Making a film, like running a business, is a collaborative process. The greats have vision but also the smarts and the guts to get those around them to help improve it. In this new book, The Filmmaker Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013), writer Jamie Thompson Stern compiles thoughts from famous directors about inspiration, instinct and bringing a big idea into the world. We’ve pulled out our favorites in this slideshow.
Julie Taymor on vision.
James Ivory on instinct.
Orson Welles on the power of ignorance.
Danny Boyle on the rush of discovery.
Jane Campion on blazing your own trail.
Jonathan Demm on learning by doing.
Quentin Tarantino on risk.
Sam Mendes on opportunity.
Tony Scott on imitation.