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Encyclopedia > Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky
Born February 12, 1969 (1969-02-12) (age 38)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Children Henry Chance Aronofsky (b. 2006)

Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ...

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Early life

Aronofsky was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City to Abraham "Abe" Aronofsky and Charlotte, both school teachers. His father taught science and was a dean at Bushwick High School. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


He graduated Edward R. Murrow High School, during which he was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation's international summer scholarship program. Upon graduating early, he backpacked around the Middle East, Europe and Guatemala for six months and, in 1987, entered Harvard University where he studied anthropology, live action film and animation. His senior thesis film, Supermarket Sweep, starred his fellow student and friend Sean Gullette. It was a finalist in the 1991 Student Academy Awards. He graduated in 1991 with honors, later attending the AFI Conservatory and graduated with an M.F.A. degree in 1992. Edward R. Murrow High School, founded in 1974 by Saul Bruckner, is located in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York City, New York and is part of the New York City Department of Education. ... // Camp Rising Sun is an International, Full Scholarship, Leadership Program for Promising Youth. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Harvard redirects here. ... Anthropology (from Greek: ἀνθρωπος, anthropos, human being; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the study of humanity. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... Sean Gullette (born June 4, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA) is a New York-based writer and actor who first received international acclaim for his role in Darren Aronofskys film Pi. ... American Film Institute Campus. ...


Features

π

Main article: π (film)

In 1996 Aronofsky began developing the concept for his first feature film "π", a psychological sci-fi thriller. After the π script received positive reactions from friends, he began production. The film re-teamed Aronofsky with Sean Gullette, who played the lead. During production, Aronofsky and crew realized they didn't have enough money to complete the film. Associate Producer Scott Franklin came up with the idea to raise completion funds by asking every person they knew for $100. Later in production certain individuals put in more cash, which let Aronofsky complete the film. After π was completed (with a budget somewhere around $60,000), it premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and Aronofsky won the Directing Award. The film was picked up by distributor Artisan Entertainment and released in selected cities. The film later won an Independent Spirit Award and the Open Palm. Original $100 investors were said to be subsequently re-paid with $150. Ï€ (also known as Pi or Pi - Faith in Chaos) is a 1998 American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. ... Ï€ (or Pi) is a 1998 American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. ... Sci-fi is an abbreviation for science fiction. ... Sean Gullette (born June 4, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA) is a New York-based writer and actor who first received international acclaim for his role in Darren Aronofskys film Pi. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... Artisan Entertainment was a privately held independent American movie studio that has been owned by Lions Gate Entertainment since 2003. ... Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ...


π featured use of the SnorriCam, one of Aronofsky's trademarks. A SnorriCam is a camera device used in film making that is rigged to the body of the actor facing the actor directly, so when they walk, they dont appear to move, but everything around them does. ...


Batman

After Joel Schumacher's box-office bomb Batman & Robin in 1997, many directors tried to bring a darker take on Batman to the big screen. Aronofsky came close to getting one started by coming up with the idea of doing a low-budget take on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. Christian Bale even said that he was about to sign on to the project just before it stalled in 2002. After Aronofsky's project failed, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer developed and completed Batman Begins in which Bale did eventually play the title role. Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... For the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, see Batman and Robin (serial). ... This article is about Frank Miller, the comic book writer and artist. ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... Christian Charles Philip Bale (also known professionally as Christian Morgan Bale; born 30 January 1974) is a British[2][3] method actor who is known for his roles in the films American Psycho, Shaft, Equilibrium, The Machinist, Batman Begins, and The Prestige, among others. ... Christopher Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is an Academy Award nominated film director, writer and producer. ... David S. Goyer is a comic book writer, screenwriter, and film director. ... For the novel based on the film, see Batman Begins (novelization). ...


Requiem for a Dream

Main article: Requiem for a Dream

One of Aronofsky's favorite books is Hubert Selby Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn.[citation needed] While editing π, producer Eric Watson convinced Aronofsky to read another Selby book, Requiem for a Dream, which Aronofsky had actually started reading years before but never finished. He was moved by the novel and wanted to film an adaptation, quickly beginning work on the script with Selby. Aronofsky pulled no punches in delivering a relentless and disturbing movie of hopes and dreams shattered and lives laid waste by drug addiction. The film was a clinical depiction of the depths to which some people will sink to in the hope of attaining their dreams. The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and was greeted by a 13 minute standing ovation. It was released in the United States in October, 2000. Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Sara Goldfarb. Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 film adaptation of a 1978 novel of the same name. ... Hubert Selby, Jr. ... Cover of the 1988 Grove Press reissue of Last Exit to Brooklyn Last Exit to Brooklyn is a 1964 novel by American author Hubert Selby Jr. ... Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932 as Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


