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Film Directing Quotes By Peter Jackson

I watch 'Goodfellas,' and suddenly it frees me up entirely; it reminds me of what great film directing is all about. — Peter Jackson

Film Directing Quotes By Amelia Warner

In film, I don't think I'd try directing. Maybe one day, but I'd certainly want to go to film school or something before I tried to do something like that. That would be quite scary. — Amelia Warner

Film Directing Quotes By Akira Kurosawa

Human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood if it depicts these properly. — Akira Kurosawa

Film Directing Quotes By Tate Donovan

I was on 'The O.C.' and had a small part, which wasn't very challenging. I was a bit bored, so I started shadowing directors and they finally gave me a shot. From there, it led to directing other television shows. I am trying to direct a feature film, so we'll see what happens. — Tate Donovan

Film Directing Quotes By James Gray

I have no interest whatsoever in pursuing acting or becoming a mogul. I love writing and directing; I see those two jobs as the most critical in the making of a film. — James Gray

Film Directing Quotes By Kathryn Bigelow

When I made my first film, I didn't think of it as directing, so it wasn't like I set out to become a director. — Kathryn Bigelow

Film Directing Quotes By Mark Waters

Once I went to film school, I realized that film directing was actually much better than theater directing, because you kind of get to stay in control of it all the way through. You don't relinquish the piece to the actors like you have to in theater; you stay in control through the very end. — Mark Waters

Film Directing Quotes By Orson Welles

Exactly, I repeated myself. I believe we do it all the time. We always take up certain elements again. How can it be avoided? An actor's voice always has the same timbre and, consequently, he repeats himself. It is the same for a singer, a painter ... There are always certain things that come back, for they are part of one's personality, of one's style. If these things didn't come into play, a personality would be so complex that it would become impossible to identify it.
It is not my intention to repeat myself, but in my work there should certainly be references to what I have done in the past. Say what you will, but The Trial is the best film I ever made ... I have never been so happy as when I made this film.
(talking about directing, The Trial (1962) - from Orson Welles: Interviews (book)) — Orson Welles

Film Directing Quotes By Johnny Depp

If I ever thought of directing again, I mean - I don't know, even the idea of directing a film is a strange one for me, because I feel kind of anti mathematics in a way in that sense. Anti - I don't like when things make sense, I prefer if they don't, so if I made a film, it wouldn't make any sense and no one would see it. So maybe I'll just make little films at home with my phone, never to be released. — Johnny Depp

Film Directing Quotes By Clint Eastwood

After directing awhile, you get an instinct about it, but you have to be able to trust your own feelings. Invariably, two-thirds of the way through a film, you say, "Jeezus, is this a pile of crap! What did I ever see in it in the first place?" You have to shut off your brain and forge ahead, because by that time you're getting so brainwashed. Once I commit myself to a film I commit myself to that ending, whatever the motivations and conclusions are. — Clint Eastwood

Film Directing Quotes By Ingmar Bergman

No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. — Ingmar Bergman

Film Directing Quotes By Stephen Frears

I teach film directing, inasmuch as you can. It's not really possible to teach film direction, but I sit there as a sort of testimony of experience and know-how, I suppose. — Stephen Frears

Film Directing Quotes By Cameron Crowe

My dream is to do exactly what I'm doing. I love writing and directing, and being somebody that can write about an artist I love or make a film about it. That's great. I would leave the other stuff to those who do it much better. — Cameron Crowe

Film Directing Quotes By Charles Dance

I got a lot of energy from directing the film 'Ladies In Lavender.' You wonder if you have the stamina because as an actor you can lounge around the trailer during the scenes you're not in, but as a director, you're there from first thing in the morning to last thing at night every day of the week. I found it incredibly energising. — Charles Dance

Film Directing Quotes By Ben Affleck

Directing first film was terrified, it was really very scary because there is a lot of responsibility. I think I was terrified because I wanted it to work so much. A lot of actors direct movies but I thought the stakes were kind of higher for me because I really, really cared. I just worked as hard as I possibly could on every single thing, every single day. I said that if this failed it would not be because I didn't work as hard as I possibly could ... every day. — Ben Affleck

Film Directing Quotes By Stanley Tucci

Sometimes it's difficult directing yourself on film because you can't quite separate yourself from the subject. — Stanley Tucci

Film Directing Quotes By Bruce McCulloch

I'm just ah, actually developing a tv show for HBO, and I'm directing a film this summer, and actually I'm doing some live shows out in western Canada. — Bruce McCulloch

