseeing the
SAW franchise since its very beginning. Recent acquisitions include BURIED, a Sundance
acquisition starring Ryan Reynolds; THE LAST EXORCISM produced by Eli Roth; and THE
EXPENDABLES, directed by Sylvester Stallone, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet
Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts,
Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A native Californian, Constantine received his M.F.A. in film production from Loyola
Marymount University and his B.A. from Princeton University. While a graduate student,
Constantine wrote and directed two short films, a romantic comedy called FOR WHOM THE
WEDDING BELL TOLLS and a drama entitled ASHES which won the Producers Guild of
America Award for best student short film.
JAMES WAN (Executive Producer) returns to Toronto‟s Midnight Madness with
INSIDIOUS, a supernatural thriller starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne and conceived with
long time writing partner Leigh Whannell.
Wan was one of the youngest students ever to be accepted into the Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology‟s highly respected film and media school in Australia, where he first met
Whannell and together they started creating and developing the world and characters that would
become known as SAW, now the most successful horror movie series of all time as named this
year by the Guinness World Records.
Wan directed the first SAW, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and
stars multi-award winners Danny Glover and Cary Elwes. Lionsgate released SAW in October
2004 and has subsequently released a new installment every October since.
DEAD SILENCE, Wan‟s second feature film, was released by Universal Pictures in
March 2006. Wan‟s third feature film DEATH SENTENCE, an action packed revenge thriller
starring Kevin Bacon, was released by Fox in 2007.
In 2008, Wan co-created, produced and directed a comedy short film DOGGIE HEAVEN
as part of a slate of original programming which premiered on XBOX Live Marketplace. Wan‟s
other credits include creative consultant on the SAW video game and co-creator and director of
“Loved Ones,” a trailer for EA‟s Dead Space.
Wan received the Greg Tepper Award in 2004, a prestigious award for outstanding
achievement in Film.
LEIGH WHANNELL (Executive Producer) hails from Melbourne, Australia, where
he began his career as an actor appearing in Australian series such as “Neighbours” and “Blue
Heelers” and as a presenter on the cult hit TV series “Recovery,” which he later went on to host
in its last two seasons. As a film critic on “Recovery,” Whannell interviewed such people as
George Clooney, Jackie Chan and Tim Burton. While studying film at the Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology, Whannell met filmmaker James Wan, where they started developing
ideas together, including the 2004 Lionsgate release SAW, which Whannell wrote and starred in.
In addition to his work on the screenplay for SAW II, Whannell wrote and starred in SAW III and
is an Executive Producer on the SAW franchise and a creative consultant on the SAW video
game. Whannell‟s other writing credits include the Universal release DEAD SILENCE.
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Whannell‟s acting credits include the Warner Brothers release MATRIX RELOADED, the Fox
release DEATH SENTENCE, the independent feature THE PARDON starring Jaime King, the
Australian feature DYING BREED which premiered at Tribeca, a character voice in Warner
Brothers‟ upcoming release LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS, and INSIDIOUS which
premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Whannell wrote the screenplay and
stars in the picture with James Wan once again directing. Whannell received the Greg Tepper
Award in 2004, a prestigious award for outstanding achievement in Film. Whannell is currently
developing a number of projects, including a thriller with Wan.
STACEY TESTRO (Executive Producer) is the CEO of Stacey Testro International, an
international management/production company based in the US and Australia. She is an
Executive Producer on the SAW Franchise and also represents its creators James Wan and Leigh
Whannell. She has produced theatre on London‟s West End, off Broadway and the highly
successful Australian tour of The Hobbit. She produced the psychological thriller THE PERFECT
HOST, which stars David Hyde Pierce and premiered at Sundance 2010; Magnolia is releasing.
Stacey Testro is dedicated to developing opportunities for artists and sponsors the Los Angeles
organization Australians In Film and founded the Best Unproduced Screenplay Award at the
annual Inside Film Awards.
