028: Oren Peli, Creator of Paranormal Activity

Film Trooper


In this episode, I interview writer, director, producer, creator of Paranormal Activity.  Take an emotional ride as Oren shares with us the blow-by-blow of what it took to release Paranormal Activity to the world.



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I purposely did not ask questions of Oren that had already been asked of him.  Here is a collection of links that give more details of what it took to launch the Paranormal Activity franchise, as well as, his other productions such as The River and Insidious.


Interview with Director of Paranormal Activity Oren Peli

Interview: Oren Peli, Writer-Director of Paranormal Activity

Interview: Paranormal Activity Director Oren Peli

Paranormal Activity: Oren Peli Interview

Exclusive Interview:  Oren Peli

Interview: Paranormal Activity 3′ Creator/Producer Oren Peli

8 Rules to Turn $11,558 into $84 million:  Learning from “Paranormal Activity”

Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli Reflect on “The Marked Ones”, Franchise’s Success 

Paranormal Activity Tears a Page from the Blair Witch Playbook

Can the Business World Learn from On-Screen Horror? 





Scott McMahon is a Fellow Film Trooper at Film Trooper, a website for helping filmmakers attain filmmaking freedom. Scott recently made a feature film for $500 with no crew called, The Cube. Want to know what equipment was used to make that film? Grab a FREE gift at www.FREEGEARGUIDE.com

  • This is great Scott. Can’t wait to listen to it!

    • Thanks Josue. Yeah, I’ve always wanted to know the nitty-gritty details and the emotions involved with anyone who has made it … The fact that Oren shared all that with us in this interview is extremely generous. It’s about 90 minutes long, but I came out of it feeling like I just sat through one of the best movies ever … and it’s just a real candid interview that has an amazingly happy ending. Enjoy!

      • 90 minutes of inspiration to make our next 90 minute movie. Let’s go! I’m proud of what you’ve been accomplishing. Your drive, our drive, their drive will definitely result to something great. I’m excited for you.

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    • Scott McMahon

      Hey Kota,
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