165 Inspiring Filmmaking Quotes from the Masters

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Top 10 Filmmaking Quotes (BEST)

  1. As they say in Corsica... Goodbye! — Gene Wilder
  2. I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera. — Gordon Parks
  3. Tagore once said - art has to be beautiful, but, before that, it has to be truthful. — Ritwik Ghatak
  4. The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed. — Gordon Parks
  5. We lay out our lives in a narrative we understand, like a movie, but are you enjoying making it or are you wondering who's watching my movie. — Donald Glover
  6. And Later I Thought, I Can't Think How Anyone Can Become a Director Without Learning the Craft of Cinematography. — Gus Van Sant
  7. Hollywood is still the mecca for good or bad, but it isn't the beginning or end for filmmaking. — Robert Duvall
  8. Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment. — Sidney Poitier
  9. Love is all a matter of timing. It's no good meeting the right person too soon or too late. — Wong Kar-wai
  10. Cinema’s characteristic forte is its ability to capture and communicate the intimacies of the human mind. — Satyajit Ray

The Most Famous Filmmaking Quotes

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Every single art form is involved in film, in a way. — Sydney Pollack

You shouldn't dream your film, you should make it! — Steven Spielberg

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Cinematography is a writing with images in mouvement and with sounds. — Robert Bresson

Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does. — Walter Murch

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There are no rules in filmmaking — Frank Capra

Most filmmaking is about shaking hands and just starting. — Abel Ferrara

Filmmaking is exploring. Why would I want to make a film about something I already understand? — John Cassavetes

The profession of film director can and should be such a high and precious one; that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge that will make him a better film director or human being. — Sergei Eisenstein

Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all. — Stanley Kubrick

Film provides an opportunity to marry the power of ideas with the power of images. — Steven Bochco

Short Filmmaking Quotes

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  • I had a love for photography, which of course rolled into cinematography. — Scoot McNairy
  • Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes. — Robert Altman
  • A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. — Orson Welles
  • When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.' — Quentin Tarantino
  • If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed. — Stanley Kubrick
  • I believe the experiences of life are more important than any film you make. — Nicole Kidman
  • Cinematography, a military art. Prepare a film like a battle. — Robert Bresson
  • Cinematography is infinite in its possibilities... much more so than music or language. — Conrad Hall
  • If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one. — Quentin Tarantino
  • When I work on a film, I always tend to relate to the crew. — Bryce Dallas Howard

Filmmaking Image Quotes

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Filmmaking quote by Frank Capra

There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness. — Frank Capra

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There are no rules in filmmaking — Frank Capra

Filmmaking quote Great moments are born from great opportunities.
Great moments are born from great opportunities.

Inspirational Filmmaking Quotes

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Casting is 65 percent of directing. — John Frankenheimer

Always remember, your focus determines your reality. — George Lucas

You need contrast and conflict in order to tell a story. Stories need to have dark and light, turmoil, all those things. But that does not mean the filmmaker has to suffer in order to show the suffering. Stories should have the suffering, not the people. — David Lynch

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There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness. — Frank Capra

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work. — William Klein

It's so freeing, it's beautiful in a way, to have a great failure, there's nowhere to go but up. — David Lynch

Like all art forms, film is a media as powerful as weapons of mass destruction; the only difference is that war destroys and film inspires. — Nicolas Winding Refn

Somewhere along the line we stopped believing we could do anything. And if we don't have our dreams, we have nothing. — Billy Bob Thornton

Technically, I direct, I’m a writer, and I do all these things, but I never went to school for them. It’s just something you pick up; it’s like its own art, basically. — Ryan Higa

I guess the dream would be to do movies, and keep people updated with my videos. — Ryan Higa

Documentary Filmmaking Quotes

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Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking. — Griffin Dunne

When a documentary filmmaker, working in the style that I do, suggests that there has been a shooting ratio of 40 hours to every one hour of finished film, that doesn't mean that the other 39 are bad. — Ken Burns

News makes things black and white. Documentary filmmaking should do the opposite. — Robert Greene

I wanted to describe the world at the same time, through image, express what I felt. It was the time of the great documentary filmmakers: Richard Leacock, Joris Ivens. Today, television has put an end to this type of filmmaking. — Krzysztof Kieslowski

