I was always a filmmaker before I was anything else. If I was always anything, I was a storyteller, and it never really made much of a difference to me what medium I worked in.— Nicholas Meyer
The most beautiful Nicholas Meyer quotes that will activate your inner potential
Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society. Libraries are only good if people use them, like books only exist when someone reads them.
The director is a bit analogous to the conductor of a symphony orchestra.
It's a collaborative adventure.
A screenplay is not a finished product;
a novel is. A screenplay is a blueprint for something - for a building that will most likely never be built.
If you look at the heroes of antiquity and myth, they all have flaws.
It's something that they have to overcome; their flaws are something that they have to act in spite of. The challenge is not to defy your fate, but to endure it. That is heroic.
My father's book is about is about a number of things, but about Houdini's rage to not be a failure like his father, and it's also about converting X-rated material, namely bondage, into family friendly safe fare, which is what he did. It's also about death and resurrection, and rising to live again another day when everyone thinks you're dead.
Art doesn't just happen by accident. It is about pulling out new tricks and trying new things.
Leo Tolstoy said the purpose of art is to teach you to love life. And that's what I want.
So the Lincoln movie gets trashed because Connecticut voted for the amendment - not to mention how the people in Connecticut feel - but there's a lot of that. And I think it precedes from a fundamental misunderstanding of cinema. They are entertainment. And I'd like to say that entertainment isn't a synonym for disposable or mindless or stupid. Hamlet? Pretty entertaining from where I come from.
The truth is that I used to read J.J. bedtime stories. He came up to me at the FOX commissary about four years ago and he said, "Do you remember what you gave me for my Barmitzvah?" I said no. He said, "You gave me the annotated Sherlock Holmes and my son is reading it now." It was the gift that kept on giving.
I think that the reason that people are so up in arms about movies that have historical inaccuracies is because now that we've trashed our education institutions beyond repair, people fear that the only people are getting their histories is through the movies, so the elephant in the room is that no one wants to talk about why we're so passionately obsessed with accuracy.
What’s the difference between and actor and a movie star.
An actor is someone who pretends to be somebody else. A movie star is somebody who pretends that somebody else is them.
Movie studios, Hollywood studios, by and large are not making the kind of movies that I go to see.
Audiences may be stupid, but they are never wrong.
I wrote an article not so long ago that was published in the Los Angeles Times, and I think I titled it "Movies vs. History." But I think they had another title for it. I got sort of sick and tired of seeing movies that got picked apart by people because they had taken dramatic or poetic license and I said "These people don't understand the distinctions."
What I want any genre to do, what I want any work of art to do, is to illuminate the human condition.
We were extremely prescient in that we predicted the Soviet coup before it happened. That was kind of amazing.
I'm not really interested in the exploding car or endless sort of dystopian fantasies and superheroes. None of that... that doesn't interest me very much.
Actors will change their face, will change their hair, will change their voice, will disappear into the role. A movie star doesn't disappear.
No rock and roll ensemble, however inspired, can deliver the kind of musical variety obtainable with the resources of 110 instruments.
There are movies I've made that I think no celebrations are in order.
I think all my Star Trek movies are very earthbound.
As a writer, you have control of the words you put on the page.
But once that manuscript leaves your hand, you give control to the reader. As a director, you are limited by everything: weather, budget, and egos.
I never gave my career much strategic thought. Maybe I should have.
Art and commerce are not irreconciliable, they are inextricably intertwined.
I'm mainly interested in people trying to figure s#!t out.
In fact, we've entered a world which is arguably much more dangerous than [being] eyeball to eyeball with the USSR.
When you read a history or biography you are entitled to imagine that it is as accurate as the authors can make it. That research has gone into it and we say "This is a history of the civil war, this is a biography of Lincoln" whatever. But you don't make any such supposition when you say "This is a historical novel."
The naive thing I suppose is simply that we thought, in the words of Francis Fukuyama, that we had reached the end of history and we were entering a brave new world minus the Soviet Union where everything was going to be peaches and cream.
Having done, you know, science fiction, I didn't want to get trapped in science fiction. So my eclecticism was my only conscious choice. I didn't want to find myself in a niche that I couldn't get out of.
There are moments in one's life where you look back and you say, 'Well, I wish I had done this differently.
But you have to understand what that really did is that it opened these DVDs to be sources of oral history instead of puff pieces for the studio, because people involved with them being in fear of being sued by somebody, so it became another form of movie history. I mean I didn't plan it, but I'm proud that it happened. Which is probably why they didn't interview me for this DVD.
The first thing that put me on the map was my Sherlock Holmes novel.
Sure you can; the only question is whether you do it well.
Once you decide that you're going to have the death of Spock, then how does that affect the other people? Why is it there? I got a lot of stick from a lot of people from the very beginning about the idea of killing Spock. Somebody said, "You can't kill him." And I said, "Sure you can; the only question is whether you do it well."
First of all, I should preface this by the observation that artists are not the best judges of what they've done and the word definitive does not belong, in my opinion, in any conversation about art. When somebody says it's the "definitive" something, I'm always recoiling.