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1. "Yeah, I've worked with a couple of female directors, now, and I think that they're amazing. As good or better than guy directors."
Author: Alia Shawkat
2. "My agent in Sweden used to send off interview tapes but I decided to take it upon myself and come to London to visit casting directors which is when things first started taking off for me. I love Sweden but the industry out here is quite small so when I was given the chance to go internationally I took it."
Author: Alicia Vikander
3. "I will argue my points; I will have my opinions. But at the end of the day, it's the director's choice."
Author: Amy Irving
4. "I've always said to people that auteurism is nice, but it's hypothetical, and gradually you learn how much or how little influence different directors had."
Author: Andrew Sarris
5. "An actor finds things in the moment with a director and other actors that you don't have time to hand-draw or animate with a computer."
Author: Andy Serkis
6. "As an artist, program directors always want to put you in a little box."
Author: Angie Stone
7. "I didn't so much choose the film as director Claire Denis chose me."
Author: Beatrice Dalle
8. "What made this particularly interesting is that John Howard is by far the dullest man in Australia. Imagine a very committed funeral home director – someone whose burning ambition from the age of eleven was to be a funeral home director, whose proudest achievement in adulthood was to be elected president of the Queanbeyan and District Funeral Home Directors' Association – then halve his personality and halve it again, and you have pretty well got John Howard."
Author: Bill Bryson
9. "'Days of Our Lives' was an insane schedule. You're doing a whole one-hour show in a day. You do a very cursory run-through with the director telling you where you're going to be standing, then you do a quick rehearsal on camera and you shoot it."
Author: Charles Shaughnessy
10. "Directors have been trying to get me to do comedy for a long time, ever since 'One Eight Seven.'"
Author: Clifton Collins Jr.
11. "I kind of have an interest in all history. And I suspect it comes from being Irish - we like stories, we like telling stories, which makes a lot of us lean towards being writers or actors or directors."
Author: Colm Meaney
12. "The majority of people know me as a dancer, but they don't also know that I'm a director, a songwriter and a producer."
Author: Cris Judd
13. "I know you can't see it, not you, Ed, but maybe if I tell you the whole plot you'll understand it this once, because even now I want you to see it. I don't love you anymore, of course I don't, but there's still something I can show you. You know I want to be a director, but you never truly see the movies in my head and that, Ed, is why we broke up."
Author: Daniel Handler
14. "Pretty much, the writer's in charge in theater. Of course you're in charge with the director, but no one can change your words. People can give you notes, but you don't have to take them. In Hollywood you take them and you cash your check and that's your job. It's very different."
Author: David Lindsay Abaire
15. "I felt that if there wasn't going to be a good opportunity, then I would just go back to second units which I love, keep working with great directors, keep learning and knowing that the opportunity would come when the time was right."
Author: David R. Ellis
16. "We're producing a movie now, 'The Onion' Movie, and it's very difficult for me to be on the set. If I'm not right in the trenches, it's very difficult for me to watch another director, because I'm not involved and it's not exciting."
Author: David Zucker
17. "Nobody taught Picasso how to paint - he learned for himself. And nobody can teach you to be a producer. You can learn the mechanics, but you can't learn what's right about a script or a director or an actor. That comes from instinct and intuition. It comes from inside you."
Author: Dino De Laurentiis
18. "The way I see it, when I go out as an actor, it should be on a type of film I'm never going to do as a director."
Author: Edward Burns
19. "I think every movie is its own little world, and a director certainly sets the tone."
Author: Famke Janssen
20. "I wanted to do - there was this film called 'Magic' that Anthony Hopkins did. And the director wanted me. The writer wanted me. Joe Levine said no, I don't want any comedians in this."
Author: Gene Wilder
21. "But at the same time, never having final cut before, I really learned an interesting thing for any studio executive who is reading this: that if a director has final cut, it's actually easier and more interesting to listen to notes."
Author: Griffin Dunne
22. "I tend to project my father figure onto any director that I'm working with, or mother, if I'm working with a female, or it can be confused."
Author: Guy Pearce
23. "My biggest role as director on the film is keeping a sense of the overview - how to cast the movie and shoot it in such a way that it will cut together. And how to design the style and tone."
Author: Jay Roach
24. "I would like you to consider the difference in the time from 1963 to date. The FBI, at that time, was headed by Mr. Hoover who had been appointed Director continuously. He had, I would say, a good reputation."
Author: John Sherman Cooper
25. "I basically put myself into directors' hands and let them tell me what to do, and the more they told me what to do, the more I liked it."
Author: Julie Christie
26. "I seemed to belong to three countries: I had an apartment in Paris, a house in Hollywood, and when I married British theater director Peter Hall, I moved to London."
Author: Leslie Caron
27. "I was taken to one place by a director, and he bought me a lap dance."
Author: Lexa Doig
28. "I think today there are too many directors taking themselves seriously; the only one capable of saying anything really new and interesting is Luis Bunuel. He's a very great director."
