Welcome

Jenny Hicks - Writer & Film Editor

I think there's only one or two films where I've had all the financial support I needed.
All the rest, I wish I'd had the money to shoot another ten days.

Martin Scorsese

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Martin Scorsese

I think there’s only one or two films where I’ve had all the financial support I needed. All the rest, I wish I’d had the money to shoot another ten days.
... Editing is a lot about patience and discipline and just banging away at something,
turning off the machine and going home at night because you're frustrated and depressed,
and then coming back in the morning to try again.

Thelma Schoonmaker

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Thelma Schoonmaker

… Editing is a lot about patience and discipline and just banging away at something, turning off the machine and going home at night because you’re frustrated and depressed, and then coming back in the morning to try again.
It is easier to get an actor to play a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor.

John Ford

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Ford

It is easier to get an actor to play a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor.
Good films are made on stories and acting, everything else pales in importance.

Billy Webber

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Billy Webber

Good films are made on stories and acting, everything else pales in importance.
Chris’ philosophy is that whatever you think you know how to do, you should aim for something higher.
Most of us love that idea, but in practice it can be terrifying.

Lee Smith re Chris Nolan

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Lee Smith re Chris Nolan

Chris’ philosophy is that whatever you think you know how to do, you should aim for something higher. Most of us love that idea, but in practice it can be terrifying.
I feel that my job is to create an atmosphere where creative people can do their best work.

John Frankenheimer

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Frankenheimer

I feel that my job is to create an atmosphere where creative people can do their best work.
Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.

Francis Ford Coppola

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Francis Ford Coppola

Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
When the great actor says the line, you can put scissors precisely at point A and it is wonderful.
When the star says the line, you can hold for four frames longer because something else happens.

David Lean

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

David Lean

When the great actor says the line, you can put scissors precisely at point A and it is wonderful. When the star says the line, you can hold for four frames longer because something else happens.
He was teaching my Heidegger course at MIT at one point
and got to the part on anxiety and discovered he wasn’t experiencing anxiety.
So he couldn’t talk about anything … He gave up teaching that day and became a movie director.

Hubert Dreyfus re Terrence Malick

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Hubert Dreyfus re Terrence Malick

He was teaching my Heidegger course at MIT at one point and got to the part on anxiety and discovered he wasn’t experiencing anxiety. So he couldn’t talk about anything … He gave up teaching that day and became a movie director.
. . . when you see it the first time you put the film together, the roughest cut,
is when you want to go home and open up your veins and get in a warm tub and just go away.
And then it gradually, maybe, works its way back. . .

Joel Coen

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Joel Coen

. . . when you see it the first time you put the film together, the roughest cut, is when you want to go home and open up your veins and get in a warm tub and just go away. And then it gradually, maybe, works its way back. . .
I remastered the soundtrack and made some cuts in the movie itself.
I think it's going to go in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only director's cut
that is shorter than the original.

Peter Weir re Picnic at Hanging Rock

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Peter Weir re Picnic at Hanging Rock

I remastered the soundtrack and made some cuts in the movie itself. I think it’s going to go in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only director’s cut that is shorter than the original.
It's eighty percent script and twenty percent you get great actors.
There's nothing else to it.

William Wyler

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

William Wyler

It’s eighty percent script and twenty percent you get great actors. There’s nothing else to it.
. . . I do feel there’s an internal rhythm in every person, that is reflected in her or his work.
Somehow a painting looks like its painter.
There’s an innate response to footage that I feel is very much mine. . .

Sally Menke

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sally Menke

. . . I do feel there’s an internal rhythm in every person, that is reflected in her or his work. Somehow a painting looks like its painter. There’s an innate response to footage that I feel is very much mine. . .
If you can successfully tell a joke, you can cut a movie

Billy Webber

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Billy Webber

If you can successfully tell a joke, you can cut a movie
O! For a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.

William Shakespeare

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

William Shakespeare

O! For a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
In our film profession you may have Gable's looks, Tracy's art,
Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing
without that swinging thing called courage.

Frank Capra

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Frank Capra

In our film profession you may have Gable’s looks, Tracy’s art, Marlene’s legs or Liz’s violet eyes, but they don’t mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.
Editing is always about how the psychology of the viewer works.
And we can manipulate that; we do it continuously...

