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" When people leave cults, they don't know that they left a cult. "
" Well, first of all, making films is a collaborative process. You need people. You need people you trust and love and who are your friends. People you can work with. "
" When someone stays with you and they're not your guest, even when they are your guest they get on your nerves. When people visit for long periods of time, that just happens. "
" When I was a kid, I was afraid of large group of conforming people. "
" You can't write something to please someone. "
" Yeah, in my scripts, I don't tend to describe landscape too clearly because I like to keep it really basic and sort of let people paint their own picture. I don't find it helpful to spend a page describing a setting, except for maybe a few key things. "
" I won't rewrite on set, but I'll just trim the fat. "
" You know, when you're isolated on set for like a month, people like to get rowdy. "
" I always try to keep the confidence of the actors, and try my best to make them feel comfortable or confident. "
" A big fear of working with an actor that's never been a lead in a film before is that you're going to have to work really hard to pull a performance out of her. "
" I would like to do a sports movie. "
" The trappings of a religious cult tend to fall into candlelit ceremonies and robes and group chanting and singing and prayer. "
" I'm a believer in film school. "
" The way brainwashing works is subtle and takes a long time. "
" I wasn't good enough to be a professional soccer player obviously but that was my first goal in life. "
" When I hire actors I believe in their abilities. "
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" Sports teams, people who follow sports teams, religion, churches, work - any company, I find that people just generally have a need to belong to something larger than themselves. "
" I love the first hour of a horror movie, the fear and anticipation. Then, when it gets bloody, I lose interest. "
" When I was a little kid, I loved horror films. I always liked being scared. "
" I was really into writing short fiction and also photography when I was a kid. "
" It's sort of one ongoing process where writing ends and directing starts. "
" What I learned from directing, I learned from soccer, where it's like a coach-player relationship. "
" Filmmaking is a real craft. "
" When you write, no matter what, it ends up personal. "
" I'm interested in adapting books and all sorts of things. "
" I remember being at school during morning meeting and looking around at everybody, 350 kids, saying a prayer. We're all very young and no one knows what it means, and I remember feeling strange that people were just repeating words that they didn't understand. I refused to participate. For some reason I always rejected it, but respectfully. "
" In editing, it's amazing how you choose the in and out points. What you cut on is everything for creating tension. It's amazing how expanding a shot by five seconds can just ruin the tension. "