“Where do the films start?” Todd Brown asked Oshii. Mamoru Oshii described the film making process to be like "building architecture," which he begins by first constructing the world, followed by filling this world with characters that ultimately leads to the story. Oshii recounted this from a time that he worked with James Cameron, who told him that there are only three elements that make up a movie, and which must be considered in the film making process in this order: a story, characters, and a world.

Oshii believes that it is because he does not follow this order that he will never be successful in Hollywood.