100 Famous Directors’ Rules of Filmmaking


John Singleton

“Nobody cares about your little movie. You have to care about your little movie. . . . Make it and shoot it. And don’t give a fuck.”


Diablo Cody

“Don’t ever agonize about the hordes of other writers who are ostensibly your competition. No one is capable of doing what you do.”


Robert Wise

“If it seems a trifle slow, if it feels a trifle slow on the set, it’ll be twice as slow in the projection room.”


George A. Romero

“Collaborate, don’t dictate. Every department head has something to offer. Listen and gratefully accept their offerings. They’re moviemakers, too.”