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A great screenplay makes everybody step up to the bar and deliver.

Catherine Hardwicke

Actually, yeah, I am an artist. I draw.

Catherine Hardwicke

After ‘Inconvenient Truth,’ we hit a tipping point where almost everybody in America cares about the environment.

Catherine Hardwicke

As a director, we work ridiculously hard on every detail, and we do everything to the billionth degree, and mostly people notice nothing.

Catherine Hardwicke

As a director, you’ve got to have quite a few projects going because you never know which one will actually come together with the financing and get the green light.

Catherine Hardwicke

As a filmmaker and film student, I think it’s really interesting to hear what a director did and how they figured out how to do things.

Catherine Hardwicke

As the director, you cannot control what people do after hours or in their trailers or on break. Why would you want to? But you can’t.

Catherine Hardwicke

As you study vampire legend throughout history, it goes back to almost every culture. South Africa, Indonesia, crazy places have that legend and that idea of immortality.

Catherine Hardwicke

Back in medieval times, Victorian repression hadn’t come in yet. People were bawdy and wild and more in touch with their true natures. If you look at the Bosch paintings or Bruegel, you see, when people are dancing, they’re totally cutting loose.

Catherine Hardwicke

Before ‘Twilight’ was greenlit, I had four projects at four studios. I worked super-hard on all of them, but ‘Twilight’ was greenlit first.

Catherine Hardwicke

Being in construction my whole life – I was trained as an architect – I always had to work with guys. And I always did my homework and then challenged them to figure it out faster than me. They don’t want to be shown up by a woman.

Catherine Hardwicke

Can you have it all, as a woman? Can you be a creative artist and have stability and a home life? How much can you stretch yourself as an artist?

Catherine Hardwicke

Every filmmaker’s just going to keep trying to make it the best you can make it: make it as potent and interesting and entertaining and exciting and tough and sexy as you can.

Catherine Hardwicke

Everything is so aggressively marketed at every age: if you’re not in Baby Gap, you’re not cool. That’s how everybody’s grown up, so they don’t even know it could be another way.

Catherine Hardwicke

For a film, when you condense, you don’t want to keep going back to the same setting over and over.

Catherine Hardwicke

For me personally, I put my own pressure on myself. Every job I’ve done as a production designer, I wanted to make every set as excellent, as interesting, as I could make it. Every film I’ve done, I’ve tried to do the best I could within my constraints and budget. So I don’t think that anybody could put any more pressure on me than I put on myself.

Catherine Hardwicke

How do you fight when you’re trying to pull somebody’s arms off or twist their head off? That makes for a different kind of fight.

Catherine Hardwicke

I could go my whole life and say, ‘I’m not going to do anything with a love triangle,’ but whenever you have a romance, there has to be some obstacle, and even the dumbest romantic comedies have a love triangle or something.

Catherine Hardwicke

I don’t like the sterility of the casting office.

Catherine Hardwicke

I don’t like to watch a movie where it’s just kind of like all one note, dee-dee-dee-dee. I want spikes of adrenaline and highs and lows and exciting tension release.

Catherine Hardwicke

I had a bunch of other projects that I worked really hard on after ‘Twilight,’ and the magic just didn’t hit.

Catherine Hardwicke

I had always liked, well, who didn’t love Lestat and fall in love with ‘Interview with the Vampire,’ and ‘Nosferatu,’ and Coppola’s ‘Dracula’ with the awesome costumes? So I loved all that.

Catherine Hardwicke

I have a bunch of movies that are, like, two minutes from being green-lit, or that they’ve maybe even told me are green-lit. But I never believe it until I see the money.

Catherine Hardwicke

I hope I haven’t grown up. The cliche for all artists is that you don’t want to lose that child inside. I think when you get sedentary and set in your ways, you can lose a lot of that spontaneity and creativity. I hope I’m holding on to that.

Catherine Hardwicke

I respect all the teenagers I work with and feel that everything they have to say is just as valuable as anything I have to say.

Catherine Hardwicke

I still like the idea of having an intimate experience with a movie, but I love watching stuff on my iPad. It’s close, and I feel like I’m a part of it, so maybe that makes more sense in some cases.

Catherine Hardwicke

I think at any age, you can stay open and creative and excited.

Catherine Hardwicke

I try to learn on each project, try to really feel what the characters are feeling.

Catherine Hardwicke

I was always trying to do architectural jam sessions. But it’s not quite as easy as singing or playing a guitar, so I would always see wonderful live musicians and just envy them that I wasn’t in that medium.