Pietro Scalia

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Pietro Scalia

Editing is always about how the psychology of the viewer works. And we can manipulate that; we do it continuously…
There's a thousand decisions that get made every day. . .
You'd have to sit here with me for months and months to see how a scene has been transformed. . .
But you wouldn't understand the transformation unless you were here with me every step of the way.

Thelma Schoonmaker

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Thelma Schoonmaker

There’s a thousand decisions that get made every day. . . You’d have to sit here with me for months and months to see how a scene has been transformed. . . But you wouldn’t understand the transformation unless you were here with me every step of the way.
A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction.
It should be a progression of moods and feelings.
The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

Stanley Kubrick

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Stanley Kubrick

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
All art is one, and there is no difference in the mystery of the craft,
only in the hand and eye of the craftsman.

Michael Powell

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Michael Powell

All art is one, and there is no difference in the mystery of the craft, only in the hand and eye of the craftsman.
... less is more. You allow the viewers to join in making the film and apply their imagination . . .
Of course, that implies the presumption the audience will join you, and has that imagination.

Peter Weir

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Peter Weir

… less is more. You allow the viewers to join in making the film and apply their imagination . . . Of course, that implies the presumption the audience will join you, and has that imagination.
You ought to love what you're doing because, especially in a movie,
over time you really will start to hate it.

Francis Ford Coppola

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Francis Ford Coppola

You ought to love what you’re doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.
Being a hooker does not mean being evil.
The same with a pick-pocketor even a thief.
You do what you do out of necessity.

Sam Fuller

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sam Fuller

Being a hooker does not mean being evil. The same with a pick-pocketor even a thief. You do what you do out of necessity.
As a viewer, the minute I start getting confused, I check out of the movie.
Emotionally, I'm severed.

Quentin Tarantino

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Quentin Tarantino

As a viewer, the minute I start getting confused, I check out of the movie. Emotionally, I’m severed.
Actors can be a terrible bore on the set, though I enjoy having dinner with them.

David Lean

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

David Lean

Actors can be a terrible bore on the set, though I enjoy having dinner with them.
The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness
and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made.
You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.

John Huston

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Huston

The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.
The more films I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant.
His politics aren't so good, and you have to learn to accept John Wayne as an actor,
but he's a poet in black and white.

Jonathan Lethem

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Jonathan Lethem

The more films I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant. His politics aren’t so good, and you have to learn to accept John Wayne as an actor, but he’s a poet in black and white.
Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

Mae West

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mae West

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece...
For truly great cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water.
The script must be something that has the power to do this.

Akira Kurosawa

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Akira Kurosawa

With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece… For truly great cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. The script must be something that has the power to do this.
I take my cues from the director, from the script,
from what the actors are doing and the rhythms they're doing it in ...
I find the rhythm that they're doing things in and use that to influence my own rhythms.

Walter Murch

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Walter Murch

I take my cues from the director, from the script, from what the actors are doing and the rhythms they’re doing it in … I find the rhythm that they’re doing things in and use that to influence my own rhythms.
Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it,
but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.

Walter Murch

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Walter Murch

Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.
You can't make something great through editing if you don't have strong footage to begin with. . .

Thelma Schoonmaker

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Thelma Schoonmaker

You can’t make something great through editing if you don’t have strong footage to begin with. . .
Respect your efforts, respect yourself.
Self-respect leads to self-discipline.
When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.

Clint Eastwood

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Clint Eastwood

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.
The end of a picture is always the end of a life.

Sam Peckinpah

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sam Peckinpah

The end of a picture is always the end of a life.
I don't want to be made pacified, or made comfortable.
I like stuff that gets your adrenaline going.

Katherine Bigelow

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Katherine Bigelow

I don’t want to be made pacified, or made comfortable. I like stuff that gets your adrenaline going.
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.

Mae West

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mae West

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
What are you gonna do, talk the alien to death?

James Cameron

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

James Cameron

What are you gonna do, talk the alien to death?
If there's specific resistance to women making movies,
I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons:
I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.

Kathryn Bigelow

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Kathryn Bigelow

If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.
Man is a genius when he is dreaming.

Akira Kurosawa

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Akira Kurosawa

Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.

Billy Wilder

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Billy Wilder

If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.
I think people remember pictures not dialogue.
That's why I like pictures.

