I was making a lot of 8mm home movies since I was twelve making little dramas and comedies with the neighborhood kids.
I want to be the Cecil B. DeMille of science fiction.
I think documentaries are the greatest way to educate an entire generation that doesn’t often look back to learn anything about the history that provided a safe haven for so many of us today.
I don’t think any movie or any book or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today. But it’s certainly worth a try.
Documentaries are the first line of education and the second line of education is dramatization such as ‘The Pacific’.
All of us every single year we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.
I get that same queasy nervous thrilling feeling every time I go to work. That’s never worn off since I was 12 years-old with my dad’s 8-millimeter movie camera.
My dad took me to my first movie.
I don’t really have a schedule of when I want to show my children my movies.
I wanted to do another movie that could make us laugh and cry and feel good about the world. I wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times.
For one thing I don’t think that anybody in any war thinks of themselves as a hero.
I interviewed survivors I went to Poland saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war and talked about why they had come back.
In the re-creation of combat situations and this is coming from a director who’s never been in one being mindful of what these veterans have actually gone through you find that the biggest concern is that you don’t look at war as a geopolitical endeavor.
When war comes two things happen – profits go way way up and all perishables go way way down. There becomes a market for them.