Catherine Hardwicke

I’ll literally pay three Hollywood readers who don’t know me to read my scripts under the radar and give cold comments. And at the early screenings of my movies, I’ll hand out questionnaires that can be filled out anonymously so people can be brutally honest because, to your face, they won’t be.

Catherine Hardwicke

I’m immature.

Catherine Hardwicke

I’ve had meetings where there were literally, like, 12 angry men in a room and me. And even when everyone shot me down, I somehow dug in one more time.

Catherine Hardwicke

I’ve worked on really big budget movies as a designer – ‘Vanilla Sky,’ ‘Three Kings;’ I’ve been in that world, and you can just see people get nervous.

Catherine Hardwicke

If you decide to tell a kid that looks don’t matter, she can prove you wrong every day. Because they see it everywhere. That is age-old, going back to the Greeks, but now we’re bombarded nonstop.

Catherine Hardwicke

Kids have to experiment a little or figure out where they belong.

Catherine Hardwicke

My first movie, ‘Thirteen,’ and it was very real – almost too real. It was very gritty, with raw human emotion. I’d love to do something like that again.

Catherine Hardwicke

Nowadays, to get a movie greenlit, you have to make an incredible effort.

Catherine Hardwicke

Obviously, ‘Twilight’ had its own alchemy that was amazing, just phenomenal. Nobody thought it was going to make any money. Paramount wouldn’t make the movie. Fox wouldn’t make it. Nobody wanted to do it.

Catherine Hardwicke

Of course I went and got ‘Breaking Dawn’ at midnight the night it came out and read it instantly. I was like, ‘Yes!’

Catherine Hardwicke

People are nervous about their kids, and they’re worried about the disintegration of families and the type of media culture they’re living in.

Catherine Hardwicke

People love to talk, so let them have fun talking.

Catherine Hardwicke

Sheep are just psychotic.

Catherine Hardwicke

So many images are saying to girls, ‘Show a lot of skin and look gorgeous and sexy.’

Catherine Hardwicke

Some directors I worked with didn’t even know how to read a blueprint, understand a plan.

Catherine Hardwicke

Sometimes, you don’t realize that something is actually a sidetrack for the story, or it takes the tension out of a scene.

Catherine Hardwicke

Starting with ‘Thirteen,’ my known technique is to cast the lead, then find someone with whom they have incredible chemistry.

Catherine Hardwicke

Stephenie Meyer said she’s ready to move on from ‘Twilight,’ but you never know.

Catherine Hardwicke

The boys in junior high get really lewd and say outrageous stuff to the girls. If somebody yelled the stuff at me that I’ve heard at junior high schools I’ve visited, I’d be scared and humiliated.

Catherine Hardwicke

The script for ‘Thirteen’ is tight, and not because of the now-famous six day writing spree, but more because it started out as 15 pages longer.

Catherine Hardwicke

There are 2,000 young-adult novels published a year, and hardly any of them ever break out.

Catherine Hardwicke

There are some moments where you’re so depressed, you cannot see the way, and you’re like, ‘Whatever. Bite me.’ I think all directors feel that way sometimes.

Catherine Hardwicke

There’s so many versions of ‘Red Riding Hood.’ It goes back 700 years.

Catherine Hardwicke

We can learn from everybody.

Catherine Hardwicke

What does ‘dating’ mean? I don’t know. I couldn’t say.

Catherine Hardwicke

When I read the ‘Twilight’ book, I didn’t see it as fantasy. I saw it as a love story.

Catherine Hardwicke

When I talk to film students, I always say, ‘Buy the DVDs and listen to the commentaries, look at the making of, look at the behind-the-scenes,’ because that’s such a great learning tool.

Catherine Hardwicke

When you’re in a creative flow with somebody – and I had this back in architecture school – you’re just so passionate about what you’re doing, and if that other person is just as passionate, you’ll be madly in love with them. It’s just that thrill of creating.

Catherine Hardwicke

You don’t pay the same price for a Ferrari as you do for a Honda Accord. But for some reason, for movie tickets, you’re asked to pay the same price for ‘Avatar’ as you are for some $2 million movie, which is kind of a weird thing when you think about it.

Catherine Hardwicke

You don’t watch ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and say, ‘This is how every mathematician is.’

Catherine Hardwicke

You have a big success, and it’s still not easy to make a movie.

Catherine Hardwicke

You’re fearless when you’re a kid.

Catherine Hardwicke

Zombies, mummies – they’re disgusting and gross. You don’t want to make out with a mummy. At least, I don’t.

Catherine Hardwicke

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