Author: Luchino Visconti
29. "When tradition is thought to state the way things really are, it becomes the director and judge of our lives; we are, in effect, imprisoned by it. On the other hand, tradition can be understood as a pointer to that which is beyond tradition: the sacred. Then it functions not as a prison but as a lens."
Author: Marcus J. Borg
30. "Do you know what directors go through? It's just hell. Like, why do I work so hard - to think I'm only going to see this movie five times and then never see it again 'cause I'm so sick of it? What is it worth, honestly?"
Author: Michael Bay
31. "After I directed for the first time, I wanted to call every director I'd ever worked with and apologize. In television you are tasked with shooting 42 minutes, or whatever, in eight days. That's not a lot of time."
Author: Michelle MacLaren
32. "My first motion capture game was with Sony - 'NBA: The Life.' It was very ahead of its time. Brandon Akiaten, he was the writer and director. He had a real vision of what this game was meant to be; it was a basketball game where I was the Jerry Maguire sports agent type guy. And it was great!"
Author: Nolan North
33. "I'll admit, sometimes I've paid the bills with acting. You know the phrase, 'It's one for the money, two for the showreel.' I don't want that as a director. I don't want to compromise myself. There's a big old wide world out there. I want to explore it."
Author: Paddy Considine
34. "In the end, it's acting, it's not real. But every director will tell you that you have to create conditions that create tension, because tension is what makes drama feel real."
Author: Paul Greengrass
35. "Every film I've ever worked on, and that includes 'Braveheart' and 'Trainspotting,' I've always witnessed a director having a breakdown. Every director will have a day, without exception, where they just can't do it anymore, they don't know what to say to their cameraman, their cast. It's the sign of real, physical exhaustion."
Author: Peter Mullan
36. "Nay, you attract mayhem, chaos, and anarchy wherever your delicate feet tread. Around you there is no such thing as a coincidence.""Why do you think it is always me, Director?" Eliza protested. "It could be Books. My father always told me to beware the quiet ones!"
Author: Philippa Ballantine
37. "An even more pointed example of the the power of the silence tabu in libraries occurred in Duluth in 1981. The police were pursuing a fugitive from justice who ran into the public library. Uniformed police surrounded the building, and the library director was notified that only unobtrusive plainclothesmen were entering the building. Their instructions: "When you find him, overpower him. Quietly." It was done, and only a few people in the crowded building saw a handcuffed man being ushered past the checkout counter. "See," one librarian remarked quietly to an amazed person, "that's what happens when you don't pay your book fines."
Author: Ray B. Browne
38. "When I came to England, the first director I met was Charles Sturridge, who told me, 'You speak like somebody out of the 1950s.'"
Author: Richard E. Grant
39. "But for me, the challenge is how you turn a character into behavior. Once the director says 'action', you just try to live between those two worlds."
Author: Robert Duvall
40. "And so, given the musical sensibilities Hatcher treasured in his earthly life, it is hard to exaggerate the severity of his torture at standing naked in his tiny kitchen in Hell as former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover sings a Bee Gees disco song backed by a full studio orchestra and Robin and Maurice."
Author: Robert Olen Butler
41. "Ever director has at least 10 bad films in them."
Author: Robert Rodriguez
42. "And I think one way or another it's evident to those who work with me that as a writer, a director, a friend, as somebody's there that's very anxious to get the movie made."
Author: Robert Towne
43. "All the jobs I've gotten in the last two years are because directors have seen the work I've done - indie films, plays, short student films, TV - since I moved to the states in 1996. I mean, I have an entire career in Canada that nobody has seen."
Author: Sandra Oh
44. "I like working as a director most."
Author: Stephen Chow
45. "To me the director's job is to leave it in better shape than you found it, literally."
Author: Steven Soderbergh
46. "Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate."
Author: Sun Tzu
47. "The jostling of young minds against each other has this wonderful attribute that one can never foresee the spark, nor predict the flash. What will spring up in a moment? Nobody knows. A burst of laughter starts from a scene of emotion. In a moment of buffoonery, the serious enters. Impulses depend on a chance word. The spirit of each is sovereign. A jest suffices to open the door to the unexpected. They are conferences with sharp turns, where the perspective suddenly changes. Chance is the director of these conversations."
Author: Victor Hugo
48. "I think 'Trial & Retribution' as a brand can go on forever. Its joy is that it has, to an extent, a formula, which gives a comfort routine for viewers. But we allow our directors total autarchy in putting their personalities on their stories."
Author: Victoria Smurfit
49. "I wouldn't not want to be a director and write as I wouldn't not to want to be a writer and direct movies."
Author: Walter Hill
50. "I'd love to do a Michel Gondry film. That would be ideal! I'd love to do an Almodovar film; you know, I think he's very, very talented. I don't care that people say he's pretentious. So what? He's a good director; he can be pretentious."
Author: William Moseley

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