Geoffrey Roy Rush is an Australian actor. Rush is amongst 24 people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Tony Award, he has won one Academy Award for acting, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rush is the founding president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year, he is the first actor to win the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for a single performance in film for his performance as piano prodigy David Helfgott in Shine. Rush was born in Toowoomba, the son of Merle, a department store sales assistant, Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force, his father was of English and Scottish ancestry, his mother was of German descent. His parents divorced when he was five, his mother subsequently took him to live with her parents in suburban Brisbane.
Before he began his acting career, Rush attended Brisbane State High School, graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor's degree in Arts. While at university, he was talent-spotted by Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane. Rush began his career with QTC in 1971. In 1975, Rush went to Paris for two years and studied mime and theatre at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, before returning to resume his stage career with QTC. In 1979, he shared an apartment with actor Mel Gibson for four months while they co-starred in a stage production of Waiting for Godot. Rush made his theatre debut in the QTC's production of Wrong Side of the Moon, he worked with the QTC for four years, appearing in roles ranging across classical plays and pantomime, from Juno and the Paycock to Hamlet on Ice. Following these, Rush left for Paris. Rush's acting credits include William Shakespeare's plays The Winter's Tale and Troilus and Cressida, he appeared in an ongoing production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest as John Worthing.
In 1994, Rush played Horatio in a production of Hamlet alongside Richard Roxburgh, Jacqueline McKenzie and David Wenham in the Company B production at the Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney. In September 1998, Rush played the title role in the Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro for the QTC; this was the opening production of the Optus Playhouse at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank in Brisbane. A pun on Rush's name was used in the opening prologue of the play with the comment that the "Optus Playhouse was opening with a Rush". Rush has appeared in many other theatre venues, he has worked as a theatre director. In 2007, he starred as King Berenger in a production of Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and Company B in Sydney, directed by Neil Armfield. For this performance, he received a Helpmann Award nomination for best male actor in a play. Rush made his Broadway debut in a re-staging of Exit the King under Malthouse Theatre's touring moniker Malthouse Melbourne and Company B Belvoir.
This re-staging featured a new American cast including Susan Sarandon. The show opened on 26 March 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Rush won the Outer Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award, the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League Award and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. In 2010, Rush played Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone on its Australian tour. In 2011, Rush played the lead in a theatrical adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short story The Diary of a Madman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award. From November 2011, Rush played the role of Lady Bracknell in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Other actors from the 1988 production include Jane Menelaus, this time as Miss Prism, Bob Hornery, who had played Canon Chasuble, as the two butlers. Rush made his film debut in the Australian film Hoodwink in 1981, his next film was the following year.
In the coming years he appeared in small roles on television dramas, including a role as a dentist in a 1993 episode of the British television series Lovejoy. He made his breakthrough performance in 1996 with Shine, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor; that same year, James L. Brooks flew him to Los Angeles to audition for the part of Simon Bishop in As Good as It Gets and offered him the role, but Rush declined it. In 1998, he appeared in three major films: Les Misérables and Shakespeare in Love, he received his second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the last film. In 1999, Rush took the lead role as Steven Price in the horror film House on Haunted Hill. In 2000, he received his third Academy Award nomination, for Quills, in which he played the Marquis de Sade, he voiced the role of Bunyip Bluegum in The Magic Pudding. Rush's career continued at a fast pace, with nine films released from 2001 to 2003, he starred in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as Captain Hector Barbossa, reprising the role in its sequels, Dead Man's Chest, At World's End, On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Rush reprised his character's voice for the enhancements at the Pirates of the Caribbean
The Strangers (2008 film)
The Strangers is a 2008 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino. Kristen and James are expecting a relaxing weekend at a family vacation home, but their stay turns out to be anything but peaceful as three masked criminals leave Kristen and James struggling for survival. Writer-director Bertino was inspired by real-life events: the Manson family Tate murders, a multiple homicide. Made on a budget of $9 million, the film was shot on location in rural South Carolina in the fall of 2006. Slated for a theatrical release in November 2007, it was postponed before a theatrical release on May 30, 2008, it grossed $82 million at the box office worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its atmosphere and tension, others criticizing its script and characters. Contemporary film scholars have interpreted it as a criticism of the perceived safety of pastoral life, as well as an exploration of stranger-on-stranger violence. A sequel, titled The Strangers: Prey at Night, was released on March 9, 2018.