David Lean

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

David Lean

I think people remember pictures not dialogue. That’s why I like pictures.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mae West

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
I am scared easily, here is a list...
1: Small children, 2: Policemen, 3: High places,
4: That my next movie will not be as good as the last one.

Alfred Hitchcock

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Alfred Hitchcock

I am scared easily, here is a list… 1: Small children, 2: Policemen, 3: High places, 4: That my next movie will not be as good as the last one.
The profession of film director can and should be such a high and precious one;
that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge
that will make him a better film director or human being.

Sergei Eisenstein

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sergei Eisenstein

The profession of film director can and should be such a high and precious one; that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge that will make him a better film director or human being.
Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts.
The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily
and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.

Cecil B.DeMille

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Cecil B.DeMille

Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.
The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.

Alfred Hitchcock

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Alfred Hitchcock

The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
A lot of editing is instinctive.
You feel when you are ready to cut away from a shot.

Walter Murch

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Walter Murch

A lot of editing is instinctive. You feel when you are ready to cut away from a shot.
Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter.
What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise.
I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that

Mary Pickford

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mary Pickford

Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that
… people say; ‘well... you don’t need a terribly good camera...’ or, ‘you can go and do this...'
and I say, ‘No, no, no, no, you don’t understand. I want the earth.
And I want the earth in 10 minutes'.

Ridley Scott

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Ridley Scott

… people say; ‘well… you don’t need a terribly good camera…’ or, ‘you can go and do this…’ and I say, ‘No, no, no, no, you don’t understand. I want the earth. And I want the earth in 10 minutes’.
The key to good communication is to keep it intimate.
It’s wonderful to find people you can work with again and again.

Sally Menke

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sally Menke

The key to good communication is to keep it intimate. It’s wonderful to find people you can work with again and again.
Violence is one of the most fun things to watch

Quentin Tarantino

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Quentin Tarantino

Violence is one of the most fun things to watch
I dream for a living.

Steven Spielberg

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Steven Spielberg

I dream for a living.
But the problem of being an artist in the film business. . . Nothing changes!
It's still hard! It's still an uphill battle to get good work done
and to preserve it once you make it.

Thelma Schoonmaker

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Thelma Schoonmaker

But the problem of being an artist in the film business. . . Nothing changes! It’s still hard! It’s still an uphill battle to get good work done and to preserve it once you make it.
... I’m going to collect it all, go back and turn it into the story that it needs to be.
Not what I planned on doing, not what the script said, not what the book said, not what I promised the producer ...

Terrence Malick

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Terrence Malick

… I’m going to collect it all, go back and turn it into the story that it needs to be. Not what I planned on doing, not what the script said, not what the book said, not what I promised the producer …
When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success,
but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time,
it's just wonderful

Francois Truffaut

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Francois Truffaut

When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it’s just wonderful
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

Orson Welles

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Orson Welles

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.

Mark Twain

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mark Twain

Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.
Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals.
Directing is not a mystery, it's not an art.
The main thing about directing is: photograph the people's eyes.

John Ford

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Ford

Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals. Directing is not a mystery, it’s not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people’s eyes.
I don't believe in pessimism.
If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead.
If you think it is going to rain, it will.

Clint Eastwood

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Clint Eastwood

I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it is going to rain, it will.
Editing makes the artificial feel real.
When a film works, then all the elements of technique become invisible,
and in turn leave a visible imprint on the mind and heart of the viewer.

Pietro Scalia

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Pietro Scalia

Editing makes the artificial feel real. When a film works, then all the elements of technique become invisible, and in turn leave a visible imprint on the mind and heart of the viewer.
I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore.
The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.

Billy Wilder

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Billy Wilder

I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.
The essence of cinema is editing. It's the combination
of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments,
or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.

Francis Ford Coppola

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Francis Ford Coppola

The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.
What scares me is what scares you.
We are all afraid of the same things.
That is why horror is such a powerful genre...

John Carpenter

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Carpenter

What scares me is what scares you. We are all afraid of the same things. That is why horror is such a powerful genre…
Creation is a drug I can't do without.

Cecil B.DeMille

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Cecil B.DeMille

Creation is a drug I can’t do without.
Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mark Twain

Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
You have to work with someone who you think is going to be a collaborator...