Film Directing Quotes By Vera Farmiga

I do love directing. I'm only comfortable working in the independent film arena for a very small budget where I have creative control and I can put my stamp on it. — Vera Farmiga

Film Directing Quotes By Anupam Kher

I have always believed that directing a film is like telling a story. You have to tell it well so that it is appreciated. — Anupam Kher

Film Directing Quotes By Tommy Wiseau

My background are acting, film production, directing, and I studied them for many years. Keep in mind that you need many other skills when you are starting any film project related to real life. — Tommy Wiseau

Film Directing Quotes By Nandita Das

Although I feel directing is a lot more challenging, fulfilling and satisfying, it is also far more stressful & consuming. This is why I don't see myself directing one film after another in quick succession. — Nandita Das

Film Directing Quotes By Yuen Woo-ping

I'm not retired, I will continue directing films and doing fight choreography. I won't stop. — Yuen Woo-ping

Film Directing Quotes By Andy Serkis

I'm a Mac user. I think it depends on how you were brought up, and I was introduced to Apple quite early. They're certainly the best for visual stuff and film-directing. — Andy Serkis

Film Directing Quotes By Nicholas Jarecki

Writing and directing your own film, for me, has been the best experience of my life. — Nicholas Jarecki

Film Directing Quotes By Sydney Pollack

Making films is much more difficult than people imagine, and so the experience of actually directing them is not one I've ever relished. — Sydney Pollack

Film Directing Quotes By Bruce Dern

If the film isn't in some way going to study behavior then I'm not interested, but the reason why I'm not interested in directing in film is that it would take me, to be as good an artist as I feel I am an actor, it would take me another 35 just to conquer ... — Bruce Dern

Film Directing Quotes By John Polson

I have a great team. A lot of my focus every day is with my television and film career, directing and producing, and I guess you can say that my moonlighting gig is Tropfest. Obviously, when I am not working I am in the Tropfest office full-time. — John Polson

Film Directing Quotes By Campbell Scott

I know it's good when I see a smaller film get recognized because it means more publicity for them. When you start producing and directing the movies become a little more like your children. — Campbell Scott

Film Directing Quotes By Julie Taymor

I love directing Shakespeare on film. It's fantastic that the actors would do exactly the same thing and be true to their part. — Julie Taymor

Film Directing Quotes By Dee Rees

I love directing because you get to see your film come to life. You get to work with the actors. There's something magical about each piece of it. — Dee Rees

Film Directing Quotes By Craig Hatkoff

Tribeca Film Festival Doha will promote Middle Eastern themes and filmmakers, but not exclusively. Approximately 40 films will be presented at the new Museum of Islamic Art and in cinemas across Doha. Innovative work by established filmmakers will be shown alongside the debuts of newly discovered directing talents. — Craig Hatkoff

Film Directing Quotes By George Clooney

Acting is one element in a film. Directing is sort of the painter using all of those elements - sound and music and camera and putting it all together. And that can be fun and exciting. If you fail, it's incredibly upsetting - much more upsetting than when you're an actor. But when you succeed it's incredibly, incredibly exciting, so I like the risk of it all. — George Clooney

Film Directing Quotes By Dario Argento

I first came to cinema as a passionate filmgoer, when I was a child. Then, when I was a very young man, I became a film critic precisely because of my knowledge of cinema. I did better than others because of this. Then I moved on to screenwriting. I wrote a film with Sergio Leone, 'Once Upon a Time in the West.' And then I moved to directing. — Dario Argento

Film Directing Quotes By Edward Norton

When I think about directing a film, the thing that stops me short is wondering if I'm a natural at it the way I think you, and PTA, and Fincher are born directors. Maybe some people's talent is in understanding the ways that film communicates, without dialogue, without plot. — Edward Norton

Film Directing Quotes By Julianne Moore

People think that the directors direct actors. No. Really, what the director's doing is directing the audience's eye through the film. — Julianne Moore

Film Directing Quotes By Jackie Cooper

So if I keep making mistakes on Broadway or tape or film, producing, directing or acting, I can go along and do it - so long as I'm not investing too much capital in these things. — Jackie Cooper

Film Directing Quotes By Ricky Gervais

I like every part [of the film process ] except the business and admin stuff. The initial idea. Writing. Re-writing. Casting. Directing, Editing. If I had to chose I'd say writing, followed by putting music on the picture. That is magical. — Ricky Gervais

Film Directing Quotes By Salma Hayek

They offered me that film before I did Frida and I said, no, I'm not capable of directing. Then after seeing Julie direct, I was inspired by it. She motivated me to do it, because we don't have role models as woman for directors. — Salma Hayek

Film Directing Quotes By Diablo Cody

I keep joking that I'm in Jason Reitman Film School, because I keep asking him questions every single day about directing and I have a list of things that he's told me to do and not do and I definitely couldn't learn from a better person. — Diablo Cody

Film Directing Quotes By Atom Egoyan

Try to produce your own films, avoid directing for hire. — Atom Egoyan

Film Directing Quotes By Gabriel Campisi

I spent several years in the film finance business, but I returned to what I loved most about the industry - actual filmmaking, producing, writing and directing. — Gabriel Campisi

Film Directing Quotes By George Stevens Jr.

