5 Filmmaking Quotes to Inspire You
The Godfather re-watch party, anyone?
Francis Ford Coppola is, of course, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. What's your favorite of his films? Patton? Apocalypse Now? The Great Gatsby? Let us know in the comments below!
Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and painter. He also frequently edited his own films. His illustrious career spanned fifty-seven years.
Kurosawa was a singular artist with a bold and dynamic style. He frequently employed axial cuts, cuts on motion, and his signature move: the wipe. His soundtracks were often an ironic commentary on the film's imagery, adding another layer to his films.
Kurosawa is probably best known for Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Ran, and Ikiru, but any one of his 30+ works will certainly inspire your filmmaking!
In 2008, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for The Hurt Locker.
Known for action thrillers like Point Break and Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow has called her style an examination of "film's potential to be kinetic." She's gone to extremes for her work, paddling on a longboard to get shots of Keanu Reeves surfing in Point Break and using a crane to drop a cameraman off of a tall building for Strange Days.
The Mexican film director, screenwriter, and producer Alejandro González Iñárritu has won multiple awards, including four Oscars, for his psychological dramas. He was the first director since 1950 to win back-to-back Academy Awards for Birdman (2014) and The Revenant (2015).
His unique, surrealist style often employs nonlinear narratives and interconnected stories. He is known for emotionally affecting, if bleak, films like Babel and 21 Grams.
How does filmmaking make you feel?
For me, the art of crystallizing my ideas into a script and bringing that script to life is a magnificent thrill. Writing this blog post makes me want to watch all of the movies, so pardon me while I go make some popcorn and settle in for a marathon! Which film should I start with? The Hurt Locker? Biutiful? Stray Dog? Birdman? Send me your recommendations in the comments below or on our social media!