John Frankenheimer

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Frankenheimer

You have to work with someone who you think is going to be a collaborator…
I am a sensitive writer, actor and director. Talking business disgusts me.
If you want to talk business, call my disgusting personal manager

Sylvester Stallone

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sylvester Stallone

I am a sensitive writer, actor and director. Talking business disgusts me. If you want to talk business, call my disgusting personal manager
The fundamental of anything as a director is material, material, material - script, script, script.
Once you have the script everything else is straightforward.

Ridley Scott

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Ridley Scott

The fundamental of anything as a director is material, material, material – script, script, script. Once you have the script everything else is straightforward.
The director took my face in his hands and asked me to show him my teeth, as with a horse.
This happened on a Wednesday, and by the following Monday I was shooting.

Victoria Abril

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Victoria Abril

The director took my face in his hands and asked me to show him my teeth, as with a horse. This happened on a Wednesday, and by the following Monday I was shooting.
I think there should be collaboration, but under my thumb.

Elia Kazan

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Elia Kazan

I think there should be collaboration, but under my thumb.
I don't see scary films. I certainly wouldn't go see my films.

Brian De Palma

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Brian De Palma

I don’t see scary films. I certainly wouldn’t go see my films.
I've discovered I've got this preoccupation with ordinary people being pursued by large forces.

Steven Spielberg

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Steven Spielberg

I’ve discovered I’ve got this preoccupation with ordinary people being pursued by large forces.
One of his films is equivalent to ten of somebody else's.

Scorsese [on Kubrick]

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Scorsese [on Kubrick]

One of his films is equivalent to ten of somebody else’s.
And in Hollywood, you know, everyone is an expert.
Most of them are expert editors.
They can't direct, they can't write, they can't act, but, by God, they all think they can edit

John Frankenheimer

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Frankenheimer

And in Hollywood, you know, everyone is an expert. Most of them are expert editors. They can’t direct, they can’t write, they can’t act, but, by God, they all think they can edit
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.
The very earliest people who made film were magicians.

Francis Ford Coppola

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Francis Ford Coppola

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
If you want to send a message, try Western Union.

Frank Capra

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Frank Capra

If you want to send a message, try Western Union.
The function of the flashback is Freudian ...
You have to let them wander like the imagination, or like a dream.

Sergio Leone

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sergio Leone

The function of the flashback is Freudian … You have to let them wander like the imagination, or like a dream.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

William Shakespeare

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

William Shakespeare

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
I made over forty Westerns. I used to lie awake nights
trying to think up new ways of getting on and off a horse.

William Wyler

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

William Wyler

I made over forty Westerns. I used to lie awake nights trying to think up new ways of getting on and off a horse.
It's a wonderful job, but it's a little hard to describe.

Thelma Schoonmaker

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Thelma Schoonmaker

It’s a wonderful job, but it’s a little hard to describe.
He dared us to have the courage of his convictions, and when we take that dare,
we're transported directly to his world … a vision of hope and wonder, of grace and of mystery.
It was a gift to us, and now it's a legacy.

Spielberg on Kubrick

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Spielberg on Kubrick

He dared us to have the courage of his convictions, and when we take that dare, we’re transported directly to his world … a vision of hope and wonder, of grace and of mystery. It was a gift to us, and now it’s a legacy.
The screen is a magic medium.
It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods
that no other art form can hope to tackle.

Stanley Kubrick

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Stanley Kubrick

The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
The ideas dictate everything, you have to be true to that or you're dead.

David Lynch

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

David Lynch

The ideas dictate everything, you have to be true to that or you’re dead.
An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile,
but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius.

Billy Wilder

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Billy Wilder

An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius.
Art with a big A makes professionals uneasy.

Michael Powell

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Michael Powell

Art with a big A makes professionals uneasy.
Brevity is the soul of wit.

William Shakespeare

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

William Shakespeare

Brevity is the soul of wit.
I steal from every movie ever made.

Quentin Tarantino

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Quentin Tarantino

I steal from every movie ever made.
To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.

Akira Kurosawa

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Akira Kurosawa

To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes.
Dialogue is a necessary evil.

Fred Zinnemann

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Fred Zinnemann

Dialogue is a necessary evil.
I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker
is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.

Ed Zwick

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Ed Zwick

I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world.
I know, I've done it thousands of times.

Mark Twain

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mark Twain

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know, I’ve done it thousands of times.
Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket...
The least understood and the least noticed.

