IMDb > Skyline (2010)
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Skyline (2010) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 30 | slideshow) Videos (see all 11)
Skyline -- A group of friends in Los Angeles witness an alien invasion, which leads to an all-out war between humans and aliens.
Skyline -- A group of friends fight to survive as a mysterious light source causes people to vanish into the air.
Skyline -- Clip: Jarrod And Elaine Signal A Helicopter
Skyline -- Interview: "David Zayas On Having A Part Written For Him"
Skyline -- Clip: The Group Evades A Giant Alien By The Pool


User Rating:
4.4/10   72,946 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 36% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Joshua Cordes (written by) &
Liam O'Donnell (written by)
View company contact information for Skyline on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
12 November 2010 (USA) See more »
Don't look up. See more »
Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Alien Invasion or Zombie Apocalypse? See more (936 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Eric Balfour ... Jarrod

Scottie Thompson ... Elaine

Brittany Daniel ... Candice

Crystal Reed ... Denise

Neil Hopkins ... Ray

David Zayas ... Oliver

Donald Faison ... Terry
Robin Gammell ... Walt

Tanya Newbould ... Jen

J. Paul Boehmer ... Colin

Phet Mahathongdy ... Airplane Mom / Bartender (as Phet Mahathongdy O'Donnell)

Byron McIntyre ... Limo Driver
Jackie Marin ... Girl in Pool

Tony Black ... Guy at Party
Eliza Till ... Girl at Party

James Huang ... Soldier #1
Erik Rondell ... Soldier #2
Johnny DeBeer ... Rocket Soldier

Lauren Marin ... Abducted Girl
Matt Frels ... Abducted Guy

Pam Levin ... Pregnant Abductee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreea Florescu ... Socialite (uncredited)

Leon 'Lee' Fuller ... Passenger (uncredited)
Marcus Nel-Jamal Hamm ... Terry's friend (uncredited)
Gladys Khan ... Indian Diplomat Air Passenger (uncredited)

Mobin Khan ... Indian Diplomat Air Passenger (uncredited)
Elena Kolpachikova ... Bohemian (uncredited)

Waymond Lee ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)
Justin Reed ... Airport Security Guard (uncredited)

Aneliese Roettger ... Model (uncredited)

Vanessa Ross ... Stewardess (uncredited)

Evan Shafran ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Abu Baker Siddiq ... Airport Limo Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Colin Strause  (as The Brothers Strause)
Greg Strause  (as The Brothers Strause)
Writing credits
Joshua Cordes (written by) &
Liam O'Donnell (written by)

