GOODFELLAS director Martin Scorsese is hoping to return to making movies on a smaller budget with "name stars", after his multi-million dollar latest film The Aviator.

Although the film-maker, 62, concedes working with top billing actors on less epic projects affects the film's financial costs - he believes the essence of the flick still remains the same.

Scorsese says, "I am trying to pursue those kind of projects.

"I think you can make a smaller-scale film and still work with 'name stars'.

"It changes the budget a bit, but still the concept of the movie can be strong and tough and tight and compact - which is what I'm hoping for in my next film."

16/12/2004 05:47