October 17, 1977 |
Background and education
Bertino was born in Crowley, Texas. He studied cinematography at the University of Texas at Austin. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a gaffer, and wrote screenplays in his spare time.
Bertino submitted The Strangers for a Nicholl Fellowship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which reached the quarterfinals. However, he was able to get a meeting with Vertigo Entertainment. Bertino quit his job days before the script was sold to Universal Studios.
Mark Romanek wanted to direct The Strangers but demanded a $40 million budget. After speaking with Andrew Rona at Rogue Pictures, Bertino was asked to direct The Strangers despite a lack of directorial experience.
This Man film
The film concept is built upon the internet meme that appeared in October 2009, with the launching of the website ThisMan.org. The site claimed that the first recorded sighting of the individual was in 2006 to an anonymous mental patient and that others throughout the world have seen This Man in their dreams. Shortly after the website launch, it was revealed that the website and meme were created by sociologist Andrea Natella, an advertising agency employee who specialized in hoax and viral marketing, and that the face used on the website appeared to have been produced through the software program Flash Face.
- Interview: The Strangers' Bryan Bertino
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram interview accessed 1 June 2008
- ShockTillYouDrop.com Part 2 interview accessed 1 June 2008
- From rags to writer on the back of fear
- ShockTillYouDrop.com Part 1 interview accessed 1 June 2008
- Bryan Bertino Interview, The Strangers
- This man is about a group of people that see a man in their dreams.The Strangers Director Turns to This Man...
- "Is ‘This Man’ of Your Dreams Phenomenon or Fiction?". gajitz.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Matt Van Hoven. "Who is This Man?". Media Bistro. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
- "The Strangers Director Turns to This Man...". deadcentral.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "Bryan Bertino to Write and Direct THIS MAN for Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures". collider.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- First Showing, Bryan Bertino Directing New Fact-based Horror Film This Mman