One of the reasons I love to jump back and forth between mediums is that film does allow me to be more literal. I can go to the real place. I can go to the Coliseum, and I don't have to fake it.— Julie Taymor
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Americans in particular are myopic. They're not traveling as much. When you were a college student, the next thing you would do on graduation was to take a year off and travel. That's what I did. I went to Indonesia.
When I was thinking about The Lion King, I said, we have to do what theater does best. What theater does best is to be abstract and not to do literal reality.
I think we all see the world from our own little unique bubble.
I really do believe that if you don't challenge yourself and risk failing, that it's not interesting.
I've never been a puppeteer, I conceive and I write and I design and I direct.
And not just puppets. I direct actors, I direct dancers, I direct singers, I direct films. I also direct puppeteers. I'm really a theatre maker, but there's not a word for that.
Theater is far superior to film in poetry, in abstract poetry.
Some people become dullards, but as children we are all creative.
It's in the programming, the socialization, that we lose our sense of play.
I lived in Indonesia for four years and I understand trance and magic and where it comes from.
I use cinematic things in a theatrical way on stage, and in film I use theatrical techniques in a cinematic way.
I'm not going to spend two years on a film or four years on an opera if I don't feel like I can put my own self into it. That doesn't mean it has to be about myself.
But I don't think there has ever been anything written on the nature of violent man as deep and as thorough as Shakespeare's Titus. I think it puts all modern movies and modern exploitations of violence to shame.
In America, the word art has become like the word adultery.
It's this big scarlet letter. When you say you're an artist, people are like, "Ugh."
That's my policy - to be positive, to just hope that something will happen.
If you start with all your fears, your receptivity is for the negative.
We have often been attracted to the story of the other, the outcast.
And he and I just loved working together, so it just kept happening, and our relationship is completely bound up with our work. We enjoy each other's art.
You know, I went to Oberlin. At that time, grades were - you elected to have them or not. It was all of that era where grades were out the window. But I did very well in school. I didn't really study the arts; I practiced the arts.
Creativity is a gift, but if you don't know how to use it you might not even know it's there. There's a lot of creativity in the air, but it's meaningless if you're not open to receiving it.
We tell myths over and over again, lest we forget who we are, lest we not understand that these tales take us through the darkness of our lives, and they put us into a place where you understand what it is to be human.
People have become so literal because they're used to reality-based television.
What I don't have in theater is editing.
I am creative in my living space - the designer in me helps that out.
Some of my ideas for film or theater come to me in dreams.
I'm also very creative when I'm talking to others. I believe in collaboration.
Everything amounts to nothing if you don't love someone or something.
I am, to be quite honest, sick of hero stories.
An artist is an entertainer, number one - a storyteller who takes people someplace, who gives them what they didn't know they wanted.
Directing is much more psychological-it's a lot like being a general.
And you have to be organized. While you're making a film, you have between two and 500 people asking you a billion questions.
My mother was okay with me not playing it safe.
She made an agreement with my father that I was going to be raised differently than my brother and sister were. My parents went through the whole sixties rebellion with my brother and sister. But I didn't feel like I had to rebel because I didn't have anyone telling me I couldn't do something. I never went into that parents-as-enemies stage.
I received from my experience in Japan an incredible sense of respect for the art of creating, not just the creative product. We're all about the product. To me, the process was also an incredibly important aspect of the total form.
Spider-Man is a genuine American myth with a dark, primal power, but it's also got this great superhero, and - hey! - he can fly through the theater at 40 miles an hour. It's got villains, it's got skyscrapers, it's colorful, it's Manhattan. I knew it would be a challenge, but I saw the inherent theatricality in it, and I couldn't resist.
When I'm sculpting, I work with wood and clay, and though some say that an image is already in the material and the sculptor just has to discover it, I also believe you have an image in your head that you're trying to get to. So you're in a dialogue with the piece, a back-and-forth.
There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence.
I want to experience a performance on all levels - I want goose bumps and I want to leave the movie or play arguing about something that's unresolved.
It's how you tell the story that makes it new.
That's what artists do. They let us look at the world from a different perspective. They let us look at birds in a way that makes us never see birds again in the same way. That's why I don't think computers are healthy for kids. They're too literal. You pop a button and a bluebird comes out. You pop another button and you can take the color blue and shove it into the outline of the bluebird.
Children have an easier ability to tap into the surreal than adults do, in a funny kind of way.
I've had male executives say that my lead character was unlikable because she slept with a lot of guys.
You don't have to patronize your audience, and you can mix art and commerce in a profound way. You can simultaneously play to the sophisticated, 60-year-old theatergoers and to 4-year-olds.
I don't want to sound like a heroic woman or to seem full of myself, but I do have a core of trust that I'll figure things out and find my way. And if whatever I try is not a good experience, even that is a good experience. If something turns out lousy, it's interesting.
I saw bubbling lava, and at the same moment I saw a reflection of a certain kind of inner turmoil. Because at the moment I looked into that crater, I slipped, and a large piece of volcanic rock took a hole out of my leg. The scar is still there 20, 30 years later. But it's one of those things that reminds you of the kind of risk or the kind of moment in order to push yourself.
When I'm working as a director, I might have an idea of my own but I'm also trying to get great ideas out of my actors. Directing is much more psychological - it's a lot like being a general. And you have to be organized. While you're making a film, you have between 2 and 500 people asking you a billion questions.
What I don't know for sure is what's next for me - and I don't mind that.
I know for sure that whatever happens will be interesting and will challenge and excite me.
Because my parents had given me tremendous respect, trust, and freedom as a child, I knew how to take responsibility for myself. If you're constantly being told "No, don't do that" or "We don't trust you," you can't develop that responsibility.
What I adore is the juxtaposition of high tech and low tech.
It's sort of like I love the sacred and the profane. I love to put these extremes in the same hopper.
In a way, artists are shamans, facilitators who take what's there, channel it through themselves, then put it out there for people to appreciate.
I have directed good actors and have gone through the process which is more detailed in theater in a way. You have to get people to stay for two or three hours in a performance. They need more talk and rehearsal than in films.
Learning is about much more than science and math.
Doing theater, music, and art in school really helps children's minds grow because they're using different parts of their brains. Parents who care should insist on that.
People will justify whatever for a good cause.
You program music with an image and then people are desensitized.
I believe that if you really have a strong idea, you can say, "What do you think? Let's see how my idea plays off yours."
I call myself a playmaker sometimes - but that's just a word.
I don't feel like I have to have a title or a job description.
The idea that all violence in movies is okay simply because it happens is bull.
Directors and writers have a responsibility.