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Also Known As: Jay Andrews, James Wynorski Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: screenwriter, director, location manager, tabloid journalist, advertising director

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A successful director-writer-producer of low budget films and direct-to-video fare, Jim Wynorski celebrates his efforts with no apologies and pays homage to the master of quickie filmmaking, Roger Corman, at whose factory Wynorski learned his craft. Wynorski's output has included such films as "Chopping Mall" (1986), in which teens are trapped in a shopping mall with killer robots on the loose, "Return of the Swamp Thing" (1989), made for the extravagant sum of $4 million--the largest budget the director has ever had, and "976-EVIL 2" (1992), with its direct telephone line to hell.

A successful director-writer-producer of low budget films and direct-to-video fare, Jim Wynorski celebrates his efforts with no apologies and pays homage to the master of quickie filmmaking, Roger Corman, at whose factory Wynorski learned his craft. Wynorski's output has included such films as "Chopping Mall" (1986), in which teens are trapped in a shopping mall with killer robots on the loose, "Return of the Swamp Thing" (1989), made for the extravagant sum of $4 million--the largest budget the director has ever had, and "976-EVIL 2" (1992), with its direct telephone line to hell.

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Earned money while in college writing for the tabloid press
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Directed inexpensive local TV commercials
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Worked as ad director for Doubleday's specialized book clubs
1977:
Moved to Los Angeles
1980:
Worked as location manager on TV series "Breaking Away"
1981:
Went to work for Roger Corman as advertising director
1982:
First screenplay credit, "Sorceress"; distributed by Corman's New World Pictures
1983:
Produced first feature, "Screwballs"
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Wrote and directed "Chopping Mall"
1989:
Worked with his highest budget ever, $4 million, on "Return of the Swamp Thing"
1992:
Directed Loni Anderson in "Munchie"
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TV directorial debut, "Wasp Woman" for "Roger Corman Presents" on Showtime
1996:
Directed "Demolition High"
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Notes

"I learned from Roger [Corman]: No matter what your budget, be entertaining." --Wynorski in VARIETY, February 26-March 3, 1996

"I want the cash right here in my hand. I enjoy writing with my partner R J Robertson, and we come up with a lot of different ideas. I wouldn't have the time to direct all of them, but if they can be written and produced, so much the better . . . I enjoy the writing as much as the directing, sometimes more. When I know someone else has to direct, I can write the script as wonderfully as I want and make them do a lot of extra work that I usually cut out of the scripts I'm going to direct because it's too tough to deal with." --Jim Wynorski in FILMMAKERS ON THE FRINGE by Maitland McDonagh

"While we were shooting "Tower of Terror," I . . . was being told that because the budget was so low, if I got the 10 more bullet hits I'd asked for, they were going to take away a few of the female extras I'd ordered. I made my position clear: 'I will not sacrifice tits for squibs.' Everyone laughed, but it was one of the first phrases that went up on the wall." --Wynorski in FILMMAKERS ON THE FRINGE

" . . . on "Munchie," during a cafeteria scene . . . we had a bunch of kids who were supposed to be talking but not making any sound. I didn't know who, exactly, was making the sound, but it came from one side of the room, so I turned, kind of laughing and said, 'Look, cut out the talking! I know who you are, and there will be no Christmas.' And this one little seven-or-eight-year-old girl took it literally and started to cry. I had to go apologize and tell her there would be a Christmas." --Jim Wynorski in FILMMAKERS ON THE FRINGE

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