The technology keeps moving forward, which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want.
Digital technology allows us a much larger scope to tell stories that were pretty much the grounds of the literary media.
I’d be the first person to say I can’t write dialogue. My dialogue is very utilitarian and is designed to move things forward. I’m not Shakespeare. It’s not designed to be poetic.
There are a few critics overseas, and occasionally a critic will write an astute analysis of the movie. There is value in reading critics that actually have something intelligent to say, but the journalistic community lives in a world of sound bites and literary commerce: selling newspapers, selling books, and they do that simply by trashing things. They don’t criticize or analyze them. They simply trash them for the sake of a headline, or to shock people to get them to buy whatever it is they’re selling.
He took me from not being able to write a word in terms of writing screenplays to being the king of wooden dialogue.
Although I write screenplays, I don’t think I’m a very good writer.
Whenever you’re making a movie, especially when you’re writing, you always have self-doubts.
I loved photography and everybody said it was a crazy thing to do because in those days nobody made it into the film business. I mean, unless you were related to somebody there was no way in.
In my films, all the great things are put together. It’s not like one kind of ice cream but rather a very big Sundae.
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.
The script is what you`ve dreamed up – this is what it should be. The film is what you end up with.
May the Force be with you.
All of my films have been very hard to understand at the script stage because they’re very different. At the time I did them they were not conventional. The executives could only think in terms of what they’d already seen. It’s hard for them to think in terms of what has never been done before.
I was going to go to a four-year college and be an anthropologist or to an art school and be an illustrator when a friend convinced me to learn photography at the University of Southern California. Little did I know it was a school that taught you how to make movies! It had never occurred to me that I’d ever have any interest in film making.