Philosophies

I dream for a living.
Steven Spielberg


“Perhaps the meaning of all human activity lies in the artistic consciousness, in the pointless and selfless creative act? Perhaps our capacity to create is evidence that we ourselves were created in the image and likeness of God?”
Andrei Tarkovsky


A good magician never reveals his secrets.”
Anonymous


A film is a ribbon of dreams. The camera is much more than a recording apparatus; it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world that is not ours and that brings us to the heart of a great secret. Here magic begins.
Orson Welles


“The public has lost the habit of movie-going because the cinema no longer possesses the charm, the hypnotic charisma, the authority it once commanded. The image it once held for us all, that of a dream we dreamt with our eyes open, has disappeared. Is it still possible that one thousand people might group together in the dark and experience the dream that a single individual has directed?
Federico Fellini


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


“Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
Jean-Luc Godard


“What is the essence of the director’s work? We could define it as sculpting in time.”
Andrei Tarkovsky


“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


“I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
Francis Ford Coppola


“If you want to do a film, steal a camera, steal raw stock, sneak into a lab and do it!
Werner Herzog


“I couldn’t sleep one night and I was sitting in my office and I realized that I was an independent filmmaker.
Darren Aronofsky


“As filmmaker, I ask questions but don’t have answers. Moviemaking is a philosophical exploration. I invite the audience to come on the journey and discover what they think and feel.”
David Cronenberg


“I like to make films because I like to go into another world. I like to get lost in another world. And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream… allows you to dream in the dark. It’s just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film.”
David Lynch


“It’s an artistic calling. It’s a religion. You shouldn’t be doing it as just a day job, to pay for your pool or pay for your house in Barbados. You should do it when it’s special, when you’d die for the movie, when the movie is your baby.
Quentin Tarantino


“In the documentary the basic material has been created by God, whereas in the fiction film the director is a God; he must create life.
Alfred Hitchcock


The most expensive habit in the world is celluloid, not heroin, and I need a fix every few years.”
Steven Spielberg


“I would say that there is no art form that has so much in common with film as music. Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect. And film is mainly rhythm; it is inhalation and exhalation in continuous sequence.”
Ingmar Bergman


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.”
Stanley Kubrick


“Becoming an artist does not merely mean learning something, acquiring professional techniques and methods. Indeed, as someone has said, in order to write well you have to forget the grammar.”
Andrei Tarkovsky


“…I started thinking about the narrative freedoms that authors had enjoyed for centuries and it seemed to me that filmmakers should enjoy those freedoms as well.”
Christopher Nolan


I steal from every movie ever made.
Quentin Tarantino

 

“Nothing in making movies gives a greater sense of elation than participation in a process of allowing the work to grow, through vital collaboration between script, director and actors, as it goes along.  Any art form properly practised involves a to and fro between conception and execution, the original intention being constantly modified as one tries to give it objective realisation.  In painting a picture this goes on between the artist and his canvas; in making a movie it goes on between people.
Stanley Kubrick


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