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100 Best Quotes About Filmmaking

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If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.
– Stanley Kubrick


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A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
– Orson Welles


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When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, “no, I went to films.”
-Quentin Tarantino


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Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.
– Robert Altman


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If my film makes one more person miserable, I’ve done my job.
– Woody Allen


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We don’t make movies to make more money. We make money to make more movies.
– Walt Disney


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Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I’d say that film is the sculpting of time.
– Andrei Tarkovsky


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A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.
– Orson Welles


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In film, we sculpt time, we sculpt behavior and we sculpt light.
– David Fincher


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Don’t write what you think people want to read. Find your voice and write about what’s in your heart.
– Quentin Tarantino


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Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.
– Christopher Nolan


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It’s better not to know so much about what things mean or how they might be interpreted or you’ll be too afraid to let things keep happening.
– David Lynch


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To be a filmmaker, you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different.
– Danny Boyle


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I put my ideas into practice. That may be the reason people hate me.
– Emir Kusturica


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I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that ultimately end up happening.
– J.J. Abrams


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Filmmaking is not about what we see – it’s a very misconceived notion; it’s about what we don’t see.
– Nicolas Winding Refn


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I have been interested in dreams, really since I was a kid. I have always been fascinated by the idea that your mind, when you are asleep, can create a world in a dream and you are perceiving it as though it really existed.
– Christopher Nolan


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Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration.
– James McAvoy


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Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It’s about the big picture.
– Ed Wood


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Filmmaking is not a job but a social responsibility for me.
– Garth Davis


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Filmmaking is the ultimate team sport.
– Michael Keaton


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That’s the great thing about filmmaking: Things happen you don’t know are going to happen at the end.
– Thelma Schoonmaker


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Filmmaking is so much about catharsis anyway. It’s therapeutic.
– Ari Aster


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Filmmaking is like any kind of art form. You have to try to figure it out, and you’re going to do that by trying.
– Nicolas Winding Refn


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You can be technically strong, and focus all your efforts on elements like casting, music, cinematography and sets, but they are all just add ons. End of the day, filmmaking is really about how well you tell a story.
– Vikramaditya Motwane


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If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies.
– Quentin Tarantino


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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


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You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks.
-George Lucas


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A filmmaker’s most important tool is humanity. You want to be able to capture humanity in your stories and bring out humanity in your characters.
-Ryan Coogler


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Filmmaking is a much more collaborative thing than literature, so you know you’re going to be working with a group of people at the start. You know it’s going to be a compromise.
-Irvine Welsh


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Everything about filmmaking tries to distract you from that first fine rapturous vision you have of the film.
– Ted Kotcheff


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Filmmaking is incredibly introspective. It forces you to sort of examine yourself in new ways.
– Drew Goddard

It’s a cliche that filmmaking is a team sport. However, let me just say it again: filmmaking is a team sport.
– Ramona S. Diaz

Filmmaking is finding a piece of granite and you start to chip away and then you have the shape of a head, the shape of the arm, you can see the shape of the face and the face starts to gather character. You have to find it.
– Jason Reitman

Filmmaking is exploring. Why would I want to make a film about something I already understand?
– John Cassavetes

Filmmaking is exploring. Why would I want to make a film about something I already understand?
– John Cassavetes

Part of filmmaking is always a guessing game, and part of it is always a game of trust.
– Greg Kinnear

Filmmaking for me is always aiming for the imaginary movie and never achieving it.
– Peter Jackson

Filmmaking is a completely imperfect art form that takes years and, over those years, the movie tells you what it is. Mistakes happen, accidents happen and true great films are the results of those mistakes and the decisions that those directors make during those moments.
– Jason Reitman

Filmmaking is a thousand choices a day, and it’s important to just let those choices potentially be informed by something deeper.
– Shane Carruth

Filmmaking, like any other art, is a very profound means of human communication; beyond the professional pleasure of succeeding or the pain of failing, you do want your film to be seen, to communicate itself to other people.
– Kenneth Lonergan

Filmmaking is always sort of building a mosaic of this arc of what the character is going through.
– Matthew Fox

I think of filmmaking as a form of communication. Maybe it’s also an art, but that’s for somebody else to decide.
– Roger Deakins

Filmmaking is about moments. In real life, things might take six months, a year, but [in filmmaking] you have to create the moment where it happened.
– Morten Tyldum

