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.
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of 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.
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.
My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you've got to be a filmmaker.
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.
There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive - in fact, each can fuel the other.
I've always considered myself a filmmaker who writes stuff for himself to do.
The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.
Self-plagiarism is style.
Your'e seeing me develop, not only as a filmmaker if you've seen my earlier films, but you're seeing me kind of learn how to be a human, how my philosophy has evolved.
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.
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
Movement should be a counter, whether in action scenes or dialogue or whatever. It counters where your eye is going. This style thing, for me it's all fitted to the action, to the script, to the characters.
People say I pay too much attention to the look of a movie but for God's sake, I'm not producing a Radio 4 Play for Today, I'm making a movie that people are going to look at.
I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted in the way that other filmmakers are gifted.
I have lot of respect of filmmakers who work in Telugu and Tamil.
I just don't think I'm an ideological filmmaker in any way. I don't know how anyone could see anything I've done and see that.
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
Casting is 65 percent of directing.
My cousin Malcolm Lee is also a filmmaker.
I'm actually part of a number of minorities. I grew up being a horribly awkward kid. A terrible student. And now I find myself as a filmmaker, and you feel kind of alone in the world because you're separate from everyone else.
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