We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Gary Ross Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
Really, each era has its own false nostalgia. We all put a picket fence up around something. For my generation it was the ’50s, and for other generations it will be something else. Change is scary for everyone, as is complexity, contradiction, and an uncertain future.
‘Harry Potter’ created a generation of readers in an era when kids could have disappeared into the depths of the Internet. That’s no small feat. Every book series owes J.K. Rowling a debt of gratitude.
You can’t tell your kids to read if you’re just watching television. They have to see you read. And in that respect, I think it’s important to walk the walk. It’s a wonderful shared time.
The great seats of power tend to be wide and open, not vertical and soaring. Red Square, Tiananmen Square, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin – all massive but with large open spaces that project an image of might.
Any director, if you really ask them, will tell you that the toughest thing to do is like a dinner table or a dialogue scene, because you need to keep that electricity maintained throughout the course of the film.
I don’t understand people who dream in black and white. I just don’t get it. My dreams have always been vivid color.
Ultimately, so much Dr. Seuss is about empowerment. He invites us to disappear into our imagination and then blows the doors off what that can mean.
Now, I just made an animated movie a few years ago, ‘The Tale of Desperaux’, and that had twelve hundred shots in it. Twelve hundred CG shots is a pretty big plan.
Family entertainment is really very necessary in our culture. Look how profitable they are. It’s almost not discretionary. You need to take your family to the movies.
In a complex and troubling world, who wouldn’t want to simplify? Everybody does. Everybody wants to simplify and put up a picket fence.
It’s interesting – in ‘Fail Safe,’ as well, they didn’t back off. We were raised with kind of this spectrum of that Armageddon and lived under it, so those were probably the films. ‘Fail Safe’ sort of haunted me.
Horseracing already has the highest mortality rate of any sport in the world per capita to the people who do it. If you crash in Nascar you still have a roll bar, and a cage, and a lot of protection. It’s built to crash, but if you fall off a racehorse we all know what can happen, so it’s tremendously dangerous.
We repress the things we’re scared of, but if we just look at and embrace the things we’re scared of, it’s a much fuller, richer life that’s also not as scary.
There’s something so wonderful about writing in rhyme where it isn’t just the meaning of the words, it’s the music to the words and the shape and the sound.
I love design-based stuff. I dug it in ‘Pleasantville’ and dug it in ‘Seabiscuit.’
History is full of examples of people who clamp down after they began to enjoy too much freedom. Freedom can lead to instability, anarchy, and confusion. So there can be a moral counter-revolution.
There are not many people on Team Gary. Actually, it’s two people. My kids.
Most modern science fiction went to school on ‘Dune.’ Even ‘Harry Potter’ with its ‘boy protagonist who has not yet grown into his destiny’ shares a common theme. When I read it for the first time, I felt like I had learned another language, mastered a new culture, adopted a new religion.
If you look at the opening of ‘Private Ryan,’ you are so in the point of view of those guys and there is a whole world swirling all around them. You are learning that geography as they are learning it.
Obviously I love ‘The Godfather’ movies. I think they’re phenomenal.
I wasn’t going to make a slick, glossy over-produced piece of entertainment because then I would be doing what the Capitol did. Then I’m actually putting on the Hunger Games and not making a movie of the ‘Hunger Games.’
‘Pleasantville’ seems tonally ambitious, but it can handle a wide breadth of tone because it’s so fanciful.
There’s nothing I’d rather do than sort of, you know, sit at my computer and rhyme.
Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct ‘Catching Fire.’ As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make, because of the fixed and tight production schedule.
‘Dr. Strangelove’ was and is one of my favorite movies ever, and I just can’t believe they actually blew up the world after that.
You have to listen to the movie while you’re making it. I think that’s important.
I think the CG is an instrument to create reality. I don’t think it’s an instrument to create a heightened reality.
I think movies do play a valuable role in turning people on to the act of reading. I think that phenomenon just creates readers. At first they’re going to love ‘Harry Potter,’ or they may love ‘The Hunger Games,’ but after that, they’re going to love the act of reading and wonder, ‘What else can I read?’
I mean, the wonderful thing about writing a book is that you’re getting a finished product at the end of the day. You’re communicating directly with the reader.
The dynamic range of a digital camera is not that much greater than film, particularly if you push the ASA a little bit.
I tend to love actors. I was trained as an actor first so I’m drawn to actors.
Why is every great children’s story about a journey? Maybe that’s because we are always on one.
If there’s a 13- or 14-year old kid who is yearning for something beyond the social forces in his own world, in his own neighborhood, the library is the only place where he can go to find that. It was exciting and thrilling to me all the time I worked in the library. It’s such a force for social good and it can do so much.
As time goes by the memories of sitting on the edge of a bed and reading aloud with your kid are going to be very meaningful in your own mental scrapbook.
My ’50s were different than other people’s ’50s. The myth didn’t permeate our world, ‘Donna Reed’ and all that. I longed for that, I wanted to be like other normal families on TV.