“This is insane, I mean you go to an university to learn how to make movies?”

– George Lucas


“Perfect is the enemy of good.” 

– Voltaire

“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.”

– Orson Welles, filmmaker

“A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.”

– Orson Welles, filmmaker

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.” 

– Einstein


“Die Hard is an action film about a guy trying to save his marriage.” 

– Carl Ellsworth, screenwriter


“I don’t have a magic wand—I have a phone.” 

– Dave Boxerbaum, agent @ Verve


“We’re not in the filmmaking business. We’re in the marketing business.” 

In response to what’s wrong with Hollywood. – JC Spink, producer


“Repetition is Bankable.”

– Dina Kuperstock, agent @ CAA


“CAA is an ecosphere of specialists in all facets of the entertainment industry” 

– Dina Kuperstock, agent @ CAA


“It’s not a marriage. It’s dating.”

In response to your relationship with your agent or manager. 

– John Swetnam, screenwriter


“You don’t get in a car and randomly start driving.” 

In response to the three-act structure. – Alex Litvak, screenwriter


“You’re not reinventing the wheel—you’re putting a fresh tire on it.” 

– Alex Litvak, screenwriter


“We’re tasters for a living. We read poison.” 

– Adam Novack, agent @ WME


“Agents are not good at starting fires but we’re great at spreading them. We just need something to spark it.” – Rob Lazar, agent and manager


“It’s not fast-talking. It’s fast-moving.” 

– Youssef Delara, filmmaker


“No is only No for Now.” 

In response to getting passes on his scripts. – Sheldon Candis, filmmaker


“Be emotionally invested—not emotionally attached.”

Advice for writing your screenplays. – Scott Carr, manager


“Everyone has to find their lane in this business.”

– Cale Boyter, producer & studio executive


“Directing for Television is like being a substitute teacher.”

– Charles Stone III, director


“The poster is like a front door to a house.”

– Chadney Cooles, indie filmmaker


“You have to look at everything as being transactional.”

– Matt Fisch, writer


“Rely most on your voice and vision rather than craft because craft can be taught.”

– Anne Lai, Sundance Institute


“It’s not the note. It’s the reason for the note.”

– Matthew Sand, screenwriter


“Sell me on why you care.”

– Matthew Sand, screenwriter


“To forget I’m reading a script.”

In response to what she’s looking for in a script. – Kerry Ehrin, screenwriter/showrunner 


“Making a movie is like a school of fish.”

– Shaked Berenson, producer


“Craft is what we are expected to know; art is the unexpected use of our craft.”

– Ed Catmull, president of Pixar 


“Don’t ever chase money. Chase your dreams. Do what you love.”

– Tom DeSanto, producer & screenwriter


“There’s creativity but no control.”

In reference to working on Big IP like Kong or Godzilla. – Max Borenstein, screenwriter


“Don’t reach up. Reach OUT.” 

– Daniel Noah, filmmaker