Indie Inspiration

Indie Inspiration: Ten Quotes about Filmmaking

In this week’s Indie inspiration: Ten Quotes About Filmmaking by various directors.

Ardent Partner Christopher Comrie shares favorite quotes on directing and making films that reflect his own taste, ignite, or inspire him.

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
– Orson Welles

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

Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.
– Banksy

I don’t try to guess what a million people will like. It’s hard enough to know what I like.
– John Huston

The only safe thing is to take a chance.
– Mike Nichols

Eighty percent of success is turning up.
– Woody Allen

A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.
Billy Wilder

Dialogue is not uncinematic.
– Sidney Lumet 

Most people don’t know what they want or feel. And for everyone, myself included, It’s very difficult to say what you mean when what you mean is painful. The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to… As an artist, I feel that we must try many things – but above all, we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be bad – to be willing to risk everything to really express it all.
–John Cassavetes

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

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