In a secluded area, away from civilization, James Hoyt and Kristen McKay arrive at night to James' childhood summer home, returning from a friend's wedding. Tension abounds between the couple, as Kristen rejected James's marriage proposal to her after the reception. James asks him to pick him up in the morning. Shortly after 4:00 a.m. there is a loud knock at the door. A young blonde woman, whose face is obstructed by poor lighting, asks the couple "Is Tamara home?", but is turned away by James. James goes for a drive to purchase a pack of cigarettes for Kristen. Kristen realizes the chimney flue is closed, attempts to open it. Kristen attempts to disarm the smoke alarm, she calls James' cellphone from the landline. Kristen returns to the kitchen, unbeknownst to her, a man—the Man in the Mask—watches her from an adjacent hallway. Kristen notices the smoke alarm she left on the floor is now sitting on a chair, realizes someone else has been in the house. Upon going to retrieve her cell phone from the charger, she finds it is missing, begins to panic.
When she hears a noise from the backyard, she arms herself with a knife, opens the curtains to find the Man in the Mask, staring at her. Screaming, she stumbles into the hallway, watches as the front door is forced ajar; when she goes to push the door closed, the blonde woman, now in a doll mask—Dollface—peeks inside. After locking the door, Kristen hides in the bedroom and hears the strangers outside bashing the walls of the house; the noise stops and James returns to the home. After she explains what has happened, he goes outside to the car to obtain his phone, whereupon he finds the car ransacked and vandalized, sees Dollface watching him from afar; the couple attempt to leave in James' car but another woman in a pin-up girl mask—Pin-Up Girl—rear-ends them with a truck, forcing them to flee. Back inside the house and James find a shotgun and wait for the intruders in a bedroom. Mike realizes something is wrong after seeing James's wrecked car, he enters the house, James, mistaking him for one of the intruders, shoots him dead.
Devastated, James remembers an old radio transmitter in the backyard shed. He encounters Pin-Up Girl, searching the backyard with a flashlight; when James tries to shoot her, the Man in the Mask knocks him unconscious, inadvertently discharging the gun. Kristen runs to the shed, she finds the radio. Kristen rushes back to the house where she encounters Dollface, who taunts her with a knife, saying, "You're gonna die." She is incapacitated by the Man in the Mask. At dawn, the couple awaken to find themselves tied to chairs in the living room with the strangers standing before them. Kristen demands, "Why are you doing this?" to which Dollface replies, "Because you were home." The strangers unmask themselves to Kristen and James before taking turns stabbing them in the chest and abdomen. After, the strangers drive away in their truck, come across two young boys on bicycles distributing religious tracts. Dollface asks if she can have one of their tract cards. One of the boys asks her, "Are you a sinner?", to which Dollface responds saying, "Sometimes."
The boy gives her one, the strangers drive away as Pin-Up Girl states, "It'll be easier next time." The two boys come upon the house and discover the chaotic scene with a ransacked house, the bloodied bodies of Kristen and Mike inside. One of the boys attempts to touch it; as he reaches out to her, still alive, startles him by grabbing his hand and screaming. Liv Tyler as Kristen McKay Scott Speedman as James Hoyt Gemma Ward as Dollface Kip Weeks as the Man in the Mask Laura Margolis as Pin-Up Girl Glenn Howerton as Mike Alex Fisher and Peter Clayton-Luce as Mormon boys Film scholar Kevin Wetmore noted the film's portrayal of violence as a reflection of its contemporary culture, writing: "Death is a random act in post-9/11 horror—the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as the cliché goes. Unlike in eighties slasher horror, for example, where engaging in negative behavior such as drinking, doing drugs, having premarital sex are forerunners to being killed by the killer.
