Filmmaking Sayings and Quotes

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


Filmmaking can be a fine art.      

Terri Windling

Filmmaking is a much more collaborative thing than literature, so you know you're going to be working with a group of people at the start. You know it's going to be a compromise.      

Irvine Welsh

Everything about filmmaking tries to distract you from that first fine rapturous vision you have of the film.      

Ted Kotcheff

The essence of documentary filmmaking is how you manipulate the material to create an emotional impact, as opposed to just delivering information.     

Richard Ray Perez

Any filmmaking, any film is a collaborative process. There’s always a lot of people working on things together.     

Olivia Thirlby

Filmmaking is like any kind of art form. You have to try to figure it out, and you're going to do that by trying. It's like teaching a child to walk. It may start by walking, but eventually it will fall. And I have kids, but I know that that will enable them to stand up again and understand why they fell, and how they can avoid that. They will walk better and faster, and stronger. Filmmaking is the same.     

Nicolas Winding Refn

Filmmaking is incredible introspective. It forces you to sort of examine yourself in new ways.     

Drew Goddard

It's a cliche that filmmaking is a team sport. However, let me say just say it again: filmmaking is a team sport.     

Ramona S. Diaz

Filmmaking is a very privileged art form. It costs a lot of money to make these things.      

Barry Jenkins

Filmmaking can give you everything, but at the same time, it can take everything from you.      

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarri

One of the nice things about the world of filmmaking is that you make friends in the business.     

Tom Stoppard

Filmmaking is finding a piece of granite and you start to chip away and then you have the shape of a head, the shape of the arm, you can see the shape of the face and the face starts to gather character. You have to find it.     

Jason Reitman

Filmmaking is a business and at the bottom line people who don't make fiscally responsible decisions end up going into another line of work.      

Gale Anne Hurd

Filmmaking is exploring. Why would I want to make a film about something I already understand?     

John Cassavetes

Filmmaking is always about keeping the right distance, and it's always a struggle. You struggle for more access. It's a little bit of a seduction process, trying to get more access.     

Frederic Tcheng

Part of filmmaking is always a guessing game, and part of it is always a game of trust.      

Greg Kinnear

Filmmaking is such a collaborative medium.     

Daryl Hannah

Filmmaking for me is always aiming for the imaginary movie and never achieving it.     

Peter Jackson

Filmmaking is a completely imperfect art form that takes years and, over those years, the movie tells you what it is. Mistakes happen, accidents happen and true great films are the results of those mistakes and the decisions that those directors make during those moments.      

Jason Reitman

Filmmaking is a thousand choices a day, and it's important to just let those choices potentially be informed by something deeper.      

Shane Carruth

Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.      

Robert Altman

Filmmaking is a huge privilege; it's not brain surgery. It's art, and art is supposed to be an enjoyable process, and it is an enjoyable experience for me.     

Lake Bell

Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration.      

James McAvoy

Filmmaking is a very complex form - ya know, acting, lighting, screenwriting, storytelling, music, editing - all these things have to come together.      

Jay Duplass

Filmmaking, like any other art, is a very profound means of human communication; beyond the professional pleasure of succeeding or the pain of failing, you do want your film to be seen, to communicate itself to other people.     

Kenneth Lonergan

Filmmaking, at the end of the day, is a business and a balance must be struck between that and emotional ties.     

Arjun Kapoor

Filmmaking is just a very luxurious and efficient way of expressing yourself.     

Gaspar Noe

Filmmaking has always involved pairs: a director coupled with a producer, a director alongside an editor. The notion of couples is not foreign to cinema.      

Luc Dardenne

Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It's about the big picture.      

Ed Wood

Filmmaking is always sort of building a mosaic of this arc of what the character is going through.     

Matthew Fox