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Quotes on Filmmaking

“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. If you can light and photograph the human face to bring out what’s within that human face you can do anything.”
– Roger Deakins, nominated for 10 Oscars in Cinematography as of 2013.

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

“The hardest part about directing is getting out of the car.”
-Stanley Kubrick

“There’s nothing quite like the idea of failing spectacularly to excite a film maker”
– Mike Figgis

“Films are always pretentious. There’s nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.”
– John Milius

“A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”
– Stanley Kubrick

“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

“I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today’s movies. They believe everything they’re hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up.”
– Christopher Nolan