78 Quotes of Taika Waititi About Film Making

” I think… part of life skills is also socialising… I think many people make the mistake of not going out… You can spend a little bit too much time with your nose in your book or with your fingers on a keyboard, and you miss out. “
” Music – it’s motivational and just makes you relax. “
” I play music all the time because silence freaks me out. “
” At the end of the day, the reality is we’re all losers, and we’re all uncoordinated. We’re the worst of all of the animals on earth, and there’s something quite endearing about that. “
” ‘Eagle vs Shark’ is a little film I could take risks with and make mistakes on. “
” My world is not spectacle and explosion. It’s two people talking. “
” I wish I was less good-looking and more unpopular. Then I could get into politics and use my pent-up resentment about being ugly and unpopular to systematically destroy the country. “
” New Zealand was such a weird place in the 1980s. For instance, we used to have this commercial in the late 1970s where this guy drives this car and stops outside a corner store. He goes in to buy something, and when he comes out, his car is gone. He’s like, ‘Huh?’ Then a voice says, ‘Don’t leave your keys in the car.’ “
” I’m always fascinated by the theme of children who parent the adults. “
” I’m in all my films, I can’t help it. I just jam myself in there if there’s a space. “
” People overcoming the odds is actually a really important part of humanity, and I don’t think we kind of get to celebrate that as much as we should. “
” You realise that there’s nothing more endearing than people who are desperately trying to be liked or trying to be the hero, you know? Who also probably just need a hug or want to impress their dad? “
” Maori get pigeonholed into the idea they’re spiritual and telling stories like ‘Whale Rider’ and ‘Once Were Warriors,’ quite serious stuff, but we’re pretty funny people, and we never really have had an opportunity to show that side of ourselves, the clumsy, nerdy side of ourselves, which is something I am. “
” Kids are always very savvy. It doesn’t take long for a kid to realize when an adult is a loser. “
” When I play characters, I like playing people who just comment on stuff, stand around and talk. “
” We’ve got a thing called the ‘tall puppy syndrome’ in New Zealand, where if anyone is doing really well, it’s quite common to try and bring them down – like, cut them down and say, ‘You’ve been to the moon? So what? I mean, plenty of people have been to the moon.’ “
” I’ve always said that, first and foremost, I make films for New Zealanders. They’re my target audience. Then after that, if people appreciate my stories from outside this country, then that’s an added bonus. “
” The ridiculous events in everyday life are often overlooked – people don’t recognise it as potentially cinematic. “
” Indigenous people in films, it’s all, like, nose flutes and panpipes and, you know, people talking to ghosts… which I hate. “
” There are lots of parts of filmmaking that I don’t like. At the end of the day, especially on features, the film turns into a commodity. You have to play this entirely new game I’m very uncomfortable with. “
” A lot of people are trying to get out of their home country and think ‘making it’ is if you’re able to work in another. For me… I’d be quite content to keep doing my own little films down there for the rest of my filmmaking career. “
” Most people in their lives do feel like they are outsiders at some point. “
” I’ve always found the script to be more of a skeleton, the template. “
” Shooting a movie should be fun! It’s not a real job. It can be hard, but at the end of the day, we’re dressing up and playing pretend. “
” I’ve been on a lot of film sets, and I’ve always promised myself I wouldn’t create a set where people dread coming to work. “
” My main thing was painting; I was just going to do that. “
” Not every person can be an artist: we need people to run stuff. “
” I’ve never been a guy who was anal about housework. A typical Wellington flat when I was flatting was a warehouse with, basically, sheets hung up for walls. “
” My father is a visual artist, so I was influenced by him, and my mother is an English teacher who forced me to read a lot of books and poetry and get involved in theatre. I developed a varied taste for different arts. “
” I daydream all the time. “
” ‘Eagle vs Shark’ was about keeping myself sane. I wanted to go back to my comedy roots with people I trusted and had worked with before and do something low-budget and more experimental. “
” If someone asked, ‘What are your films like?,’ the best I can come up with is that they’re, like, a fine balance between comedy and drama. And they deal mainly with the clumsiness of humanity. “
” Characters I create are just mixtures of the people I know. “
” Anyone who has a parent can relate to this idea of not quite understanding who your parents are or making up stories about them. “
” I’ve loved vampires since I was a kid, or loved a lot of the vampire movies that I saw. Anything with sharp teeth, really. I remember you could get those fake vampire teeth, and I remember just keeping them in all the time. “
” There’s nothing cooler than going to work and hanging around with your friends and laughing, because it’s something that you get told off for throughout your entire time at school… it’s just like a big ‘in your face’ to those bully teachers that you had when you were a kid. “