In my mid-20s, I was directing episodes of 'Alfred Hitchcock' and 'Peter Gunn.' I was pretty much on course and - as I sometimes joke - was prepared to devote my life to become the second best film director in my family. — George Stevens Jr.

Film Directing Quotes By Colin Trevorrow

I was joking with my mom that all Jewish mothers now will want their kids to be filmmakers instead of doctors. Because you can make one film, and suddenly you're directing a 'Jurassic Park' movie. — Colin Trevorrow

Film Directing Quotes By Julie Taymor

Directing is much more psychological-it's a lot like being a general. And you have to be organized. While you're making a film, you have between two and 500 people asking you a billion questions. — Julie Taymor

Film Directing Quotes By Lenny Abrahamson

'Room' is a very subtly-made film, and directing awards tend to go to the flashier stuff, but it's the Director's section of the academy that make the decision, so I'm very proud they can see something in what I directed and wanted to reward it. — Lenny Abrahamson

Film Directing Quotes By David Cronenberg

Casting is really a black art. It's a huge part of directing and it's the most invisible. It's one that people don't really think about or talk about. But you can really destroy your movie by casting it badly before you've shot a foot of film. And yet there are no guidebooks for it, there's no rule book to tell you how to do it. It's all your own experience and your own sensibility and your own intuition. — David Cronenberg

Film Directing Quotes By Israel Horovitz

While directing in theater that the actors will - I don't know if it's competitiveness or what it is, but they love to make each other laugh. They love to impress each other in rehearsal. They'll try something for a reaction. But in film, you're very often not all together in the room at the same time. You're shooting one day, somebody else is shooting the next. It's a totally different dynamic. — Israel Horovitz

Film Directing Quotes By Gabriel Mann

I play Father Francis in 'The Exorcist Prequel.' It's fantastic. We are shooting in Morrocco and Rome. Paul Schrader is directing; Stellan Skarsgard plays the younger Max Von Sydow character. It's just a fantastic script. It's a very eerie, very scary script. It encomposes a growing dread that I think is really appropriate for the film. — Gabriel Mann

Film Directing Quotes By Tom Ford

The dynamics of film directing and fashion design - in the ways that I've done it - were not dissimilar. — Tom Ford

Film Directing Quotes By Fred Durst

Directing a film is a lot of work. — Fred Durst

Film Directing Quotes By Jill Soloway

I took all my TV experience and what I learned about - by writing and directing and bringing a movie to Sundance - about the realities of the independent film market: 'Transparent' is the marriage of those two situations. — Jill Soloway

Film Directing Quotes By Leonardo DiCaprio

From an outsider's perspective, it's amazing what [Clint Eastwood] does. If he's not directing a film, he's acting in it, or rather he's composing the music for that film. His commitment to what he does is astounding for all of us to witness. It's inspiring, actually. — Leonardo DiCaprio

Film Directing Quotes By James Franco

I guess what I enjoy most is directing, because it incorporates all aspects of filmmaking. Directing is in the same line as acting - both are popularity contests, and in both you're trying to tell a story through the film as a medium. — James Franco

Film Directing Quotes By Lucy Walker

I don't know if people realize how hard I work, because sometimes people ask me for my secret. The truth is that I don't have any secrets apart from the fact that I've been directing theater and film for twenty years and trying at every stage to make my work better. — Lucy Walker

Film Directing Quotes By Samuel L. Jackson

I'm pretty focused on what I do. I think directing is a very specific talent, and I'm not real big on putting puzzles together, which is basically what a film is. — Samuel L. Jackson

Film Directing Quotes By Jodie Foster

I'd prefer not to act in the film I'm directing. I think, though, as an actor, you do learn how to turn things on and off quickly and kind of compartmentalize. You learn to accommodate the camera and the other actors, to notice where the boom is and where you mark is, and be able to repeat something a few times. — Jodie Foster

