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" In Portland, there are so many trained artists and technicians, there's an enormous talent base. And it's not like second-stringers. "
" We intellectualize it, and we rationalize it, but it's really about a love of movies, and I think whether you're making an art film or you're making a genre film, if you don't really love that movie you are trying to make, you'll be able to tell. "
" It's always hard to watch something you create be put in somebody else's hands. "
" When I tried to get 'Stargate' made, I took it to every studio in Hollywood and every studio said, 'Sci-fi is dead. It's a dead genre. No one wants to see science fiction anymore.' And I had to go and raise the money independently to make that movie. "
" I know I screwed up my 'Godzilla.' "
" It was somewhere in doing the last season of 'Leverage' that John Rogers and I became confident that we had developed an all-new production technique where we could put more on the screen with very little money. So we started to get more comfortable with the idea of trying to tackle 'The Librarians.' "
" I can tell you as a fact that if you'd asked anyone in Hollywood one year before 'Pirates of the Caribbean' had come out, they'd have told you the pirate movie was a dead genre. And it's not that it's a dead genre. If you make a bad pirate movie, no one will want to see it. If you make a good one, everyone will want to see it. "
" We're making high-budget movies with a low-budget attitude. "
" Had the car companies continued to do generation two, generation three, generation four of the EV-1, we'd be looking at a spectacular car today. "
" Portland is a two-hour flight from L.A. It has wonderful talent, and it hasn't been shot to death. I'm all in favor of it becoming a serious player in the industry. "
" We had an amazing experience shooting the first season of 'Leverage' with such a talented cast and crew and with the full support of TNT behind us. "
" I always wish I had another shot at it. But, listen, 'Godzilla' is something that I grew up loving. We worked hard to go make one. We kind of blew it. I think everyone gets one. "
" Filmmaking is a real democracy - it's up to the audience to vote with their tickets. "
" I like to make popcorn movies. It's my passion. I love the genre. "
" The truth is, we were sick of, every time we finished a movie, having to start all over again from nothing, going to a studio, pitching an idea, setting up a new office. "
" In movies, we've run out of ideas for bad guys. We end up with politically incorrect villains, like Arab terrorists or Latin drug dealers or corrupt politicians. Well, aliens are the best film villains since the Nazis. You don't have to worry about offending anyone. "
" The budget on cable television is dramatically less than network television. "
" In the '70s, you didn't know who was going to survive in a disaster film. "
" I don't think these weather conditions are going to get better on their own. "
" I think when real life interrupts fantasy, it's always shocking. "
" That transcends everything - skipping the transfer of dailies is a game-changer. "
" Paramount Pictures is a perfect partner for Electric Entertainment, with the most stable group of executives in Hollywood and unparalleled global promotion and distribution reach. "
" As for 'Independence Day,' we never intended to do any films in that series beyond the first one. "
" There are amazing behind-the-scenes technicians in Portland who didn't want to raise their families in L.A. "
" If you were around when 'Them!' or 'Tarantula' came out, those effects were as good as you had ever seen. "
" Following a pre-cellphone world of children on an adventure is incredibly appealing for me. These are the kinds of movies I fell in love with and made me want to be a filmmaker in the first place. "
" We all want our children to be terrific, but you can't force a child into being what you want it to be. "
" I'm a huge Trekkie. "
" We're often accused of trying to manipulate opinion or that we're trying to elevate society. I think that the greatest thing we can do is to give you a vacation. "
" We make movies that crack us up and hope that they crack up other people, too. "
" We took over with 'Leverage' three warehouses, and now four with 'The Librarians,' and turned them into proper sound stages with sound doors and all the lights. We now have control of four real, proper-sized sound stages. The problem is they're dark and empty half of the year because there aren't enough productions coming into Oregon. "