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What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Staff

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

Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor
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Julie Taymor on vision. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

James Ivory

James Ivory
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What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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James Ivory on instinct.

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Orson Welles

Orson Welles
Image credit: The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press
What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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Orson Welles on the power of ignorance.

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle
Image credit: The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press
What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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Danny Boyle on the rush of discovery. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Jane Campion

Jane Campion
Image credit: The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press
What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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Jane Campion on blazing your own trail. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme
Image credit: The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press
What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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Jonathan Demm on learning by doing.

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino
Image credit: The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press
What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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Quentin Tarantino on risk. 

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes
Image credit: The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press
What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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Sam Mendes on opportunity.

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Tony Scott

Tony Scott
Image credit: The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press
What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
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Tony Scott on imitation.

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  • What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs
  • 1. Julie Taymor
  • 2. James Ivory
  • 3. Orson Welles
  • 4. Danny Boyle
  • 5. Jane Campion
  • 6. Jonathan Demme
  • 7. Quentin Tarantino
  • 8. Sam Mendes
  • 9. Tony Scott
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