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Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room.
It was great. I mean, it's a blast directing underwater stuff.
David R. Ellis
The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer.
The fact is, you don't know what directing is until the sun is setting and you've got to get five shots and you're only going to get two.
When you're directing something, you absolutely have to be involved in all layers of the process.
I like and I love everything that has to do with cinema: writing, directing, editing, creating music, and even acting.
I had a certain career as an actor that I think was quite personal as well, and had a lot of integrity, but I wasn't writing my own things or directing my own movies.
I don't want to say I'm never going to direct again, but directing's hard work.
Manchester Youth theater, then the National Student Theater Company, and later, my degree course, all helped form my love of telling stories and directing.
I play Father Francis in 'The Exorcist Prequel.' It's fantastic. We are shooting in Morrocco and Rome. Paul Schrader is directing; Stellan Skarsgard plays the younger Max Von Sydow character. It's just a fantastic script. It's a very eerie, very scary script. It encomposes a growing dread that I think is really appropriate for the film.
If you ever go to a music session, you'll notice that the musicians can sit down and start playing right away, and everyone knows what to do. Of course they're reading it, but the conductor can tweak little things, and you can take that back to directing motion pictures.
The feeling of being interested can act as a kind of neurological signal, directing us to fruitful areas of inquiry.
B. F. Skinner
Directing, editing, and everything about filmmaking has definitely changed me as an actor.
Directing a movie is a little bit like being back in student government and putting on the homecoming dance. You're like, 'You put up the streamers, and you hire the DJ, and you get the punch bowl.' Some people are just like, 'This dance sucks.' And you're like, 'No no, this dance is awesome!' You have to be really positive.
Nothing's harder than writing. There's no comparison. With directing, you can bounce a lot of ideas around. There's tremendous support - you've got editors and sound mixers. With writing, it's all you, and it's just crippling when people tear up your pages.
I wouldn't take a directing job if I didn't think it was enriching life.
Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals. Directing is not a mystery, it's not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people's eyes.
When I audition for something, I don't even want to think about who the other actors are in it, who's directing it.
Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.
What you're seeing with Occupy Wall Street and the others are people who are unhappy and they're directing their unhappiness now toward Wall Street and toward those they think are doing too well in our society.
I don't see myself doing television, but I do see myself directing.
I had always loved John Ford's pictures. And I came to love him, too, but I was frightened to death working for him. He used the shock treatment while directing me.
Making a movie and not directing the little moments is like drinking a soda and leaving the little slurp puddle for someone else.
I committed to directing 'Catch Me If You Can' not because of the divorce component, but principally because Frank Abagnale did things that were the most astonishing scams I had ever heard.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
C. S. Lewis
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