All these gadgets, the phone and the computer, they expose the inside of your brain in a way that's bad.— Michel Gondry
The most delightful Michel Gondry quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
Every great idea is on the verge of being stupid.
Orange is an underrated color, it's the second most underrated color after yellow.
I don't mock things, which makes me more vulnerable to mockery myself.
If you're cynical, you're protected from mockery. But I have to be nice. I don't think I have irony. A sense of humour, yes, but not irony.
My grandfather lived across the garden from us, and in his attic he had a lot of radios, appliances and inventions that he had made over 50 years, such as a keyboard called a clavioline, which can be heard on some Beatles songs - it was popular in the 60s. So we had all that at home.
Of course, from time to time, I want to do everything myself and be more involved on my own with the creative process. But I don't mind the collaboration at all.
In my opinion, it's more interesting to see magic happening in a world that feels grounded. If the world is already crazy, then anything can happen. So it's better to start with something real.
Sometimes it's interesting to see something that you're not used to seeing, which is the main ingredient of life, and it's removed from the usual entertainment. I think it's important to give the opportunity to people to witness the life of somebody who was not public.
When people are very original, sometimes they are original as a way to resist the mainstream.
Misinterpretation leads me to inspiration and creativity because I think my brain is trying to figure out some information that I'm confused about.
The MTV Video Awards were never about the video, but about the song.
Most of the time it was just to glorify people for the wrong reason.
I like the days when all the filmmakers had was a film roll, a camera and a gangster. The Mack Sennett comedies were all like that. They'd create little teams to go out and shoot films.
I always wanted to create this community that would come and tell their own story, shoot it - and watch them. The idea is to not have one entity who creates the work, the project, and another entity who consumes it; the idea is people create their own work, like somebody cultivating his garden.
It's part of my job to maintain the emotional reality and the naturalism even when the atmosphere is contrived.
I've dreamed a lot, but i'm not a very good sleeper.
If people don't like the trailer, then blame it on the people who made the trailer.
I don't like movies that are too manipulative.
A lot of movies thrive on really pushing your buttons and making you hate the villain.
I don't call cut between the takes - it's my way to help the actor keep focused.
As soon as you say 'cut' you have 10 people jumping on them and everybody's trying to do a great job, and they do, but sometimes they forget that the more important thing is the performance, creating the performance.
I like actors who just are who they are, with a little bit of qualification to adapt to their character. But mostly they just use their own personality to embody the character.
The idea that competition is pointless is really something that speaks to me, especially in America where competition is really prominent and very overwhelming, and it doesn't bring the best out in you because what's going to push you is to bring others down.
People who get to express their voice are paid by the people who make profit from it. So they're going to make you believe you have to spend your money buying these products otherwise you won't be happy. This is really wrong. Especially the implication it carries.
Pop music is created by repression - and then the system takes it and makes even more money with it!
I would define myself as being naive and perverse at the same time.
And I think that if that is consistent it will make the tone consistent.
I don't like the idea of competition - maybe because I kept losing them when I was a kid. Maybe it's better to be the one who loses?
I have a video store next to my apartment in Paris, and they still have most of their videos on VHS. A lot of people think Be Kind Rewind is set in the past because they just wipe this reality out of their head, but it is true that there are a lot of movies that don't exist on DVD. But I'm not like a big movie buff.
If you're not grown up enough to understand that a trailer is not done by the director, then fine. Judge the movie from the trailer.
That's what the internet is: it's like bombarding your eyeballs with these myriad blinking colour lights. It's like trying to watch a movie on your phone in the middle of Times Square.
I had a lot of encouragement and tolerance from my parents, but I also have many friends who didn't get that from their parents and in a way they have more strength from spending years where nobody believed in them.
You can't feel sorry for a scene. If the movie works without the scene, then you don't need the scene.
Every movie I do is challenging for me.
There is some element of imaginative that you wouldn't have in a typical movie.
I shoot people in a way that makes the audience feel equal to them.
And it's hard to express and it's hard to execute but I think it works on every level - the choice of the material the choice of the actor, my relationship with the actor, and so on.
I think it's a problem when journalists have the title of their article before they do the interview, because it biases the way they conduct it.
I kind of like the idea of taking a concept and going all the way with it, even if it's not completely plausible. It's something that I like about making movies. You have a concept that maybe would not work in real life, but you can make it work in the world you're creating.
I think my imagination dictates the technologies I use.
But at the same time, my imagination can be technologic. Sometimes I see a tool and I know immediately how to use it, but most of the time I use the tool for an idea I already have.
The first dolly track was somebody who had the idea to put the camera on a boat on a canal. So the boat would move very slowly but steadily. So they would see all that surrounds you and you'd see the landscape changing slowly. So that was the first time.
Competition impedes creativity because you present yourself in a way that's going to been seen by somebody outside of you. You're not very much yourself and it limits you.
When I saw The Matrix and other movies of this type, I wished I had been given the opportunity to express myself with all this technology and do something sort of big in scale, but the right material never really came my way.
You need philosophy. It sounds a little pompous but I think when you direct a film, the only way to find a response to the questions you keep asking yourself is to have a philosophy.
I learned to drive when I was 35. I'm driving like an old lady and very close to the wheel. I don't take many risks, and when people yell at me I say 'sorry, sorry, sorry!' I don't have road rage yet.
If you take a child from South Africa and you put them in Boston, they're going to speak with a Boston accent. And so, that's a way to see the world as everybody is equal, not as a result of politics, but as human beings.
You cannot do everything you want with the 3D camera, it's too big, and the digital quality of those cameras is a little bit limiting. With film, you have a lot more subtly, like with highlights and color. In terms of sharpness they (both formats) are very close; but in terms of nuance, of color and contrast, film is far superior.
In the '90s movies were so serious, and so stylistic and slick that I could not identify with them.
Objectivity is very hard to achieve. It needs some research and patience. If you want to do something honest, you have to explore it a little longer.
I'm always excited to work with actors.
My father had a Super 8 camera when I was a kid and sometimes he would use it.
I did some animation with it. I did a lot of flipbooks.
I read about some movie where they did everything on blue screen, and the actors were not even connecting to each other.
Sometimes, when people use too much blue screen in movies, the actors don't look credible, because they have their own opinion of what the thing will look like, and each person has a different opinion.
Michael Jackson will always be my favorite pop musician;
he was for years and years until his death, which was horrible to me. So I like pop culture. But to me, even if it's popular, there is a quality in the music you have to be able to appreciate.
I think always my interest in making movies is to have something really technical mixed with something that was not so formal...something free.
And I'm not a micromanagement guy. I prefer to spend my time doing other stuff than that.