Inspirational Quotes From Filmmakers and Actors to Get You Jazzed for the New Year

As the year comes to a close, it’s normal to experience a certain amount of sadness, regret, and plain old exhaustion. As a film student, you may have fallen short of more than a few personal expectations that have left you feeling a little glum. Did you not finish your script in time? Mess up a crucial shot while filming? Project your film when it could’ve been more meticulously edited?

Chin up. No matter how much talent, creativity, and discipline you possess, you’re still human. Maybe 2016 was not all you hoped it would be, but there are all kinds of reasons why you may not have accomplished all that you hoped you would. And, honestly, at least a couple were beyond your control. And one year? Well, that’s kind of an arbitrary deadline. Life doesn’t fit neatly into calendars, even though Hollywood happy endings may sometimes trick us into buying the “just in time” trope…especially in those darn Christmas blockbusters and made-for-TV specials.

Here are inspirational quotes from filmmakers and actors to infuse you with the positivity you need. May they give you some of the strength you need to succeed in your filmmaking endeavors in 2017!

1. “Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.” -James Cameron


2. “If you want to be a writer, then write.” –I. Marlene King

3. “Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.” –Denzel Washington

4. “When I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it’s you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.” –Steven Spielberg

5. “To make a film is easy; to make a good film is war. To make a very good film is a miracle.” -Alejandro González Iñárritu


6. “If you can see yourself doing anything else and being happy, by all means, go and do it. But if you cannot, if you cannot see yourself doing anything else, then you should go for it and not let anybody tell you no.” –Kristin Chenoweth

7. “If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.” –Kathryn Bigelow


8. “It’s cool to be a nerd. There’s a general understanding that smartphones didn’t come from jocks. The digital age was foreseen by a group of short-sleeved, button-downed, white-shirted guys and their female equivalents designing the very stuff that’s now ubiquitous.” –J.J. Abrams

9. “The biggest thing I have realized was that you have to choose your collaborators very carefully, and that not everybody can like you. The process of filmmaking is so difficult, there’s no point in doing it unless you can do it the way you want.” –Peter Capaldi


10. “Filmmaking a chance to live many lifetimes.” –Robert Altman

11. “’May the Force by with you’ is charming, but it’s not important. What’s important is that you become the Force—for yourself and perhaps for other people.” –Harrison Ford

12. “Filmmakers are going to make films, just like painters are going to paint.” –Richard Linklater


13. “I’ve always approached things with hunger and just enough fear. Plenty of confidence, you know, but just enough fear to work extra hard. Paralyzing fear does nothing, but the kind of fear that makes you nervous enough to really be aware and focused? I like that kind of fear.” –Queen Latifah

What are your favorite inspiring quotes for the New Year? Let us know in the comments below!

Drawing Inspiration From Elsewhere To Create New Video Games

Shigeru Miyamoto

During an interview for Japanese website, Nintendo Online Monthly, Shigeru Miyamoto offered a very interesting piece of advice to aspiring game developers:

“…Although you should of course play games, it’s absolutely critical that you do other things too. You need to know what people find fun and interesting in life generally. And to do that, you’ve got to try a lot of things yourself. Sports, music, anything is okay, just so long as you expand your own horizons.”

For one, this advice is powerful because it’s coming from a man who needs no introduction. Miyamoto has not only produced some of the biggest franchises in gaming history but has also stood the test of time as a developer after working in the industry for several decades. But what also makes this quote notable is that it’s far different than the typical advice you’d receive: to get good at making games, play lots of games.

And while playing and analyzing games is certainly useful, Miyamoto admits that sometimes you need to draw inspiration from other sources to develop something fresh, fun and exciting. In case you’re not convinced, here are a few acclaimed developers with top-selling games that received inspiration from interesting sources:

Hidetaka Miyazaki, Dark Souls series, Bloodborne

Miyazaki has recently become one of the most successful game developers in the industry with his dark fantasy titles. Very challenging and offering little direction to players, the Dark Souls games nonetheless became popular for giving players a brutal but rewarding experience that set them apart from other titles with hand-holding and lengthy tutorials.

In a recent interview with Game Informer, Miyazaki revealed the hobby that has helped him develop his games– cooking. “It’s like playing an RPG…I like cooking by taking time, paying attention to all the details, gathering the proper equipment, and taking all steps necessary to create something great. The more time and care that is spend, the better the food becomes.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda

There’s a reason why Miyamoto wants the next generation of developers to look outside of games for inspiration: it has always worked for him. In fact, most would be surprised to find out just how much Miyamoto’s childhood and hobbies played a part in the creation of series most of us grew up with.

For example, The Legend of Zelda was inspired by Miyamoto’s days as a child as he explored the wilderness around his hometown. Pikmin came to him when he noticed ants working together to carry leaves in his garden, while Star Fox came from his love of a British puppet TV series called Thunderbirds. Even not-so-popular titles like Wii Music came from his love of bluegrass music!

Satoshi Tajiri, Pokemon

Designed to take advantage of the Game Boy’s new link cable, Pokemon Red and Blue ended up being the start of one of gaming’s largest media franchises. You don’t have to be a gamer to know just how big Pokemon remains even nearly 30 years after the first two games blew us all away.

Of course, the “Gotta Catch Em All” theme of collecting every Pokemon in the games stems from Tajiri’s love of collecting insects as a child. Satoshi has often admitted that Pokemon was his way of sharing his love of capturing bugs and insects of all shapes and sizes. The different types were also inspired by the rock-paper-scissors game.

Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear series

Kojima has been a part of gaming for more than two decades now and is known for his acclaimed Metal Gear series. These games have gathered a strong fanbase for delivering not just great gameplay but captivating stories and characters as well. Anyone who has played a Metal Gear Solid game knows just how unique Kojima’s cutscenes and dialogue are compared to other titles.

Perhaps it will them come as no surprise that one of his biggest inspirations is film itself. In fact, Kojima’s initial goal while attending college was to become a film director. When that didn’t work out, he pursued his other passion and is now responsible for some of the most entertaining games out there, both visually and gameplay-wise.

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