I thought if I was lucky it would be a nice, modest-sized, modest-budgeted film that would be a modest success. And then something happened.
All we try and do is make the best films we can. If you do that then hopefully the audiences will come, and they have. Everything else is gravy.
We've been working with the very best in the business. The studio really just let us alone to make the films.
It might sound odd, but I want to thank Michael Bay because he's been saying how important it is to show 3D with the right luminescence. And that's very important for this film, a lot of which was shot at night or with very low illumination.
Films are amazing. To be a part of a movie is the greatest. It's so historic and exciting.
The big studio era is from the coming of sound until 1950, until I came in... I came in at a crux in film, which was the end of the studio era and the rise of filmmaking.
Often when I finish a film I'll have that feeling inside me: 'I never want to do this ever again. I don't want to pretend anymore. I want to be myself and do that.' And then, thank God, that feeling goes away after a month or so and I'm raring to go again.
Making films is sort of like you're pulling off a magic trick. It's sort of like an illusion. It's not real but you want it to appear real, and all kinds of things go into that, from the clothes you're wearing to the make-up, to the light.
As filmmakers, we're constantly always looking for something to bring the audience deeper into the reality of the story we're telling.
I've gone out of my way to not take baggage with me from film to film.
I've had really great experiences working with first-time directors. They come at filmmaking with fresh ideas. I've been very lucky that way.
That movie, 'Airplane!,' what a landmark film it was. It's a great, great movie.
I'm very manipulative towards directors. My theory is that everyone on the set is directing the film, we're all receiving art messages from the universe on how we should do the film.
I look back at my filmography, and I'm pretty jazzed with the stuff I've been part of. They're all movies I'd like to see.
Often, when I finish a film, I'll have that feeling inside me: 'I never want to do this ever again. I don't want to pretend anymore. I want to be myself and do that.'
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