I often use sex or eating as my metaphor for making a movie. What’s your favorite food?
Off the top of my head, let’s say shrimp.
So this is how you have to be as a storyteller, with one story and then every story. Here’s your shrimp. How do you like it? You’re excited about this shrimp, aren’t you? Eat that shrimp. Great. Now, eat the shrimp again but eat it like it was the first time, okay? Now eat it again. No, eat that fucking shrimp. I want you to love that shrimp. I’m not feeling like you’re loving it. You have to write it like that, you have to direct it like that, edit it, talk to you about it. That makes you have to love it, otherwise you’re not going to be able to do that. It makes you deep. Eat the shrimp. You have to stay hungry.
~ David O. Russell On Filmmaking
“I love the theatre, because it’s the art of the moment. I’m in love with ephemera and I hate permanence. Acting is making words into flesh. And I love classical acting, because you need the vocal range of an opera singer, the movement of a ballet dancer and the ability to act – as you turn your whole body into the musical instrument on which you play. It’s more than behaviourism, which is what you get in the movies. Chrissake, what are movies anyway? Just fucking moving photographs – that’s all. But the theatre! Ah, there you have the impermanence that I love. It’s a reflection of life somehow. It’s… it’s like… building a statue of snow.”
~ Peter O’Toole