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.
There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
Pain is temporary, film is forever.
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.
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.
My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you've got to be a filmmaker.
Editing is not merely a method of the junction of separate scenes or pieces, but is a method that controls the 'psychological guidance' of the spectator.
No saint, no pope, no general, no sultan, has ever had the power that a filmmaker has; the power to talk to hundreds of millions of people for two hours in the dark.
A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
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.
Most independent filmmakers in Britain and North America work for commercial crews and then have their own projects when they've got enough money saved up to do so.
I'd made these experimental films but I thought the major chore of a filmmaker was to relate to actors.
Casting is 65 percent of directing.
The terrorists who committed the 2003 Istanbul attacks were locals, that is, Turks. And when filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered in the Netherlands last year, the murderer and his supporters were also part of the Muslim community.
Many filmmakers pretend that they never see anything, which has always seemed odd to me.
In most films music is brought in at the end, after the picture is more or less locked, to amplify the emotions the filmmaker wants you to feel.
We know as filmmakers where you draw the line.
Film is a battleground.
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 am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
I steal from every movie ever made.
When you start out as a filmmaker, you do parodies, because you can't really compete on a studio level.
I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.
The more unique your film is and unusual it is and difficult it is, the harder it is to get it financed. That's why a lot of good filmmakers are doing television. They do HBO movies.
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