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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. 

The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press

Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor on vision. 

The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press

James Ivory

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James Ivory on instinct.

The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press

Orson Welles

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Orson Welles on the power of ignorance.

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Danny Boyle

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Danny Boyle on the rush of discovery. 

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Jane Campion

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Jane Campion on blazing your own trail. 

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Jonathan Demme

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Jonathan Demm on learning by doing.

The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press

Quentin Tarantino

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Quentin Tarantino on risk. 

The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press

Sam Mendes

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Sam Mendes on opportunity.

The Filmmaker Says, Princeton Architectural Press

Tony Scott

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Tony Scott on imitation.

Linda Lacina

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Linda Lacina is the former managing editor at Entrepreneur.com. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, Dow Jones MarketWatch and Family Circle. Email her at llacina@entrepreneur.com. Follow her at @lindalacina on Twitter.