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1. "David O. Russell is probably my favorite filmmaker. He's not only a great director, but he's also a great writer."
Author: Adam McKay
2. "I still have energy and some degree of youth, which is what a filmmaker needs."
Author: Alexander Payne
3. "I think I draw most inspiration from writers like Richelle Mead and filmmakers like John Hughes. They both really understand the experience of being a teenager and how insistent and intense everything feels, but they're also smart, savvy, and fun."
Author: Amanda Hocking
4. "Filmmakers need to realize that their job isn't done when they lock picture. We must see our films through."
Author: Ava DuVernay
5. "I think for female filmmakers a big issue is making their second and third films."
Author: Ava DuVernay
6. "There's a lot of Latinos right now, a lot of filmmakers and writers that are Latin too."
Author: Benicio Del Toro
7. "Ah, there's a director. Astonishing, Spike Lee. A feisty guy, but a guy who's, I think, incredibly misunderstood. I think people review his politics or his color as opposed to his filmmaking sometimes. Because he's a wonderful, wonderful filmmaker and a lover of the art."
Author: Brian Cox
8. "Every good writer or filmmaker has something eating at them, right? That they can't quite get off their back . And so your job is to make your audience care about your obsessions."
Author: Bruce Springsteen
9. "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."
Author: David Cronenberg
10. "It didn't get into Sundance although I showed a rough cut which is a mistake to all filmmakers out there."
Author: Donal Logue
11. "For young filmmakers, Saw is a perfect film. It doesn't cost the GNP of almost every country of the world."
Author: Donnie Wahlberg
12. "It takes years of building that experience as a filmmaker, as well as physically. You have to have a high level understanding of martial arts."
Author: Donnie Yen
13. "That's my advice for indie filmmakers: Marry a supermodel."
Author: Edward Burns
14. "I go to conventions and universities and talk to young filmmakers and everybody's making a zombie movie! It's because it's easy to get the neighbors to come out, put some ketchup on them."
Author: George A. Romero
15. "Many filmmakers pretend that they never see anything, which has always seemed odd to me."
Author: Jacques Rivette
16. "I had pictured myself as a filmmaker but I had never pictured myself as a director if that makes any sense at all."
Author: James Cameron
17. "Music is a very, very powerful tool that filmmakers use to sway people into emotions that they intend you to feel."
Author: James Ransone
18. "My favorite laser disk ever was the laser disk for The Graduate, which had a commentary track that wasn't even the filmmakers, it was a professor, some film criticism guy who just happen to be this amazing commentator who went off into the whole theory of comedy."
Author: Jay Roach
19. "Being a filmmaker is kind of like being a glorified spy."
Author: Jehane Noujaim
20. "We know as filmmakers where you draw the line."
Author: Jerry Bruckheimer
21. "It's a funny thing because you look at the careers of other filmmakers, and you see them sort of slow down, and you realize, maybe this becomes harder to do as you get older. That's sort of a cautionary thing. I hope it doesn't happen to me."
Author: Joel Coen
22. "In England, I'm a horror movie director. In Germany, I'm a filmmaker. In the US, I'm a bum."
Author: John Carpenter
23. "Thrillers are an enormous amount of fun for filmmakers."
Author: John McTiernan
24. "I'm not a master; I'm just a hard-working filmmaker. I would like everyone to see me as a friend rather than a master."
Author: John Woo
25. "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."
Author: Jonathan Lethem
26. "For any filmmaker who has just released a film and who is experiencing some measure of success, the temptation can be great to respond to every screening request that comes in."
Author: Julia Bacha
27. "I've been a documentary photographer for much longer than I have been a filmmaker."
Author: Lauren Greenfield
28. "What I would say to filmmakers, if I may be so bold or so arrogant, is to draw inspiration from other filmmakers, but go to the place in your own gut where everything is nothing. That's a very Zen thing to say, but that place of nothing is where real creativity comes out of."
Author: Lawrence Bender
29. "I've learned over the years that the best way to develop as an artist is to make things. So I tell young artists it's not enough to be an actor anymore, you have to be a filmmaker/writer/director. There's no excuse for waiting around for a job. You have to be active and make things."
Author: Liane Balaban
30. "Some documentaries are made by people who are driven more by one particular story, or have different backgrounds or ambitions, but I'm always looking for projects that let me be the best filmmaker I can be, and to be stretched and grow further."
Author: Lucy Walker
31. "I'd love for there to be a situation - a world in which that's just not even a question anymore. We are all filmmakers - different stripes, genders, sexual orientations, colors - and our work can be taken on its own terms. I'm really looking forward to that day."
Author: Lynn Shelton
32. "If I had a big brother who was a year older than me or something, I probably wouldn't have ended up being a filmmaker."
Author: M. Night Shyamalan
33. "I think as a filmmaker one should make all kinds of films. It is not that one should make only one kind of film. I love to see romantic films; I loved watching 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,' 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.' If I make such films, I will make it with my yardstick, according to my parameters."
Author: Madhur Bhandarkar
34. "I am an emotional and fragile person. I observe life, I am perceptive and can read a person's body language. I have a strong journalistic streak in me, and had I not been a filmmaker, I would have become a film journalist. I have combined my perceptive and journalistic traits to create my own brand of cinema."
Author: Madhur Bhandarkar
35. "Oh, filmmakers, please don't take my soft book and turn it into a horror, or take my horror and make it soft."
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
36. "God has been my number one inspiration. I also look up to Will Smith and Jamie Fox who are also personal friends of mine. They give me great career advice. I would also include Chris Stokes, as a filmmaker and music producer. I've been working with him since I was eight."
Author: Marques Houston
37. "As a European filmmaker, you can not make a genre film seriously. You can only make a parody."
Author: Michael Haneke
38. "As filmmakers, we want the audience to have the most complete experience they can. For example, I interviewed Stanley Kubrick years ago around the time of '2001: A Space Odyssey.' I was going to see the film that night in London, and he insisted I sit in one of four seats in the theater for the best view or not watch the film."
Author: Michael Mann
39. "There's as much great authorship in the filmmaker community as in the literary community, and I'd love to welcome more filmmakers into the fold."
Author: Nina Jacobson
40. "Ultimately, I am very filmmaker oriented, as a producer."
Author: Nina Jacobson
41. "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."
Author: Norman McLaren
42. "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."
Author: Peter Bart
43. "I have no directing ambition whatsoever. And as long as I meet filmmakers like Tom Hooper, Stephen Frears, and others who allow that collaboration, I can't see why I would ever want to direct."
Author: Peter Morgan
44. "My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you've got to be a filmmaker."
Author: Robert Wise
45. "The filmmakers who I'm pining to work for aren't ringing my phone off the hook."
Author: Sean Astin
46. "A lot of young filmmakers bring their movies to my dad because he always gives lots of good editing ideas and notes. He'd be a good film professor."
Author: Sofia Coppola
47. "I'm a filmmaker, so I always think: When is the breaking point? Sometimes you've got to go beyond the breaking point, and then you catch it. When is long enough? It's one of those things you have to look at, walk away, and go home and find out what it is."
Author: Steve McQueen
48. "I think, on a larger note, that filmmakers and studios should start to tuck it in a little bit, because films wouldn't have the pressure they have if the word wasn't out about how expensive they were."
Author: Ted Demme
49. "I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder."
Author: Theodore Bikel
50. "It's very funny because every time I make a movie, and I've heard this re-echoed by other filmmakers and actors I have worked with, you kind of feel like you're naked again. You have to figure it all out from scratch, as if you had never done it before."
Author: Todd Haynes

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