William Friedkin Quotes

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William Friedkin Quotes

The Blu-ray is the real cinematech of world cinema. Thats how its being preserved. All of these guys that are trying to preserve 35mm negatives? They are wasting their time. There are better ways to see and project this stuff. Its called digital.
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The informing idea of what you want to say and do, that's what will take you from film school to professional - the idea. That's what is original to you.

— William Friedkin

Technique is of less interest than character and story.

— William Friedkin

The first work of the director is to set a mood so that the actor's work can take place, so that the actor can create. And in order to do that, you have to communicate, communicate with the actors. And direction is about communication on all levels.

— William Friedkin

Edgar Allan Poe is considered the great writer of horror stories, perhaps the greatest - I will say the greatest

— William Friedkin

The studios are making fewer films. They are making more expensive films. Profits are tougher to come by. Not only because of the expense of production. But also because of the expense of promotion and hype. To boil that all down, it's more about hype than it is about filmmaking.

— William Friedkin

All the great countries are at odds with one another over something, and yet if they don't cooperate they're going to blow up.

— William Friedkin

I don't think sexuality defines a person. It's one small part of who you are, in my view. You are many things, and I never felt that people were defined by their sexuality solely.

— William Friedkin

The Blu-ray is the real cinematech of world cinema. That's how it's being preserved. All of these guys that are trying to preserve 35mm negatives? They are wasting their time. There are better ways to see and project this stuff. It's called digital.

— William Friedkin

I had absolutely no focus as a kid. I never paid attention at school, I never went to college. Not because we were too poor; we were. But if I wanted to go to college, I would have found a way.

— William Friedkin

I don't believe that Citizen Kane or Gone With the Wind, or any damn picture that you can name, would be better off in 3D. I think it's a gimmick. I find 3D distracting.

— William Friedkin

You don't need great actors to do a 3D picture. All of this condescending stuff that they put out? "Oh, we will always need actors." Bullshit! They are able to take anybody and put some markers on them, and have them walk through an empty room. Then they paint in the background.

— William Friedkin

None of the chase scenes that I did had any opticals. We had to do all of that physically. The first thing you have to do is see it in your mind's eye. You have to envision it. Imagine someone knitting a sweater or a scarf. They either have a pattern in front of them, or they see a pattern in their mind's eye. Then it's one stitch at a time. That's what shooting a chase is like.

— William Friedkin

The digital process gives me total control over how I want the film to look. The films look like they did when I was first looking through the viewfinder.

— William Friedkin

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