Steven Spielberg

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I've been told that I'm a very different person on the set than I am in postproduction when the movie's over and I'm editing, in that I get so wound up in the film that I become selfless to the point where I lose too much weight.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Selfless
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I have to stay interested. I can't do the same thing over and over again, which is why I don't do - I've made sequels, but it's the movies that are not sequels that I enjoy the most.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Made
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If movies generically don't work, you immediately start to pick apart what ingredients contributed to that. If any movie is working, hopefully how it was made will be the least of your concern. You'll only want to have a god time.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Want
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I've just always had a personal fascination with the myth of Abraham Lincoln. And once you start to read about him and the Civil War and everything leading up to the Civil War, you start to understand that the myth is created when we think we understand a character and we reduce him to a kind of cultural national stereotype.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: War
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The creative process is a very collaborative process. I know it might seem that way because so much ink is spilled and the media is obsessed with business and numbers and studios... but filmmakers don't think of it that way. We just go off and we tell our stories. It's the same torture that we adore, it's the same torture that our forefathers endured making movies in the golden era of Hollywood. So, from my perspective it's no different, I'm sure, from the men and women who I admire so much who made the earliest movies.
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Collection: Men
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I would lose myself too much if I thought of myself as the audience.
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Collection: Too Much
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I've kept the people who've been in my career who I feel are my family. Kathy [Kennedy] had been with me since 1978. Janusz Kaminsky, my cinematographer, has made every movie with me since Schindler's List. Michael Kahn has cut every movie I've directed since 1976 when we made Close Encounters together. Rick Carter has done more than 15 of my directed films as a production designer.
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Collection: Cutting
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The animal has no intellectual capacity to justify or to find reasons to exist. An animal just exists because it's the natural thing to do.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Animal
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I'm certainly hoping that 3D gets to the point where people do not notice it because once they stop noticing it, it just becomes another tool and an aid to help tell a story.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: People
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There is something that you have that no one else ever had ... When you watch Kirk's [Douglas] performance in anything, in anything he's ever done, you cannot take your eyes off of him. It's not possible to look away from him.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Eye
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I've been shooting movies and television shows for now 47 years and I've worked with the best of them and [Kirk Douglas] is the only movie star I ever met.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Stars
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3D is not a fire and forget tool. It takes a lot of very careful consideration and it will change your approach to where you put the camera so 3D isn't for everybody.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Fire
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Movies principally require the best of everybody, all at the same time, being the best they can be. Not just like five people being the best they've ever been, and 10 people not being the best they could be. It's like if everybody is either doing their greatest work, or the whole house of cards falls apart.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Fall
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Whatever affect any of my films have on audiences, I just kind of stop at the door. I make them and I just don't go outside after they're over.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Doors
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All of my movies are about how I wish the world would work. I've made very few movies about how the world worked. I could name them on one and a half hands, about how my movies have been very reflective of how the world was exactly. A lot of my movies are really about the way I wish the world was, and that's what this whole art form is all about. It's an interpretive art form.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Art
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Actors just need each other to act together.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Together
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I don't do the running commentary as the movie's playing. I think you should be able to watch the movie without listening to me talk while the movies playing.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Running
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I was fifteen, or sixteen. I was in high school. I was spending a summer in California with my second cousins. And I wanted to be a director really bad. I was making a lot of 8mm home movies, since I was twelve, making little dramas and comedies with the neighborhood kids.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Summer
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I love history. It was the only thing I did well at in school. I'm not ashamed to admit that I was not a good student but I was great at history.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: School
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People can relate to horses. Horses, I think, are basically in our genetic history. Horses were part of our culture, part of our collective society, for hundreds of years, and so, the horse is one of the most familiar animals to people of any race or culture or country.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Country
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Every movie you're going to forget that it's 3D whether it's widescreen or whatever it is, you're going to forget everything if the movie is working. If the movie doesn't work or if the movie generically doesn't work then immediately you start to pick apart whatever has contributed to that.
