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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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