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I never wanted to do 'The Hobbit' in the first place.
I just think that we're living in a world where the technology is advancing so rapidly. You're having cameras that are capable of more and more - the resolution on cameras is jumping up.
Critics in particular treat CGI as a virus that's infecting film.
I remember when I was - I must've been 17 or 18 years old - I remember 'The Empire Strikes Back' had a big cliffhanger ending, and it was, like, three years before the next one came out.
Too often, you see film makers from other countries who have made interesting, original films, and then they come here and get homogenized into being hack Hollywood directors. I don't want to fall into that.
I have a freedom that's incredibly valuable. Obviously my freedom is far smaller in scale than people like Zemeckis and Spielberg have here. But it's comparable. I can dream up a project, develop it, make it, control it, release it.
I always have had a slightly jaundiced view about people who promote books about themselves.
I'm always embarrassed by those rugby player autobiographies which get written by journalists.
What I think is remarkable about my mum and dad is they had no interest in films, really. None.
It's one thing to support your kid, but if you have an interest in what your child is doing, it makes it a whole lot easier.
There's a generation of children who don't like black and white movies. There's a level of impatience or intolerance now.
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Continuing advances in stem cell medicine will change all of our lives for the better.
I feel very lucky to be able to make movies in New Zealand, and I will always be grateful for the support I have received from so many New Zealanders.
I haven't got a real job.
The Tolkien estate owns the writings of Professor Tolkien. 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' were sold by Professor Tolkien in the late '60s, the film rights.
The producers of 'The Hobbit' take the welfare of all animals very seriously and have always pursued the highest standard of care for animals in their charge.
Once the film is out and a lot of people are seeing it, it becomes almost owned by the cinemagoers of the world.
The first day I start shooting, I start having a recurring nightmare that every single night that I am lying in bed, and there is a film crew surrounding the bed, waiting for me to tell them what to do, and I don't quite know what movie I am supposed to be making.
Anything you can imagine, you can put on film.
The industry has to have the audience in order to make these films. So it's a serious thing - how do you get people to leave their houses and go to the theater?
I think it's important that filmmakers look at the technology and figure out how to make the theatrical experience a little more exciting.
I'm not going to head off and do a Marvel film. So if I don't do a Marvel film, I don't have any other choice - I've got to go make a small New Zealand movie!
I can't take responsibility for everyone's employment.
We are living in an age where teenagers are not going to the movies.
I didn't want people to sit there and watch 10 minutes of film,and all they write about is 48 frames.
For me, utter failure is to make a film that people pay their money to go see and they don't like.
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