Film is essentially a version of reality through the eyes of the storyteller, captured in an almost tangible format.

“Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read…if you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker.”
― Werner Herzog

“You keep on learning. It doesn’t stop. […] I think the minute I stop feeling that I’m going to, you know — stop learning — I would stop being a filmmaker.” — Deepa Metha

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

“I was always a filmmaker before I was anything else. If I was always anything, I was a storyteller, and it never really made much of a difference to me what medium I worked in.”― Nicholas Meyer

“An idea for a film is, in my opinion, nothing. For me, there must be a sort of illumination of something that will crystallize in me. […] It’s a sort of vague question I’m asking myself. […] Normally, I start stupid and the film makes me ask the question more and more intelligently.” Claire Denis 

“People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning”
― Steven Spielberg

“One rule of screenwriting: does the reader want to turn the page?”      ― Leslie Dixon

“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.”
― Martin Scorsese

“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”                  ―Alfred Hitchcock

“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” ― James Cameron

“Your film is like your children. You might want a child with certain qualities, but you are never going to get the exact specification right. The film has a privilege to live its own life and develop its own character. To suppress this is dangerous. It is an approach that works the other way too: sometimes the footage has amazing qualities that you did not expect.” ― Werner Herzog

“My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected onto a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.”  Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer

“You don’t really know anything about screenwriting until you get into the process of filmmaking. You can write a perfectly good script, but then a director’s going to come along and give you notes and say, ‘No, no, no there’s no cut here,’ […] all the stuff you learn so that you end up knowing what I now know.”  Nora Ephron

“There’s nothing quite like the idea of failing spectacularly to excite a film maker.”― Mike Figgis

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”   Alfred Hitchcock

“Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking.”        ―Griffin Dunne

“The Best Actors Instinctively Feel out What the Other Actors Need, and They Just Accommodate It.” ― Christopher Nolan

“Be conscious of the filmmakers that speak to you. Be shameless about stealing from them. Oddly, your own voice comes out.”  — Nancy Savoca

“I Hate Television. I Hate It As Much As Peanuts. But I Can’t Stop Eating Peanuts.” ― Orson Welles

“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’. ” ― Yoda, from Star Wars

 

Happy Dreaming!

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