My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries. — Lasse Hallstrom

My interest in painting is recording things. I think of myself as almost a documentary filmmaker... I've gotten into some curious situations. — Jamie Wyeth

Thhe essence of documentary filmmaking is how you manipulate the material to create an emotional impact, as opposed to just delivering information. — Richard Ray Perez

Investigative journalism has been relegated to a very, very tiny space in America. We don't really have much investigative journalism left. And the last refuge for it is documentary filmmaking. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

I live in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. and spend time in the West Village, where my wife Elizabeth Cotnoir, a writer-producer and documentary filmmaker, has an office. — Howard Shore

I began filmmaking in high school, at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. My first documentary was about a dysfunctional obese middle-aged carpet cleaner named Bill, who lived with his Mom, and his love affair with Anna, a drug-addicted prostitute. I made that when I was 16. — Yony Leyser

Filmmaker Quotes

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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. — Renny Harlin

The terrorists who committed the 2003 Istanbul attacks were locals, that is, Turks. And when filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered in the Netherlands last year, the murderer and his supporters were also part of the Muslim community. — Otto Schily

My teacher once told me – ”No one is perfect……..that is why pencils have erasers.” — Mahesh Bhatt

The biggest surprise about making a movie has got to be the wait in between takes. — Logan Paul

A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard. — Billy Wilder

America is White and Black and Latino and Asian. America is mixed. America is immigrants. — Jose Antonio Vargas

Everything about filmmaking is incredibly weird, and there's nothing natural about watching yourself on the big screen or hearing your voice. It's that same thing that you feel when you watch yourself on a video camera and you hate the sound of your voice - it's that times 800. — Eddie Redmayne

Editing is not merely a method of the junction of separate scenes or pieces, but is a method that controls the 'psychological guidance' of the spectator. — Vsevolod Pudovkin

Let me explain something you already know. I'm from Texas and we understand the nature of a border. From what I've seen, vigilant Texans are being ordered to stand down and allow criminals to pass. Mr. President, prepare to see Texans ignoring those orders. — Tommy Lee Jones

I love women. They're the best thing ever created. If they want to be like men and come down to our level, that's fine. — Mel Gibson

Independent Filmmaking Quotes

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But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a "serious" filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken. — James Gunn

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

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. — Stanley Kubrick

We are here predominantly to support independent filmmakers and their needs. We are also here to assist people actually in their production, non-commercial people in their production. — Ann Macbeth

Most independent filmmakers in Britain and North America work for commercial crews and then have their own projects when they've got enough money saved up to do so. — Ann Macbeth

I love independent filmmaking. I don't agree with a lot of it, but that's the point. — Gena Rowlands

I've spent a great deal of my life doing independent film, and that is partly because the subject matter interests me and partly because that is the basis of the film industry. That's where the film-makers come from, it's where they start and sometimes its where they should have stayed. — John Hurt

There's a tremendous intellectual fervor among independent filmmakers, and that has to be cultivated. — Dan Glickman

Whereas money is a means to an end for a filmmaker, to the corporate mind money is the end. Right now, I think independent film is very confused, because there's excess pressure in the marketplace for entertainment to pay off. — Robert Redford

Dancer, bride, runaway wife, radical filmmaker and pioneer - Shirley Clarke is one of the great undertold stories of American independent cinema. — Manohla Dargis

Film-making Quotes

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You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. — Ansel Adams

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. — Tom Cruise

I like serious films, the moneymaking blockbusters that don't make any kind of sense and John Carpenter films. — Pam Grier

I like the idea of making big budget films with a heart. I like graphic novels more than comic books. — Matthew Vaughn

We make films that we ourselves would want to see and then hope that other people would want to see it. If you try to analyze audiences or think there's some sophisticated recipe for success, then I think you are doomed. You're making it too complicated. — Brad Bird

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I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse. — Marlon Brando

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I want to make a film about a factory worker. — Richard Linklater

To make a great film you need three things - the script, the script and the script. — Alfred Hitchcock

Three films a day, three books a week and records of great music would be enough to make me happy to the day I die. — Francois Truffaut

I grew up watching monster movies and horror movies, which I felt were like fairy tales and I think this always spoke to me. Something about that is symbolism - the beauty and the magic which helps me work with film and start making modern fairy tales. — Tim Burton

