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Atom Egoyan Quotes and Sayings

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My parents taught me to believe that through the creative act,
we're able to transcend and give a response to desecration.
- Atom Egoyan

When you make a film like this, you must have the highest
expectations of your audience.
Having worked in situations where we have the lowest
expectations of our audience.
- Atom Egoyan

Working on the themes I was interested in,
through the context of a particular family,
was a very economical way of dealing with a lot of
the issues I was concerned with.
- Atom Egoyan

I've just been very, very lucky with the film having
been introduced in the right way.
- Atom Egoyan

 

The whole film is about people being convinced that
they can reduce themselves to their archetypes.
- Atom Egoyan

When I was planning Family Viewing, the Ontario Film
Development Corporation came into existence.
- Atom Egoyan

It is about this very abstract sense of displacement
that he feels the moment he turns off the television.
- Atom Egoyan

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That's a very odd notion because it involves seeing
money up there on the screen -
if something cost $5 million to make,
they want to see that $5 million up there.
- Atom Egoyan

I wanted to make sure that the environment of the shooting
itself was not that controlled,
and the way to go about that course was to work with
as small a crew as possible.
- Atom Egoyan

Right now my career is totally schizophrenic,
because when an American production like Hitchcock
Presents asks to see my work I would never dream of
showing them my independent films.
- Atom Egoyan

The father's greatest folly is that he believes he
can be a much more simple person than he is;
he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being.
- Atom Egoyan

I suppose I had these concerns but I really felt that
I had to keep my scope very,
very concentrated.
- Atom Egoyan

I think the situation in Toronto is such that there
are funding organizations which make it easy for a
film to raise more money than it needs and very often
that works against a film.
- Atom Egoyan

When you're working with a smaller budget I suppose
one of the things that has to be in your mind when
you are writing is that you have to keep the characters down to a minimum.
- Atom Egoyan

You can talk about Holocaust denial,
but it's really marginal for the most part.
What is compelling about the Armenian genocide,
is how it has been forgotten.
- Atom Egoyan

There is a certain moment in the film when the son
is in the nursing home and he goes to the television
and turns it off because he sees himself in the image.
- Atom Egoyan

I think ultimately if you have a very high expectation
of your audience and you know exactly what it is you're
trying to express through the medium of film,
there will always be an audience for you.
- Atom Egoyan

These sorts of things can happen, identities can be switched,
the emotional implications are something that he has
not been trained to feel.
His whole life has been about separating himself from these sorts of actions.
- Atom Egoyan

I mean, if you are directing actors to do one thing
and then directing them to do something else entirely
because the one thing you wanted them to do may not work,
then you are just shattering their confidence in the project.
- Atom Egoyan

I think if you look at the themes that are presented in the film,
some are inherently social, and I think that any film
which deals with the family is dealing with the smallest
social unit in our society -
and in a sense it is a question of scope.
- Atom Egoyan

It is not as though the process of production holds any mystery for me,
I know exactly what it involves and I know the predominant
concern in shooting one of those things is production values -
or as they would say,
seeing it all up there on screen.
- Atom Egoyan

Once we were in the studio, we realized we were getting
certain effects through the shooting of the dramatic scenes on video,
shooting off a screen and then getting wave patterns and stuff like that.
- Atom Egoyan

I have always felt that this story is universal.
When I began to understand the details of the history,
I felt that the most compelling aspect was not what happened,
but what continues to happen and how it is denied.
- Atom Egoyan

That is where the irony of the film comes off,
in terms of the language it employs -
where he tries desperately to be a 'TV Dad,'
to give advice and it's so pat it becomes ridiculous.
- Atom Egoyan

These are very subtle things, of course,
and I don't expect everyone to pick them up consciously,
but I think that there is something there that you must be able to feel,
there is an energy at work that I must trust my audience
will be able to pick up at some level.
- Atom Egoyan