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Collection: Forget Everything
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3D needs a trained eye. It can't be done by everybody. People who just do 3D just for the sake of commercializing their movie another five or six percent and they don't know really how to do it, they should care how to do it better by bringing other directors and collaborators into their lives to help teach and instruct how you really make a 3D movie because it's not just like putting a new lens on a camera and forgetting it. It takes a lot of very careful consideration. It will change your approach to where you put the cameras. So, 3D isn't for everybody.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Eye
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I did 50 takes on Robert Shaw assembling the Greener Gun on 'Jaws.' The shark wasn't working, so I just kept shooting to make the production report look like we were accomplishing something and to keep cast and crew from going crazy from boredom. It was a strategic indulgence.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Crazy
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I make some movies for myself. I do that sometimes when the subject matter is very sensitive and very personal and I really can't imagine that I'm an audience member. I would lose myself too much if I thought of myself as the audience. There are other types of genre films that I need to be able to direct from the audience, to be right next to you watching the picture being made.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Needs
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Not every movie, in my opinion, should be in 3D. There are a lot of stories I wouldn't shoot in 3D. But, you know, there are movies that are perfect in 3D.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Perfect
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Akira Kurosawa is the pictorial William Shakespeare of our time.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Kurosawa
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The making of the movie and the routine of making the movie is a lot like being in a Spanish prison for five years on a marijuana breakdown.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Marijuana
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I get very, very anxious on the set. I have a thousand ideas and I don't censor myself. I wind up cutting some of them out in the editing room... I shoot [needless footage] and then don't use later on in the process.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Cutting
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The only movie that I would ever even consider retrofitting is the first ‘Jurassic Park,’ which I think would look pretty spectacular in 3D. That’s the only one of my films that I would consider doing in 3D.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Thinking
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I'm as guilty as anyone, because I helped to herald the digital era with Jurassic Park. But the danger is that it can be abused to the point where nothing is eye-popping any more.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: War
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I have always admired him (Bergman), and I wish I could be an equally good filmmaker as he is, but it will never happen. His love for the cinema almost gives me a guilty conscience
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Giving
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There's going to be no more digital enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct. I'm not going to do any corrections digitally to even wires that show... If 1941 comes on Blu-ray I'm not going to go back and take the wires out because the Blu-ray will bring the wires out that are guiding the airplane down Hollywood Blvd. At this point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Airplane
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Audiences are harder to please if you're just giving them effects, but they're easy to please if it's a good story.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Motivational
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I don't really distinguish between a fictional hero and a real life hero as a basis for any comparison. To me, a hero is a hero. I like making pictures about people who have a personal mission in life or at least in the life of a story who start out with certain low expectations and then over achieve our highest expectations for them. That's the kind of character arc I love dabbling in as a director, as a filmmaker.
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Collection: Real
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The internet is watching us now. If they want to. They can see what sites you visit. In the future, television will be watching us, and customizing itself to what it knows about us. The thrilling thing is, that will make us feel we're part of the medium. The scary thing is, we'll lose our right to privacy. An ad will appear in the air around us, talking directly to us.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Air
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You never really know how good of a leader you are until there is something there is lead us to, toward or through or to overcome.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Leader
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People have forgotten how to tell a story.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Film Directing
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The turning point in my career was Jaws. It was a turning point because I was a director-for-hire before Jaws and because it was such a big hit I could do any movie I wanted and Hollywood just wrote me a cheque.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Careers
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All through my career I've done what I can to discover new talent and give them a start.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Careers
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I've always been very hopeful which I guess isn't strange coming from me. I don't want to call myself an optimist. I want to say that I've always been full of hope. I've never lost that. I have a lot of hope for this country and for the entire world. . .
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Country
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The essence of what it is to be American is the deep moral urge to be free, to freely express yourself and have the right to do so, and to look at all people as equals.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Essence
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The costume the actors wear and if they're in stylized makeup and wigs in a live-action movie let's say, in a big costume drama, even though it does give them a sense of great ambience and environment and they kind of feel like they're in a great court, or if they feel like they're in the old west, or if they feel like they're being chased by hobbits or dinosaurs, it all comes down to the actors looking each other in the eye.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Drama
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I always like to think of the audience when I am directing. Because I am the audience.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Thinking
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The best time of my life has been the three instances where I have been there for the birth of my children. That is, nothing [else] has ever come close.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Children
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I think that the perceived downs in my own career come from just managing my time and not feeling that I have enough time for my family or my friends. You could put that in the personal life category but it's all one category because I've got to balance my family.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Thinking
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Some movies I make for myself. I just sort of make them for myself. I do that sometimes when the subject matter is very sensitive and very personal and I really can't imagine I'm an audience.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Matter
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The most expensive habit in the world is celluloid, not heroin, and I need a fix every few years.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Motivational
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I can't describe it, what I'm feeling and what I'm thinking. This means something. This is important.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Mean
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The person I enjoy working for more than anyone else is George Lucas. He's the best boss I ever had because he's the most talented boss I ever had.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Boss