I don’t dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I’m dreaming for living.
She wanted to go over and hug his tears away, but she was too frightened.
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.
My first reaction, every time I delve into an episode of history that I don’t know very much about, is anger that my teachers never taught me about it.
Sadly, racial, ethnic, and cultural hatred and intolerance are not just history, they are current events.
Daddy, are you going to yell at us some more today?’Neary gazed down into her clear, guileless eyes. That was how he looked to her—a yelling machine. And she was prepared to accept more yelling because she loved him.
You can’t start a movie by having the attitude that the script is finished, because if you think the script is finished, your movie is finished before the first day of shooting.
You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can’t even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know.
Whether in success or in failure, I’m proud of every single movie I’ve ever directed.
I even get inspired by movies that aren’t very good, because there’s always something good in movies that are collectively thought of as a failure. There’s good in everything, I find.
I think Lincoln had a unique parenting style. He let his kids run free and wild.
I just had a crazy, wild imagination all my life, and science fiction is the greatest outlet for me.
There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility.
All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.
Social media has taken over in America to such an extreme that to get my own kids to look back a week in their history is a miracle, let alone 100 years.
I think documentaries are the greatest way to educate an entire generation that doesn’t often look back to learn anything about the history that provided a safe haven for so many of us today.
Cell phones tend to bring us more inside of our lives whereas movies offer a chance to escape, so there are two competing forces.
Lincoln’s leadership is based on a number of precepts, but my favorite one is that he acted in the name, and for the good, of the people.
When I felt like an outsider, movies made me feel inside my own skill set.
I was making a lot of 8mm home movies, since I was twelve, making little dramas and comedies with the neighborhood kids.
Television has a different biorhythm than movies. I love the biorhythm of TV.
I love history, so I do a lot of movies about history.
It is not my job to compare my movies. I don’t like to compare my films with other movies because I don’t really have that perspective. It is an intellectual exercise, but it doesn’t intuitively come to me.
The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.
My filmmaking really began with technology. It began through technology, not through telling stories, because my 8mm movie camera was the way into whatever I decided to do.
In ’83, not only was there no such thing as performance motion capture technology, there was no such thing as digital animation. This was the analog era.
Documentaries are the first line of education, and the second line of education is dramatization, such as ‘The Pacific’.
My first reaction every time I delve into an episode of history that I don’t know very much about is… my first reaction is anger that my teachers never taught me about it.
I get that same queasy, nervous, thrilling feeling every time I go to work. That’s never worn off since I was 12 years-old with my dad’s 8-millimeter movie camera.
My dad took me to my first movie. It was ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ in 1952, a movie of such scale it was actually a traumatic experience.
I missed my dad a lot growing up, even though we were together as a family. My dad was really a workaholic. And he was always working.