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The technology keeps moving forward, which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want.

George Lucas

Digital technology is the same revolution as adding sound to pictures and the same revolution as adding color to pictures. Nothing more and nothing less.

George Lucas

Technology has a great advantage in that we are capable of creating dinosaurs and show them on the screen even though they are extinct 65 million years. All of a sudden, we have a fantastic tool that is as good as dreams are.

Werner Herzog

I don’t use film cameras. I don’t do visual effects the same way. We don’t use miniature models; it’s all CG now, creating worlds in CG. It’s a completely different tool-set. But the rules of storytelling are the same.

James Cameron

I was very intimidated by the visual effects world. But I began to realize that you don’t have to know everything. You have to be able to talk about story.

Ron Howard

I think it’s important that filmmakers look at the technology and figure out how to make the theatrical experience a little more exciting.

Peter Jackson

From the beginning, I kept saying it’s not the technology that’s going to entertain audiences, it’s the story. When you go and see a really great live-action film, you don’t walk out and say “That new Panavision camera was staggering, it made the film so good.” The computer is a tool, and it’s in the service of the story.

John Lasseter

Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.

Walt Disney

[observation, 1940] ‘Fantasia’ merely makes our other pictures look immature and suggests for the first time what the future of this medium may well turn out to be. What I see way off there is too nebulous to describe. But it looks big and glittering. That’s what I like about this business, the certainty that there is something bigger and more exciting just around the bend – and the uncertainty of everything else.

Walt Disney

Bloated budgets are ruining Hollywood – these pictures are squeezing all the other types of movies out of Hollywood. It’s disastrous. When I made The Lost World I limited the amount of special-effects shots because they were incredibly expensive. If a dinosaur walks around, it costs $80,000 for eight seconds. If four dinosaurs are in the background, it’s $150,000. More doesn’t always make things better.

Steven Spielberg

I had a fascination with 3D that goes back to the View-Master. I’d always dreamed of making a film in 3D. It’s like a combination of theatre and film. There’s something 3D gives to a movie that takes you to another land.

Martin Scorsese

I think we’re going to enter a phase where there’s less interest in the CGI and there’s a demand for story again. I think we’ve dropped the ball a little bit on stories for the sake of the amazing toys that we’ve played with.

Peter Jackson

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