Produced by
Kristian James Andresen .... producer
Paul Barry .... co-producer
Liz Dean .... associate producer
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones .... executive producer (as Brian Kavanaugh Jones)
Tracey Landon .... line producer
Liam O'Donnell .... producer
Brett Ratner .... executive producer
Colin Strause .... producer (as The Brothers Strause)
Greg Strause .... producer (as The Brothers Strause)
Brian Tyler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Matthew Margeson (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Michael Watson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nicholas Wayman-Harris 
Casting by
Liz Dean 
Production Design by
Drew Dalton 
Costume Design by
Bobbie Mannix 
Makeup Department
Shyama Gero .... makeup department head
Carleigh Herbert .... additional hair stylist: additional photography
Carleigh Herbert .... additional makeup artist: additional photography
AnnaRose Kern .... additional hair stylist (as Anna Rose Kern)
AnnaRose Kern .... additional makeup artist (as Anna Rose Kern)
Regan Livingstone .... assistant hair stylist
Regan Livingstone .... assistant makeup artist
Hannah Lux Davis .... additional hair stylist (as Hannah Davis)
Hannah Lux Davis .... additional makeup artist (as Hannah Davis)
Production Management
Ed Chapman .... post-production supervisor
Colin Hudock .... production supervisor
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production supervisor
Tracey Landon .... unit production manager
Pascal Vaguelsy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joshua Cordes .... second unit director
Kristofer Kolpek .... second second assistant director: additional photography
M. Ryan Traylor .... second assistant director
Mike Tsucalas .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Chad Bell .... brain fabrication
Scott Kinsey .... credits designer
Kino Scialabba .... alien and ship designs
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor
Elliott Barker .... boom operator
Charlie Campagna .... sound effects editor
Harry Cohen .... sound effects editor
William R. Dean .... sound effects editor
Carlton Diggs .... boom operator
Michael J. Fraumeni .... co-sound designer
Houston Guy .... boom operator
Paul Hackner .... sound effects editor
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor
Nicholas James .... adr editor
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Krause .... supervising sound editor
Nickolas Meade .... additional sound
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Reza Moosavi .... production sound mixer
Barry Neely .... production sound mixer
Tom Ozanich .... sound effects editor
David Rawlinson .... supervising adr editor
Herbert Rawlinson .... sound editor
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound designer
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
John Sisti .... co-sound designer
John Sisti .... sound effects editor
Hermann Thumann .... additional audio
Bob Tiwana .... additional sound
David F. Van Slyke .... co-sound designer
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Daniel R. Kerr .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Broom .... illustrator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Alec Gillis .... creature designer
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... creature designer
Visual Effects by
Holli Alvarado .... matte painter/roto artist
Spencer Armajo .... flame artist
Oliver Arnold .... senior technical director: lighting
Jeff Atherton .... vfx producer: Hydraulx
Nicholas Avallone .... animator
Jarrod Avalos .... layout & matchmove lead
Scott Balkcom .... lead compositor
Dan Bartolucci .... flame artist: Lola VFX
Vincent Blin .... roto and paint artist
Bruce Bolden .... visual effects artist
Adam Briggs .... visual effects artist
Jeremy F. Butler .... character rigging supervisor
Andrew Byrne .... fx artist: Hydraulx
Kevin Cahill .... visual effects coordinator
Marco Capparelli .... visual effects artist
Oscar G. Castillo .... senior fx artist
Ed Chapman .... cleaner
Trent Claus .... Flame artist
Andrew M. Collins .... animator
Brian Conlon .... digital compositor
Mauro Contaldi .... charater td
Joshua Cordes .... animation supervisor
Andy Davis .... lead senior compositor
Hector de la Torre .... modeling: Hydraulx
Fefo Desouza .... compositor
Eric Ebling .... visual effects artist
Tamer Eldib .... modeler
Josh Elmore .... model/texture artist
Nicholas Elwell .... senior visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
Marq Faulkner .... roto/paint artist: Hydraulx
Patrick Flannery .... visual effects stills photographer
