Do you have an interest in the art of film making? Do you ever wonder what motivates the great story tellers of the silver screen and how they got started in the madness of making movies? Well now is your chance to find out. Here are some quotes coming from a handful of great directors to help you dive into film making!
"There are a million ideas in a world of stories. Humans are storytelling animals. Everything's a story, everyone's got stories, we're perceiving stories, we're interested in stories. So to me, the big nut to crack is how to tell a story, what's the right way to tell a particular story."
"Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me."
"To make Michael Myers frightening, I made him walk like a man, not a monster."
"I try to just make what I want to make or what I would want to see. I try not to think about the audience too much."
"Before I go off and direct a movie, I always look at four films. They tend to be The Seven Samurai, Lawrence of Arabia, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Searchers."
"Always get to the set or the location early, so that you can be all alone and draw your inspiration for the blocking and the setups in private and quiet. In one sense, it's about protecting yourself; in another sense, it's about always being open to surprise, even from the set, because there may be some detail that you hadn't noticed. I think this is crucial. There are many pictures that seem good in so many ways except one: They lack a sense of surprise, they've never left the page."
"You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity."
"If you want to make a movie, make it. Don't wait for a grant, don't wait for the perfect circumstances, just make it.
"When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, "no, I went to films."
"The lies are in the dialogue, the truth is in the visuals."
"A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant, and a bastard."
"I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me, I'm always interested in movies that scar. The thing I love about Jaws is the fact that I've never gone swimming in the ocean again."
"The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture."
Now Make A Movie!
Now it's your time to shine. Take this advice from these brilliant minds and get lost in the madness yourself. Filmmaking is therapy. It's your chance to express any crazy thought that runs through your imagination. It can also be a great way to finally find your clique. Artists of all kinds tend to be outcasts due to people not understanding the way they see things. Making movies or other forms of art can be your way to escape the life of being an outsider. Find a handful of people with the same artistic eye and get to it. I promise they will become some of your best friends and you will have the best memories from making art. So steal your parents old camera or just use your cellphone. You don't need the best of equipment to make art. Art is whatever comes to your heart. So get out there and make a movie, and maybe one day you'll be on a list like this sharing advice with the next generation of young film fans.
Who are some of your favorite directors or just simply someone that inspires your creativity? Let's get a conversation going in the comment section below!