” I don’t like laughing at people unless they’re in a privileged position or if they’re in authority. If it’s poor people or people who live on the outskirts or on the margins, or the underdog, I’d rather be laughing with them. “
” There are 100,000 versions of Jeff Goldblum. “
” When I became a film-maker, all my favourite films, they weren’t comedies. “
” Actors are terrible at overthinking things before they turn up to work, and they decide on a way they’re going to do it, and then it’s hard to break them out of it. “
” The stuff I’m passionate about is what I write; it isn’t multi-million-dollar franchise movies. “
” I think I’m a better filmmaker than actor, so I already know that. That’s OK. I can handle not being a famous actor. “
” I don’t mind going from sadness to comedy in a split-second or mixing the two up. “
” In my films, a lot of the situations come from real life. “
” Nothing could be more restrictive than working with people in advertising. “
” In a lot of my films, the biggest theme is family, making families out of those around you. “
” A set should be like a family, except that you all actually like each other. “
” I think something that every actor wants, whether they’ve done four movies or forty movies, is they want to find the work interesting. You want to come to work and think this is going to be a challenge. “
” I love heroes that really go through ordeals, and they come out the other end completely changed. “
” It was never really my plan to become a filmmaker. “
” My job is to express myself. “
” I come from a country whose idea of masculinity is quite extreme, and I’ve grown up around a lot of that energy. I’ve been part of that a lot. And it’s very draining; it’s quite tiring trying to be macho. “
” I’ve always felt that I wanted to make a Marvel film… I just want to make sure I’m not making an episode. “
” I’d loved ‘Iron Man,’ you know, with a passion. I thought that was the most fresh, cool thing, in terms of superhero movies, that I’d seen in a long time. “
” The thing for me is that ‘Thor’ was an indie film that just had a few more zeros on the budget. At heart, it is just a simple story about a guy trying to get home to deal with someone who has broken into his house. It’s just ‘After Hours,’ but set in space. “
” I find that a lot of child actors are ruined once they’ve done a job. “
” I find that relationships between kids and parents are very interesting. “
” The family unit is very interesting because these are people that you’re supposed to be the closest to in your life, and yet that’s where you find the greatest distances between people as well – especially between parents and kids. “
” I think our first heroes with whom we discover flaws are our parents. “
” Independent films are really the best ones out there. They’re the most original stories, and they’re very good. “
” Films that are easy to sell happen to be the worst films. Look at the poster for ‘Wrath of the Titans’ and ‘John Carter’: they’re exactly the same. You could switch titles. “
” Within the family unit, you have people you grew up with who are supposed to be your brother, father, or your mother who are almost like strangers and acquaintances. “
” With some actors, you can tell, just from their different backgrounds and their different approaches to working, they would have just a natural conflict, just a sort of friction. “
” You make up a character, there’s always gonna be parts of you that, like it or not, shine through. “
” One of my favourite books when I was young was ‘Wuthering Heights.’ “
” My style of working is I’ll often be behind the camera, or right next to the camera yelling words at people, like, ‘Say this, say this! Say it this way!’ I’ll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don’t care. “
” To me, spending millions of dollars recreating the world’s sadness with actors and props and sets – it seems like a kind of arrogant waste of money… Unless, that is, it’s a film about an historical event. “
” We all have to remember that New Zealand is built on these kind of people who are rebels and renegades, people doing it their own way, fighting for freedom, and braving the elements. I think it’s cool to celebrate that. “
” I really didn’t want to be boxed into becoming a certain kind of film-maker – becoming the Maori story film-maker because I had made those short films. “
” I had a country upbringing in a predominantly Maori community, and that contrasted with a very multi-cultured arts community in the Aro Valley in Wellington: growing up around a lot of theatre and poets and writers and stuff. “
” Unfortunately, there aren’t enough interesting acting roles in New Zealand to sustain a career. “
” That’s what attracts me to the kind of characters I try and write – that they’re not cut and dried. “
” I think everyone has experienced those boring arguments about whose turn it is to do the dishes. “
” I love living in New Zealand. “
” You can have integrity with your art, but worrying about integrity doesn’t pay the bills. “
” As kids, we all thought Bob Marley was Maori. “
” Basically, the big studios and companies distributing your movie just take a big cut of profit for making posters. “
” When you’re on set, you’re like, ‘Everyone’s judging me because I’m the director, and everyone thinks I’m doing this because I just love myself and I want to do everything.’ Part of it’s true: I do want to do everything, and I do kind of love myself. “