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Nicholas Meyer Quotes

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The director is a bit analogous to the conductor of a symphony orchestra.
It's a collaborative adventure.
- Nicholas Meyer

Art doesn't just happen by accident.
It is about pulling out new tricks and trying new things.
- Nicholas Meyer

I was always a filmmaker before I was anything else.
If I was always anything, I was a storyteller,
and it never really made much of a difference to me what medium I worked in.
- Nicholas Meyer

Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society.
Libraries are only good if people use them,
like books only exist when someone reads them.
- Nicholas Meyer

 

A screenplay is not a finished product;
a novel is.
A screenplay is a blueprint for something -
for a building that will most likely never be built.
- Nicholas Meyer

As a writer, you have control of the words you put on the page.
But once that manuscript leaves your hand,
you give control to the reader.
As a director, you are limited by everything:
weather,
budget, and egos.
- Nicholas Meyer

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul,
the director of his life.
- James Allen

I didn't so much choose the film as director Claire Denis chose me.
- Beatrice Dalle

I'm not an easygoing guy as a director.
- Ted Kotcheff

When you look at a movie, you look at a director's thought process.
- Oliver Stone

It's a dumb question, because I don't look at things as a black director,
just as a director, so ask me as a director first and
we can segue into the colour thing later.
- Antoine Fuqua

I have no interest in directing.
I'd be a bad director.
- Michael Ritchie

I always think that a director who knows about the technical side,
but cares about the acting performances and casting as well,
is ahead of the game.
- Bob Balaban

In feature films the director is God;
in documentary films God is the director.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I hate to sound like Julie the cruise director but
it's people that I think about all the time.
- Bruce McCulloch

For a director, the most challenging scenes are the dialogue scenes.
- Bruce Beresford

I'm a director's actor; I'm a storyteller's actor.
- Michael Ironside

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness.
Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness.
Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.
- Sun Tzu

What you do is get the right director and the right
screenwriter and the right cast.
It's a fantastic job.
- Robbie Coltrane

Richard Marquand, on Jedi, was very much an actor's director.
- Peter Mayhew

I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer,
writer and director.
- William Shatner

The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind,
it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
- James Cameron

I write music to please myself.
Hopefully the director's enjoying it too.
- Carter Burwell

I still can't quite believe it.
Although there was something about the fact that it was a first-time writer,
a first-time producer, and a first-time director all at the same time.
- Sam Mendes

It's the first film that I made where the director
was not present under the camera,
and it threw me.
- Leslie Caron

The director's job should give you a sense of music
without drawing attention to itself.
- Taylor Hackford

As a director, you try to find what is creative.
- Jan de Bont

The actor is concerned with his own bit of it,
but the director's somehow trying to work the whole
thing into a much bigger picture.
It's like conducting an orchestra.
- Roland Joffe

A director is a choreographer, both politically and creatively.
- William Shatner

I would love to have a part opposite a great actor -
like,
say, Pacino or De Niro or Hoffman.
And to work with a top director.
That's my dream.
- Jon Lovitz

I don't think of myself as a director or writer.
I think of myself as a filmmaker.
- Conrad Hall

I read the script and try not to bring anything personal into it.
I make notes, talk to the director and we decide what
kinds of shades should be in the character.
- Dennis Farina

I've stood up to producers before, and even a director.
I saw them being abusive.
A lot of people on the set are scared to say stuff
when they're not being treated right.
- Natalie Portman

You don't even need the director's judgement.
It's too much.
- Charlotte Gainsbourg

Film is shot in fragments, and the same moments can
be shot again and again until the director is satisfied.
- Bruce Beresford

The thing that separates a so-so director and a great
director is a love and caring for film.
- Shirley Knight

I think one of the major things a director has to do
is to know his subject matter,
the subject matter of his script, know the truth and the reality of it.
That's very important.
- Robert Wise

I'm trying to interpret the film through the director's head,
but it all comes out through me.
So, a composer is kind of like a psychic medium.
- Danny Elfman

Every casting director I've met is a woman.
- Cameron Diaz

Indeed, the actor's lot is a much harder one than that of the director's,
from one simple standpoint: The actor has to play the eight shows a week.
- Charles Keating

I realized the exciting place was behind the camera with the producer,
director and so on.
- Dino De Laurentiis

I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me.
- Elia Kazan

When I grow up, I still want to be a director.
- Steven Spielberg

A director shouldn't get in the way of the movie,
the story should.
- Frank Darabont

I don't even know if I can call myself a director.
- Charles S. Dutton

When I became a director, I wanted to convince a very
reluctant Sidney into allowing me to go on the journey of his life.
Sidney had gone ahead of every other African American actor.
- Lee Grant

A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does.
We're desperate people.
- Elia Kazan

You need these experiences.
Just know that sometimes, the director has a specific look in mind.
- Paula Abdul

You're in the business - when you're a writer,
producer, director - to get ratings.
- Norman Lear

It does make you a better director and a better actor.
- Charles Keating

I was taken to one place by a director,
and he bought me a lap dance.
- Lexa Doig

You talk about what a director, he was smart.
He said, Turn the camera on!
- Peter Falk

I was the executive editor on a little magazine called Greek Accent,
whose only claim to fame is that its art director went
on to be the art director of Discover for many years.
- Jane Haddam

And Louis Freeh was a completely dysfunctional FBI Director,
who was actually waging his own private war against
the Clinton Administration.
- Sidney Blumenthal

You hope and pray that you'll get involved with a director
that you understand and who has the same sensibility
as you do and knows how to push you and bring out the best in you.
- Matthew Modine

It depends who the director is you know,
I mean Ken Loach for instance.
I've done up to 32 takes with him.
- Robert Carlyle

Mankiewicz was a brilliant director.
- Richard Widmark

A director makes only one movie in his life.
Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.
- Jean Renoir

On the stage, you alone hold the key,
and on the night you have to trust that the director
has inspired you enough to take the material and run with it.
- Greta Scacchi

So whatever I might have started to learn at that age
was all undone by the next director and next crew in the next cheap picture,
because I was allowed to get away with murder.
- Jackie Cooper

I became, and remain, my characters' close and intent watcher:
their director,
never.
Their creator I cannot feel that I was,
or am.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Working with a great director is like getting a master class in acting.
- Swoosie Kurtz

The director calmed me down and told me I was being too hard on myself.
He went on to say that I wasn't quite as bad as I thought,
but needed to tone things down a bit.
- Dwight Schultz

Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg.
- Samuel Goldwyn

The thing about For Better or Worse is the only thing
that made me an okay director for that is that I have a sense of humor,
and it was supposed to be funny.
- Jason Alexander

In choosing any role, I ask the same questions:
what kind of part is it? is the role challenging? does
the director have a vision? is the story moving? etc.
- Lukas Haas

Ultimately in the end, it's the director's choice.
- Donnie Wahlberg

I mean he's a very famous director...
they're not going to put their...
and he's very tough, he doesn't like interference at all,
so he kept them at bay.
- Ronald Harwood

At Camp One we were met by Director of Public Works Warwick Greene,
grim and grimy.
He has been working himself to death to make this transportation plan a success.
- William Cameron Forbes

Burt Lancaster was largely responsible for me becoming a director.
- Sydney Pollack


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