Sunday, February 18, 2007

Some quotes from filmakers and others i admire...

The beginning dictates the direction and you never know where you're going to go... the mood is what you're looking for, and somehow we always find it"

"All my movies are about strange worlds that you can't go into unless you build them and film them. That's what's so important about film to me. I just like going into strange worlds."

"Many of the things that you subconsciously use in painting you use in film... but I don't think about it so much as feel it"

-- David Lynch

"A film is a petrified fountain of thought."

"True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing."

"Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious."

"An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original."

-- Jean Cocteau

"I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle."

"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."

"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. "

"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."

-- Alfred Hitchcock

I think you can learn a lot from books, but you can't learn it [filmmaking] unless you know what it really means practically. So you gotta combine making films, watching films, listening to other filmmakers, and reading about films, for it to all make sense in a way that's really gonna teach you how to do it. And editing films is a key thing you have to know about. You've got to figure that stuff out if you're really gonna be fully-formed, and be able to make a movie where you don't need a lot of support.

-- Wes Anderson

"The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't."

-- Jean-Luc Godard

"I don't think that writers or painters or filmmakers function because they have something they particularly want to say. They have something that they feel. And they like the art form; they like words, or the smell of paint, or celluloid and photographic images and working with actors. I don't think that any genuine artist has ever been oriented by some didactic point of view, even if he thought he was."

-- Stanley Kubrick

"Films today show only a dream world and have lost touch with the way people really are... In this country, people die at 21. They die emotionally at 21, maybe younger... My responsibility as an artist is to help people get past 21... The films are a roadmap through emotional and intellectual terrain that provides a solution on how to save pain."

-- John Cassavetes

k... time for a change of pace... sorry bout da jump in topic 2 atheism... but hey if u know me then u already know how i am so u gotta luv me 4 it...

The following is from Einstein and Religion by Max Jammer, Princeton University Press
"I'm not an atheist, and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations."

-- Einstein...
my hero in more ways then i can explain...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your experience

tragically hip said...

glad i could help... stay in touch...