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What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

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. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

1. Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor on vision. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

2. James Ivory

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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James Ivory on instinct.

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

3. Orson Welles

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Orson Welles on the power of ignorance.

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

4. Danny Boyle

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Danny Boyle on the rush of discovery. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

5. Jane Campion

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Jane Campion on blazing your own trail. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

6. Jonathan Demme

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Jonathan Demm on learning by doing.

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

7. Quentin Tarantino

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Quentin Tarantino on risk. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

8. Sam Mendes

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Sam Mendes on opportunity.

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

9. Tony Scott

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Tony Scott on imitation.