Film Directing Quotes By Werner Herzog

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

Film Directing Quotes By Ricky Gervais

I like big escapist films. It's odd because the type of comedian I am and the things I do when I'm writing and directing myself usually deal with the darker side of the human psyche and excruciating social faux pas. I often deal in taboos and the subjects I do as a stand-up are quite challenging. But my film roles have been much more fun and escapist. — Ricky Gervais

Film Directing Quotes By Christine Swanson

Honestly, on so many levels, I feel like motherhood has prepared me even better for directing than film school because all it is is troubleshooting and dealing with different personalities and emotions and trying to make everybody happy and at the end of the day reaching your own personal goals and agendas. — Christine Swanson

Film Directing Quotes By John Crowley

Fundamentally, whether directing in the theatre or a film, you have to be a good storyteller, regardless of the form. The thing I had to work hardest at was thinking in shots. — John Crowley

Film Directing Quotes By Tom Felton

Whether it's acting, directing or writing, I want to be involved in the film industry for the rest of my life. — Tom Felton

Film Directing Quotes By Scott Foley

I don't necessarily recommend directing your husband or wife in a film, but if you have to do it, you have to do it. — Scott Foley

Film Directing Quotes By Tadanobu Asano

British people might wonder 'What the hell is Kenneth Branagh doing directing 'Thor?' but the person asking that the most was Kenneth Branagh. I think he was more surprised than anyone else to find himself doing this kind of film. — Tadanobu Asano

Film Directing Quotes By Richard Masur

I did a film many years ago called The Man Without A Face.Gaby [Hoffmann] was in with Mel Gibson. That was his directing debut. He did a great job. — Richard Masur

Film Directing Quotes By Zak Orth

As far as writing or directing a film, I've worked with enough people who have done that that I know it's just a whole other level of responsibility and chaos and murder that I could not see happening. For now, I'm just going to see what comes. I know what I like and what direction I have. — Zak Orth

Film Directing Quotes By Diane Lane

I think that directing is the ultimate martyred task of filmmaking, that it has nobility to it. It takes three years to make a film, for the most part. I think it requires the attentiveness of a mother hen. — Diane Lane

Film Directing Quotes By Pooja Bhatt

I'll be in # Jharkhand along with Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, who is directing the film and my director of photography for location hunting. I want to lock the locations before Christmas as everyone goes into vacation mode after that, — Pooja Bhatt

Film Directing Quotes By Alex Kendrick

I flew over to Birmingham and did half a dozen scenes or so as a pastor in the film. I had a great time. I look forward to seeing the final version. I also am good friends with the Erwin Brothers who are co-directing and producing the film with Kevin. They also helped with Courageous. It's kind of a small little family in this arena and we love helping each other out. — Alex Kendrick

Film Directing Quotes By Peter Weir

I enjoyed Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom.' Would I make that into a film? I think it's better suited to television. That would very much be a dialogue and performance piece, and it would take some very skilful direction - but not my kind of directing. But I thought it was a real literary work. — Peter Weir

Film Directing Quotes By Elijah Wood

The prospect of being able to work on a Kaufman film with him directing was just too good to be true. — Elijah Wood

Film Directing Quotes By Gus Van Sant

Once you're directing, you're kind of in a certain mode, where you're taking whatever is on the page and forming it into the film that you think it might want to be. So whether it's my writing or not, I still try to work with it in the same way. — Gus Van Sant

Film Directing Quotes By Jennifer Yuh Nelson

It's like being the general of an army [directing a film]. You send people out to die. — Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Film Directing Quotes By Peter Hedges

I don't know anything about directing, but if you love actors, know your story and hire a great company, then anyone can direct a film. — Peter Hedges

Film Directing Quotes By Tommy Wiseau

I attend film school, my background is acting and directing. But the acting does best, I like to work on the stage. — Tommy Wiseau

Film Directing Quotes By Kevin Spacey

Directing a film was something I was yearning to do. I always wanted to see if I had the capacity to be a good storyteller. — Kevin Spacey

Film Directing Quotes By Harvey Keitel

I thought Jack's directing job was the best thing about the film. — Harvey Keitel

Film Directing Quotes By Akira Kurosawa

The root of any film project for me is this inner need to express something. What nurtures this root and makes it grow into a tree is the script. What makes the tree bear flowers and fruit is the directing. — Akira Kurosawa

Film Directing Quotes By Peter Jackson

There's no real rules about what you do [while directing]; it's just you just use your instincts as to the pacing of a film and what is repetitive and what is the minimum amount you can get away with to tell the story, that scene didn't make it in. — Peter Jackson

