Oren Peli

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Oren Peli
Born (1970-01-21) January 21, 1970 (age 44)
Ramat Gan, Israel
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 2007–present
Known for Paranormal Activity

Oren Peli (Hebrew: אורן פלאי‎; born January 21, 1970) is an Israeli American film director, producer and screenwriter, known as the director of Paranormal Activity.[1]

Early life[edit]

Peli was born in Israel. When he reached the age of 19, he relocated to the United States.

Career[edit]

Peli began as a computer software programmer, being one of the developers behind Photon Paint, a bitmap graphics program for the Amiga. His first film Paranormal Activity was inspired by Peli moving into his first house alone and without family nearby. Peli would hear creaks and knocks in the night, which laid the groundwork for a film about a family running around with cameras trying to catch what was going on in the house.[2]

After the success of Paranormal Activity, Peli worked with James Wan and Leigh Whannell to develop Insidious. Peli also produced and wrote the 2012 horror film, Chernobyl Diaries, based on the Chernobyl disaster and on his story The Diary of Lawson Oxford. The film followed "a group of friends who, while vacationing in Europe, find themselves stranded in the abandoned city of Prypiat, Ukraine only to discover that they are not alone."[3]

Television[edit]

In 2012, The River premiered on ABC, a paranormal/action/horror television series about a group of people on a mission to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon. Oren Peli co-created the show with Michael R. Perry who co-wrote Paranormal Activity 2.

Upcoming films[edit]

Peli is working on The Lords of Salem and Area 51. He is the screenwriter and director of Area 51, a story about three friends who want to discover the secrets of the fabled Area 51. The Lords of Salem, written and directed by Rob Zombie, is set in the town of Salem, MA as it is terrorized by a coven of witches. Oren Peli is also producing Paranormal Activity 5, the sixth installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise.[4][5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Cinematographer Editor
2007 Paranormal Activity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 No Yes No No No
Insidious No Yes No No No
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 No Yes No No No
2012 The River No Yes Yes No No
Paranormal Activity 4 No Yes No No No
The Lords of Salem No Yes No No No
Chernobyl Diaries No Yes Yes No No
The Bay No Yes No No No
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 No Yes No No No
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones No Yes No No No
Area 51 Yes Yes Yes No No
Paranormal Activity 5 No Yes No No No

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The New York Times". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Hall, Peter (October 9, 2009). "Interview: Oren Peli, Writer-Director of 'Paranormal Activity' – The Moviefone Blog". Blog.moviefone.com. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ 10 MOS (February 14, 2012). "Alcon to Release 'Chernobyl Diaries'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Lords of Salem Synopsis – Plot Summary". Fandango.com. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Area 51 Synopsis – Plot Summary". Fandango.com. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Oren Peli Filmography". Fandango.com. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 

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