Frank Capra

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Frank Capra

Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket… The least understood and the least noticed.
It's very important that every movie I do makes money
because I want the people that had the faith in me to get their money back.

Quentin Tarantino

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Quentin Tarantino

It’s very important that every movie I do makes money because I want the people that had the faith in me to get their money back.
There's no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.

Martin Scorsese

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Martin Scorsese

There’s no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.
Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.

Billy Wilder

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Billy Wilder

Don’t be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.
There is no terror in the bang.
Only in the anticipation of it.

Alfred Hitchcock

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Alfred Hitchcock

There is no terror in the bang. Only in the anticipation of it.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

Alfred Hitchcock

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Alfred Hitchcock

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
Cast is everything.

Ridley Scott

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Ridley Scott

Cast is everything.
This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.

David Lynch

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

David Lynch

This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.
Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much.

John Wayne

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Wayne

Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.
Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.
We muse over everything for a long time.
Nothing is simply connected for the sake of connecting.

Sally Menke re Tarantino

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sally Menke re Tarantino

We muse over everything for a long time. Nothing is simply connected for the sake of connecting.
We owe allegiance to nobody except the financial interests which provide our money;
and, to them, the sole responsibility of ensuring them a profit, not a loss.

The Archers' Manifesto - Point 1

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

The Archers' Manifesto - Point 1

We owe allegiance to nobody except the financial interests which provide our money; and, to them, the sole responsibility of ensuring them a profit, not a loss.
Basically, editing is not only the great finishing room,
it's the court of last appeal.
And you've got Justice Brandeis when you've got Thelma.

Martin Scorsese

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Martin Scorsese

Basically, editing is not only the great finishing room, it’s the court of last appeal. And you’ve got Justice Brandeis when you’ve got Thelma.
The editing process is tedious work — Viewing hours of footage,
then assembling a film a half-second at a time.
I like to think this is sort of a cross between a short-order cook and a brain surgeon.

Walter Murch

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Walter Murch

The editing process is tedious work — Viewing hours of footage, then assembling a film a half-second at a time. I like to think this is sort of a cross between a short-order cook and a brain surgeon.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it;
I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.

Orson Welles

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Orson Welles

I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
The public has an appetite for anything about imagination -
Anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.

Steven Spielberg

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Steven Spielberg

The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – Anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.
You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas.
Otherwise you'll just knuckle under,
and things that might have been memorable will be lost.

Francis Ford Coppola

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Francis Ford Coppola

You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.
Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms.
And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.

Alfred Hitchcock

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Alfred Hitchcock

Seeing a murder on television can help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

Orson Welles

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Orson Welles

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
What to do when inspiration doesn't come;
be careful not to spook, get the wind up, force things into position.
You must wait around until the idea comes.

John Huston

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Huston

What to do when inspiration doesn’t come; be careful not to spook, get the wind up, force things into position. You must wait around until the idea comes.
I also have always liked the monster within idea.
I like the zombies being us.
Zombies are the blue-collar monsters.

George A. Romero

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

George A. Romero

I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us. Zombies are the blue-collar monsters.
The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists.
But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits.

Martin Scorsese

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Martin Scorsese

The term ‘giant’ is used too often to describe artists. But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits.
We read Roger Corman's book 'How I Made A Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime' and were inspired.

Larry Wachowski

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Larry Wachowski

We read Roger Corman’s book ‘How I Made A Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime’ and were inspired.
All of us have our individual curses,
something that we are uncomfortable with and something that we have to deal with,
like me making horror films, perhaps.

Wes Craven

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Wes Craven

All of us have our individual curses, something that we are uncomfortable with and something that we have to deal with, like me making horror films, perhaps.
Movies come together at different points for fortuitous reasons.
You do them as you get the opportunity,
as opposed to doing them when you choose to or design to

Ethan Coen

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Ethan Coen

Movies come together at different points for fortuitous reasons. You do them as you get the opportunity, as opposed to doing them when you choose to or design to
Once you get infected with the film editing bug it's pretty strong.
That's what makes it so hard for families to deal with.
The friends you make you work so hard with that they're like the friendships you make in a war,
because you've shared something so powerful. It's like a drug ... It's hard to give up.

Thelma Schoonmaker

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Thelma Schoonmaker

Once you get infected with the film editing bug it’s pretty strong. That’s what makes it so hard for families to deal with. The friends you make you work so hard with that they’re like the friendships you make in a war, because you’ve shared something so powerful. It’s like a drug … It’s hard View Full →
When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.'
If he says, 'But what's my motivation?' I say, 'Your salary'.

