There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
There are no rules in filmmaking
Filmmaking is to me very similar to being in a café somewhere in Paris and looking at the people walking by.
Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read...if you don't read, you will never be a filmmaker.
The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.
Hollywood is still the mecca for good or bad, but it isn't the beginning or end for filmmaking.
Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.
Filmmaking is not a balancing act, although some directors think it is. I don't believe in it. I like ups and downs. They're the best way to translate my feelings to the screen.
Filmmaking in general is about feeling and not about theory. You need to know a lot of rules about filmmaking: character development, grammar, and all these thing, but then you use it instinctively. I ask myself this question all the time. I have no solid theory, I just do what I feel is right.
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
IN CINEMA IT IS NECESSARY NOT TO EXPLAIN, BUT TO ACT UPON THE VIEWER'S FEELINGS, AND THE EMOTION WHICH IS AWOKEN IS WHAT PROVOKES THOUGHT.
Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
Never try to convey your idea to the audience - it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they'll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it.
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.
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.
All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
I wanted to describe the world at the same time, through image, express what I felt. It was the time of the great documentary filmmakers: Richard Leacock, Joris Ivens. Today, television has put an end to this type of filmmaking.
The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
Filmmaking is a creative process so there is a lot of collaboration that happens on set between an actor and director, but at the end of the day, we're there to actualize the director's vision and things happen organically.
Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It's about the big picture.
I don't think that any Icelandic filmmaker feels like he belongs to Icelandic filmmaking, because nobody really knows what it is.
Filmmaking is incredible introspective. It forces you to sort of examine yourself in new ways.
I'm Godless. I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking
I believe that filmmaking - as, probably, is everything - is a game you should play with all your cards, and all your dice, and whatever else you've got. So, each time I make a movie, I give it everything I have. I think everyone should, and I think everyone should do everything they do that way.
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