Quotes by: M. Night Shyamalan
|M. Night Shyamalan
Shyamalan in 2016
6 August 1970
||Willistown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
||Tisch School of the Arts
||Director, screenwriter, producer, actor
||Bhavna Vaswani (m. 1993)
I've never had an issue with studios. I believe in them as true creative partners in the process.
I have worked hard and learnt that I have to make a decision - whether I am going to conform and protect myself or not. I chose not to.
If I'm hesitant at all about an idea, then that's not the right idea.
'The Last Airbender' is genetically engineered for me. I love martial arts. I study it. The movie's based on a lot of Buddhist and Hindu philosophy. I was raised Hindu.
When I was a kid, I had two great guilty pleasures. One was horror movies and the other was martial arts movies.
When you say 'fear of the unknown', that is the definition of fear; fear is the unknown, fear is what you do not know, and it's genetically within us so that we feel safe. We feel scared of the woods because we're not familiar with it, and that keeps you safe.
There are a lot of things I can take, and a few that I can't. What I can't take is when my older brother, who's everything that I want to be, starts losing faith in things. I saw that look in your eyes last night. I don't ever want to see that look in your eyes again.
The thing that's protected me creatively is that the movies have made profits.
So 'The Last Airbender' 's philosophy and culture feels like a beautiful idea to me: That we inherently have connections to the elements and what they teach us, and to each other.
When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope.
I don't like to chase an audience. You can smell when someone is chasing an audience and it's not good.
Movies will end up being this esoteric art form, where only singular people will put films out in a small group of theaters.
If I had a big brother who was a year older than me or something, I probably wouldn't have ended up being a filmmaker.
See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky?
For instance, 'The Sixth Sense' had mediocre to bad reviews. Slowly, the audience pushed it and it received critical attention.
I love my stories being multi-layered, and coming at it from different angles, so that you don't understand the film's true emotional motivation until the very end.
Being insecure - I'm a master, a virtuoso - they can be handing me the keys to the kingdom and all I can think is, I hope I don't drop the key.
Over the course of history, the people who are not scared go into the woods and are mauled by a bear, are not going to survive.
The combination of the CGI, 3-D, and sound effects, it's just impossible to separate them. It gives you a more immersive experience, and I prefer that.