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George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the
by John Dykstra

George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the
photography in Star Wars.
He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that
I advanced with regard to ways for doing that.
- John Dykstra

I like engineering, but I love the creative input.
- John Dykstra

If you can imagine it, we can make it.
- John Dykstra

Film, as far as I'm concerned, is my area of artistic endeavor,
so I never think of a movie that gets released as being
all done-it's just when they took it away from you.
- John Dykstra

 

It's very much like filmmaking always is-you're always
asked to do something that you're not sure you know how to do.
So you make an educated guess as to what you think
will work and you hope between that and plan B,
that you can end up with a product that's really good.
- John Dykstra

In the first Spider-Man, at the end of the movie,
Peter Parker had to deny himself a relationship with
a girl that he's in love with.
The very next thing that happens is that he's swinging through the city.
- John Dykstra

I had done a lot of rock 'n' roll photography when I was in college.
I was one of many photographers who worked for The Doors,
Jefferson Airplane, and all of these rock 'n' roll bands.
- John Dykstra

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I was involved in the color correction and the digital color correction.
In an odd way, you end up making a film many times-the DVD,
the archival record of a high-definition master,
and so on.
- John Dykstra

Digital imaging has untied our hands with regards to technical limitations.
We no longer have to be arbiters of technology;
we get to participate in the interpretation of technology into creative content.
- John Dykstra

You had to make a camera look like it's traveling at 300 mph,
but you couldn't make it actually travel at 300 mph
so you had to slow everything down and build devices to do that.
So you were constantly engineering.
- John Dykstra

Once the image was in the digital environment,
one of the problems was, we had no means to reproduce the color spectrum,
grey scale, and contrast that film produces,
without converting the digital file to film,
evaluating it, then going back and changing the digital image.
- John Dykstra

Because I come from that old-school optics environment,
I know stuff about depth of field and camera movement
and things that are not necessarily a part of the curriculum
for people who started on a box and have never done
anything that wasn't on a box.
- John Dykstra

We stayed there 24 hours a day.
We lived and ate and slept that movie.
We were enthusiastic, not just because of the movie,
but because we had such a great collaborative team.
We had a really good time.
It was very much a family.
- John Dykstra

It's an embarrassment of riches because you have directors who don't better.
You end up with so much stuff going on the screen that
you don't know where to look,
and that's what I consider self-indulgent.
- John Dykstra

As with sound, images are subjective.
You and I may not see the same color red as red,
but we will probably agree that the image on the screen
is a digital image or film image,
based on contrast, bit depth, and refresh rate.
- John Dykstra

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- David Lloyd George

Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which
you must see the world.
- George Bernard Shaw

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
- George Washington Carver

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

Ninety-nine percent of the failures
come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver

Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

If you may count every drop of water in the ocean and
count every grain of sand in the sea -
multiply it by a thousand and that's how much I love you.
- George of Langkloof

There is no short cut to achievement.
Life requires thorough preparation -
veneer isn't worth anything.
- George Washington Carver

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
- George Bernard Shaw

If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.
- George Washington Carver

In this world there is always danger
for those who are afraid of it.
- George Bernard Shaw

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge;
it is more dangerous than ignorance.
- George Bernard Shaw

Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

There is only one happiness in life: to love and to be loved.
- George Sand

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
- George S. Patton

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.
I don't believe in circumstances.
The people who get on in the world are the people who
get up and look for the circumstances they want,
and if they can't find them, make them.
- George Bernard Shaw

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others,
and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
- George Washington Carver

True friendship is a plant of slow growth,
and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity
before it is entitled to the appellation.
- George Washington

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
- George Washington

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.
Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower
or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets,
but I have found that when I silently commune with people
they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.
- George Washington Carver

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
- George MacDonald

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness
of the woods before sunrise.
- George Washington Carver

Our creator is the same and never changes
despite the names given Him by people here
and in all parts of the world.
Even if we gave Him no name at all,
He would still be there, within us,
waiting to give us good on this earth.
- George Washington Carver

Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
- George Jean Nathan

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
- George Eliot

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
- George Washington Carver

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of,
he always declares that it's his duty.
- George Bernard Shaw

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out
where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
- George Carlin


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