After receiving a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree at Ryerson University, Toronto in
1979 in Photographic Arts, BRIAN GEDGE (Director of Photography) joined WESCAM
operating helicopter gyro stabilized camera mounts. Training through the Canadian Society of
Cinematographers (CSC) Camera Assistants course helped link Brian to many Directors of
Photography, of which Mark Irwin CSC, ASC (SOMETHING ABOUT MARY) led to his first
feature YOUNGBLOOD, a hockey movie staring Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe. Miklos Lente
CSC (inventor of the 3perf pull down system for film now commonly used) took Brian under his
wing on such TV shows as “Night Heat” and “Counterstrike” which stared Christopher Plummer.
This led to a 10 year career to become one of Canada‟s top five Steadicam Operators working
with such actors as Hume Cronyn, Anne Bancroft, Linda Hamilton, Leslie Neilson, Candice
Bergen, Lindsay Lohan, Farrah Fawcett, Scott Glen and Paris Hilton .
In 2000, Brian spent nine months in Spain as DP and Director of a full time Second Unit
for the syndicated action series “Queen of Swords.” Again working with such notable actors as
David Carradine and Bo Derek, this female Zorro comedy lensed on the original “The Good, The
Bad and the Ugly” set. Camera Operator on the next five SAW films, Brian was responsible for
establishing the unique hand held, crazy, flash frame SAW look that has made these films
TONY IANNI (Production Designer) has over 20 years of feature and television
experience. He cut his teeth in the Art Department on such films as SAVE THE LAST DANCE
and CODEBREAKERS. He then gained attention in the horror genre serving as Art Director for
Lionsgate‟s SKINWALKERS. Following that film‟s success, Tony came aboard the famous
horror franchise SAW and art directed SAW III and SAW IV. He then served as Production
Designer on Saw V, which earned $113 million dollars in its theatrical release for Lionsgate.
Tony then teamed up with SAW III and IV director Darren Bousman on his horror rock opus
REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA starring Paul Sorvino (GOODFELLAS, NIXON) Alexa Vega
(SLEEPOVER, SPY KIDS) and Paris Hilton (HOUSE OF WAX, PLEDGE THIS). The film
became an instant cult classic among horror fans. Tony‟s other feature credits include
OUTLANDER, starring Jim Cavaziel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST) and John Hurt (THE
ELEPHANT MAN, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS). Tony‟s television credits include the series
“Mutant X,” “Relic Hunter” and Lifetime‟s “Wild Card”.
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Tony recently completed the feature DEFENDOR, starring Kat Dennings (NICK
& NORA, THE HOUSE BUNNY) Woody Harrelson (WHITE MEN CAN‟T JUMP, NATURAL
BORN KILLERS) and Sandra Oh (“Grey‟s Anatomy,” SIDEWAYS). He is currently working
on MOTHERS DAY with director Darren Bousman and producer Richard Saperstein.
ANDREW COUTTS (Editor) is Toronto-born and has spent the last eleven years
working in that city‟s film community, moving up within the world of picture editing. He has
worked in the cutting rooms for the films SAW V, THE 51ST STATE and for multiple television
shows including “Mutant X,” “Wild Card,” “This is Wonderland” and “The Line.”
His credits as editor include SAW VI, 10:17, THE MAN WHO LOVED FLOWERS, and
THE UNSPOKEN PROMISE.
CHARLIE CLOUSER (Music by) is a multi-instrumentalist musician, producer,
programmer and remix artist who has worked with some of the seminal recording artists of the
last ten years. Charlie came into prominence as a member of Nine Inch Nails from 1994-2000.
Before joining the band as keyboardist/programmer, Charlie already had built a following with
his extreme synth work and remixes for Prong, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, and others. His
dense layers of chopped up beats and grinding synthbass lines were instrumental in defining the
sound of White Zombie‟s double-platinum 1994 breakthrough album Astrocreep: 2000 which led
to numerous collaborations with frontman Rob Zombie.
In the studio with Nine Inch Nails, Charlie co-wrote high-profile songs like “The Perfect
Drug” (from the gold soundtrack to David Lynch‟s Lost Highway), and “The Way Out Is
Through” (from The Fragile, Spin Magazine‟s 1999 Album of the Year). His intricate
programming style and abrasive synth work were integral parts of the band‟s unique sonic vision.