Film Directing Quotes By Mike Birbiglia

If I dream that I'm directing, it's not a film, it's like a commercial for cotton candy, and I've got four feet of cotton candy all around me that I've got to break through, like a brick wall or a fortress. — Mike Birbiglia

Film Directing Quotes By Akira Kurosawa

With a good script a good director can produce a masterpiece; with the same script a mediocre director can make a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can't possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. That is what makes a real movie. The script must be something that has the power to do this. — Akira Kurosawa

Film Directing Quotes By Geoffrey S. Fletcher

My M.F.A was in directing, and all the films I've made, for film school and after, I've written, directed and shot. — Geoffrey S. Fletcher

Film Directing Quotes By Orson Welles

The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room. — Orson Welles

Film Directing Quotes By America Ferrera

I hope to be acting until I'm playing the role of Grandma, and I'd like to branch out in film - producing, directing, all of it. I'll sleep when no one wants to hire me! — America Ferrera

Film Directing Quotes By David Leitch

Stunt coordinating is a good training ground for directing because you have exposure to all the departments in film. — David Leitch

Film Directing Quotes By John C. Reilly

I would consider directing. I think directing myself would be tough, but I'm definitely interested in directing. I might start off directing a play before I move to a film. — John C. Reilly

Film Directing Quotes By Diablo Cody

I had the experience last year of directing my first feature while I had a 1-year-old son and while I was also pregnant, so I am now well aware of the difficulties women who are rearing children face when they're also trying to make headway in mainstream of film. — Diablo Cody

Film Directing Quotes By Michael Cristofer

Suddenly I was writing a lot of screenplays, and I was no long in New York, so I stopped acting in plays, and it just became too tricky to find a part to play, either in a play or a film that coincided with my schedule writing and or directing. — Michael Cristofer

Film Directing Quotes By Tim Robbins

Directing is creating a whole. You're able to combine different elements and create a film that is unique and true to your vision. — Tim Robbins

Film Directing Quotes By Craig Ferguson

I was ambitious and desperate to direct my first film, so I capitulated and blew it. Never again. Never fucking again. — Craig Ferguson

Film Directing Quotes By Julie Delpy

I did a film that I shot in 24 hours that was self-financed for $5,000. It was a feature called Looking For Jimmy that I shot with a bunch of friends. I spent eight months editing because we had 24 hours of footage that made no sense and I learned a lot about directing while editing that film. — Julie Delpy

Film Directing Quotes By Anton Corbijn

Directing film is the hardest thing I have ever done. — Anton Corbijn

Film Directing Quotes By Henry Selick

When you're writing, it's all up to you, and you don't have to make any compromises. And when you're directing, there's this intense pleasure you get from working with all these really talented people, and pooling the efforts towards a common goal. I like all the aspects of film-making. — Henry Selick

Film Directing Quotes By Tom Hanks

That's what's nice about directing a film and having it done: There's nothing more I can do about it. It's done. That's it. All I can do is let it go and hope that people are kind to it. — Tom Hanks

Film Directing Quotes By Mathieu Amalric

I directed three films and each time [I act] I hope it's the last time so I have time to do my film [directing]. — Mathieu Amalric

Film Directing Quotes By Billy Crystal

I was a film-directing major at NYU. I'm still not sure why I became a directing major, when I was really an actor and a comedian, but there was something that drew me to doing that. — Billy Crystal

Film Directing Quotes By George Clooney

I have been directing and involved in producing and the creating of films for quite a while as well as acting. I always think in terms of what the director needs, and not just for this scene but for the film. — George Clooney

Film Directing Quotes By Mel Gibson

I'm not a preacher and I'm not a pastor. But I really feel my career was leading me to make this. The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic. I hope the film has the power to evangelize. — Mel Gibson

Film Directing Quotes By Mark Frost

Since I've worked in film and television for so long, I've acquired the ability to let the version of the characters that lives in my mind make way for the living, breathing humans who are going to play them on screen. If you cast it right - and casting is about 80% of directing - they will eventually replace or exceed the imaginary image. — Mark Frost

Film Directing Quotes By Drew Goddard

I just don't want to make the same old movies. I'm not interested in it. Directing's hard. It takes up a lot of your life, and I'm not that interested in making the same old film. — Drew Goddard

Film Directing Quotes By Melissa Silverstein

One of the common themes you will read in interview after interview is the call to keep fighting for your vision. This is a message to women directors, producers, writers - anyone who wants to work in the business. Your voice counts. Your vision matters. — Melissa Silverstein