My cameraman and I devised a method, which we started using from my second film, which applies mainly to day scenes shot in the studio, where we used bounced light instead of direct light. We agreed with this thing of four or five shadows following the actors is dreadful.— Satyajit Ray
Colossal Film Actors quotations
When an actor marries an actress they both fight for the mirror.
The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard.
I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible.
A government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation funds filmmaking there, and I wrote several screenplays but never got any money. They were sent back to me, and they said that they were too commercial for them.
I'm not interested in a realistic look - not at all, not ever. Every film should look the way I feel.
Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.
You have film actors doing TV, rap stars doing TV, with everyone kind of crossing the line.
There is a strange pecking order among actors.
Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on.
Great moments are born from great opportunities.
Eventually, in '84, we made a film for a little over a million dollars - with American actors that was shot in English - that was shown in Finland A little action film called Born American.
I like the sensibility of Australian film a lot and the crews are fantastic.
Great characters, wonderful people and no line between - I think in Hollywood they have this line between actors and crew a lot, and that just didn't exist, which I really appreciated.
You know obviously a big TV or film break would be lovely, but I find that I’m essentially a theatre trained actor and that’s what I love doing. I love fringe theatres in London, I love theatres like the Royal Court, Soho and the National obviously and if I could work in any of those and be a jobbing actor for a while then I’m very lucky.
To make a great film need three things - the script, the script and the script.
Most of the top actors and actresses may be working in ten or twelve films at the same time, so they will give one director two hours and maybe shoot in Bombay in the morning and Madras in the evening. It happens.
I'm an actor, and I don't look at myself as providing comic relief.
I have done diverse and dark roles such as a psycho, murderer, and others in films such as 'Don', 'Eklavya' and '3 Idiots.'
I think every American actor wants to be a movie star.
But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films. I vowed I would never do a commercial, nor would I do a soap opera -- both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving.
A film is a director's vision... there is, however, much input an actor or actress can have.
I think film and television are really a director's medium, whereas theatre is the actor's medium.
Film actors reach a certain level, but they don't get beyond it unless they work in the theater.
I think every American actor wants to be a movie star.
But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films.
To me if there's an achievement to lighting and photography in a film it's because nothing stands out, it all works as a piece. And you feel that these actors are in this situation and the audience is not thrown by a pretty picture or by bad lighting.
I don't think God's going to judge me based on my film work - although I hope he has a sense of humour and I hope he's a fan of movies because I've done some things that may be questionable in his eyes as an actor!
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
Two types of films: those that employ the resources of the theater (actors, direction, etc...) and use the camera in order to reproduce; those that employ the resources of cinematography and use the camera to create
Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.
A film director is not a creator, but a midwife.
His business is to deliver the actor of a child that he did not know he had inside him.
You know what I would like to do: make a film with actors standing in empty space so that the spectator would have to imagine the background of the characters.
Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
When you work with a good actor, there is this natural rapport and chemistry that develops over time. That chemistry helps your characters come alive and makes the story of the film that much more convincing.
When somebody who makes movies for a living - either as an actor, writer, producer or director - lives to be a certain age, you have to admire them. It is an act of courage to make a film - a courage for which you are not prepared in the rest of life. It is very hard and very destructive. But we do it because we love it.
I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.
Film is definitely a director's medium.
They're responsible for the look and everything, and you're a part of that process as an actor, and you try to contribute to the story. But I think it might sound a little pretentious for me to say I think of myself as an artist. I think of myself as a creative person.
I love the variety of films. In theater, you go into a room and the director runs the room, so you all work to his or her method. On film, if an actor or an actress is in for a day or two, the director has to get out of that actor what they need, so they have to change and adapt to that actor's technique.
Independent film is for actors that love to act.
In the (film) industry, body size doesn't matter.
What matters is how much an actor contributes through his performance and not his body size. It is important that every person should wear clothes that go with their body - the cut, the fabric make a lot of difference.
I'm a Method actor. I spent years training for the drinking and carousing I had to do in this film.
Heath Ledger's performance in 'The Dark Knight' quite simply changed the game.
He raised the bar not just for actors in superhero films, but young actors everywhere; for me. His performance was dark, anarchic, dizzying, free, and totally, thrillingly, dangerous.
Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?