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" I don't storyboard, and I don't really shot list. I let the shots be determined by how the actors and I figure out the blocking in a scene, and then from there, we cover it. "
" When I see an image in my head that compels me, where there's this mystery about what's going to happen next or could happen next, I'll be intrigued. There are so many scripts that you read, and you know exactly what's going to happen, and there aren't too many where you can't tell within the first 20 pages where it's going. "
" When you have a script, and you're discussing what it can be, and who going to play what role, that's a kind of like a fantasy football game. You can imagine these different dream teams interpreting these characters that only exist in your head. "
" As storytellers, you're always somehow creating history. "
" I think I have this field around me that makes electronics work bad. It's not like an entropy thing; it happens very quickly. "
" I love the idea of 3D, but it's completely superfluous to most stories. "
" I think I learned discipline on 'Jane Eyre.' Charlotte Bronte's dialogue, the intellectual duel between Rochester and Jane Eyre's character, is so compelling that you didn't have to do much with the placement of cameras. "
" I have a really good relationship with Focus Features; we had a wonderful time working together on 'Sin Nombre.' "
" My mom was married to a Mexican guy - a surfer - and so we'd kind of camp out on the beach the swell season. "
" The problem with being a writer/director: unless you're really disciplined, you start adding projects, and you have to make time to make them. Because you have to write them... no one else is writing them for me. "
" It's easy to make something avant garde. To do something in the traditional way is much more brave in the sense that you're - your technique is so much more exposed because there's not all this flashy stuff to distract the viewer. "
" Every single substitute teacher growing up could not pronounce my name, so whenever someone pauses, I'm like, 'Oh, that's me.' "
" My mom loved the old black-and-white films. "
" New York is perfect for Tanizaki because it's filled with so many dark spaces. "
" I'll definitely say that, before film school, I didn't have much of a film-history background. I didn't know much about classic cinema. "
" My dad worked for a generator company and then UC Berkeley, and my mom was as a dental hygienist and then eventually a history teacher. My uncles and aunts, all of them are elementary school teachers or scientists. "
" I didn't grow up watching detective shows. I've never even seen an episode of 'CSI.' "
" I think the semantics of mini-series for a network is that it has an end. "
" You need the actors to feel as much ownership of the performance and the direction of the story as you do to get the most out of everyone's potential. Part of it is just making sure we all have the same vision. "
" Going from having an Atari to a laptop changed everything. It allows me to work anywhere I want and send my work home - I can work anywhere in the world. "
" Have you seen McConaughey in 'Unsolved Mysteries?' Even back then, it's a great performance! And he's mowing the lawn. "
" I enjoy setting the scene and coming up with interesting frames. 'True Detective' was a very hands-on set. "
" I began writing fictional stories and little screenplays when I was in fifth grade. "
" My grandma was really sick when I was working on 'Sin Nombre' and eventually died that summer when we were finishing the film. But I was able to bring an unfinished version of the film for her to watch. "