Philip Fraschetti .... flame artist: Hydraulx
Miles Friedman .... visual effects coordinator
Joshua Galbincea .... roto/paint artist
Demitre Garza .... visual effects artist
Don Greenberg .... compositor: Hydraulx
Joshua Grow .... 3d coordinator: Hydraulx
Miguel A. Guerrero .... modeling/creature supervisor: Hydraulx
Brian Hajek .... digital compositor
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Hydraulx
Chris Haney .... pipeline supervisor
Tulio Hernandez .... lighting technical director
Paul Hopkins .... matchmove/layout
Robert Hubbard .... visual effects
Nathan Hurlburt .... digital compositor
Atsushi Imamura .... senior modeler: Hydraulx
J.D. Imhof .... lighting technical director: Hydraulx
Chris Ingersoll .... visual effects artist
Pasha Ivanov .... visual effects
Brian Janelli .... model/texture artist
Daniel Jauregui .... visual effects artist
Zack Judson .... digital effects supervisor
Nathan Koga .... roto and paint artist
Eric A. Kohler .... visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
Daniel Kruse .... digital lighter: [Hy*drau"lx]
Bill Kunin .... visual effects artist
Billy-Vu Lam .... character animator
Kim LeBrane .... cg coordinator: Hydraulx
Sun Lee .... senior matte painter: Hydraulx
Max Leonard .... visual effects coordinator
Dave Levine .... flame artist
Randy Little .... flame artist
Jose Lopez .... modeler: Hydraulx
Alberto Ludeña .... paint artist
Alberto Ludeña .... rotoscope artist
Mark Matta .... tracking artist
Scott McLain .... compositing and effects
Michael Meagher .... visual effects executive producer
David Michaels .... character technical director
Scott Michelson .... visual effects executive producer
Steven Miller .... Flame artist: Hydraulx
Young Joon Mok .... digital compositor
Chun Seong Ng .... senior modeler
Brian Nugent .... Flame artist
Chris Olivas .... paint artist
Van Ouk .... modeler: Hydraulx
Roto and Paint .... visual effects
Eugene Paluso .... tracking and layout
Bruno Parenti .... flame artist
Jale Parsons .... roto/paint artist
Chris Payne .... digital cleanup supervisor
John Polyson .... visual effects editor: Hydraulx
Juan Carlos Quintana .... paint/rotoscope artist
Chris Radcliffe .... senior modeler/texture artist
Scott Rader .... senior inferno artist: Hydraulx
Pablovsky Ramos-Nieves .... tracking and layout: Hydraulx
Ben Record .... visual effects: elements
Gizmo Rivera .... compositor
Karl Rogovin .... dynamics effects animator: Hydraulx
Krystal Sae Eua .... senior modeler: [Hy*drau"lx]
Kino Scialabba .... concept designer
Kino Scialabba .... matte painter: Hydraulx
Joel Sevilla .... character setup lead
Joel Sevilla .... supervising animator
Laura Sevilla .... digital compositor
Tim Simon .... modeler: Hydraulx
Matt Siner .... visual effects editor
Nick Sinnott .... tracking artist: Hydraulx
Skyline .... visual effects executive producer
John C. Sparks .... visual effects: hydraulx
Colin Strause .... visual effects supervisor
Greg Strause .... visual effects supervisor
Frederick George Stuhrberg .... 3D scanning
Caitlin Thornton .... visual effects coordinator
Alexander Tirasongkran .... matchmove artist
Jon Tojek .... visual effects artist
Shigeharu Tomotoshi .... digital artist
Greg Tse .... tracking / layout artist: Hydraulx
Yuki Uehara .... roto/paint artist
Chris Wells .... visual effects: Hydraulx
Bob Wiatr .... compositor
C. Jerome Williams .... digital compositor
Derek Winslow .... matte painter
Andrew Winters .... visual effects artist
Yoshiya Yamada .... creature supervisor: Hydraulx
Roy Yang .... visual effects (as Jianru Yang)
Michael Zavala .... 2D production manager: Hydraulx
Joey Anaya .... stunt double: Adrien Brody/Eric Balfor
Brandon Beckman .... stunt rigger
Cornell Brandon .... utility stunts
Darrell Davis .... stunts (as Craig Davis)
Arturo Dickey .... aerial stunt rigger
Arturo Dickey .... utility stunts
Brian Duffy .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunt double: Elaine
Diana R. Lupo .... stunt double
Mark Norby .... stunt coordinator
Dana Reed .... stunt double: Elaine
Erik Rondell .... utility stunts
Kyle Weishaar .... stunt double
Omar Ayala .... stunts (uncredited)
Omar Ayala .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Akers .... second assistant camera
Steve Albovias .... key grip: additional photgraphy
Brandon Alperin .... assistant chief lighting technician
Federico Aragon .... video operator
Eli Berg .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Jake Capistron .... eclipse technician
Nathan Carballo .... lamp operator
Matthew Castalito .... electrician
Joshua Cordes .... camera operator
Cameron Dershem .... electrician
Noah Dille .... steadicam operator
