Good theatre draws the energies out of the place where it is and gives it back as joie de vivre.— Joan Littlewood
Jittery Good Director quotations
It began when I was so ill that there was a good chance of dying.
I promised myself that if I survived I would never again pander to a magazine's requests or follow the ideas of art directors. I would only make images which were personal, which arose out of my own life.
It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.
There are no good and bad movies, only good and bad directors
A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.
I never had any classes or went to theatre school like a lot of actors, so all of my training has been on stage with different directors. That was a pretty good school room.
My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director.
... (when asked who wrote 'Some Enchanted Evening') Rodgers and Hammerstein, if you can imagine it taking two men to write one song. ... Good authors, too, who once knew better words now use only four-letter words writing prose. ... Brush up your Shakespeare and they'll all kowtow.
There's nothing really original. Alien was a B-movie. Five directors passed on it before me. Because I was into Heavy Metal, I read it, and thought, "Wow, I want to do this." I was on a plane to Hollywood in 22 hours. It was a B-movie and was elevated to an A-plus movie by sheer good taste.
If the audience gets everything, if they see the photography and notice that it is good, then the story goes out the window, but if you become involved with the lives of the actors and forget that you are seeing mechanical devices on a huge screen - forget the make-believe - this is the job of the director to involve the audience with the actors.
Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?
Audiences are harder to please if you're just giving them effects, but they're easy to please if it's a good story.
I got a nomination for director, which means the world to me;
it's just the most exciting thing for me and my family. You do the good hard work, and the rest of it is something you shouldn't get too caught up in, but when it happens - boy! I respect it.
Any good director creates a playground.
That's what they do. They hire the right actor, open the door and let them play because stuff will happen, right then and there. The audience wants to believe that what's going on is happening for the first time, ever. That's what acting is. That's what good scene writing is.
As the cinematographer is usually more visual than the director is and full cooperation is really the answer and to make a great film, you need a good director and you need a good cinematographer.
I think doing something creative is the most important thing to me, and I think it's probably just good for the soul for anyone, whatever it is. You don't have to be a film director - you can do gardening or something - but I think everyone needs to create something.
So yeah, a good director will be able to listen and hear everything, but have a confident vision of his own that he can say, 'oh yeah - that's a great point.' And you never know; often you can help far more than you think you can, because there's so much more that he's juggling than an actor.
I will work with a director who has good material because at the end of the day, that's what counts.
I guarantee you that two directors that are any good can take the same story, change the name of the characters, change the name of the town, and make an entirely different picture.
I would take a bad script and a good director any day against a good script and a bad director.
There are definitely reasons to do certain things, but I like to stick to good director, good actor, good script.
Technological civilization... rests fundamentally on power-driven machinery which transcends the physical limits of its human directors, multiplying indefinitely the capacity for the production of goods. Science in all its branches - physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology - is the servant and upholder of this system
A musical is only as good as its director. The same can also be said for the CIA.
I think a good director casts a film so that the actors bring a lot to the table.
It's turned into a world of amateurs.
There are amateur actors making millions of dollars, amateur cinematographers, amateur directors... Jesus, these amateur directors can get deals for anything. Another comic book? Oh, very good.
I feel that the critic and music director should have such a good relationship they can pick up the phone and call each other any time.
There are so many elements that make a good film. You need a great director who's driving it.
I had been doing summer stock every summer while I was in college.
We did a showcase, like most good conservatories do - monologues and things that agents and casting directors come to see. From that I got an agent.
Being a good director is knowing sometimes when not to say something.
I like to be cast well and then I like to be left alone.
And good directors, that's generally what they do when they hire you because you have something that's useful to the part, and then they leave you alone. The times that I've run into trouble is when, very rare actually, but you get hired and then there's some sort of makeover involved.
If the script's good, everything you need is in there. I just try and feel it, and do it honestly.
Give me a good script, and I'll be a hundred times better as a director.
I remember a long, long day of filming and it took forever to get Kirk Douglas up on his cross. We played a terrible joke on him when, as he was safely installed, the assistant director called lunch and left him up there. He could have had the lot of us fired but he was very good about it. You have to have a sense of humor in this industry.
Obviously, if a director doesn't communicative a clear, relevant vision of the material, it will not succeed no matter how good the material.
A good director's not sure when he gets on the set what he's going to do.
When I see a short schedule, my question to the director is, are you really comfortable with this, or are you doing it to be a good boy? At the end, you only win the medal if the film is good, you don't win a medal if the movie is on time.