One of the worst things you can do is have a limited budget and try to do some big looking film. That's when you end up with very bad work.
Motion pictures are the art form of the 20th century, and one of the reasons is the fact that films are a slightly corrupted artform. They fit this century - they combine Art and business!
Other writers, producers, and directors of low-budget films would often put down the film they were making, saying it was just something to make money with. I never felt that. If I took the assignment, I'd give it my best shot.
When I started in the late 1950s, every film I made - no matter how low the budget - got a theatrical release. Today, less that 20-percent of our films get a theatrical release.
As a producer, I probably am a little stronger than most, since I was a director originally.
Jim Cameron is proof that if you are good, you'll get promoted.
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