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Peter Jackson Quotes

Sir Peter Robert Jackson

Peter Jackson quotes: The Lord of the Rings producer’s best quotes.

“There’s creative opportunities all the way through the day, and that’s the thing that you have to keep trying to put at the forefront.”

“You just gotta show how determined you are.  You have to show how you’re not gonna ask for anything.  If you’ve got the talent, you’re gonna manage to fight your way to a career, but it has to be a fight.  If you don’t have that fight, you shouldn’t even be thinking about doing it in the first place.”

“Once you go down a road, you take it through to the end.”

“I think everything that you do, you’re learning.”

“I’ve always been happy to take a gamble on myself.”

“I follow this simple rule, and it seems to work.  I think of marketing in four quadrants: young, old, men and women.  If you want to make a ton of money, appeal to them all.  The more quadrants you attract, the more money you make.”

“Be selfish with creativity.  Make something you love.  And then let the market decide if they want it.  Never create for others.  Always create for yourself.”

“You can’t always look at life as a miserable thing.”

“I’m not a regret guy.”

“Everybody’s life has these moments, where one thing leads to another.  Some are big and obvious and some are small and seemingly insignificant.”

“Defeat is always momentary.”

“You can work on anything as much as you like.  The reality is that nothing’s perfect.  Nothing’s ever perfect.  If we had worked on it another week, it would’ve been better.  If we had worked on it another month, it would’ve been better.  Anything would be better.  But, at some point, you have to send it out to the big world, and hope that people like it.”

“It’s all about determination.  You never, ever, give up once you start something, once you’re on the trail of something you don’t stop and that’s what you have to go through.  Once the train’s rolling, you have to stick with it.”

“As human beings, we always have resistance against things that are different and there’s always suspicion.”

“If justice is supposed to be fair, than any justice system, you would hope, is based on fairness.”

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found.  I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay; small acts of kindness and love.”

“A wizard is never late, nor is he early – he arrives precisely when he means to.”

“If you work at love, you will find love at work.”

“Anything you can imagine, you can put on film.”

“The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.”

“When I start a film, I can sort of shut my eyes, sit somewhere quiet and imagine the movie finished.  I can imagine the camera angles, I can even imagine the type of music.  Without knowing the tune, I can imagine the type of music it needs to be.”

“Every film is a challenge.  I always say that making a movie is like film school – you’re always learning.  But unlike most schools, you never get done with it.  You never learn everything.”

“As a filmmaker, I believe in trying to make movies that invite the audience to be part of the film; in other words, there are some films where I’m just a spectator and am simply observing from the front seat.  What I try to do is draw the audience into the film and have them participate in what’s happening onscreen.”

“Every time you do something, people are going to like it, people are going to hate it.  You tend to make the movies on the basis you are making them for the people who are going to like them and not worrying too much about people who don’t like them.”

“As a filmmaker, you want nothing more than to have people say, ‘I love your movie.'”

“For a lot of my childhood, I didn’t want to direct movies because I didn’t really know what directing was.”

“I don’t like directing that much to want a career as a director for hire.  I like to have as much creative control as possible.”

“Being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside the names of some of my childhood heroes is slightly surreal and incredibly awesome.”

“I have a freedom that’s incredibly valuable.  I can dream up a project, develop it, make it, control it, release it.”

“I know.  It’s all wrong.  By rights we shouldn’t even be here.  But we are.  It’s like in the great stories.  The ones that really mattered.  Full of darkness and danger, they were.  And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.  Because how could the end be happy?  How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?  But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.  Even darkness must pass.  A new day will come.  And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.  Those were the stories that stayed with you.  That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.  But I think I do understand.  I know now.  Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t.  They kept going.  Because they were holding on to something.”

“I love collaborating with people.”

“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.”

“I was bullied and regarded as little bit of an oddball myself.”

“When I worked as a newspaper photo engraver in the only job I ever had, many years ago, I’d get the train home to Pukerua Bay where I was staying with my parents.  An hour ride, 16 stops, and almost always, I’d have automatic wake-up, seconds before we pulled into my station.”

“If you’re an only child, you spend a lot of time by yourself, and you develop a strong ability to entertain yourself, to conjure up fantasy.”

“One of the best things about growing up in New Zealand is that if you are prepared to work hard and have faith in yourself, truly anything is possible.”

“New Zealand is not used to wealth.  In America wealth is kind of a thing of pride.  Here it’s the opposite.  The more you’ve got, the bigger the target you are.”

“I regard myself as an entertainer much more than an artist.”

“I think there’s still a little bit of that nine year-old in me and I’m pretty happy.”

“I want to make movies just like King Kong.  You know, dinosaurs, big gorillas – it’s everything that a nine year-old boy would fall in love with.”

“I haven’t got a real job.”

“Find something to dream about.  I dream about telling stories that have not been told.  When I’m inspired, tired, sick or healthy.  I dream about the next story I will tell.  What do you dream about?  This post?  I thought.  I guess we both dream about telling stories.”

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