What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

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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. 

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James Ivory on instinct.

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Orson Welles on the power of ignorance.

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Danny Boyle on the rush of discovery. 

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Jane Campion on blazing your own trail. 

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Jonathan Demm on learning by doing.

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Quentin Tarantino on risk. 

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Sam Mendes on opportunity.

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Tony Scott on imitation.

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