A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.
Every technology that comes into filmmaking is first a gimmick. Think about sound with 'The Jazz Singer' or the first colour or surround sound - it takes a while for filmmakers to understand how to use it.
There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee.
Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it's probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.
A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies you didn't intend to be there.
I don't think people have been able to deal with the fact that African American filmmakers can make movies about life and relationships.
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
There's nothing creative about living within your means.
(When asked what a director does) I help.
There's nothing quite like the idea of failing spectacularly to excite a film maker
Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking.
Movies took you right up to the edge but kept you safe.
A Great Movie Evolves when Everybody Has the Same Vision in Their Heads.
If You Want to Send a Message, Try Western Union.
I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up.
A Director Makes Only One Movie in His Life. Then He Breaks It Into Pieces and Makes It Again.
I Don't Try to Guess What a Million People Will Like. It's Hard Enough to Know What I Like.
If a Million People See My Movie, I Hope They See a Million Different Movies.
The End of a Picture is Always an End of a Life.
A Movie That Costs Only $1.6 Million Doesn't Have to Be a Cultural Event to Turn a Profit.
Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set is that actors have enough confidence to try different things. If there's stress or tension, they won't go out on a limb because they won't want to embarrass themselves if they don't feel completely comfortable.
I'm like a navigator and I try to encourage our collaboration and find the best way that will produce fruit. I like fruit. I like cherries, I like bananas.
I think maybe making films is something innate you can't really teach to begin with.
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