Any film about people is a horror film
– Takeshi Miike
The world is a terrifying and brutal place. Any film that avoids this is lying.
You will never be successful but this is unimportant because the point of the work is the work. The rest is window dressing and bullshit.
Believe in your own instincts. If you listen to hostile voices, even those of friends, you shouldn’t make movies. If you’re going to fail, fail with your own choices, not somebody else’s. Anything worth doing is worth doing very, very badly.
It’s not the world’s fault that you wanted to be an artist. It’s not the world’s job to enjoy the films you make nor to pay for your dreams. Nobody wants to hear it. No one asked you to take this path so stop whining and get back to work.
– Werner Herzog
Film is community. There is no place for egoists and megalomaniacs here. We are family and if you attempt to break us we will consume you completely.
We want you to join us even though it will be a terribly bad idea on your part.
If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.
― Stanley Kubrick
I hope to build a house with my films. Some of them are the cellar, some are the walls, and some are the windows. But I hope in time there will be a house.
– Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Everyone wants to make mythical monsters that are removed from humans. This is untrue. We are the monsters and the only way to deal with this is to examine our own hearts of darkness. There is no creature more cruel than man. We are the monsters.