Major film studio
A major film studio is a production and distribution company that releases a substantial number of films annually and commands a significant share of box office revenue in a given market. In the American and international markets, the major film studios simply known as the majors, are regarded as the five diversified media conglomerates whose various film production and distribution subsidiaries collectively command 80–85% of U. S. box office revenue. The term may be applied more to the primary motion picture business subsidiary of each respective conglomerate; the "Big Five" majors are all film studios active since Hollywood's Golden Age. Two of them – Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures – were members of the "Big Five", but the other three – Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures – did not gain their market shares until much later; the former two were part of the "Little Three" in the next tier down, the latter one was an independent production company during the Golden Age.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and RKO were the other two Golden Age "Big Five" majors, that exist today only as a mini-major and a small independent company. United Artists was a distribution company for several independent producers during the Golden Age began producing films, grew to major status merged with MGM; until 2019, 20th Century Fox served as a sixth member, when the industry was referred to as the "Big Six" since the 1980s. While the main studios of the Big Five are located within 15 miles of each other, Disney is the only studio, owned by the same conglomerate since its founding and was the sole member whose parent entity is still located near Los Angeles on Disney's studio lot and in the same building, until 2019, when the company acquired 20th Century Fox. Whereas the five others were owned by many different companies years ago and now report to conglomerates that are located elsewhere in Dallas, New York City and Tokyo. Paramount is the only one still based in Hollywood with Columbia being in Culver City.
Both Disney and Warner Bros. are located in Burbank and Universal is in the unincorporated area of Universal City. Most of today's Big Five control subsidiaries with their own distribution networks that concentrate on arthouse pictures or genre films; the five major studios are contrasted with smaller production and/or distribution companies, which are known as independents or "indies". The leading independent producer/distributors such as Lionsgate, STX Entertainment are sometimes referred to as "mini-majors". From 1998 through 2005, DreamWorks SKG commanded a large enough market share to arguably qualify it as a seventh major, despite its small output. In 2006, DreamWorks was acquired by Paramount's corporate parent. In late 2008, DreamWorks once again became an independent production company; the Big Five major studios are today backers and distributors of films whose actual production is handled by independent companies – either long-running entities or ones created for and dedicated to the making of a specific film.
The specialty divisions simply acquire distribution rights to pictures in which the studio has had no prior involvement. While the majors still do a modicum of true production, their activities are focused more in the areas of development, financing and merchandising; those business functions are still performed in or near Los Angeles though the runaway production phenomenon means that most films are now or shot on location at places outside Los Angeles. Since the dawn of filmmaking, the U. S. major film studios have dominated the global film industry. U. S. studios have benefited from a strong first-mover advantage in that they were the first to industrialize filmmaking and master the art of mass-producing and distributing high-quality films with broad cross-cultural appeal. Today, the Big Five majors distribute hundreds of films every year into all significant international markets, it is rare, if not impossible, for a film to reach a broad international audience on multiple continents and in multiple languages without being picked up by one of the majors for distribution.
Past majors include: RKO Pictures defunct several times revived as independent studio. United Artists acquired by MGM in 1981. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Acquired by Ted Turner in 1986 sold the studio back to Kirk Kerkorian that year and kept the pre-May 1986 library. Became a mini-major studio up on the sale. 20th Century Fox became a part of Walt Disney Studios when The Walt Disney Company bought 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion on March 20, 2019. Mini-major studios are the larger film production companies that are smaller than the major studios and attempt to compete directly with them. Past mini-majors include: Castle Rock Entertainment - purchased in 1993 by T
Trigger Street Productions
Trigger Street Productions is an American entertainment production company formed by Kevin Spacey in 1997 and further developed by his business partner Dana Brunetti. The company's credits include Captain Phillips, Shakespeare High, The Social Network, 21, Fanboys, the Emmy-nominated Bernard and Doris, Emmy-winning Recount, Mini's First Time, Beyond the Sea, The United States of Leland, The Big Kahuna and House of Cards, as well as stage productions of The Iceman Cometh and Cobb; the name "Trigger Street" is a reference to an actual street in Spacey's boyhood home of Chatsworth, where Roy Rogers and Dale Evans had their ranch. Spacey and his childhood friends dreamed of opening a neighborhood theater where they could stage their own "Trigger Street" productions. In January 2016 it was announced that Relativity Media, just emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, had acquired Trigger Street Productions and that Spacey would become chairman of Relativity Studios whilst Brunetti would become the studio's president.
