Video Advice From the Greatest Film Directors

Video Advice From the Greatest Film Directors

Online video has carved out an important place in the media landscape – but major motion pictures will always be the height of art and quality entertainment when it comes to video.

But that doesn’t mean the two mediums have nothing in common. In fact, some filmmaking advice from the greatest directors of all time can easily apply to your digital video efforts, so get inspired with these quotes from the best.

“I steal from every single movie ever made.” – Quentin Tarantino

A hallmark of Tarantino’s films is homage, and this quote goes to show that you don’t have to be afraid to borrow or steal from those that came before. If you see something you like, bring it into your project, but then make it your own. This mentality can be applied to any creative field so get out there and steal!

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” – Alfred Hitchcock


A piece of advice not followed by Quentin Tarantino (his films regularly push 3 hours) but a good reminder to keep things short whenever possible. Even more so today than in Hitchcock’s era, attention spans are ever-shrinking. Don’t make a 20 minute video when a 5 minute, or even 1 minute video will do.

“I learn the most from making my own mistakes.” – David Fincher

You’re going to make mistakes, that’s just a fact of life and it’s amplified when doing something complicated like creating a video. But if you turn your missteps into lessons on what not to do, you’re much less likely to repeat them. Every artist has regrets, but by learning from them and moving forward they’re able to hone their craft and evolve.

“There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.” – Frank Capra

One of the most prolific directors of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, Capra knows a thing or two about making a compelling movie. His point here still applies today – the second you feed your audience something uninteresting is the second you lose them. 

“You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it!” – Steven Spielberg


Spielberg is perhaps the greatest and most beloved filmmaker of all time and his sentiment here is perhaps the most important one for any aspiring creative. You can spend your whole life conceptualizing, revising, planning, dreaming – but nothing will happen until you go out and MAKE SOMETHING.


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