Along the way, he has continued to apply his talents on albums and remixes for artists like David
Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Rammstein, Jamiroquai, Deftones, Killing Joke, Esthero, and Meat Beat
Charlie‟s first film scoring effort, SAW, became an instant cult classic. His scores for the
subsequent SAW series continue to define the films. Raw, grinding, propulsive, punctuated by
incredible layers of sound and energy, they are classics in the horror genre. Charlie has also
recently scored the Sony release THE STEPFATHER and RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, as
well as Activision‟s high profile video game Singularity.
ALEX KAVANAGH (Costume Designer) has been designing costumes for film and
television since 1997. Her recent credits include Michael Sucsy's romantic drama THE VOW
and Vincenzo Natail‟s sci-fi thriller SPLICE.
Alex designed the costumes for Darren L. Bousman‟s rock opera REPO! THE GENETIC
OPERA, the very successful horror films SAW II through VII, GEORGE A. ROMERO‟S
SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, GEORGE A. ROMERO‟S DIARY OF THE DEAD and GEORGE
A. ROMERO‟S LAND OF THE DEAD as well as GINGER SNAPS II and III.
Kavanagh enjoys a creative challenge utilizing her theatre training at the Dalhousie
University Costume Studies program, from which she graduated in 1992. Her work can be seen
in the MTV produced MADE: THE MOVIE; CAMILLE starring Sienna Miller and James
Franco; and the comedy HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE.
STEPHANIE GORIN, C.S.A., C.D.C. (Casting by) has worked in many areas of show
business but has enjoyed casting for the past 20 years, as well as raising two wonderful
sons, Devon and Jesse, with her husband Joe. Recent features include HOUSE AT THE END OF
THE STREET, ENTITLED, ST. ROZ, SAVING GOD, PHANTOM PUNCH, REPO! THE
GENETIC OPERA, SAW II - VI, HOW SHE MOVE, and THE STONE ANGEL. Features she
co-cast include HAIRSPRAY, GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN‟, TAKE THE LEAD
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and CHICAGO. Selected television series include: "Camelot," "The Borgias," “The Tudors”
(two Emmy® nominations), "Guns" (Gemini nomination), "The Border" (Gemini nomination),
“Being Erica" (Gemini nomination), "Death Comes To Town" (Kids in the Hall), “Degrassi,”
"Moby Dick" (mini-series), "Don Cherry" (mini-series), "The Ron James Show," "Haven” and
“The Listener." M.O.W.s include QUEEN OF SHEBA, CAMP ROCK I and II, HIGH STAKES,
TURN THE BEAT AROUND, JUMP IN, and AMERICAN PIE. Numerous theatre credits
include Rock of Ages, Boys in the Photograph, The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock
You, The Lord of the Rings, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, and Rent.
WILLIAM REEVE (Stereographer) is an award-winning cinematographer and
stereographer on commercials feature and documentary films for over 30 years. The majority of
his works including popular IMAX format titles, over a dozen shot in 3D, have taken him to the
farthest reaches of the earth. William is an expert in stereoscopy initially on the development
team at IMAX Ltd when the company was creating the rebirth of stereoscopic motion picture
experience. During his career William has directed the photography of several IMAX deep ocean
submersible filming operations on the mid Atlantic and Pacific including the volcanic hot vents,
the wreck of Titanic, and the German battleship Bismarck. His IMAX films as Director of
Photography include a CSC Cinematography Award for FIGHTER PILOT and Giant Screen
Theatre Association awards for VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP SEA, EXTREME, DINOSAURS
ALIVE and many others.
William's technical achievements include 2D and 3D camera applications from highly
complex stereo macroscopic motion control set ups to unique configurations for extreme physical
environments. Reeve‟s efforts include the design of the first 3D recorders to capture full 2K
Digital 3D for wing suit flying by the Red Bull Air Force. His early research on mirror rigs for
mainstream Drama in D-cinema and large format film has contributed to equipment development
of the digital cinema 3D rollout that is presently overtaking the entertainment industry. William
is a full member of the Canadian Society of Cinematography and holds a Bachelors degree in
Motion Picture Entertainment. He presently lives in Berlin Germany with his wife and children.
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