Filmmaker Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old filmmaker quotes, filmmaker sayings, and filmmaker proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Being a filmmaker is kind of like being a glorified spy.     

Jehane Noujaim

Filmmakers have to find the right materials to match their voice.     

M. Night Shyamalan

A filmmaker chooses an actress keeping the best interest of the film in mind. If he doesn't cast you, it doesn't mean there's a personal agenda. Change is constant, and if you have agreed to be part of this industry, you will have to go with the change. The films and filmmakers, even the audience has changed.     

Rani Mukerj

Filmmakers are going to make films, just like painters are going to paint.     

Richard Linklater

As a filmmaker, you aspire to want to make movies that can hopefully stand the test of time, but you never know when that will happen or if that will happen.     

James Wan

As a filmmaker, you have to stand in front of what you did and make choices that you could do with a clear conscience.     

Taylor Sheridan

Films are always pretentious. There's nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.     

John Milius

Make films that purify the soul with the flow of rational, vigorous and compassionate thinking.     

Abhijit Naskar

As filmmakers, we can show where a person's mind goes, as opposed to theater, which is more to sit back and watch it.     

Darren Aronofsky

Film is an emotional medium; it's not a logical medium. It's not an intellectual medium, so every decision you make as a filmmaker and an actor has to be emotional in some way, even in the rejection of logic.     

Paul Haggis

Every filmmaker imbues a movie with their own point of view.     

Ava Duvernay

The filmmakers always have a great level of control.     

John Milius

When you start out as a filmmaker, you do parodies, because you can't really compete on a studio level.     

Bill Paxton

When you're a filmmaker you're part of a very expensive art form.     

Kevin Smith

As a filmmaker, you're looking to reveal something. When other people relate to it, it makes an otherwise lonely world a little less lonely.     

Bennett Miller

As a filmmaker, you're always supposed to be with your characters, in all movies, even if they're villains.     

Robert Zemeckis

The filmmaker's got to make it his story and the actors have got to make it their story.     

Rachel Griffiths

A filmmaker doesn't have to suffer to show suffering. You just have to understand it. You don't have to die to shoot a death scene.     

David Lynch

We don't make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.     

Walt Disney

As a filmmaker, you complete a film you have spent years obsessively making, and you know the release prints will never look quite the same; prints get scratched and dirty.     

Asif Kapadia

As a filmmaker, you take reality and you tell a story from it.     

Hany Abu Assad

Film making is an expensive, as well as a serious business. We should be able to entertain our audiences, who are fully aware of what they want. Every filmmaker has a different point of view and presents facets of society.     

Rohit Shetty

Film is that much powerful to show any negative fact through a very positive way what blows humans mind.     

Maria Tusar

A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.     

Stanley Kubrick