I want to do more documentaries and travel to places I haven't been. That is where I think I can be fulfilled.
In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
News makes things black and white. Documentary filmmaking should do the opposite.
Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking.
Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity.
By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.
It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
I began to feel that the drama of the truth that is in the moment and in the past is richer and more interesting than the drama of Hollywood movies. So I began looking at documentary films.
If you want to make a documentary you should automatically go to the fiction, and if you want to nourish your fiction you have to come back to reality.
When a documentary filmmaker, working in the style that I do, suggests that there has been a shooting ratio of 40 hours to every one hour of finished film, that doesn't mean that the other 39 are bad.
Every documentary is subjective. It's a total lie to say there are objective documentaries.
Look, I'm just a storyteller. When I make a film, I never want the film to become a vehicle of social propaganda.
Well, I want to do everything in sort of a documentary style, ever since I started in the '80s.
On 'The Office,' so much of the show is about disguising your true feelings and your romantic feelings because it was a mock documentary.
My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries.
To make a documentary is one thing, to make a feature film is quite another.
Right now, I'm Writing song lyrics. Experimenting with a play. Toying with an idea for a documentary. I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day.
I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant, driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck, and doing commercials and documentaries.
I don't think of Storefront Hitchcock or Stop Making Sense as documentaries, I think of them more as performance films.
I regard sports first and foremost as entertainment, so dry documentary narration is not for me.
When I do documentaries, my best information ends up on the cutting-room floor. People have trouble dealing with sexual honesty.
I teach at USC. I have a big class of 360 kids, only about a fifth of whom are film majors. I don't just show the Hollywood blockbusters. I show independent films, foreign films, documentaries.
Well, I've been in several films including documentaries, but the big blockbuster, I was hired as advisor to the actors, I was trying to make Jesuits out of them
I want to do a documentary about strippers, 'cause it's a moneymaker.
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