George Lucas quotes

Born
May 14, 1944, Modesto, California, U.S..

Occupation
Filmmaker, entrepreneur.

George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic.

The technology keeps moving forward, which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want.
– George Lucas
I thought Star Wars was too wacky for the general public.
– George Lucas
One thing about ‘Star Wars’ that I’m really proud of is that it expands the imagination. That’s why I like the ‘Star Wars’ toys.
– George Lucas
You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.
– George Lucas
I am simply trying to struggle through life; trying to do God’s bidding.
– George Lucas
Storytelling is about two things; it’s about character and plot.
– George Lucas
I was afraid that science-fiction buffs and everybody would say things like, ‘You know, there’s no sound in outer space.’
– George Lucas
There wasn’t much as a kid that inspired me in what I did as an adult, but I was always very interested in what motivates people, and in telling stories and building things.
– George Lucas
Digital technology allows us a much larger scope to tell stories that were pretty much the grounds of the literary media.
– George Lucas
If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office.
– George Lucas
‘Young Indiana Jones’ was one of the happiest times I ever had, so I love television.
– George Lucas
Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality.
– George Lucas
It was the money from ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Jaws’ that allowed the theaters to build their multiplexes, which allowed an opening up of screens.
– George Lucas
Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.
– George Lucas
Good luck has its storms.
– George Lucas
Before I became a film major, I was very heavily into social science, I had done a lot of sociology, anthropology, and I was playing in what I call social psychology, which is sort of an offshoot of anthropology/sociology – looking at a culture as a living organism, why it does what it does.
– George Lucas
The influence of ‘Hidden Fortress’ comes up a lot because it was printed in a book once. The truth is, the only thing I was inspired by was the fact that it’s told from the point of view of two peasants, who get mixed up with a samurai and princess and a lot of very high-level people.
– George Lucas
Making a film is like putting out a fire with sieve. There are so many elements, and it gets so complicated.
– George Lucas
Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard.
– George Lucas
I started out in anthropology, so to me how society works, how people put themselves together and make things work, has always been a big interest.
– George Lucas
I grew up in San Francisco. And so I’m informed in a certain kind of way about, you know, believing in democracy and believing in America. And I’m a very ardent patriot.
– George Lucas
None of the films I’ve done was designed for a mass audience, except for ‘Indiana Jones.’ Nobody in their right mind thought ‘American Graffiti’ or ‘Star Wars’ would work.
– George Lucas
A special effect is a tool, a means of telling a story. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing.
– George Lucas
I was never interested in being powerful or famous. But once I got to film school and learned about movies, I just fell in love with it. I didn’t care what kind of movies I made.
– George Lucas
Even in high school I was very interested in history – why people do the things they do. As a kid I spent a lot of time trying to relate the past to the present.
– George Lucas
The secret is not to give up hope. It’s very hard not to because if you’re really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.
– George Lucas
When I was making ‘Star Wars,’ I wasn’t restrained by any kind of science. I simply said, ‘I’m going to create a world that’s fun and interesting, makes sense, and seems to have a reality to it.’
– George Lucas
I live a reasonably simple life, off the beaten track.
– George Lucas
The story being told in ‘Star Wars’ is a classic one. Every few hundred years, the story is retold because we have a tendency to do the same things over and over again. Power corrupts, and when you’re in charge, you start doing things that you think are right, but they’re actually not.
– George Lucas
I wanted to race cars. I didn’t like school, and all I wanted to do was work on cars. But right before I graduated, I got into a really bad car accident, and I spent that summer in the hospital thinking about where I was heading. I decided to take education more seriously and go to a community college.
– George Lucas
I’m not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living.
– George Lucas
The secret to the movie business, or any business, is to get a good education in a subject besides film – whether it’s history, psychology, economics, or architecture – so you have something to make a movie about. All the skill in the world isn’t going to help you unless you have something to say.
– George Lucas
Football games are on TV, and it doesn’t affect stadium attendance at all. It’s the same with movies. People who really love movies and like to go out on a Saturday night will go to the movie theater.
– George Lucas
Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.
– George Lucas
The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie.
– George Lucas
There should be a point to movies. Sure, you’re giving people a diversion from the cold world for a bit, but at the same time, you pass on some facts and rules and maybe a little bit of wisdom.
– George Lucas
Although I write screenplays, I don’t think I’m a very good writer.
– George Lucas
The secret to film is that it’s an illusion.
– George Lucas
I was going to go to a four-year college and be an anthropologist or to an art school and be an illustrator when a friend convinced me to learn photography at the University of Southern California. Little did I know it was a school that taught you how to make movies! It had never occurred to me that I’d ever have any interest in filmmaking.
– George Lucas
To be renewed is everything. What more could one ask for than to have one’s youth back again?
– George Lucas
I am a giant proponent of giant screens. But I accept the fact that most of my movies are going to be seen on phones.
– George Lucas
A lot of people like to do certain things, but they’re not that good at it. Keep going through the things that you like to do, until you find something that you actually seem to be extremely good at. It can be anything.
– George Lucas
You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.
– George Lucas
‘Star Wars’ is fun, its exciting, its inspirational, and people respond to that. It’s what they want.
– George Lucas
One of the amazing things about ‘Seven Samurai’ is that there are a lot of characters. And considering you have so many, and they all have shaved heads, and you’ve got good guys and bad guys and peasants, you get to understand a lot of them without too much being said.
– George Lucas
A director makes 100 decisions an hour. Students ask me how you know how to make the right decision, and I say to them, ‘If you don’t know how to make the right decision, you’re not a director.’
– George Lucas
I loved photography and everybody said it was a crazy thing to do because in those days nobody made it into the film business. I mean, unless you were related to somebody there was no way in.
– George Lucas
A film is sort of binary – it either works or it doesn’t work. It has nothing to do with how good a job you do. If you bring it up to an adequate level where the audience goes with the movie, then it works, that is all.
– George Lucas
If you really love films, and you really want to get the full impact, there’s a huge difference between watching something on a small screen with a mediocre sound system and watching it on a giant screen in a giant theater with a huge beautiful sound system. I mean, the difference is electric.
– George Lucas
Everyone seems to think that digital technology devoids the medium of content, but that is not true at all. If anything, it broadens the content.
– George Lucas
In 3-D filmmaking, I can take images and manipulate them infinitely, as opposed to taking still photographs and laying them one after the other. I move things in all directions. It’s such a liberating experience.
– George Lucas
All art is dependent on technology because it’s a human endeavour, so even when you’re using charcoal on a wall or designed the proscenium arch, that’s technology.
– George Lucas
The way I define ‘intelligent design’ is that when people started out, we wanted to make sense of the world we lived in, so we created stories about how things worked.
– George Lucas