The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.
New Zealand is not a small country but a large village.
100 years ago, movies were black-and-white, silent, and 16 frames a second. So 100 years from now, what are they going to be?
Rivalry doesn't help anybody.
In every house, when the curtains are drawn, there's a story going on, and you never get to hear... You get the public side of things, the happy, smiling, social activities.
Film is such a powerful medium. It's like a weapon and I think you have a duty to self-censor.
I never wanted to do 'The Hobbit' in the first place.
Filmmaking for me is always aiming for the imaginary movie and never achieving it.
To get an Oscar would be an incredible moment in my career, there is no doubt about that. But the 'Lord of the Rings' films are not made for Oscars, they are made for the audience.
For a lot of my childhood, I didn't want to direct movies because I didn't really know what directing was.
No film has captivated my imagination more than 'King Kong.' I'm making movies today because I saw this film when I was 9 years old.
What I don't like are pompous, pretentious movies.
Everybody's life has these moments, where one thing leads to another. Some are big and obvious and some are small and seemingly insignificant.
I didn't want my kids having to pass through an airport named after their father.
The big-budget blockbuster is becoming one of the most dependable forms of filmmaking.
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