Marcus Dunstan

The Collector (2009 film) Saw V The Collection (film)

Marcus Dunstan
Marcus Dunstan at 2012 New York Comic Con
Born (1975-09-19) September 19, 1975 (age 45)
Macomb, Illinois, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, film director

Marcus Dunstan (born April 14, 1975) is an American screenwriter and director who, along with Patrick Melton, wrote screenplay for the film Feast, which was the winner of Season Three of the filmmaking competition reality TV series Project Greenlight. Dunstan has since written the screenplays for Feast, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, Feast III: The Happy Finish, The Collector, The Collection, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI, and Saw 3D, and in some cases, making cameo appearances in those films as well.

Early life

Dunstan was born in Macomb, Illinois. He spent his formative years working in movie theaters and studying film at the University of Iowa.[1]

While in college Dunstan experimented with 16mm film often using himself as the guinea pig in poorly executed stunts that left him dragging behind a car, the target of flying knives, and thrice being set on fire. He holds the record for spilling the most fake blood ever in a student film.[2] Since moving to Los Angeles in 1999, Dunstan toiled in several odd jobs including a retirement home, an Optometry clinic, and a video store while spending his nights writing on a computer borrowed from fellow screenwriter, Patrick Melton.[citation needed]


In March 2005, Dunstan and Melton won Season Three of Project Greenlight with their screenplay, Feast, which was directed by John Gulager. The film starred Krista Allen and Eric Dane, and was produced by Dimension Films and Neo Art & Logic.[3]

Dunstan has written the screenplays for Feast, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, Feast III: The Happy Finish, The Collector, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI, and Saw 3D.[4] He is also in pre-production and post-production for several of his other screenplays.[5] In addition to writing the screenplay for The Collector, he directed the film. He also directed the sequel to The Collector, titled The Collection. The film, produced by Liddell Entertainment and Fortress Features, was released in 2012.[6][7]

In addition to writing and directing, he and writing partner Patrick Melton have made cameo appearances in Saw V, Supergator, Feast and The Collector, appearing in the later two through the same puppet show clip shown on TV screens.[8] He, Melton and Stephen Romano co-wrote the thriller novel Black Light - Don't Look Too Deep, which will published on October 5, 2011 over Mulholland Books as hardcover.[9] The novel will adapt in a feature film written by Patrick Melton and Dunston, under the direction of Stephen Romano, Michael De Luca will produce for Warner Bros.[10] Dunstan co-wrote with Patrick Melton a screenplay for potential eleventh film of the Halloween Franchise.[11]

In 2013, Melton and Dunstan were enlisted to perform uncredited rewrites on Pacific Rim when their spec script Monstropolis caught Guillermo Del Toro's attention, and then were attached to a film version of God Of War.[12] On October 2016, Dunsten, along with partner Melton, were selected to write for the adaptation of Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings. He also wrote additional dialogue for the Saw Escape Room in Las Vegas.



Film Release Date Budget
Feast 2005 $3,200,000
Saw IV 2007 $10,000,000
Feast II: Sloppy Seconds 2008 $2,000,000
Saw V 2008 $10,800,000
Feast III: The Happy Finish 2009 $2,000,000
The Collector 2009 $3,400,000
Saw VI 2009 $11,000,000
Saw 3D 2010 $20,000,000
Piranha 3DD 2012 $5,000,000
The Collection 2012 $10,000,000
The Neighbor 2016 N/A




  1. ^ "Just Chilling - Spectator@IOWA - Monthly News for UI Alumni and Friends - The University of Iowa". Archived from the original on January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Marcus Dunstan – Interview by Matt Horn". Demon FM. October 11, 2009. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "'The Collector' Writing/Directing Team Spill Details on Forthcoming Projects!". Bloody Disgusting.
  4. ^ Marcus Dunstan at FEARnet
  5. ^ 'The Collector 2' to Shoot This October!
  6. ^ A Sequel to The Collector on the Way
  7. ^ "The Collector 2, called The Collection, is shooting in October." Dread Central. April 29, 2010.
  8. ^ "Behind-the-Scenes Image from the Set of 'Saw 3D'". Bloody Disgusting.
  9. ^ Stephen Romano Talks Black Light; Exclusive Look at the UK Cover Art
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Patrick Melton Talks a Black Light film, The Collection, Piranha 3DD and Rise!". Dread Central.
  11. ^ ""COLLECTOR", "SAW" Sequel Duo to 'Recalibrate' "HALLOWEEN" Franchise". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  12. ^ Kit, Boris (October 7, 2012). "Pacific Rim Writers Tapped for God of War Adaptation (Exclusive)". Retrieved April 21, 2013.