Spacey called the move “an incredible opportunity to make great entertainment” and said he considered it the “next evolution in my career.”, Brunetti said, "Being a disruptor at heart, I look forward to the opportunities that being inside a studio system will present."However, when the paperwork for the studio was filed for the court it emerged that Spacey had opted out of assuming the chairmanship of the studios, by the end of 2016 Brunetti had left Relativity whilst both remained Executive Producers on House of Cards and Manhunt: Unabomber. Trigger Street Labs was developed by Dana Brunetti and launched in 2002 as an online community for unrepresented writers and filmmakers. In its first few years it had thousands of online users uploading their work, reviewing work by their peers, participating in online competitions and short film festivals; the site was sponsored by Stella Artois, in October 2009, Artois hosted the Stella Artois Short Film Project. The project was hosted on the site, awarded the grand prize of US$50,000 to Jason Klein for his short film A Perfect Time.
Trigg.la is a spin-off website from Trigger Street Labs. It hosts several podcasts, a filmmaking blog, information about other Los Angeles-based industries. Triggla's podcasts, which are now off-air, were categorized under the headings of the arts, music and culture, technology. In addition there was a podcast by the porn star Kayden Kross called Kayden's Review which reviewed mainstream films. One of the podcasts, The First 15, was co-hosted by Carter Swan, vice president of Trigger Street Productions, screenwriter Philip Eisner; the show featured a different would-be screenwriter each week, interviewed via Skype and advised on how to make improvements to the first fifteen pages of their script. The screenplays originated from the Trigger Street Labs website. In 2011, the company teamed up with Jameson Irish Whiskey to create Jameson First Shot, an opportunity to give three up-and-coming filmmakers a'first shot' in the movie business by producing their short film starring an A-List actor. In the competition's first year the actor was Kevin Spacey.
Each year the competition features a new set of finalists to work with that actor. In the first years of the competition only one finalist was selected from each of these three territories: the United States, South Africa and Russia. In years the competition was opened up to include more territories, but still only produced three winning scripts; the resulting films are debuted in a red carpet screening and screened online on Jameson's YouTube channel. The competition has run annually since its first year with a new set of winners and a new leading actor or actress. 2012 – Kevin Spacey Benjamin Leavitt, The Ventriloquist, USA Aleksey Nuzhny, Russia Alan Shelley, Spirit of a Denture, South Africa2013 – Willem Dafoe Hanneke Schutte, Saving Norman, South Africa Anton Lanshakov, The Smile Man, Russia Shirlyn Wong, Love's Routine, USA2014 – Uma Thurman Henco J, The Mundane Goddess, South Africa Ivan Petukhov, The Gift, Russia Jessica Valentine, Jump, USA2015 – Adrien Brody Mark Middlewick, The Mascot, South Africa Travis Calvert, The Library Book, USA Stephan Tempier, Canada2016 – Maggie Gyllenhaal Cameron Thrower, Beauty Mark, USA Kat Wood, Home, UK Jason Perini, The New Empress, Australia2017 – Dominic West FilmsFifty Shades Freed Fifty Shades Darker Fifty Shades of Grey Captain Phillips The Ventriloquist Envelope Spirit of a Denture Safe Inseparable Margin Call Casino Jack The Social Network Father of Invention Shrink Fanboys Columbus Day 21 Mini's First Time The Sasquatch Gang Edison Beyond the Sea TriggerStreet.com The United States of Leland Interstate 84 Ordinary Decent Criminal The Big Kahuna Direct-to-video and TVManhunt: Unabomber House of Cards Bernard and Doris Recount Going Hollywood America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero Uncle Frank Official website Trigger Street Productions on IMDb Jameson First Shot Trigger Street Labs
The film industry or motion picture industry, comprises the technological and commercial institutions of filmmaking, i.e. film production companies, film studios, animation, film production, pre-production, post production, film festivals and actors, film directors and other film crew personnel. Though the expense involved in making films immediately led film production to concentrate under the auspices of standing production companies, advances in affordable film making equipment, expansion of opportunities to acquire investment capital from outside the film industry itself, have allowed independent film production to evolve; as of 2018, the global box office is worth $41.7 billion. When including box office and home entertainment revenue, the global film industry is worth $136 billion as of 2018. Hollywood is the world's oldest national film industry, remains the largest in terms of box office gross revenue. Indian cinema is the largest national film industry in terms of the number of films produced and the number of tickets sold, with 3.5 billion tickets sold worldwide annually and 1,986 feature films produced annually.