Alfred Hitchcock

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Alfred Hitchcock

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?’ I say, ‘Your salary’.
Words are only painted fire - A look is the fire itself.

Mark Twain

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mark Twain

Words are only painted fire – A look is the fire itself.
You as an audience can look at these things as films, but I remember them as social experiences.

Walter Hill

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Walter Hill

You as an audience can look at these things as films, but I remember them as social experiences.
Hitchcock storyboarded everything.
He thought the image came first, and I totally agree.

Larry Wachowski

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Larry Wachowski

Hitchcock storyboarded everything. He thought the image came first, and I totally agree.
Evil hiding among us is an ancient theme

John Carpenter

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

John Carpenter

Evil hiding among us is an ancient theme
The essential is to excite the spectators.
If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium,
you do it.

Orson Welles

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Orson Welles

The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.
. . . my job really, is to be a cold, objective eye for him.

Schoonmaker re Scorsese

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Schoonmaker re Scorsese

. . . my job really, is to be a cold, objective eye for him.
Any time you take a chance,
you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk,
because they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist
as they can for a million dollar job.

Stanley Kubrick

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Stanley Kubrick

Any time you take a chance, you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk, because they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.
It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkies instead of the other way around.

Mary Pickford

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mary Pickford

It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkies instead of the other way around.
The right word may be effective,
but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mark Twain

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that.
Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves.
Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you.

Orson Welles

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Orson Welles

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you.
... the eyes are the most important element to me.
Everything can be read in the eyes.

Sergio Leone

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Sergio Leone

… the eyes are the most important element to me. Everything can be read in the eyes.
I made mistakes in drama.
I thought drama was when actors cried.
But drama is when the audience cries.

Frank Capra

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Frank Capra

I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
He would rather have mysterious phenomena spontaneously occur while the camera was rolling.

Douglas Trumbull on Terrence Malick

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Douglas Trumbull on Terrence Malick

He would rather have mysterious phenomena spontaneously occur while the camera was rolling.
Television has brought murder back into the home - Where it belongs.

Alfred Hitchcock

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Alfred Hitchcock

Television has brought murder back into the home – Where it belongs.
Did you ever see 'Last Tycoon'?
There's a wonderful thing where the editor died quietly during the screening.
I think I'd rather die in the editing room. Just find me in the morning.

Thelma Schoonmaker

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Thelma Schoonmaker

Did you ever see ‘Last Tycoon’? There’s a wonderful thing where the editor died quietly during the screening. I think I’d rather die in the editing room. Just find me in the morning.
Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab.
We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems,
to fend off madness and chaos.

David Cronenberg

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

David Cronenberg

Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing.
But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation

Billy Wilder

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Billy Wilder

An actor entering through the door, you’ve got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you’ve got a situation
He'd stood the story on its head, he'd turned a man into a woman and a woman into a man,
he'd altered the suspense, he'd rewritten the end...
I was rejoicing that I was going to be working with someone like this.

Powell on meeting Pressburger

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Powell on meeting Pressburger

He’d stood the story on its head, he’d turned a man into a woman and a woman into a man, he’d altered the suspense, he’d rewritten the end… I was rejoicing that I was going to be working with someone like this.
Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.

Mark Twain

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Mark Twain

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.
People tend not to notice how a film is cut unless the editing is flashy.
That does not mean a film with fewer cuts is less challenging. More often the reverse is true.
As an editor it’s important to know when not to cut.

Hughes Winborne

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Hughes Winborne

People tend not to notice how a film is cut unless the editing is flashy. That does not mean a film with fewer cuts is less challenging. More often the reverse is true. As an editor it’s important to know when not to cut.
This applies to many film jobs, not just editing:
Half the job is doing the job, and the other half is finding ways to get along with people
and tuning yourself in to the delicacy of the situation.

Walter Murch

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Walter Murch

This applies to many film jobs, not just editing: Half the job is doing the job, and the other half is finding ways to get along with people and tuning yourself in to the delicacy of the situation.
... film editing is a brutally exhausting and time-consuming job.

Thelma Schoonmaker

1970-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Thelma Schoonmaker

… film editing is a brutally exhausting and time-consuming job.