It might come as a surprise that the horror flick, which has grossed nearly $50 million worldwide, came in part from the mind of 1995 Southwestern Central School graduate Michael Ireland - who, in his role as executive producer of the film, said his part in the production was similar to that of a coach on a football team.
''You pick who the starters are going to be, you put the players on the field and you hope you execute things the way everybody talked about in the first place,'' Ireland said. ''You're always working with the studio, the people at the production company and the other producers on the movie.''
''You pick the director and some other key crew members, you help the director pick the cast and make those decisions - it's everything from script to screen.''
works with a company called Appian Way Productions
, which works with numerous movies at a time toward getting them to the big screen.
The producer said his
involvement with ''Orphan'' was not his
''big break'' - but rather just another in a series of breaks that form a career in the movie business.
''It's a fantastic thing to be executive producer of a movie, but I think that opportunity is just the result of all the other breaks that have come before,'' Ireland said. ''I think I'm somewhere in the middle (of my career ladder).''
is not sure where his
career will take him in the future, what is known is that the path that led him to Hollywood had its beginning in Jamestown.
and Scott enjoyed a friendship with the players, despite the identity confusion, and received tickets to several Raptors home games.
Despite the celebrity friendships and other perks of being in the business, Michael
can't afford to be starstruck in an industry that is ''fueled by the power of celebrity.''
parents say Michael
has had that attitude since he
first arrived in California, but that they have been able to live the celebrity life vicariously through him.
''He would mention these names, and we would be like, 'Oh, wow,''' John said. ''It didn't seem to faze him at all - he
seemed to stay pretty grounded.''
eventually landed at MTV
, where was put in charge of programs including ''Jackass'' spinoffs and ''Pimp My Ride.'' He
also was the executive behind ''MTV's The '70s House,'' created by fellow Jamestown native Aaron Lee - with whom he
''shared quite a few Johnny's stories and Lena's Pizza stories,'' Michael
About three years ago, Michael joined Appian Way and made the transition from creating television shows to creating feature films.
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Movies take a long time to create, Michael
''There is not a set timeline or anything like that, which is kind of what makes Hollywood great - there's no rules,'' he
said. ''You just kind of move things along as best as you can, and some things will really take off while other things are more of a grind.''
In the case of ''Orphan,'' the film was over two years in making from the time the script was developed to the time it premiered, Michael
The premiere took place in Los Angeles in July, and Michael
had the opportunity to do something he
calls one of the best moments of his
life - bring his
parents to the red carpet to share in the experience.
The movie is rated R, with some scenes that are not for the faint of heart, which Michael
said made viewing his
work with his
parents a bit uncomfortable at times - though having them there to see the fruit of his
labor was nonetheless wonderful.