Interesting Film Quotes – Insightful Thoughts On Movies, Cinema, And More


Interesting Film Quotes – Insightful Thoughts On Movies, Cinema, And More

Gain some insights into the world of film, cinema and movie-making through this collection of film quotes and sayings from actors, directors, and other celebrities.

“Most filmmaking is about shaking hands and just starting.”
– Abel Ferrara

“That’s easy to answer: I never had any special appetite for filmmaking, but you have to make a living and it is miraculous to earn a living working in film.”
– Alain Resnais

””A Great Movie Evolves when Everybody Has the Same Vision in Their Heads.””
– Alan Parker

“It’s always been my formula to get the next picture set up before anyone’s seen the last one.”
– Alan Rudolph

“The Mecca of filmmaking in the world just so happens to be in America. It’s quite simply a case of us just going where the work is.”
– Alex O’Loughlin

“What is filmmaking but groping in the dark?”
– Alexander Payne

“I definitely in filmmaking more and more find writing and directing a means to harvest material for editing. It’s all about editing.”
– Alexander Payne

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”
– Alfred Hitchcock

“Self-plagiarism is style.”
– Alfred Hitchcock

“I think I read films having grown up around the pre-production and post-production aspect of the filmmaking medium, a lot more than most young people who are in acting would have experienced. I do think about scripts in a different way. I can’t just read a script as an actor. I don’t know how to do that.”
– Alice Englert

“There is no filmmaking legislation because distributors are not interested in sharing their money with the film industry – for instance, by giving a percentage of ticket sales back to filmmakers.”
– Andrzej Wajda

“The difficulty with the present state of affairs is that there is no legislation on the sources of funding for the Polish film industry. There is no legislation concerning filmmaking. And, there is no legislation on television that would be beneficial to filmmaking.”
– Andrzej Wajda

“In Europe, there is no television filmmaking legislation that could assist film production because private broadcasters are not interested in supporting Polish film.”
– Andrzej Wajda

“However, that old mode of Polish filmmaking virtually disappeared.”
– Andrzej Wajda

“A novelty in Polish filmmaking was that it was possible to find funds for a big production. However, at the same time, the state budget committed less and less money to filmmaking.”
– Andrzej Wajda

“There’s a level of sophistication of filmmaking that’s mind-boggling. Anything you need for your movie, there’s an establishment that can make it happen really fast.”
– Ang Lee

“I don’t have incredible knowledge about films or of filmmaking history; I’m not that kind of person.”
– Ang Lee

“‘Rocket Science‘ is really where I fell in love with filmmaking, I think ‘Camp’ was incredible, but it was so bizarre, and I was trying to find my footing in this world where you don’t have an audience for immediate validation.”
– Anna Kendrick

“I feel like I’m still learning a lot. I think there’s a tendency for people who are just doing their first couple of films that I see now where they seem to be really resentful of the technical limitations that come along with filmmaking.”
– Anna Kendrick

“I like figuring out where I need to be mentally so that I’m not thinking about the camera and that it’s second nature. I want to get to a place where I can exist within the confines of what you can do with filmmaking and not have to think about it.”
– Anna Kendrick

“Some men don’t gel when it comes to work – you have different work ethics, different opinions, different points of views, different methods of filmmaking – and we didn’t gel.”
– Antoine Fuqua

“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’m sure I can make a movie that doesn’t feel like a seventies movie! But the truth is, that’s my favorite era in American filmmaking. To me, those were the great years.”
– Ben Affleck

“When you start out as a filmmaker, you do parodies, because you can’t really compete on a studio level.”
– Bill Paxton

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

“The test audience holds a great deal of power in the process of filmmaking in the United States.”
– Brendan Fraser

“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.”
– Brian Cox

“The Biggest Mistake in Student Films is That They Are Usually Cast So Badly, With Friends and People the Directors Know.”
– Brian De Palma

“A lot of people think, ‘I’ll give acting or poetry or filmmaking a try. And if it doesn’t work out I’ll go get a law degree, do something else that’s more practical.’ For me I went the reverse way. I lived the back-up plan.”
– Brit Marling

“Nothing Recedes Like Success.”
– Bryan Forbes

“I love filmmaking, and I love the process. And I would rather do nothing else. It’s a privilege to be able to paint such big pictures, so to speak.”
– Bryan Singer

“In the future, everybody is going to be a director. Somebody’s got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about.”
– Cameron Crowe

“All I Need to Make a Comedy is a Park, a Policeman and a Pretty Girl.”
– Charlie Chaplin

“I feel 100% sure that I have the career that I have today because of independent filmmaking.”
– Charlize Theron

“The process of filmmaking is very musical, you get into the rhythm and the rhythmics of how someone is, especially with Woody Allen who is very much into body language and body movement.”
– Charlotte Rampling

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