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John Frankenheimer Quotes and Sayings

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The first assistant director is just so important that
the choice of that person is critical to the movie.
- John Frankenheimer

I have gotten to a point in my life where I don't want
to have dinner with someone I don't like.
- John Frankenheimer

The accolades usually come when you're dead or too old to get a job.
- John Frankenheimer

If you cast the picture correctly, you have a whole lot of leeway.
You can make mistakes in other aspects but pull it
off with the right actors.
- John Frankenheimer


I think I've made some pretty decent films in the '80s and '90s.
- John Frankenheimer

I look at actors very closely.
It's not an accident when the actors excel.
- John Frankenheimer

You have to really work with someone who you think
is going to be a collaborator,
who you think understands what you want to do with
this movie and how you want to do it.
- John Frankenheimer

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One of the first lessons you learn as an actor is to listen.
- John Frankenheimer

So I've had really great assistant directors for my last seven movies.
- John Frankenheimer

Casting is 65 percent of directing.
- John Frankenheimer

If you don't cast well, you can be in real trouble.
- John Frankenheimer

I really, really love directing films.
- John Frankenheimer

I feel that my job is to create an atmosphere where
creative people can do their best work.
- John Frankenheimer

The first thing I can really tell you is I really love the work.
- John Frankenheimer

First, speaking for myself, I don't want to ever be
in a position where I'm telling other directors how to make movies,
because I don't think it's any of my business.
- John Frankenheimer

One of the other things I think that I've been able to do in my life,
is to listen well.
- John Frankenheimer

And I kind of feel that I have a responsibility to
the people that invest their time and money with me
to show up on the set every day and do the best of which I am capable.
- John Frankenheimer

The importance of the assistant director cannot be overemphasized.
- John Frankenheimer

I've found that the more experts you have on a movie,
the less control the director has.
- John Frankenheimer

There are two things I will never do in my life.
I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never
work with Val Kilmer again.
There isn't enough money in the world.
- John Frankenheimer

The first thing is that we're being attacked by both
the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild.
Both of these groups are trying to diminish the importance
and strength of the director.
They're trying to do it through both frontal and side attacks.
- John Frankenheimer

A disk unbeknownst to the director can go to the producer
in another city or in another office and that producer
can edit behind the director's back much easier than in the old days.
Since these dailies are now put on videotape,
more kinds of people have access to dailies.
- John Frankenheimer

To do that I try and keep myself in pretty good shape
physically and I try to lead my life in such a way
that I'll be able to be as strong at the end of the
movie as I am in the beginning.
- John Frankenheimer

But I really am very active in the choice of the line
producer with the producer of record and the distributing company,
because I've had some terrible, terrible experiences
with some line producers,
particularly in cable.
- John Frankenheimer

I think that you can't make a movie without a script.
But you also can't make movies without actors.
You also can't make movies without technicians.
And there has to be just one person in charge of everybody,
and to me that one person is the director.
- John Frankenheimer

I sought Ben Affleck because I needed an everyman for this role.
Ben appeals to men and women.
He gives you a sense of intelligence,
the notion of a guy who can think on his feet.
- John Frankenheimer

It's very eclectic, the way one chooses subjects in the movie business,
especially in the commercial movie business.
You need to develop material yourself or material is
presented to you as an assignment to direct.
- John Frankenheimer

There are so many effects and so many things that are
done digitally now that it's so hard for the director
to really control the process,
because there are more and more experts that come in.
- John Frankenheimer

Then I usually leave the choice of the second assistant
director and any other assistant directors to the first assistant director,
who will choose because he or she is responsible for
the conduct and the efficiency of the second assistant directors.
- John Frankenheimer

And in Hollywood, you know, everyone is an expert.
Most of them are expert editors.
They can't direct, they can't write,
they can't act,
but, by God, they all think they can edit.
- John Frankenheimer

I mean, this whole digital revolution is really eroding
the director's importance on a movie because,
number one, just from a practical standpoint,
with floppy disks and the ability to put all of the film onto a disk,
more people have access to the movie.
- John Frankenheimer

Historically the director has been the key creative
element in a film and we must maintain that.
We must protect that, in spite of the fact that there
is new technology that's continually trying to erode that.
- John Frankenheimer

I think all great actors - and I don't classify myself as one of them,
incidentally - but I think all great actors listen
well and I've learned that from a lot of the very good
actors with whom I've worked -
to really listen to what people say.
- John Frankenheimer

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb PHOTO

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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