Filmmaking is a sort of uncontrolled process. I think it’s very important to be open to the unexpected and at the same time, of course, maintain your vision, be open to all the things you didn’t think of yourself that can make the film better.
– Dagur Kari

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 things, 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.
– Hany Abu-Assad

Your job is to get your audience to care about your obsessions.
– Martin Scorsese

I dream for a living.
– Steven Spielberg

I would travel down to hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary.
– Werner Herzog

To be a filmmaker, you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different.
– Danny Boyle

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
– Orson Welles

I love movies with spectacle, but spectacle can be a performance, it doesn’t have to be a creature.
– J.J. Abrams

Film is a battleground.
– Sam Fuller

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

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
– Orson Welles

All good ideas start out as bad ideas, That’s why it takes so long.
– Steven Spielberg

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

People will say, ‘there are a million ways to shoot a scene’, but i don’t think so. I think there are two, maybe. and the other one is wrong.
– David Fincher

In feature films the director is god; in documentary films god is the director.
– Alfred Hitchcock

I don’t try to guess what a million people will like. it’s hard enough to know what i like.
– John Huston

I don’t try to guess what a million people will like. it’s hard enough to know what i like.
– John Huston

Cinema is a mirror by which we often see ourselves.
– Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you’re not a traveler, you’re a fucking tourist.
– Guillermo del Toro

Pain is temporary, film is forever!
– John Milius

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
– Jean Cocteau

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
– Roman Polanski

A movie is made for an audience and a film is made for both the audience and the filmmakers.
– David Fincher

I always want the audience to outguess me, and then I double cross them.
– Buster Keaton

Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Filmmaking is a sort of uncontrolled process. I think it’s very important to be open to the unexpected and at the same time, of course, maintain your vision. Be open to all the things you didn’t think of yourself that can make the film better.
– Dagur Kari

If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one.
– Quentin Tarantino

There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
– Frank Capra

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
– Jean-Luc Godard

A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movie that you didn’t intend to be there.
– Spike Lee

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.
– Christopher Nolan

My idea of professionalism is probably a lot of people’s idea of obsessive.
– David Fincher

I like unformed characters. This may be because, no matter how old I get, I am still unformed myself.
– Akira Kurosawa

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.
– Michael Crichton

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

Eighty Percent of Success is Turning Up.
– Woody Allen

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.
– Peter Farrelly

It is the power of memory that gives rise to the power of imagination.
– Akira Kurosawa

It’s something of a paradox that film, the art that most resembles our daydreams, is the one most difficult to bring into existence.”
– Steven D. Katz

The more of those little light bulbs that can turn on the better. Eventually you’ll have enough to light up a movie screen.
– Adrienne Posey

Use filmmaking to eliminate racism – use it to terminate misogyny – use it to destroy homophobia and all other primitiveness.
– Abhijit Naskar

Music is the final piece of filmmaking—the essential element that pulls emotion from an audience and puts the goosebumps on the screen.”
– Artie Kane

If you can film an idea in your mind, follow that film idea shot for shot, scene for scene and enjoy it, that idea is worth making for the world to see. It can change someone’s life.
– Craig Mapp

Scaring the audience is easy. We’ve Sound Effects. Hardest is to horrify the viewer with the atmosphere/properties that are familiar to them.
– P.S. Arjun

The greater the complication, the richer the tale
– Thor F. Jensen

Film gives us a second chance at a first impression.
– Adrienne Posey

If you want to be a good actor or director, firstly see life, secondly see films and thirdly read books!
– Md. Ziaul Haque

It ain’t the picture and it ain’t the camera – it’s the operator.
– Jordan Hoechlinchlin

You become a director by calling yourself a director and you then persuade other people that this is true.
– Peter Brook

That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.
– Kelly Marcel & Sue Smith

Film is a great tool to play with human emotions & thoughts.
– Maria Tusar

Great video comes from thinking humans, not equipment.”
– Steve Stockman

If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.
– Kathryn Bigelow

I consider myself a student of cinema. It’s almost like I am going for my professorship in cinema, and the day I die is the day I graduate. It is a lifelong study.
– Quentin Tarantino

I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.
– Francis Coppola

I don’t think there’s anything to be afraid of. Failure brings great rewards — in the life of an artist.
– Quentin Tarantino

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.
– Woody Allen

Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?
– Tim Burton

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