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Quotes About Filmmaking

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Jean-Luc Godard
“All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.”
Jean-Luc Godard

Martin Scorsese
“Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out”
Martin Scorsese

Guillermo del Toro
“The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you're not a traveler. You're a f@@king tourist.”
Guillermo del Toro

Werner Herzog
“Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read...if you don't read, you will never be a filmmaker.”
Werner Herzog

Peter Greenaway
“I have often thought it was very arrogant to suppose you could make a film for anybody but yourself.”
Peter Greenaway

John Cassavetes
“Film is, to me, just unimportant. But people are very important.”
John Cassavetes, Cassavetes on Cassavetes

“Film is a great tool to play with human emotions & thoughts.”
Maria Tusar

Robert Bresson
“My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected onto a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.”
Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer

Robert Lynn Asprin
“Meanwhile, back at reality..."- G.Lucas”
Robert Lynn Asprin, Sweet Myth-Tery of Life

Robert Bresson
“The eye solicited alone makes the ear impatient, the ear solicited alone makes the eye impatient. Use these impatiences. Power of the cinematographer who appeals to the two senses in a governable way.
Against the tactics of speed, of noise, set tactics of slowness, of silence.”
Robert Bresson

Werner Herzog
“Your film is like your children. You might want a child with certain qualities, but you are never going to get the exact specification right. The film has a privilege to live its own life and develop its own character. To suppress this is dangerous. It is an approach that works the other way too: sometimes the footage has amazing qualities that you did not expect”
Werner Herzog

John Grooters
“The filmmaking process taught me that I need to be authentic—in my scripts and in real life.”
John Grooters

Darlene Craviotto
“Collaborating on a film script involves two people sitting in a room separated by the silence of two minds working together.”
Darlene Craviotto, An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House

Windry Ramadhina
“Kalau begitu, kau tidak boleh menyerah. Jangan berhenti mengejar impianmu atau kau akan menyesal, Rayyi..... Kita tidak hidup selamanya, Rayyi. Karena itu, jangan buang-buang waktu untuk sesuatu yang tidak kita inginkan.”
Windry Ramadhina, Montase

“Film is that much powerful to show any negative fact through a very positive way.”
Maria Tusar Filmmaker Bangladesh

Krzysztof Kieślowski
“Or take this girl, for example. At a meeting just outside Paris, a fifteen-year-old girl came up to me and said that she'd been to see [The Double Life of] Véronique. She'd gone once, twice, three times and only wanted to say one thing really - that she realized that there is such a thing as a soul. She hadn't known before, but now she knew that the soul does exist. There's something very beautiful in that. It was worth making Véronique for that girl. It was worth working for a year, sacrificing all that money, energy, time, patience, torturing yourself, killing yourself, taking thousands of decisions, so that one young girl in Paris should realize that there is such a thing as a soul. It's worth it.”
Krzysztof Kieślowski, Kieslowski on Kieslowski

Abraham B. Yehoshua
“Yet in recent years I have witnessed a new phenomenon among filmgoers, especially those considered intelligent and perceptive. I have a name for this phenomenon: the Instant White-out. People are closeted in cozy darkness; they turn off their mobile phones and willingly give themselves, for ninety minutes or two hours, to a new film that got a fourstar rating in the newspaper. They follow the pictures and the plot, understand what is spoken either in the original tongue or via dubbing or subtitles, enjoy lush locations and clever scenes, and even if they find the story superficial or preposterous, it is not enough to pry them from their seats and make them leave the theatre in the middle of the show.
But something strange happens. After a short while, a week or two, sometimes even less, the film is whitened out, erased, as if it never happened. They can’t remember its name, or who the actors were, or the plot. The movie fades into the darkness of the movie house, and what remains is at most a ticket stub left accidentally in one’s pocket.
(The Retrospective)”
Abraham B. Yehoshua

“Creativity is a gift each one of us is born with, irrespective of our backgrounds and entitlement of culture, The challenge is to hold onto this gift as we go through life. To nurture it. To encourage it. Because every single day we encounter forces that would rather it went away.”
Ali Mansoor

“Film analysis enables us to recognize how the filmmakers have their magic on us, how all the constituent elements of the film have combined to create that magic. Rather than rob us of the pleasures of watching films, this approach affords us the even greater pleasure of deep engagement”
Jon Lewis, Essential Cinema: An Introduction to Film Analysis

Krzysztof Kieślowski
“You have to want to make a film for other reasons - to say something, to tell a story, to show somebody's fate - but you can't want to make a film simply for the sake of it.”
Krzysztof Kieślowski, Kieslowski on Kieslowski

Krzysztof Kieślowski
“Regardless of the subject of my films … I am looking for a way of evoking in audiences feelings similar to my own: the physically painful impotence and sorrow that assail me when I see a man weeping at the bus stop, when I observe people struggling vainly to get close to others, when I see someone eating up the left-overs in a cheap restaurant, when I see the first blotches on a woman's hand and know that she too is bitterly aware of them, when I see the kind of appalling and irreparable injustice that so visibly scars the human face. I want this pain to come across to my audience, to see this physical agony, which I think I am beginning to fathom, to seep into my work.”
Krzysztof Kieślowski

“To make a real independent film where the filmmaker is in charge creatively, one must sacrifice personal, financial, and physical well-being.”
Mark Polish, The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider's Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood

Sidney Lumet
“The varying physical characteristics of the actors may also necessitate changes. Sean Connery is six feet four. Dustin Hoffman isn't.”
Sidney Lumet, Making Movies

“In major movies these days, the fine details of music, instrumentation and sound design are lost. This is a shame, and it is one of the various reasons that make me not want to be part of the entertainment business. Although I have done it in the past, finally I know that I'm not here to create industry products. Music is more than images, it's more than language... it's the medium that's capable of communicating the answers to the Big Questions.”
Julius Dobos

“Filmmaking isn’t if you can just strap on a camera onto an actor, and steadicam, and point it at their face, and follow them through the movie, that is not what moviemaking is, that is not what it’s about. It’s not just about getting a performance. It’s also about the psychology of the cinematic moment, and the psychology of the presentation of that, of that window.”
David Fincher

Julio Cortázar
“If I were a moviemaker I'd set about hunting sunsets.”
Julio Cortázar, Un tal Lucas

“Creativity is a gift each one of us is born with, irrespective of our backgrounds and entitlement of culture, The challenge is to hold onto this gift as we go through life. To nurture it. To encourage it. Because every single day we encounter forces that would rather it went away.”
Ali Mansoor Al Ali

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