Advice from Famous Film Makers

It’s always helpful to have insider knowledge from people working in the industry, and even better when they are world renowned Film Makers.

Here at the JMC Academy, we have industry professionals teaching each aspect of the courses to ensure real life industry knowledge. However, to treat you to even more top tips from the pros, we’ve trawled the deepest parts of the internet to bring you our top pieces of advice from some of the most famous film makers around. Pay close attention. 

“My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you’ve got to be a filmmaker.”

- Robert Wise

Famous for: The Sound of music, West Side Story, The Body Snatcher.

"My approach with actors is to try and give them whatever it is they need from me. Direction to me is about listening and responding and realizing how much they need to know from me and how much they have figured out for themselves, really."

-    Christopher Nolan

Famous for; The Dark Night, Memento, Ineption


"You can’t start a movie by having the attitude that the script is finished, because if you think the script is finished, your movie is finished before the first day of shooting."

- Stephen Spielberg

Famous for: E.T., Jaws, War of the Worlds

"To me, movies and music go hand in hand. When i‘m writing a script, one of the first things i do is find the music i’m going to play for the opening sequence."

-Quentin Tarenteno

Famous for: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Djanjo

"Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some and make a movie of any kind at all."

- Stanley Kubrick

Famous for: Clockwork Orange, The Shining

"I learn the most from making my own mistakes."

- David Fincher

Famous for: Fight Club, Gone Girl, Benjamin Button

"Always stay open to surprise."

- Martin Scorsese

Famous for: The Wolf on Wall Street, GoodFellas, Shutter Island

"Don’t get seduced by your own stuff; work hard to keep a blank slate state of mind each time you watch your film."

-    James Cameron

Famous for: Avatar, Titanic, Terminator

And just for good measure, we've thrown in some advice from a successful graduate of our Film & TV Production course, Zac Loy; 

“My advice to any undergrads currently studying FTV that want an opportunity like this; listen to your lecturers, work on as many projects as possible and make the best graduate film you can. My lecturers told me that my graduate film would be my calling card in the industry, and they were right. My graduate film put me in contact with Cutting Edge, which resulted in a job opportunity on San Andreas. I’ve stayed in contact with several lecturers since JMC and they have always been a great help to me. If you show them that you are passionate and willing to work hard, they might just get you a job on a feature film someday.”

Zac – FTV grad, Editor at Platinum HD on San Andreas

Find out more about studying Film & TV Production at JMC to get advice straight from industry professionals. 

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