J. J. ABRAMS QUOTES

American film & television producer (1966- )

J. J. Abrams quote

I've always liked working on stories that combine people who are relatable with something insane.

J. J. ABRAMS, Santa Fe New Mexican, Jun. 7, 2011

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Withholding things in a story is no good if you aren't building to something substantial. It becomes foreplay without the main event, and no one wants that.

J. J. ABRAMS, "Super 8: Just as Great as You Hoped It Would Be", Time, Jun. 2, 2011

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I'm working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. It seems rather extreme.

J. J. ABRAMS, The Telegraph, Jan. 25, 2014

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I do think there's something about the digital age that is increasingly dehumanising us. We're in this very weird place where we're being pulled into experiences that aren't really experiences at all.

J. J. ABRAMS, The Telegraph, Jan. 25, 2014

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I love stories where the impossible appears believable, plausible and real. Maybe it's silly, but it's one of the reasons Michael Crichton's writing always appealed to me: he took outlandish ideas and made them seem completely within the realm of possibility. I remember reading "Jurassic Park" and feeling like: "Oh, yeah -- no, that's totally happening right now. They're bringing back dinosaurs!"

J. J. ABRAMS, "J. J. Abrams: By the Book", The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2013

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I believe in anything that will engage the audience and make the story more effective.

J. J. ABRAMS, "Super 8: Just as Great as You Hoped It Would Be", Time, Jun. 2, 2011

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I suppose my favorite that I've created was Sydney Bristow, the central character from the TV series "Alias." She was a character with a secret, and that is always a fun place to start. I love how she was sweet and romantic and looked like the girl next door, but was also lethal and brave as hell, and would do nearly everything for love of country. But she wasn't a superhero; she was terrified at almost every step. But still, she would do the right thing. I think we would all like to believe we would behave like that when the going gets rough. Also, we had Jennifer Garner playing the role, and she elevated absolutely everything.

J. J. ABRAMS, "J. J. Abrams: By the Book", The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2013

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I'm an impatient guy and tend not to like to stay with one thing for a long time. I'll never be able to write as many scripts as I did for "Felicity" or "Alias" ever again. I'm just too impatient these days. I want to get on to the next project.

J. J. ABRAMS, Santa Fe New Mexican, Jun. 7, 2011

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All the times I've been lucky enough to be a part of a show that's actually gotten on the air, it's always that same mixture of excitement and utter fear.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, A. V. Club, Sep. 2, 2008

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The noise you hear after people see something you do--whether it's a TV show or a movie--that always makes you see that thing slightly differently. Without question. The ability of a television series to make adjustments is something you've got to take advantage of. And test-screening a movie can be helpful too. But the part that can be dangerous is when you take those notes as gospel, instead of taking them with a grain of salt. The key is to use the response as one of the tools in your box, as opposed to using it to determine what you do.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, A. V. Club, Sep. 2, 2008

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Ultimately, though, I wasn't making this movie just for the dedicated fans. I was making the movie for fans of movies. The final product, I think, doesn't require any prior knowledge of the show Star Trek. I mean, almost anyone, if you stopped them on the street and asked who Kirk and Spock are, they'd know. I think people will typically have some sense of those two guys. And then there are fans who know every episode and argue about what the Star Trek canon is. This movie does acknowledge a world that has pre-existed off the screen for decades, but when you see it, it's not going to be quite what you'd expect, and definitely not just a rehash of things you've seen before. It's a very new take on the thing that it's also beholden to.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, A. V. Club, Sep. 2, 2008

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I feel like in telling stories, there are the things the audience thinks are important, and then there are the things that are actually important.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, A. V. Club, Sep. 2, 2008

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I've just been lucky to work on things that I felt would be cool to see. It's not that I had a strategy or anything.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, A. V. Club, Sep. 2, 2008

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There's something about looking at Super 8 films that is so evocative. You could argue it's the resolution of the film somehow because they aren't crystal clear and perfect so there is a kind of gauzy layer between you and what you see. You could argue it's the silence of them. You could say it's the sound of the projectors that create a moodiness. But there's something about looking at analog movies that's infinitely more powerful than digital.

J. J. ABRAMS, Santa Fe New Mexican, Jun. 7, 2011

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I was more of a Star Wars kid, actually. I always thought Star Trek was a lot of talk, and it felt a little self-important. It was hard for me to get into it.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, Maxim, Apr. 29, 2009

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We're always pitching ideas and being told "no thank you." No offense taken, because I would so much rather be told the truth that they're not interested and be able to find the right show for that network down the line.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 15, 2013

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The magic that works, to me, is the magic that feels completely grounded and real and tangible.

J. J. ABRAMS, The Telegraph, Jan. 25, 2014

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Directing's the best part. Whenever I've directed something, there's this feeling of demand and focus that I like. And secondly, it means that you've gotten through all the writing stuff, and the producing stuff, and casting, and prep, and all those stages that are seemingly endless. So directing is sort of the reward for all the work you put in before.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, A. V. Club, Sep. 2, 2008

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There were things about these characters that sucked me in, regardless of and despite their being on Star Trek.

J. J. ABRAMS, interview, Maxim, Apr. 29, 2009

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If you watch the first [Star Wars] movie, you don't actually know exactly what the Empire is trying to do. They're going to rule by fear -- but you don't know what their endgame is. You don't know what Leia is princess of. You don't yet understand who Jabba the Hutt is, even though there is a reference to him. You don't know that Vader is Luke's father, Leia is his sister -- but the possibility is all there. The beauty of that movie was that it was an unfamiliar world, and yet you wanted to see it expand and to see where it went.

J. J. ABRAMS, The Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 3, 2013

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