Eric Dvorsky .... first assistant camera: aerial unit
Isaiah Fortajada .... additional second assistant camera
Tyler Harrison .... second assistant camera
Robby Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Douglas S. Holgate .... aerial director of photography
Alex Jenkins .... grip
Steve Koster .... aerial director of photography
Shaun Mayor .... director of photography: second unit
Shaun Mayor .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Gregory Pickard .... car rigging grip
Rob Pittman .... additional first assistant camera
Johnny Segal .... grip
Ian S. Takahashi .... first assistant camera
John Trapman .... aerial director of photography
Marcus Ubungen .... second assistant camera
Eric Ulbrich .... chief lighting technician
Eric Ulrich .... gaffer
Pat Wallner .... best boy grip
Tim Wallner .... key grip
Tom Whitehead .... grip
Arthur Zajac .... second assistant camera: vfx elements unit
Animation Department
T.J. Burke .... animator
Jeremy F. Butler .... supervising animator
Robert Diaz .... animator
A.J. Gillespie .... animator
Bradley McLaughlin .... character animator
Scott Slater .... animator
Casting Department
Alden Wallace .... extras casting
Leslie Woo .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emi Akimoto .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Paul Buhl .... assistant editor
Mohsen Eletreby .... additional editor
Mohsen Eletreby .... first assistant editor
Danny Elhaj .... post-production assistant
Jon Grinberg .... first assistant editor
Marcus Land .... visual effects editor
Mark Reaser .... hd mastering
Michael Smollin .... digital intermediate colorist
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Jordan VanDina .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jeffrey Biggers .... score mixer
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Todd Haberman .... additional music arranger
Pakk Hui .... orchestrator
Eric Kalver .... orchestrator
Season Kent .... executive in charge of music
Bryan Lawson .... music editor
Dana Niu .... supervising orchestrator
Martin Roller .... score recording engineer
Paul Talkington .... orchestral contractor
Allan Wilson .... conductor: score
Other crew
Asher Blumberg .... office production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot: New York
Angie Conners .... international marketing
Dave Conway .... location manager
Matt Cross .... location assistant
Evan Cunningham .... vtr assistant
John 'Duke' Duquesnay .... production systems engineer and design
Ian Evans .... helicopter pilot: London
Rebecca Flinn .... adr loop group
Tara Gerow .... assistant: The Brothers Strause
Pablo Leda .... production staff
Oliver Lewis .... production assistant
Thomas Loftus .... senior vice president of business and legal affairs
Mark Maccora .... production assistant
Skylar Mathey .... production assistant
Andrew McArthur .... helicopter pilot: Hong Kong
Kasia Nabialczyk .... assistant: Brett Ratner
Allison Paul .... production assistant
Debbie Pearl .... animal trainer
Eva Quiroz .... vice president of operations
Mahesh Ramanathan .... south asia distribution: reliance entertainment
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney
John Sennet .... life guard
Wyatt Shaw .... production assistant
Judith Smith .... production accountant
Ariel Suarez .... production assistant
Josh Sutherland .... production assistant
John Tamburro .... helicopter pilot: Los Angeles
Michael J Tamburro .... helicopter crew
Spencer Wider .... production assistant
Ryan Witherspoon .... assistant post-production accountant
Jen Woldrich .... set production assistant
David T. Woodruff .... office production assistant
Arthur Zajac .... office production assistant
Guy Botham .... special thanks
Sara Bottfeld .... special thanks
Brie Childers .... special thanks
Royce Da 59 .... special thanks (as Royce da 5'9')
Patty Kern .... very special thanks
Kelly Kinsey .... special thanks
Jared Leto .... special thanks
Barry Littman .... special thanks
Glenn Rigberg .... special thanks
Gretchen Rush .... special thanks (as Gretchen Bruggeman Rush)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Hydraulx (visual effects) (as [hy*drau'lx])
Other Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language, and brief sexual content
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A (theatrical rating) | Ireland:15 (video rating) | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:PG-13 (censored version) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (edited version) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46437)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