The worldwide theatrical market had a box office of US$38.6 billion in 2016. The top three continents/regions by box office gross were: Asia-Pacific with US$14.9 billion, the U. S. and Canada with US$11.4 billion, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa with US$9.5 billion. As of 2016, the largest markets by box office were, in decreasing order, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom; as of 2011, the countries with the largest number of film productions were India and the United States. In Europe, significant centers of movie production are France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Distinct from the centers are the locations; because of labor and infrastructure costs, many films are produced in countries other than the one in which the company which pays for the film is located. For example, many U. S. films are filmed in Canada, many Nigerian films are filmed in Ghana, while many Indian films are filmed in the Americas, Singapore etc. The cinema of the United States generally referred to as Hollywood, has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century.
The United States cinema is the oldest film industry in the world which originated more than 121 years ago and the largest film industry in terms of revenue. Hollywood is the primary nexus of the U. S. film industry with established film study facilities such as the American Film Institute, LA Film School and NYFA being established in the area. However, four of the six major film studios are owned by East Coast companies; the major film studios of Hollywood including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures are the primary source of the most commercially successful movies in the world, such as Star Wars, Titanic. American film studios today collectively generate several hundred films every year, making the United States one of the most prolific producers of films in the world. Only The Walt Disney Company — which owns the Walt Disney Studios — is based in Southern California, and while Sony Pictures Entertainment is headquartered in Culver City, its parent company, the Sony Corporation, is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Most shooting now takes place in California, New York, Louisiana and North Carolina. Hollywood is the most popular film industry with the highest number of screens, is the highest-grossing film industry in the world. Between 2009-2015, Hollywood grossed $10 billion annually. Hollywood's award ceremony, the Academy Awards known as The Oscars, is held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences every year and a total of 2,947 Oscars have been awarded since the inception of the award; the earliest documented account of an exhibition of projected motion pictures in the United States was in June 1894 in Richmond, Indiana by Charles Francis Jenkins which makes United States cinema the earliest cinema in the whole world. Jenkins used his Phantoscope to project his film before an audience of family and reporters; the film featured a vaudeville dancer performing a Butterfly Dance. Jenkins and his new partner Thomas Armat modified the Phantoscope for exhibitions in temporary theaters at the Cotton States Exposition in the fall of 1895.
The was sold to Thomas Edison, who changed the name of the projector to Edison's Vitascope. Nestor Studios was Hollywood's first film studio, founded on 27 October 1911, it was built by David Horsley for Nestor Motion Picture Company. It was owned and operated by David Horsley and his brother, William Horsley; the first motion picture stage in Hollywood was built behind the tavern. Other East Coast studios had moved production to Los Angeles, prior to Nestor's move west; the California weather allowed for year-round filming and the ambitious studio operated three principal divisions under its Canadian-born general manager, Al Christie. Other filmmakers began opening studios in the Hollywood area; the Horsleys operated the Nestor Studios at the Sunset and Gower location until 20 May 1912, when the Universal Studios was formed, headed by Carl Laemmle. Nestor, along with several other motion picture companies, including Laemmle's Independent Moving Pictures, was merged with Universal; the Cinema of China is one of three distinct historical threads of Chinese-language cinema together with the cinema of Hong Kong and the cinema of Taiwan.