The programme has ended, something has finished,
and he has a sense of something having finished its course,
and then all of a sudden he turns away and this other
thing has just finished its course,
this other person.
- Atom Egoyan

You are traveling and see these people shooting the
entire experience of going through a city,
and maybe in the back of their minds they sustain the
illusion that they will edit it all,
but I don't think that's it.
- Atom Egoyan

The film camera's ability to physically move through space,
not zoom through space - every time we have a video
camera the movement is through zoom;
every time we have a film camera it is a physical movement.
- Atom Egoyan

It was very important that it be done in such a way
that it be executed with complete conviction.
If I had done it both ways, if I was trying to cover
myself in case it didn't work,
then it would have been to no purpose.
- Atom Egoyan

As a producer, I think one of the most important decisions
you make is not necessarily the material you are working
on but the production apparatus that you choose to
develop the project with,
and that determines what funding you go to,
it determines many factors.
- Atom Egoyan

Though I am still very vulnerable to audiences -
and it happens all the time -
where for some reason the energy doesn't connect and,
since the film is very personal, obviously I am made
to feel very vulnerable by that.
- Atom Egoyan

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional PHOTO

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato PHOTO

Most people don't CHOOSE their value system -
they simply inherit the beliefs of their parents and community.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.
- Ogden Nash

Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
- Jacques Delille

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

When does a belief bring out the best in you?
When does a belief hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents are not interested in justice,
they're interested in peace and quiet.
- Bill Cosby

It's YOUR time - it's YOUR life -
YOU get to choose how you use it. T
here is no way that your life is "supposed" to be.
Your parents had their vision for your life.
Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends,
and even the family next door have their ideas
of how you should live your life.
What about YOUR vision for your life?
What do YOU want?
YES, it matters what you want.
YES you can have what you want.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

It was seldom that I attended any religious meetings,
as my parents had not much faith in and were never
so unfortunate as to unite themselves with any of the religious sects.
- Orson Pratt

My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever.
- Andy Partridge

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The car trip can draw the family together,
as it was in the days before television when parents
and children actually talked to each other.
- Andrew H. Malcolm

Parents need all the help they can get.
The strongest as well as the most fragile family requires
a vital network of social supports.
- Bernice Weissbourd

Most children threaten at times to run away from home.
This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.
- Phyllis Diller

In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but
the parents have to do the steering.
- Benjamin Spock

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.
- Samuel Butler

I was born in very sorry circumstances.
Both of my parents were very sorry.
- Norman Wisdom

Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.
- Laurence J. Peter

I want to thank my parents for everything I am today -
fat, miserable, and paranoid.
- Anonymous

What is the use of physicians like myself trying to
help parents to bring up children healthy and happy,
to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
- Benjamin Spock

Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking.
A child is more likely to smoke when they have been
raised in the environment of a smoker.
- Christy Turlington

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My sister and I were born in San Francisco.
When our parents died, we came down here to live with relatives.
- Freddy Fender

I have done everything I can to make sure my daughter
knows her father because you form your own identity
by rebelling against your parents -
but first you have to know them.
- Greta Scacchi

Our law enforcement must be given every tool available
to protect children from predators and parents need
to know who is living in their community.
- Robin Hayes

My parents are my backbone.
Still are.
They're the only group that will support you if you
score zero or you score 40.
- Kobe Bryant

Losing my parents was probably the hardest and deepest
blow from which I've had to recover.
- Marlo Thomas

It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally,
and politely, put parents in their place.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

My parents had broken through the shackles of dogma.
- Franz Boas

My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker.
My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning
was the most exciting thing that could happen to you,
and it never ends.
- Rita Dove

In 1953 there were two ways for an Irish Catholic boy to impress his parents:
become a priest or attend Notre Dame.
- Phil Donahue

Parents must lead by example.
Don't use the cliche; do as I say and not as I do.
We are our children's first and most important role models.
- Lee Haney


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