I intend more of a kinship with silent films than more modern film. I like the old cinema. My films are more of a hybrid – a different style of filmmaking to what I call talking head movies. Some people don’t get it. Especially the more academic types.
Star Wars is a saga of Good vs. Evil, divided into nine parts.
I thought Star Wars was too wacky for the general public.
For ‘Star Wars’ I had to develop a whole new idea about special effects to give it the kind of kinetic energy I was looking for. I did it with motion-control photography.
Never tell me the odds!
No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.
Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.
A lot of people like to do certain things, but they’re not that good at it. Keep going through the things that you like to do, until you find something that you actually seem to be extremely good at. It can be anything.
You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.
The secret is not to give up hope. It’s very hard not to because if you’re really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.
The secret to the movie business, or any business, is to get a good education in a subject besides film – whether it’s history, psychology, economics, or architecture – so you have something to make a movie about. All the skill in the world isn’t going to help you unless you have something to say.
You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.
I’ve discovered that most critics themselves are cinematically illiterate. They don’t really know much about movies. They don’t know the history. They don’t know the technology. They don’t know anything. So for them to try to analyze it, they’re lost.
People look at technology as sometimes an end to things, and it isn’t an end in certain cases. In the movie business, the act of creating in the art form of movies, the craft of movies is completely technical, and that’s all it is.
Everyone seems to think that digital technology devoids the medium of content, but that is not true at all. If anything, it broadens the content.
All art is dependent on technology because it’s a human endeavour , so even when you’re using charcoal on a wall or designed the proscenium arch, that’s technology .