There are over 800 VFX shots in the film, more than most franchise tent poles.See more »
Continuity: The color of Elaine's pants change after Jarrod and Terry leave the apartment. Evidence of this is seen when Terry comes back from Walt's apartment.See more »
[first lines]
Elaine:[a bright blue light shines through the blinds and the bed shakes] Oh, how's it morning already?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Sine Language (Metasyn Remix)See more »


What is 'Skyline' about?
Why are the aliens taking humans to their spacecraft?
What is the significance of the blue light?
See more »
50 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
Alien Invasion or Zombie Apocalypse?, 13 November 2010
Author: paperback_wizard from United States

(Originally appeared as "Alien Invasion or Zombie Apocalypse?" at

There are certain elements that you expect to find in an alien invasion movie: massive spaceships, all out war, maybe even a bit of mind control. You certainly get that and more in "Skyline", directed by Colin and Greg Strause, the story of a few friends in Los Angeles who wake early one morning to find extraterrestrials have arrived (and they have not come in peace). Blinding blue lights beckon humans irresistibly to the alien spaceships, which harvest the humans for ...

Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. First, meet our heroes. Eric Balfour (24, Haven) and Scottie Thompson (NCIS, Trauma) play Jarrod and Elaine, a pair of lovers who are visiting LA on their friend's birthday. Donald Faison (Scrubs) plays Terry, who Jarrod "always knew would make it big." Terry wants Jarrod to move to LA permanently, though that causes some issues with Elaine who has no desire to embrace Terry's lifestyle. While I've always been something of a fan of Scottie Thompson, and knowing that Faison and Balfour have their own followings, I have to say that they do not make the greatest transition from the smallscreen to the bigscreen (though all have had minor-to-supporting roles in previous movies, this is the first time they've headlined a major production).

Most disaster flicks try to focus on the main characters and how the "disaster", whether it's an alien invasion, an asteroid crashing to the Earth, or some other "end of the world" scenario, changes their lives and relationships. "Skyline", however, has no problem abandoning that particular story arc in favor of a straight survivalist narrative for the remainder of the movie. The characters, faced with aliens that not only abduct humans by the hundreds but also turn them into mindless shells in the process, quickly if imperfectly abandon all personal issues in their efforts to escape the threat while they still can.

That's where the genre comes off the rails a bit, I feel, in this case. In most alien invasion movies, you form a resistance and you push the invaders off the planet. After all, unless you want your movie to have an unhappy ending, there's simply no other way to end an invasion. On the other hand, if you're going for the "gritty realism" that seems to be the order of the day for all movies now, how do you realistically expect to stop an intergalactic fleet that can wipe out whole cities in less than a day? As clever as the ending to H.G. Wells' story "War of the Worlds" was, you just can't expect a hyper-advanced race, capable of decimating the human race in a matter of days, to not have considered the common cold (or hackers, Mr. Emmerich).

While the United States military is certainly not idle during this crisis, we soon enough learn that there's little they can do against this menace; so, you can imagine, there's far less that our heroes can do. One particularly clear-thinking character points this out several times while trying to keep Jarrod from leaving the relative safety of their apartment, and, not incidentally, increasing the feeling of hopelessness for the audience. I found myself repeating a mantra at one point during the movie: there is no escape, there is no rescue, and there is no resistance. If the Brothers Strause accomplished one thing with their movie, besides some of the greatest special effects to hit theaters since "Avatar" (which they also helped to create), it's a realistic scenario in the event that an alien invasion ever occurs. In short, Stephen Hawking was right.

So, where does that leave us? And with what? We have a small band of survivors facing what could be the end of the human race against a foe that seemingly can't be killed (or, at least, won't stay killed). They try to run, they try to hide, and they try to lock themselves in a hotel until they can be rescued. They face the everpresent probability that, not only could they die at the hands of these monsters, they could even face something much worse than death. Tensions flare between the survivors as they struggle to think of and stick to a workable plan. Mistrust and doubt lead to "dissension in the ranks". No one is sure who the "leader" is, and they're even less sure of what their fate will be. The question is not can they survive, but for how long. As I watched, I realized that's never really a question I asked myself while watching alien invasion movies before; but I almost always ask it while watching zombie movies.

I enjoyed this movie for its amazing visuals and special effects. The Brothers Strause have proved their proficiency repeatedly, and this movie is absolutely an example of doing more with less (much of it was shot in their own apartment building). They even did a fair job of directing the characters in what was essentially the first major outing for everyone involved. While it had hints of M. Night Shyamalan, Roland Emmerich, and even a bit of Steven Spielberg, it was the Strauses own film, right up until the strangely compelling closing scene. I wouldn't call it deserving of an Oscar, but I am eager to see what the duo produce next.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (936 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Skyline (2010)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
1000 Things I Learned... lovestwosmile
What a totally irredeemable pile of sh!t user-96-380444
Underrated as Hell! Tedakin
Featured artwork bcr43
Why harvest brains from Los Angeles??? erthdg
4:27 AM Day One stevorules1820
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Battle Los Angeles Transformers: Dark of the Moon Dreamcatcher The A-Team Resident Evil: Afterlife
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.