Learn about film director quotes that inspire students to create and learn. Movie directors that learn the craft through hard work and perseverance are an inspiration to everyone. Movie directors that are willing to think outsid the box are what students need to be inspired.

  1. George Lucas is the famed director of films like" American Graffiti", " Indiana Jones", and  "Star Wars."  He has said, "Having a real understanding of history, literature, science and psychology is very important to being able to make movies."  Directing movies involves, writing, dealing with people, research, history, and many disciplines, that's why understanding these discipline is important.

  2. Barry Levinson know for films like" Dine"r, "Tin Men", and "Avalon."  Often creative people produce better work when not censored.   "I try to create an atmosphere that is comfortable enough to remove tension and everyone feels free. If they feel free behavior happens, small moments happens and that's what ultimately works best for me." 

  3. Philip Kaufman know for "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." Making movies can be a creative exciting project for director and rest of staff. "To me thoughts and art are fun. The strength of our society should not be idle entertainment but joy of pursing ideas"

  4. Michael Bay is a director know for high budget movies like the "Transformers", "Bad Boys" and the 2010 remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street."  "What I look for in a script is something that challenges me and allows me to break new ground. You have to think fast in and this business and keep reinventing yourself to stay on top."

  5. Kathryn Bigelow is a director known for the cult horror film "Near Dark", "Point Break" and  "The Hurt Locker." Women working in a male dominated field often encounter resistance. "If there is resistance to women making movies, I choose to ignore it. That is because I cannot change my gender and I refuse to stop making movies."

  6. John Houston is a director know for films like "Moby Dick", "The Man Who Would Be King" and "Prizzi's Honor".  Often creative people work alone, so making a movie means learning to deal with different people and perspectives. "The directing of a picture means coming out of your individual loneliness and taking part in putting together a small world. A picture is made, you put a frame around it and move on."

  7. Ron Howard an actor and director known for many acclaimed films including "Cocoon," "A Beautiful Mind," and "The Da Vinci Code."  Every movie made is different and is an exciting adventure. "One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition."

  8. Penny Marshall is an actress and director know for films like" Awakenings", "Big" and "Renaissance Man". Knowing how to do the other person's job makes you a better director as you understand their roles. "I think directors should at least take acting lessons to see what's going on. And I think all actors should direct to see what a director has to go through."

  9. Nicholas Roeg is a director known for "The Witches", "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and "Don't Look Now".  Knowing the craft of making movies makes a better director. " I can't think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography. "

  10. Steven Spielberg, one of the most famous directors in film history, is known for some of the most memorable and beloved films, some of which are "Jurassic Park", "The Color Purple," "Schindler's List", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Jaws." Liking what you do is important in all types of work. Passion for the craft fuels excellence. "Every time I go to a movie it is magic no matter what the movie is about."