Darren Aronofsky

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'Angel Heart' was one of my favorite films.
Animators have to live life 24 times as long as we do - every 24 frames of a second. Life
As filmmakers, we can show where a person's mind goes, as opposed to theater, which is more to sit back and watch it.
At the end of Requiem all I wanted to do was get a DV camera and just do a small film. But then the hunger comes back.
Casting ethnic characters is a very hard thing to do, but it's important. It's also interesting.
Classical scores go up and down; they're kind of hysterical in a way. And movie scores are much more - they just drive and move forward, and they build and can't go up and down at that same speed. It's a big job to turn that into something that pushes the movie along.
Comic books and graphic novels are a great medium. It's incredibly underused.
I couldn't sleep one night and I was sitting in my office and I realized that I was an independent filmmaker.
I don't make films that are easy to market, unfortunately. I think that 'Pi' was the easiest one, because we had that symbol to stick up everywhere, so that was a good gimmick, and created a good mystery, and we didn't have to do huge scale.
I grew up in a family with two very strong women, my mother and my older sister, and they were big influences on my life. Life ;Women ;Families, Children & Parenting
I grew up in a family with two very strong women, my mother and my older sister, and they were big influences on my life. I've spent a life loving women, and studying them as much as I can, or am allowed to. Life ;Women ;Families, Children & Parenting
I had some big ups and downs when I was in my 20s and the one thing I learned was, no matter how low it gets, something good will come along - something always comes out of that dark period.
I hope that Requiem is better than Pi. I hope that Pi is better than my student films, and I'm hoping that I'm getting better as I get older. Hope
I know some people that have gone through serious struggles. People that were close to me, and I've seen some terrible things about people who lose it. So I think that type of pain is something that's human and that, actually, can help us look at ourselves a little bit.
I only want to work with actors that really get it and make it work. I didn't want it to be a star-driven thing anymore. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I spent about a year and a half doing technical post work on 'The Fountain'. Although I do like the process, I think my favorite part of filmmaking is the actors. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think it's important as a filmmaker, as any person working in the arts, that you've got to try new stuff and challenge yourself and take chances.
I think it's my nature to try and make original content, and that's what I've done, is just try and approach things in an original way, and do things differently. Nature
I think video games and that stuff should be as violent as possible, but age-appropriate. It should be realistic. When it's not realistic you run into kids running around shooting people and not realizing the consequences.
I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you're following your passion. Life
I was a TV junkie as a kid. I am the Sesame Street generation.
I wasn't a big fan of social anthropology. And, luckily, that created room for me to work in visual arts because I sort of ignored my requirements. I think I was attracted to social anthropology because I liked to travel and was always interested in far-off places. Travel ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'd like to do a lot of different stuff. I think it's important as a creative person to keep challenging yourself and keep doing new stuff. If you end up trying to repeat yourself it's death. It just becomes boring and takes the passion out of it. You gotta find stories and characters that you really want to hang out with. Death
If you ask any person on this crew what they think of Hugh Jackman they'll admit they've never seen anything like it. I'll give him an emotional note and he'll hit it every time. Time
I'm Godless. I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking. Religion & God
I'm not a comic book guy at all.
It would be nice to make a movie that other people want to make, because every one of these movies, I basically have to find the only company in the world that's willing to make it, and it's always a big challenge. I end up spending a tremendous amount of energy and time trying to get money to make these movies and it's exhausting. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I've always wanted to introduce hip-hop filmmaking to film. There's hip-hop art, dance, music, but there really isn't hip-hop film. So I was trying to do that. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I've spent a life loving women and studying them as much as I can, or am allowed to. Life ;Women
Now there is so much expertise and brainpower it's hard to be at the cutting edge of what's cool and not do something that's totally geeky.
Right after I did 'The Fountain,' I wanted to go make a documentary or something that was less constructed - more natural. I was searching for a project, and sniffing around, 'The Wrestler' fit right in.
There's always been a lot of pressure and tension on the line. If 'Pi' didn't work out, I have no idea what my career would be. I don't think I would have gotten another shot at it. If 'Requiem for a Dream' didn't work out, they would have called me a 'one-hit wonder with a sophomore slump'. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
These wrestlers aren't organized. They have no union, no pension and no insurance. You meet wrestler after wrestler who sold out Madison Square Garden ten years ago, basically running on fumes today. There's a lot of drama there.
To me, watching a movie is like going to an amusement park. My worst fear is making a film that people don't think is a good ride.
Turning 30 was when my parents both got cancer and were fighting it and beat it, but their mortality started to get to me. Everything wasn't as hunky-dory like it was.
When I go to movies I generally want to be taken to another world. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
You hear stories about directors using manipulation to get actors to do certain things, but I think when you're working with professional actors, it's all about trust. They can do anything you want, it's just a matter of them understanding what you're looking for, and the reason why. Trust

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