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Douglas Wood Quotes and Sayings

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Write the kind of movie you would want to see,
in a genre you love.
- Douglas Wood

The major studios don't differ very much from one another
as they all operate under essentially the same principles and pressure.
- Douglas Wood

Dick Van Dyke was my first idol.
He's an amazing physical comedian, like a classic clown,
but also very smart and not afraid to show vulnerability.
- Douglas Wood

I'm more concerned with getting them to find and strengthen
their original voice as writers rather than imposing
my own subjective tastes,
judgements or sensibility on the project.
- Douglas Wood

 

There is nothing like the high of being on stage and reaping applause,
especially for emotionally needy people like me!
- Douglas Wood

Working in Hollywood can be tumultuous,
with incredible highs and lows and you need to be grounded.
- Douglas Wood

Unfortunately, all the cliches we see about Hollywood are true.
- Douglas Wood

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I was born in Chicago and grew up in the suburb of Evanston.
- Douglas Wood

I would rather read a poorly structured story that
has fresh ideas than a tightly structured one with cliches.
- Douglas Wood

I used to love Woody Allen but feel he's become a hack as a director.
Bullets Over Broadway is the only film of his I've
enjoyed in the last 10 years.
- Douglas Wood

Fear of failure has always been my best motivator.
- Douglas Wood

I love all of Albert Brooks' work from Defending Your
Life back to his first film,
Real Life, but am sorry that he seems to have lost
his edge in his more recent work.
- Douglas Wood

Originality is, for me, the most important quality in a script.
- Douglas Wood

Right now, writing for me is most rewarding because
I'm old enough now to have something to say,
which probably wasn't always the case.
- Douglas Wood

I am a big fan of the TV series Taxi which combined
comedy and pathos better than any other show I've seen.
- Douglas Wood

When I saw The Player, I came out with knots in my
stomach because it was so true to my experience.
- Douglas Wood

I was only in one play at Steppenwolf,
in the early days.
- Douglas Wood

But so much of being an actor isn't so great -
the auditioning,
the rejection, the financial insecurity.
- Douglas Wood

I know a lot of people in the business recommend the
many Story Structure seminars being offered here,
but I point to them as the single biggest contributor to lousy scripts.
- Douglas Wood

The best way for a beginner to write for animation
is to closely watch animated films,
then read the screenplays for them afterwards.
- Douglas Wood

Animation scripts tend to be much more descriptive
and are lighter on dialogue.
- Douglas Wood

Robert Altman's Nashville is my all-time favorite film
because it covers all the bases -
it's original,
moving, and has something to say, but also funny and incredibly entertaining.
- Douglas Wood

I became much happier when I realized I shouldn't depend
solely on my career for my sense of self.
So I developed other interests and surrounded myself
with a small group of friends I could trust.
- Douglas Wood

That said, I should also add that I learned a great
deal from being allowed in these privileged circles
and am grateful for the opportunity to have worked
closely with some of the most powerful and successful
people in the business including Steven Spielberg and Ted Turner.
- Douglas Wood

While I've lived in L.A.
since 1985, I'll always consider Chicago my home town
and have much affection for it.
My parents and sister still live there so I try to
visit as often as I'm able.
- Douglas Wood

All of the material for The Fine Line was created via
improvisation with my partner,
but not in front of an audience.
We'd continue to refine it in front of an audience
based on their responses until it was set and scripted.
- Douglas Wood

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

I must be free...
free to do what I like, say what I like,
write what I like, within the limits prescribed for
me by my own sense of what is seemly and fitting.
- Thomas Edward Brown

I'm not too fond of the hard work and the constant
battle with self-doubt that goes on when I write,
but I figure that's part of the territory.
- Robert Sheckley

Write to be understood, speak to be heard,
read to grow.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

I know that to write you have to have stories you want to tell.
You have to keep your mind alive, and you have to work hard.
- Tracy Kidder

But then when he left, I realized that it was harder
to write songs and feel spiritually connected to art and music as a band.
When he came back I felt it again, instantaneously.
- Anthony Kiedis

It is not about writing those hits again.
I am sure I could write them, but it is about the sensibilities.
- Alison Moyet

When they write about real stuff like my custody battle,
that's no fun.
Some things have leaked out about accusations that
have gone back and forth and that's just mean.
It's a tactic.
- Dean Cain

No one inspired me to write, but writer Harlan Ellison
terrified me into getting published.
- Dan Simmons

Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology,
and there I go into geology.
It was much more fun to be able to research and write
about whatever I wanted to.
- Octavia Butler

I feel more influenced in my own work by dreams than
I do by other writers' works in a way.
Or by popular culture, movies - what else is there
to write about than love and loss?
- Alice Hoffman

Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms,
stiffen into cold epigrams.
Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
- F. H. Bradley

First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse
something that is already clear in my mind.
If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive
or need to write about it.
- C. Day Lewis

And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy.
The Exorcist not only ended that career,
it expunged all memory of its existence.
- William Peter Blatty

Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons,
so I had to come to the States, and the U.S.
government wouldn't give me a Green Card,
so I airily told her I'd write a book.
- Bernard Cornwell

I try to write conversationally; I try to write like
people speak and put the emphasis on the right syllable.
- Don Henley

How does one happen to write a poem:
where does it come from? That is the question asked
by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry.
- Allen Tate

When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York
but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.
- John Updike

To write well you must be willing to go naked into the world.
- Daniel Keys Moran

I try to write about the stuff that torments us all.
- Danielle Steel

As soon as I read that, it clicked: that's my theater of war.
It was exciting to think that I could write about World
War Two from a totally new place.
- Michael Chabon


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