Moviemaking Quotes

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In films, we are trained by the American way of moviemaking to think we must understand and 'get' everything right away. But this is not possible. When you eat a potato, you don't understand each atom of the potato! — Jean-Luc Godard

The art of moviemaking seems to get thrown away. The cinematography is gone, and the look of everything becomes of little importance. You lose the memorable images; everything looks like it's been shot at night with a security camera. — Rob Zombie

I think American cinema, particularly, has become so disposable. It's not even cinema, It's just moviemaking. — Eriq La Salle

Just because a movie is satisfactory means that the person who makes it is satisfactory. One can make a wonderful movie but still not be a wonderful person. In terms of interviews, it's probably not a good idea, because moviemakers tend not to tell the truth, even when asked a question. — Mamoru Oshii

It's easier for me to get comedies made because of my track record. Everybody needs to find their niche. I love dramas, but I understand that I am still just a young man in moviemaking. I know there will be some time to get back to that. — Ice Cube

Hollywood executives believe that money is both the be-all and end-all to the moviemaking process. — Leonard Maltin

People say I'm cocky, but am I supposed to sit here and be insecure and not know where my future's going or not realize that moviemaking is the greatest thing to happen to me? — Dale Carnegie

We saw what happens with Bolsheviks. It was another catastrophe. I don't have the solution. The moviemaker can ask questions but not give solutions. — Costa-Gavras

It's very, very rare in this business [moviemaking] where a script lands on your lap ready to go. — Leonardo DiCaprio

In moviemaking, you learn to pay attention to detail, because so much is in the detail. And when you're shooting, you try to be very alert to what's going on, even if you're tired. — Frederick Wiseman

Film Production Quotes

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When we film the TV show, it's with a hidden camera so we don't get to see how fans react to what we are doing and when fans watch it at home. — James Murray

The videos take months of prep. A lot of them take four to five days of relentless filming. There's a reason other people don't do what I do. — MrBeast

I think it would be really fun to film a drama in a foreign country. If the opportunity presents itself, I want to film a Chinese production. — Lee Min-ho

Right now my career is totally schizophrenic, because when an American production like Hitchcock Presents asks to see my work I would never dream of showing them my independent films. — Atom Egoyan

I thought that was a pretty stupid argument, really, because it's the final product that matters. The look of the film, however it's done, is still the cinematographer's vision in my mind. People said the same when color film came in, didn't they? The world evolves, and image-making evolves. — Roger Deakins

I am a product of Indian cinema; I've grown up watching Indian films ever since I can remember. And song and dance is part of our lives, it's part of our culture we wake up to songs, we sleep to lullabies, you know, we celebrate every religious and traditional function with music. — Karan Johar

You could get in rehearsals, pre-production, anything that would actually contribute to the understanding of how a film gets made. I actually find those things increase people's interest in a movie and like that better than worrying about showing the tricks behind the curtain. — Jay Roach

My first film goes into production in October. It's called White Boy Shuffle and it's based on a novel about a young black kid and it's sort of reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye. — Ryan Phillippe

Any time you talk about the look of the film, it's not just the director and the director of photography. You have to include the costume designer and the production designer. — Spike Lee

I was lucky enough to occasionally break out of that racist situation that prevails in the Hollywood film production community. But it was racist then and it will always be that way. It will never be otherwise. — J. J. Johnson

Film Directing Quotes

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Drama is life with the dull bits left out. There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. I believe in putting the horror in the minds of the audience, and not necessarily on the screen. The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder. — Alfred Hitchcock

It's not easy to strap yourself down to a desk and bash on a keyboard when you know you can direct lots of films, because directing films is fun and interactive and gregarious. Writing isn't. — Guy Ritchie

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

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 as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls. — Ingmar Bergman

That was certainly true the first time, when I did Body Heat, the first movie that I directed. I was looking for a vessel to tell a certain kind of story, and I was a huge fan of Film Noir, and what I liked about it was that it was so extreme in style. — Lawrence Kasdan

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. — David Fincher

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. — Charlie Hunnam

Before I go off and direct a movie, I always look at four films. They tend to be The Seven Samurai, Lawrence Of Arabia, It's A Wonderful Life and The Searchers. — Steven Spielberg

I like, as a director and a spectator, simple, direct, frank films. Nothing disgusts me more than snobbism, mannerism, technical gratuity... and, most of all, intellectualism. — John Ford

