"The best movies can cause an internal struggle, or reaffirmation of values ... An effective movie can cause us to challenge our
fundamental beliefs. To re-examine our presumptions. To broaden our awareness. And even, in some cases, to change."
" 'Good story' means something worth telling that the world wants to hear."
" Telling a story involves thinking of some interesting events,
putting them in the best order to bring out the connections between them, and telling about them as clearly as we can; and if we get the last part right, we won't be able to disguise any failure with the first -
which is actually the most difficult, and the most important."
"Science and technology revolutionise our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response."
Arthur M. Schlesinger
"The three most exciting works I have seen in the past few months.... all share in common a resolve not to
lapse into the exhausted and familiar formulae that make you feel you have seen a film before it's begun. Truffaut famously said that if he walked into a casino, his first instinct would be to master the rules.
Goddard's first instinct, Truffaut added, would be to invent new ones."
"From my experience in film there is no truer adage than, 'It's very hard to make a good movie from a bad script'."
"When I write an ad I don't want you to tell me you find it creative. I want you to find it so interesting that you buy the product."
"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story."
"We learn from stories.... Stories can help us to understand by making the abstract concrete and
accessible. What is only dimly perceived at the level of principle may become vivid and powerful in the concrete. Further, stories motivate us. Even that which we understand at the abstract level may not
move us to action, whereas a story often does
Nel Noddings & Carol Witherell
"Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it."
" ... it was around then that quite by accident, after four years of reading the classics and with an entire
feature film under my belt, I stumbled upon the only reason anyone should make (or for that matter, see) a movie in the first place: the story.
"We all know that a good drama can influence people in a way that sober, sometimes rather boring,
detailed debate cannot." John Humphreys
"STORY, n. A narrative, commonly untrue."
"We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's
damn is the history we make today."
"On occasions, it will only enrich a culture when someone can bring a little anthropological distance to the task of portraying the natives."
"There's more to the picture than meets the eye."
"Films are a remarkable tool for helping people learn, it's about recognising a feeling or an atmosphere
and taking some time to just sit, watch and consider it."