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.


I think of filmmaking as a form of communication. Maybe it's also an art, but that's for somebody else to decide.     

Roger Deakins

Filmmaking is about moments. In real life, things might take six months, a year, but [in filmmaking] you have to create the moment where it happened.

Morten Tyldum

This is such a cliche, but I feel like filmmaking is a collaborative experience.     

Steve Antin

Filmmaking is not a balancing act, although some directors think it is. I don't believe in it. I like ups and downs. They're the best way to translate my feelings to the screen.

Takashi Miike

Filmmaking is, a sort of uncontrolled process. I think it's very important to be open to the unexpected and at the same time, of course, maintain your vision, be open to the all the things you didn't think of yourself that can make the film better.     

Dagur Kari

Filmmaking is a creative process so there is a lot of collaboration that happens on set between an actor and director, but at the end of the day, we're there to actualize the director's vision and things happen organically.     

Aamir Khan

The point is that filmmaking is a collaborative effort; it isn't about imposing your vision on other people. It's about the talking, you know?     

Luca Guadagnino

Filmmaking in general is about feeling and not about theory. You need to know a lot of rules about filmmaking: character development, grammar, and all these thing, but then you use it instinctively. I ask myself this question all the time. I have no solid theory, I just do what I feel is right.     

Hany Abu-Assad