Filmmaking Quotes

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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

“I foresee no possibility of venturing into themes showing a closer view of reality for a long time to come. The public itself will not have it. What it wants is a gun and a girl.”
D.W. Griffith

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

Robert Rodríguez
“When given an opportunity, deliver excellence and never quit.”
Robert Rodriguez, Rebel Without a Crew, or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player

Carrie Fisher
“The crew was mostly men. That's how it was and that's pretty much how it still is. It's a man's world & show business is a man's meal with women generously sprinkled through it like over-qualified spice.”
Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist

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 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

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

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

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

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

Béla Tarr
“Most of the movies are working like, 'Information, cut, information, cut, information, cut' and for them the information is just the story. For me, a lot of things [are] information - I try to involve, to the movie, the time, the space, and a lot of other things - which is a part of our life but not connecting directly to the story-telling. And I'm working on the same way - 'information, cut, information, cut,' but for me the information is not only the story.”
Béla Tarr

Walt Disney Company
“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”
Walt Disney

Katherine Howe
“When I looked at life through the camera, I felt like I could finally see it.”
Katherine Howe, The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen

Agnès Varda
“This is what cinema is all about. Images, sound, whatever, are what we use to construct a way which is cinema, which is supposed to produce effects, not only in our eyes and ears, but in our "mental" movie theater in which image and sound already are there. There is a kind of on-going movie all the time, in which the movie that we see comes in and mixes, and the perception of all these images and sound proposed to us in a typical film narration piles up in our memory with other images, other associations of images, other films, but other mental images we have, they pre-exist. So a new image in a film titillates or excites another mental image already there or emotions that we have so when you propose something to watch and hear, it goes, it works. It's like we have sleeping emotions in us all the time, half-sleeping, so one specific image or the combination of one image and sound, or the way of putting things together, like two images one after another, what we call montage, editing - these things ring a bell. These half-asleep feelings just wake up because of that - that is what it is about. This is not to make a film and say: "Okay, let's get a deal, let's tell the story, let's have a good actress, good-bye, not bad," and we go home and we eat. What I am dealing with is the effects, the perception, and the subsidiary effects of my work as proposals, as an open field, so that you can get there things you always wanted to feel and maybe didn't know how to express, imagine, watch, observe, whatever. This is so far away from the strong screenplay, the beautiful movie, etc., that sometimes I don't know what I should discuss. You understand, this is really fighting for that "Seventh Art" which is making films.”
Agnes Varda, Agnes Varda: Interviews

“Stories don't show the audience the 'real world'; they show the story world. The story world isn't a copy of life as it is. It's life as human beings imagine it could be. It is human life condensed and heightened so that the audience can gain a better understanding of how life itself works.”
John Truby, The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

Monroe Mann
“The only reason some people think finding investors is difficult is because they don't know where to look. Think about this: people with money--millionaires even--are around you every day, whether you recognize them or not. Everybody--even your friend who works at McDonald's--has some sort of paycheck. It may be two hundred dollars or it may be two hundred thousand dollars, but almost everyone has a source of income. The question is: what do they DO with that income?”
Monroe Mann, T.R.U.S.T.: How Psychology and a Simple 5-Letter Acronym Will Help You Raise the Money You Need, Recruit the Team You Want, & Engender the Support You Crave

“It's not important whether you worked hard or not. Ultimately it's about how the movie is. Nothing else matters.”
P.S. Arjun

William Eubank
“Making a movie is like building a watch because a watch is so small and you only can fit so many things inside it that all the pieces really do need to work together.”
William Eubank

A.J. Rose
“It takes a special combination of selfishness and selflessness to be a director, and I’ve found I have just enough of both.”
A.J. Rose

Thor F. Jensen
“The greater the complication, the richer
the tale”
Thor F. Jensen, Salt Water and Spear Tips

Kailin Gow
“Science Technology Engineering and Math is still necessary to know if you dream of being a filmmaker. Filmmaking is an art form, but with the use of STEM. - Kailin Gow.”
Kailin Gow

Dziga Vertov
“For his inability to control his movements, WE temporarily exclude man as a subject for film.
Our path leads through the poetry of machines, from the bungling citizen to the perfect electric man.
In revealing the machine's soul, in causing the worker to love his workbench, the peasant his tractor, the engineer his engine—
we introduce creative joy into all mechanical labor,
we bring people into closer kinship with machines,
we foster new people.
The new man, free of unwieldiness and clumsiness, will have the light, precise movements of machines, and he will be the gratifying subject of our films.”
Dziga Vertov, Kino-Eye

Adrienne Posey
“Film gives us a second chance at a first impression.”
Adrienne Posey

Adrienne Posey
“A great director gives life to a work of art- gives it a heartbeat... a pulse... opens its eyes to the world.”
Adrienne Posey

Adrienne Posey
“The more of those little light bulbs that can turn on the better. Eventually you'll have enough to light up a movie screen.”
Adrienne Posey

Adrienne Posey
“Hollywood shines by virtue of light within.”
Adrienne Posey

Adrienne Posey
“All the promise of a movie is in the trailer.”
Adrienne Posey

“Readers of the book, paradoxically, will have a different kind of surprise in store for them: What many "Vertigo" aficionados will find perplexing are the systematic, businesslike, matter of fact circumstances under which this odd, obsessional, very un-matter-of-fact film was created.”
Dan Auiler, Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic

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