The Fountain

Main article: The Fountain (film)

Aronofsky next commenced writing an original screenplay entitled "The Last Man", later changed to "The Fountain" to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. In 2002, days away from the start of filming, Pitt pulled out due to "creative differences", and the film collapsed. Sets were auctioned off once Warner Bros. Productions shut down filming. Warner Bros. however, decided to simply shelve the project and keep it as an option, so long as Aronofsky could find the proper cast. In 2005, The Fountain was resurrected with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. However, the film was not a commercial success, with world-wide box office sales of only $15 million from a $35 million budget. The Fountain is a 2006 science fiction/fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky that follows three interwoven narratives that take place in the age of conquistadors, the modern-day period, and the far future. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor, film producer, and social activist. ... Catherine Élise Blanchett (born May 14, 1969), better known as Cate Blanchett, is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning Australian actress. ... “WB” redirects here. ... Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968 in Pymble, New South Wales) is an Australian film, television and stage actor. ... Rachel Weisz (born March 7, 1971) is an Academy Award-winning English film and television actress. ...


The Fountain was released in the United States on November 22, 2006. It was released on DVD in the United States and Canada on May 15, 2007.


Future projects

Aronofsky has signed on to direct The Fighter, the tale of the rise of Boston boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, who nabbed the world lightweight title with the help of his once down-and-out half-brother Dicky, who became a trainer. The film is expected to star Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg.[1] The Fighter is a film starring Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg, directed by Darren Aronofsky, that is currently in pre production, scheduled to be released in 2009. ... Irish Micky Ward (born October 4, 1965) is a junior welterweight professional boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts USA. Ward won three New England Golden Gloves titles as an amateur before turning pro in 1985. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor, film producer, and social activist. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ...


While The Fighter is still in development, it now appears Aronofsky will first direct the similarly-titled The Wrestler, about professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson. Set in the 1980s, the film will tell the story of Robinson's decline, and eventual reentry into the pro wrestling scene. Filming is slated to begin in January 2008.[1] Professional wrestling is a form of performance entertainment where the participants engage in simulated sporting matches. ...


Other future projects that Aronofsky has been linked to include the Biblical story of Noah's Ark, in which the title character would be portrayed as an alcoholic[2], an adaptation of Theodore Roszak's novel Flicker, Dan Simmons' novel Song of Kali and Black Flies which is based on the novel Safelight by Shannon Burke, however, Aronofsky denies any involvement with Lone Wolf and Cub and Flicker in an interview by the AV Club.[3] This article is about the vessel described in the Hebrew scriptures. ... Theodore Roszak (born 1933) is an American professor, social thinker, writer, and critic. ... Flicker is a novel by Theodore Roszak and published in 1991. ... Dan Simmons (born April 4, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American author most widely known for his Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel Hyperion and its sequel The Fall of Hyperion. ... Serialized in Action Original run September 1970 – April 1976 No. ... Flicker has more than one meaning: A flicker is a type of woodpecker Flicker was bass guitarist for the Manic Street Preachers Flicker is a book by Theodore Roszak flicker occurs on a screen at low refresh rates. ...


On October 1 2007, Aronofsky stated on his official blog that principle casting for his next film has begun and he is very pleased that no media outlets have been correct about what the movie is(i.e. Wikipedia). He also states filming begins January 2008, and in coming weeks he will announce the project on his blog. [1]


List of works directed

The Fountain is a 2006 science fiction/fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky that follows three interwoven narratives that take place in the age of conquistadors, the modern-day period, and the far future. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 film adaptation of a 1978 novel of the same name. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... π (or Pi) is a 1998 American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...

Personal life

Aronofsky is engaged to English actress Rachel Weisz. They began dating in 2004 and have a son, Henry Chance, who was born on May 31, 2006 in New York City.[4][5] The couple reside in Brooklyn. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Rachel Weisz (born March 7, 1971) is an Academy Award-winning English film and television actress. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ...


His upbringing was marked by his Jewish heritage, although in an interview he once disparagingly referred to himself as a "classically hypocritical high holiday Jew"[2]


References

  1. ^ a b "Darren Aronofsky to Direct The Wrestler", ComingSoon.net, 2007-10-18. Retrieved on 2007-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Aronofsky Might Tackle Noah’s Ark", Cinema Fusion, 2007-4-30. Retrieved on 2007-4-30. 
  3. ^ http://www.avclub.com/content/node/55490/2
  4. ^ wire reports. "Oscar winner Rachel Weisz has baby boy", USA Today, 2006-06-01. Retrieved on 2007-05-23. 
  5. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1185721,00.html

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Websites

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