Film-makers Quotes

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My father was a film-maker. He always said he wanted to go like Humphrey Jennings, the legendary director who stepped backwards over a cliff while framing a better shot. — A. A. Gill

It seems that film-makers are being divided between those working in digital and those who are not. I think it's not something predetermined - it all depends on what project we have in mind, and on that basis we choose the medium. — Abbas Kiarostami

We, as film-makers, are privileged. We can make people cry or laugh. We can make them think and feel. It is a great privilege and a great responsibility. — Haskell Wexler

The Cannes film festival is about big-budget films but also remarkable films made in different political regimes by film-makers with little resources. — Kristin Scott Thomas

I've never been a puppeteer, I conceive and I write and I design and I direct. And not just puppets. I direct actors, I direct dancers, I direct singers, I direct films. I also direct puppeteers. I'm really a theatre maker, but there's not a word for that. — Julie Taymor

The greatest drawback in making pictures is the fact that film makers have to eat. — Ray Milland

I mean, I'm new but I've always been very interested in film making process and I've been lucky enough to work with film makers in my past that have been very encouraging to let me hang around. I get so emotionally vested - that the producer part of me was natural. — Charlize Theron

Hitchcock is the most-daring avant-garde film-maker in America today. — Andrew Sarris

Even for the most difficult scenes, and there are difficult scenes in the film, and because Michael Haneke is such a great film-maker - I think a great film-maker is not only being inspired, but how to do it, how to make it as real as possible, knowing that it's not real. — Isabelle Huppert

I got five kids, and my oldest is a documentary film maker and camera man, and still photographer. — Beau Bridges

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IN ALL MY FILMS, IT SEEMED IMPORTANT TO ME TO REMIND THE AUDIENCE TO THE FACT THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE, LOST IN AN EMPTY UNIVERSE, BUT THAT THEY ARE CONNECTED BY INNUMERABLE THREADS WITH THEIR PAST AND PRESENT, THAT THROUGH CERTAIN MYSTICAL WAYS, EVERY HUMAN BEING REALIZES THE RAPPORT WITH THE WORLD AND THE LIFE OF HUMANITY. — Andrei Tarkovsky

Time will tell ... whether folks want to point and stare at the black woman filmmaker who made a certain kind of film, and pat her on the back, or if they want to actually roll up the sleeves and do a little bit of work so that there can be more of me coming through. — Ava DuVernay

I believe the common denominator of the Universe is not harmony, but chaos, hostility and murder. — Werner Herzog

The man is clear in his mind, but his soul is mad. — Dennis Hopper

No saint, no pope, no general, no sultan, has ever had the power that a filmmaker has; the power to talk to hundreds of millions of people for two hours in the dark. — Frank Capra

I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in braille. I used to rub the dirty parts. — Woody Allen

The big-budget blockbuster is becoming one of the most dependable forms of filmmaking. — Peter Jackson

If you're just creative, you'll always have to rely on technical people. If you're creative and technical, you're unstoppable. — Robert Rodriguez

I prefer to do movies, just for the simple fact that in TV, there’s not much of a guarantee. They can pull the plug on you. — Vivica Fox

The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. — John Huston

You discover how confounding the world is when you try to draw it. You look at a car, and you try to see its car-ness, and you’re like an immigrant to your own world. You don’t have to travel to encounter weirdness. You wake up to it. — Shaun Tan

Saturday Night Live is such a comedy boot camp in a way, because you get to work with so many different people who come in to host the show and you get thrown into so many situations and learn how to think on your feet, so filmmaking actually feels slow, in a good way. — Will Ferrell

As filmmakers, we can show where a person's mind goes, as opposed to theater, which is more to sit back and watch it. — Darren Aronofsky

But I don't have such a strong desire to need to get away from filmmaking. — Mike Figgis

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Filmmaking quotes come from various sources, including filmmakers, actors, and film critics. They touch upon different aspects of the craft, such as storytelling, cinematography, directing, and acting. These quotes often emphasize the passion, dedication, and creativity required to bring a film to life. They also highlight the collaborative nature of filmmaking, as it involves a team of individuals working together to achieve a common vision. Overall, quotes about filmmaking provide valuable insights into the world of cinema and the art of storytelling through film.

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