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

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
“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

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

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

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

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

Lianne Oelke
“Because filmmaking is a brutal industry. You don't get anywhere unless you work more than anyone else. Unless you're better than they are.”
Lianne Oelke, Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Abhijit Naskar
“Take the clapper and become the alarm that the world so desperately needs.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Film Testament

“Music is the final piece of filmmaking—the essential element that pulls emotion from an audience and puts the goosebumps on the screen.”
Artie Kane,

Peter Biskind
“It was hard to know what to make of the brothers' dark infatuation with death. It was strange, wildly anomalous in sun-baked Southern California, where the light is so bright it bleaches the shadows.”
Peter Biskind, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

“If you think that you can hide what your interests are, what your prurient interests are, what your noble interests are, what your fascinations are, if you think you can hide that in your work as a film director, you're nuts.”
David Fincher

William  Boyd
“All film technique, I am convinced (and like many of my theories I am probably alone in adhering to it), originates in dreaming. We could dream slow motion before the moving camera was invented. In our dreams we could cut between parallel actions, we assembled montage shots long before some self-important Russian claimed to show us how. This is where film derives its particular power. It re-creates on screen what has been going on in our unconscious.”
William Boyd, The New Confessions

“If you can film an idea in your mind, follow that film idea shot for shot, scene for scene, that idea is worth making.”
Craig Mapp

“If you can film an idea in your mind, follow that film idea shot for shot, scene for scene and enjoy it, that idea is worth making for the world to see. It can change someone's life.”
Craig Mapp

Paul Schrader
“This distinction between form and experience is not pedantic, but fundamental: a form can express the Transcendent, an experience cannot. A form can express the common ground in which all things share. An experience can only express one man's reaction to that common ground.”
Paul Schrader, Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer

“It’s difficult to really like a film that you didn’t like making.”
Tuesday Weld

James Agee
“(On D.W Griffith's The Birth of a Nation)
This was the one time in movie history that a man of great ability worked freely, in an unspoiled medium, for an unspoiled audience, on a majestic theme which involved all that he was; and brought to it, besides his abilities as an inventor and artist, absolute passion, pity, courage, and honesty. “The Birth of a Nation” is equal with Brady’s photographs, Lincoln’s speeches, Whitman’s war poems; for all its imperfections and absurdities it is equal, in fact, to the best work that has been done in this country. And among moving pictures it is alone, not necessarily as “the greatest” — whatever that means — but as the one great epic, tragic film.”
James Agee, Agee on Film, Vol. 1: Essays and Reviews

Abhijit Naskar
“Whatever genre you deem suitable for your taste – romance, comedy, action, mystery, sci-fi or anything else, make sure it has the plain everyday human kindness.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Film Testament

Simona Moroni
“You’re my mascot, Paper Moon.”
I was too tired to object. We both knew I was more than a mascot. I’d worked for my brother since I was eleven, for six long years.
“You should stop calling me that,” I said.
“I love that name.”
“P.M. and her dad were crooks. It gives it away.”
Simona Moroni, Hollywood Daze

“Scaring the audience is easy. We've Sound Effects. Hardest is to horrify the viewer with the atmosphere/properties that are familiar to them.”
P.S. Arjun

“Do Iranians make bad movies? I need to find one.”
P.S. Arjun

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

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

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

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

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