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Atom Egoyan Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Atom Egoyan.

The whole film is about people being convinced that
they can reduce themselves to their archetypes.
- Atom Egoyan

Working on the themes I was interested in,
through the context of a particular family,
was a very economical way of dealing with a lot of
the issues I was concerned with.
- Atom Egoyan

It is not as though the process of production holds any mystery for me,
I know exactly what it involves and I know the predominant
concern in shooting one of those things is production values -
or as they would say,
seeing it all up there on screen.
- Atom Egoyan

You can talk about Holocaust denial,
but it's really marginal for the most part.
What is compelling about the Armenian genocide,
is how it has been forgotten.
- Atom Egoyan

 

Though I am still very vulnerable to audiences -
and it happens all the time -
where for some reason the energy doesn't connect and,
since the film is very personal, obviously I am made
to feel very vulnerable by that.
- Atom Egoyan

I think the situation in Toronto is such that there
are funding organizations which make it easy for a
film to raise more money than it needs and very often
that works against a film.
- Atom Egoyan

I think if you look at the themes that are presented in the film,
some are inherently social, and I think that any film
which deals with the family is dealing with the smallest
social unit in our society -
and in a sense it is a question of scope.
- Atom Egoyan

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I mean, if you are directing actors to do one thing
and then directing them to do something else entirely
because the one thing you wanted them to do may not work,
then you are just shattering their confidence in the project.
- Atom Egoyan

Right now my career is totally schizophrenic,
because when an American production like Hitchcock
Presents asks to see my work I would never dream of
showing them my independent films.
- Atom Egoyan

I think ultimately if you have a very high expectation
of your audience and you know exactly what it is you're
trying to express through the medium of film,
there will always be an audience for you.
- Atom Egoyan

My parents taught me to believe that through the creative act,
we're able to transcend and give a response to desecration.
- Atom Egoyan

It is about this very abstract sense of displacement
that he feels the moment he turns off the television.
- Atom Egoyan

The film camera's ability to physically move through space,
not zoom through space - every time we have a video
camera the movement is through zoom;
every time we have a film camera it is a physical movement.
- Atom Egoyan

I wanted to make sure that the environment of the shooting
itself was not that controlled,
and the way to go about that course was to work with
as small a crew as possible.
- Atom Egoyan

The father's greatest folly is that he believes he
can be a much more simple person than he is;
he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being.
- Atom Egoyan

When you make a film like this, you must have the highest
expectations of your audience.
Having worked in situations where we have the lowest
expectations of our audience.
- Atom Egoyan

As a producer, I think one of the most important decisions
you make is not necessarily the material you are working
on but the production apparatus that you choose to
develop the project with,
and that determines what funding you go to,
it determines many factors.
- Atom Egoyan

I suppose I had these concerns but I really felt that
I had to keep my scope very,
very concentrated.
- Atom Egoyan

These are very subtle things, of course,
and I don't expect everyone to pick them up consciously,
but I think that there is something there that you must be able to feel,
there is an energy at work that I must trust my audience
will be able to pick up at some level.
- Atom Egoyan

You are traveling and see these people shooting the
entire experience of going through a city,
and maybe in the back of their minds they sustain the
illusion that they will edit it all,
but I don't think that's it.
- Atom Egoyan

It was very important that it be done in such a way
that it be executed with complete conviction.
If I had done it both ways, if I was trying to cover
myself in case it didn't work,
then it would have been to no purpose.
- Atom Egoyan

That is where the irony of the film comes off,
in terms of the language it employs -
where he tries desperately to be a 'TV Dad,'
to give advice and it's so pat it becomes ridiculous.
- Atom Egoyan

Once we were in the studio, we realized we were getting
certain effects through the shooting of the dramatic scenes on video,
shooting off a screen and then getting wave patterns and stuff like that.
- Atom Egoyan

There is a certain moment in the film when the son
is in the nursing home and he goes to the television
and turns it off because he sees himself in the image.
- Atom Egoyan

When you're working with a smaller budget I suppose
one of the things that has to be in your mind when
you are writing is that you have to keep the characters down to a minimum.
- Atom Egoyan

These sorts of things can happen, identities can be switched,
the emotional implications are something that he has
not been trained to feel.
His whole life has been about separating himself from these sorts of actions.
- Atom Egoyan

When I was planning Family Viewing, the Ontario Film
Development Corporation came into existence.
- Atom Egoyan

That's a very odd notion because it involves seeing
money up there on the screen -
if something cost $5 million to make,
they want to see that $5 million up there.
- Atom Egoyan

The programme has ended, something has finished,
and he has a sense of something having finished its course,
and then all of a sudden he turns away and this other
thing has just finished its course,
this other person.
- Atom Egoyan

I have always felt that this story is universal.
When I began to understand the details of the history,
I felt that the most compelling aspect was not what happened,
but what continues to happen and how it is denied.
- Atom Egoyan

I've just been very, very lucky with the film having
been introduced in the right way.
- Atom Egoyan

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The challenge of living a great life is to create
a meaningful whole out of sometimes ill-fitting halves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Be content with what you have,
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
- Lao Tzu

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
- Joseph Addison

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new
continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

Existence needs you.
Without you, something will be missing
in existence and nobody can replace it.
Thats what gives you dignity,
that the whole existence will miss you.
- Osho

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

The whole worth of a kind deed is
in the love that inspires it.
- The Talmud

Only one who devotes himself to a cause
with his whole strength and soul
can be a true master.
For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
- Albert Einstein

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

The whole world can gossip about you,
and if you don't take it personally you are immune.
- don Miguel Ruiz

That which is hateful to you,
do not do to your fellow.
That is the whole Torah;
the rest is the explanation.
- Talmud (Jewish Wisdom)

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
- The Buddha

Without stirring abroad,
One can know the whole world;
Without looking out of the window,
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes, The less one knows.
- Lao Tzu

Our opportunity is to visualize a kinder world.
To sing glad songs of tomorrow -
imagining a world of love -
of the whole world filled with love.
To offer our hand... often.
To breathe deeply and honor ourselves.
To pause and contemplate... just because.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

So powerful is the light of unity
that it can illuminate the whole earth.
- Baha'u'llah

God is, even though the whole world deny him.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Our opportunity is always to make the choice for Joy.
To see the world with new eyes - open eyes - loving eyes.
To choose compassion and understanding -
for ourselves, our family, our friends,
our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My whole goal is to keep my spirit intact.
If that doesn't happen, none of this is worth it.
- Jewel

Miracles are a retelling in small letters
of the very same story
which is written across the whole world
in letters too large for some of us to see.
- C. S. Lewis

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

Everything deep is also simple
and can be reproduced simply
as long as its reference
to the whole truth is maintained.
But what matters is not what is witty
but what is true.
- Albert Schweitzer

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never do anything that taints your mind.
Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations
that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality.
Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture
the good qualities you want to have.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister,
to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart.
Having said this, I have said all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know the whole world is nothing
when it is compared to knowing your own inner mystery of life.
- Osho

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato


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