If you take 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' as books, one is written for children, and one is an adult's book.

I never wanted to do 'The Hobbit' in the first place.

The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.

To get an Oscar would be an incredible moment in my career, there is no doubt about that. But the 'Lord of the Rings' films are not made for Oscars, they are made for the audience.

The industry has to have the audience in order to make these films. So it's a serious thing - how do you get people to leave their houses and go to the theater?

Film is such a powerful medium. It's like a weapon and I think you have a duty to self-censor.

I think it's important that filmmakers look at the technology and figure out how to make the theatrical experience a little more exciting.

There's a generation of children who don't like black and white movies. There's a level of impatience or intolerance now.

We're human beings, and we want stories. We're always going to be entertained and have our emotions touched by humanity and by things that we recognize in our own lives. So whilst every now and again we'll be happy to watch a bubblegum film, it's never gonna be the only things that get made.

In the old days, you cut out a scene that might've been a really great scene, and no one was ever going to see it ever again. Now, with DVD, you can obviously... there's a lot of possibilities for scenes that are good scenes.

I didn't want my kids having to pass through an airport named after their father.

I'm always embarrassed by those rugby player autobiographies which get written by journalists.

Learning how to edit movies was a real breakthrough.

What I think is remarkable about my mum and dad is they had no interest in films, really. None.

'Heavenly Creatures' was really the idea of Fran Walsh. It was a very famous New Zealand murder case, but not one that people knew much about.

People sort of accuse Tolkien of not being good with female characters, and I think that Eowyn actually proves that to be wrong to some degree. Eowyn is actually a strong female character, and she's a surprisingly modern character, considering who Tolkien actually was sort of a stuffy English professor in the 1930s and '40s.

For a lot of my childhood, I didn't want to direct movies because I didn't really know what directing was.

Obviously, with a CGI character, you're building a character in much the same way as a real creature is built. You build the bones, the skeletons, the muscles. You put layers of fat on. You put a layer of skin on which has to have a translucency, depending on what the character is.

We are living in an age where teenagers are not going to the movies.

I didn't want people to sit there and watch 10 minutes of film,and all they write about is 48 frames.

The idea of an animated film is you always kind of get a little bit daunted by it as a filmmaker because it feels like a lot of your communication is going to be with computer artists, and you're going to have to kind of channel the movie through extra pairs of hands.

I've always been happy to take a gamble on myself.

I think 'Jaws' is a remarkable film.

I love Bilbo Baggins. I relate really well to Bilbo!

It is now such a complex society in terms of media. It just comes at us from every direction. You kind of have to push it all away.

We've all forgotten how to be original.

In the case of 'The Lovely Bones,' I felt that it was subject matter not often dealt with in film, and with a tone that is also rare.

I make cameos in all my movies for no particular reason other than a joke. It's just a Hitchcock thing.

The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do 'The Lord Of The Rings.' This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him, and he said, 'No.'

I don't quite know what an auteur is.

I have a freedom that's incredibly valuable. Obviously my freedom is far smaller in scale than people like Zemeckis and Spielberg have here. But it's comparable. I can dream up a project, develop it, make it, control it, release it.

When you look at the original 'Paradise Lost' film, you see three kids who can't defend themselves, being persecuted in a medieval way - witchcraft, satanic worship. It was kind of primitive.

One of the first movies I ever saw was 'Batman,' based on the TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward.

I haven't got a real job.

I want to put everything I think I've learned about filmmaking and storytelling and put it to the test in other areas.

I remember when I was - I must've been 17 or 18 years old - I remember 'The Empire Strikes Back' had a big cliffhanger ending, and it was, like, three years before the next one came out.

Forty-eight frames per second is a way, way better way to look at 3D. It's so much more comfortable on the eyes.

There are perennial stories like 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Sherlock Holmes' and those sorts of things, which have been around since almost as long as film, and 'Frankenstein' is another one. They're perennial favorites, which get remade every 20 years, and that's OK.

When I was about 14, I got a splicing kit, which means you could chop up the film into little pieces and switch the order around and glue it together.

We had to get past the mechanical film age to be able to explore other things, but it will be interesting.

My dad always told me that the principal reason he chose New Zealand to emigrate to after World War II was the high regard his father had for the Kiwis he encountered at Gallipoli.

Buster Keaton's 'The General,' from 1927, I think is still one of the great films of all time.

If you take a regular animated film, that's being done by animators on computers, so the filmmaking is a fairly technical process.

I never dreamed in a million years that 'The Lord of the Rings' would be nominated for an Oscar. Those types of fantasy movies never got nominations.

If I'm lucky enough to be involved in the Academy Awards in the future, I'll just let people make up their decision without being involved in any politics. Because it shouldn't involve that.

I don't think that because you die and move on to somewhere else that you lose your sense of humor.

There are a couple of locations in 'The Hobbit' that are shared with 'Lord of the Rings.'

I watch 'Goodfellas,' and suddenly it frees me up entirely; it reminds me of what great film directing is all about.

I like to keep an open mind, but I do think there is some form of energy that exists separate to our flesh and blood. I do think that there's some kind of an energy that leaves the body when it dies, but I certainly don't have religious beliefs particularly.