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Everybody's a filmmaker today.
- John Milius

Related topics: Movies

As a filmmaker you get typecast just as much as an actor does,
so I'm trapped in a genre that I love,
but I'm trapped in it!
- George A. Romero

The thing is, I'm a very practical filmmaker.
- Stanley Tucci

In England, I'm a horror movie director.
In Germany, I'm a filmmaker.
In the US, I'm a bum.
- John Carpenter

 

I was always a filmmaker before I was anything else.
If I was always anything, I was a storyteller,
and it never really made much of a difference to me what medium I worked in.
- Nicholas Meyer

The filmmaker's got to make it his story and the actors
have got to make it their story.
- Rachel Griffiths

I don't really pay attention to the filmmaker thing.
- Jason Mewes

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I am the luckiest filmmaker I know.
- Jodie Foster

I'm not a politician; I'm lucky to be a filmmaker and
to be able to express myself through the films I make.
- Mathieu Kassovitz

A filmmaker can never be distant from his roots.
- Walter Salles

I live in New York City, the stories of my films take place in New York;
I'm a New York filmmaker.
- Spike Lee

I'd made these experimental films but I thought the
major chore of a filmmaker was to relate to actors.
- Bill Forsyth

You've got to believe as a filmmaker that if a movie's good enough,
it's going to survive; and if it's not,
well, it won't.
- Sam Mendes

My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance.
You have to do this if you've got to be a filmmaker.
- Robert Wise

I'm only a stupid filmmaker.
- Roland Emmerich

In any art movement, the art has to move into a new phase -
a filmmaker has a desire to make a film that is not like a previous film.
- Norman McLaren

I've always considered myself a filmmaker who writes stuff for himself to do.
- Quentin Tarantino

I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker
is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.
- Edward Zwick

With the Ford Foundation grant all of a sudden instead
of being an artist that had made a couple of short films,
I became a filmmaker who dabbled in the arts.
- Bruce Conner

I learn so much from watching films like that with
commentary and then when you get to hear another filmmaker
talk about their films it's a really great experience.
- Jay Roach

I like Spike Lee a lot.
He's incredibly gifted and I don't think he gets the
credit he deserves as a filmmaker.
- Tim Robbins

My cousin Malcolm Lee is also a filmmaker.
- Spike Lee

I had pictured myself as a filmmaker but I had never
pictured myself as a director if that makes any sense at all.
- James Cameron

In most films music is brought in at the end,
after the picture is more or less locked,
to amplify the emotions the filmmaker wants you to feel.
- Ken Burns

You can't second-guess yourself as a filmmaker.
- Ralph Bakshi

I would certainly say that films like Time Code and
the Loss of Sexual Innocence were far more rewarding
to me in terms of being able to move forward as a filmmaker.
- Mike Figgis

Films are always pretentious.
There's nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.
- John Milius

On one hand, as a filmmaker, I don't want to make a
movie with guns everywhere.
- Jim McKay

I'm really interested in having a studio one day and being a filmmaker.
- Ryan Phillippe

A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist
has when he buys himself some paper.
- Stanley Kubrick

I was very committed to the process of composing,
working at poems, putting things together and taking
them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
- David Antin

When I was young, my idea was to become a filmmaker.
- Patrice Leconte

I feel like I'm a filmmaker; I don't feel I need to yell action and cut.
- John Cusack

When you start out as a filmmaker, you do parodies,
because you can't really compete on a studio level.
- Bill Paxton

I'm a filmmaker, not a scientist.
- Roland Emmerich

I don't think of myself as a director or writer.
I think of myself as a filmmaker.
- Conrad Hall

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

You're seeing me develop, not only as a filmmaker if
you've seen my earlier films,
but you're seeing me kind of learn how to be a human,
how my philosophy has evolved.
- David Cronenberg

I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something
else which extended from the visual arts into the making
of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction.
- Jonathan Lethem

I thought I was going to be a filmmaker but at the
same time I was an intellectual and I felt that I could
make a contribution to some field,
as yet, not invented.
- Ted Nelson

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

There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging
stories have to be mutually exclusive -
in fact,
each can fuel the other.
As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost.
If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding
of a time or a circumstance,
then the hope is that change can happen.
- Edward Zwick

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

Well, I think one of the reasons Chicago became so
popular as a filmmaker location is because New York
had been used so many times that Chicago,
I think, was rediscovered maybe in the late '60s,
early '70s for a long time as a new location.
- Richard Roeper

An Oscar means a lot of things because it's like the
ultimate award for a filmmaker so it feels great.
But I think you have to consider awards with some distance
and not get obsessed with it.
When you're creating you shouldn't think about it.
- Alejandro Amenabar

But I did on projects that I produced,
that I directed, that I acted in because it was important.
I want to be a filmmaker.
I don't want to be an actor who directs,
I want to be a director.
I want to be a filmmaker.
So that's a big difference.
- Eriq La Salle

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

I really took filmmaking very seriously...
It was an honor and then a crutch also,
because at a young age, I was like, I guess I'm a serious filmmaker.
I never set out to be a serious filmmaker.
I just set out to make movies.
- John Singleton

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

We probably do not have a large enough industry here
to ably support the independent filmmaker to move in and out.
Much of the industry is based on full-time jobs here,
institutionalised jobs.
- Ann Macbeth

I'm actually part of a number of minorities.
I grew up being a horribly awkward kid.
A terrible student.
And now I find myself as a filmmaker,
and you feel kind of alone in the world because you're
separate from everyone else.
- Bryan Singer

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

This generation of filmmakers is very good.
They're seasoned, for some reason.
- Dennis Farina

I think there is a feeling of old Hitchcock in there.
There are parts that are tributes to some of the old
great horror movies and the old great filmmakers.
- Gina Philips

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

Filmmakers are going to make films, just like painters are going to paint.
- Richard Linklater

I think filmmakers want their movies to be seen.
- Alex Winter

I have lot of respect of filmmakers who work in Telugu and Tamil.
- Anil Kapoor

I don't think people have been able to deal with the
fact that African American filmmakers can make movies
about life and relationships.
- Tim Robbins

I don't think it's the job of filmmakers to give anybody answers.
I do think, though, that a good film makes you ask
questions of yourself as you leave the theatre.
- Paul Haggis

Filmmakers who use narrators pay a price for taking the easy way:
narrated films date far more quickly than films without narrators.
- Bruce Jackson

Historically, filmmakers always fall in love with every frame,
but now that even neophytes are given final cut,
this love affair carries with it serious economic implications.
- Peter Bart

Many filmmakers pretend that they never see anything,
which has always seemed odd to me.
- Jacques Rivette

There's a lot of Latinos right now, a lot of filmmakers
and writers that are Latin too.
- Benicio Del Toro

I find a lot of young filmmakers make too much of an
effort to be trendy and they can be pretentious.
- Sadie Frost

I feel safe in saying this, and that is that Peter
Weir is without a doubt one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
I'd open a door in a movie for him if he asked me to.
- Paul Bettany

The filmmakers always have a great level of control.
- John Milius

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

I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted in
the way that other filmmakers are gifted.
- Steven Soderbergh

It didn't get into Sundance although I showed a rough
cut which is a mistake to all filmmakers out there.
- Donal Logue

I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity
to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
- Theodore Bikel


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