JAUME COLLET-SERRA (Director) was born in Sant Iscle de Vallalta, a small town
in the province of
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. At the age of 18, Collet-Serra moved to Los Angeles
with limited resources
and a basic knowledge of the English language, determined to become a film
director. He attended
Columbia College and began working on the side as an editor.
He was influenced by directors such as David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Mark
Romanek, and as a result
decided that for his graduation project, he would replace the typical short film
with a music video. With
the money he had saved and his knowledge of post-production, he shot a music
video for an unknown
local band, which caught the eye of various production companies. Before he
graduated film school, he
was signed as a music video director with The End.
After shooting multiple music videos, the production company provided him
funding to shoot his own
spec spots. He came back with an innovative two and a half minute short for
"AOL." It was featured in
the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase at Cannes that year. From there,
his career skyrocketed
as he shot commercials for PlayStation, Budweiser, MasterCard, Miller Lite,
Pontiac, Smirnoff Ice, Renault,
Verizon, and 7UP, among many others-working with such agencies as
McCann-Erickson, J. Walter
Thompson, BBDO, and TBWA Chiat Day.
Collet-Serra's surreal and often dark imagery quickly caught the eye of Producer
Joel Silver, who hired
him to direct House of Wax in 2005. In 2007, his love for soccer took him back
to Spain to shoot Goal II:
Living the Dream. In 2009, he opened Orphan to critical and financial success.
Unknown, starring Liam
Neeson, snagged the No. 1 US box office spot in its opening weekend, along with
his follow-up film, NonStop,
which grossed over $220MM worldwide. Collet-Serra found similar acclaim with his
2015 film, Run
All Night, and again in 2016 with The Shallows, starring Blake Lively. The
Commuter marks his fourth
partnership with star Liam Neeson.
In 2012, Collet-Serra founded his production company, Ombra Films, with his
longtime friend and producing
partner, Juan Sola.
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