In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity.
I want to do more documentaries and travel to places I haven't been. That is where I think I can be fulfilled.
Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking.
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.
News makes things black and white. Documentary filmmaking should do the opposite.
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.
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.
Look, I'm just a storyteller. When I make a film, I never want the film to become a vehicle of social propaganda.
There's so many documentaries out there right now and everything's exposing wrestling.
You're making a movie, not a documentary. If you made a film like the historians would like you to make, you're not going to go and see it. I'd rather see paint dry.
We'll be back to our nature documentary, 'Baggy the Anorexic Elephant' in just a second.
Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.
We're telling a story. And the demands of that are different from the demands of a documentary. The audience must believe in order to keep faith in the story.
On 'The Office,' so much of the show is about disguising your true feelings and your romantic feelings because it was a mock documentary.
What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history.
The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.
All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries.
After I read all the medical journals and watched all the documentaries, I still didn't understand the physical sensation of ticking and where it comes from and what it feels like
Well, this week for example, I was just in Los Angeles making a documentary for German television on whales. They had tried to get me in England where they missed me.
My background was art school, documentary director and surfer with a keen interest in thrilling acts of life threatening stupidity.
I was driven to give the best possible performance I could based on the material that was given to me and that material was documentary footage of the President speaking to people.
The testimony and the documentary evidence produced by the Government demonstrate that the Bell System had violated the antitrust laws in a number of ways over a lengthy period of time.
When I was at Stratford, the very first thing that I was commissioned to work on was trying to make a musical out of the documentary material about the General Strike, which was the next big historical event in England, after the First World War.
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