Cinema was introduced in China in 1896 and the first Chinese film, Dingjun Mountain, was made in 1905, with the film industry being cent
My Soul to Take
My Soul to Take is a 2010 American slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven. It is his first film since 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare that he wrote and directed; the film stars Max Thieriot as the protagonist Adam "Bug" Hellerman, one of seven teenagers chosen to die. The film was unsuccessful at the box office, has an 8% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes; the film's title comes from a line in the prayer "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep", which reads "If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." The prayer features in the film. Family man Abel Plenkov, a sufferer of schizophrenia, accidentally discovers that he is the Riverton Ripper, a local, masked serial killer. After killing his pregnant wife and his psychiatrist, he is shot down and carted away in an ambulance, leaving his young daughter Leah and premature son orphaned. On the way to the hospital, a paramedic suggests that Plenkov himself is innocent but that he houses multiple souls, with the Ripper's being one of them.
Near death, Plenkov unexpectedly revives, slashing the paramedic in the throat, causing the ambulance to crash and burn and escapes. Sixteen years the Riverton Seven—blind Jerome, loser Alex, imaginative Jay, timid Bug, religious Penelope, beautiful Brittany, jock Brandon —gather for the annual ritual of "killing" a Ripper puppet to superstitiously prevent his return. Bug fails. Not long after, Jay is murdered by the reappeared Ripper. At home, Bug begins exhibiting Jay's creativity. At school, Brandon torments Alex on orders of Fang, a tyrannical bully. Bug and Alex decide to spy on Fang to see. During their surveillance, Fang cruelly alleges that Bug had been in institutions for killing people. Bug begins unwittingly imitating the rest including Fang. Penelope, having predicted the Ripper's return as well as their deaths, is the next one killed. Brandon and Brittany are both stabbed to death also; that night, revealed to be Bug's sister and going by her name of Leah, gives her brother a birthday present: a rocking horse created by Abel Plenkov.
Angrily, she unveils the truth that had long been hidden: that they are his children and she is the daughter he had failed to kill. Everyone saw him as a miracle; the two are informed of the murders. Alex visits a distressed Bug and theorizes that the Ripper's evil soul jumped into one of the Riverton Seven, forcing them to kill off the others. Downstairs and Fang encounter the Ripper. Just as Bug is about to be killed, the Ripper hears a noise upstairs. Bug goes back to his room. After Jerome dies, Alex reappears and suggests that Bug inherited schizophrenia from his father, had unknowingly killed everyone. Bug rejects this idea; the souls of the dead Seven are now part of him, together they help him deduce that Alex is, in fact, the one with the Ripper's soul. "Alex" confesses his revenge. He proposes that they pin the murders on Jerome to appear as heroes. Bug refuses. Freed from the Ripper's soul, Alex dies as himself in a touching moment between best friends. Although Bug expects to be arrested, Fang tells the police everything.
The town proclaims him a hero. Despite not feeling like one, he narrates that he would "fake it good" in order to honor Alex's memory; the film is produced by Craven's wife. Henry Hopper, son of late actor Dennis Hopper, was cast in the lead role of Bug, but was replaced by Thieriot after Hopper contracted mononucleosis. Accompanying Thieriot is John Magaro as Alex Dunkelman, Adam's friend, abused by his sadistic boorish stepfather, Quint. Paulina Olszynski plays Brittany Cunningham. Nick Lashaway plays Brandon O'Neal, a "dashing, athletic jock" and "the handsomest boy in his school", attracted to Brittany. Emily Meade plays Leah. Denzel Whitaker, Trevor St. John, Raúl Esparza, Shareeka Epps star. Production began in April 2008 aiming for an October 2009 release. Craven described the killer in March 2009 as "a figure who lives under the river", eats bark, lives in the woods since his alleged death. Although many of the main scenes were filmed in multiple rural Massachusetts towns, with the majority of outdoor scenes by the river and covered bridge being shot in Kent, CT at Bull's Bridge, many of the high school scenes were shot in the then-vacant Tolland High School in Tolland, Connecticut.
Other scenes were filmed in New Milford, CT and Gaylordsville, CT and Westhill High School in Stamford, CT. The film was shot in 2D; because of the rising popularity of 3D films, it was post-converted to 3-D. My Soul to Take was theatrically released on October 8, 2010, with screenings in 3-D; the trailer was attached to Resident Evil: Devil. The film opened at #4 on its opening Friday, but placed at #5 for the weekend with $6,842,220 behind The Social Network, Life as We Know It, the previous 3D screen holder Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, in its third weekend, it had placed the record for the lowest opening of a 3D f