When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'— Quentin Tarantino
Unexpected Film School quotations
Directing ain't about drawing a neat little picture and showing it to the cameraman. I didn't want to go to film school. I didn't know what the point was. The fact is, you don't know what directing is until the sun is setting and you've got to get five shots and you're only going to get two.
My best film is always my next film. I couldn't make Chungking Express now, because of the way I live and drink I've forgotten how I did it. I don't believe in film school or film theory. Just try and get in there and make the bloody film, do good work and be with people you love.
Yeah, D-Wade called me up last night and said that he saw some film of me in high school and thinks that my form then was better and that I should shoot like that. I told him I'd think about it and then my pops called and said something like that so I decided to revert back and then.
I got expelled from high school, and then did my exams from home.
I decided, through that experience, that I was going to expediate my plan and didn't go to university. Instead, I went to a community college and studied the theory and history of film with the idea that I wanted to write and direct.
I am really not of the school of naturalism.
I like style, and you can use more style in theater than in film roles. I love to sink my teeth into a part.
It was the beginning of film for television.
So we had all of these great opportunities. Northwestern was probably the only major film school of its kind at the time that was graduating anybody important.
Someone said to me, early on in film school.
.. if you can photograph the human face you can photograph anything, because that is the most difficult and most interesting thing to photograph.
I'm not coming from film school, I learned cinema in the cinema watching films.
While you are walking you would learn much more about filmmaking than if you were in a classroom. During your voyage you will learn more about what your future holds than in five years at film school. Your experiences would be the very opposite of academic knowledge, for academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion.
Of course, you could, no doubt, call my going to film school the biggest mistake I ever made.
I attend film school, my background is acting and directing.
But the acting does best, I like to work on the stage.
The informing idea of what you want to say and do, that's what will take you from film school to professional - the idea. That's what is original to you.
I was in school, but I wasn't into school.
I wasn't doing what I wanted to be doing in school, which was film studies. That was what I intended on doing, but I didn't go away to a university because I wanted to stay in L.A. and audition while I took classes, so I elected to go to a community college and just take G.E. courses. It was terrible.
And of course I've got kids of my own now, and they love me being in the Harry Potter films. I'm now part of a phenomenon. You become incredibly cool to your kids, and you get a young fan base. So you became the cool dad at school. You're suddenly hip.
I did theatre a lot when I was a kid.
Then I went to acting school in New York. I did a lot of behind the scenes in college. I wanted to learn while I had the time. I studied theatre and film in different capacities.
When I originally entered UCLA, I had planned to go for a film major, but I kept finding myself taking math classes for fun, 'cause I missed them from high school!
I do photography and I studied film at school.
So I've always really enjoyed that and I've got an eye for camera angles I guess. I've never taken that into filming wildlife.
Almost all the movies I've directed are adaptations.
And I think what I found when I went to film school, where they try to push you to find your voice or your thing, is that I got a lot of things out of adaptations.
I'm not coming from film school. I learned cinema in the cinema watching films, so you always have a curiosity. I say, 'Well, what if I make a film in this genre? What if I make this film like this?'
My son is trying to be a sports writer, and my daughter is a college student.
She wants to be a comedy writer, and she's at film school. I discouraged both of them early on from getting involved in Starbucks. I didn't think it would be fair; plus, they didn't have any interest anyway.
We already have so much pressure towards sameness through radio, film and comic outside the school, that we can't afford to do a thing inside that is not toward individual development.
Every film is a challenge. I always say that making a movie is like film school - you're always learning. But unlike most schools, you never get done with it. You never learn everything.
Film students should stay as far away from film schools and film teachers as possible. The only school for the cinema is the cinema.
Because I didn't go to film school, you learn so much from a lot of creative artists.
I went to the High School for Performing Arts in New York for acting.
I've studied it on and off for years and have done some theater and film.
If I wasn't a trader, I would probably be in the film business in some capacity and writing in some other form. I went to NYU Film School and London Film School.
Most young people make films to be accepted, to be discovered, when in fact that was the last idea with the group I went to film school with. To be discovered was not our intention. Our intention was to tell our story our way, and make our own mistakes and learn from film to film.
I didn't go to film school. I got my education on the set as a niche publicist in the film industry.
I'm more a fan of old-school films with really interesting stories and good performances. That's what I'd like to do.
I'm not a film-school guy. I was a high-school dropout. I was on a nuclear submarine. I was an electrician. I was a house painter. So if you get in my face, I'm going to fight you.
And so I look back on not just the last ten years but everything that I've done as being sort of an ongoing growing continual film school. I mean I don't think I've got to a point where I've achieved anything that feels like, a particular milestone, but there's still a lot more to learn and hopefully a lot more films to make.
I think I veered towards filmmaking because there's more of a sense of control in it. You're not waiting to be picked. That said, in film school I acted in probably 6,000 student films because no other filmmakers knew anyone who wanted to act. It was all a big beautiful snake eating its tail, progressing along the way.
I didnt go to film school, i went to films
You will learn more by walking from Canada to Guatemala than you will ever learn in film school.