Herzog's Rules of Filmmaking

🌱 2022-09-06

I have heard people criticise Herzog as fleecing rich kids with his school. But this list, like the lists of many other brilliant artists, hides within it inspirational jump points.

  • Always take the initiative.
  • There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
  • Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
  • Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
  • Learn to live with your mistakes.
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
  • That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.
  • There is never an excuse not to finish a film.
  • Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
  • Thwart institutional cowardice.
  • Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
  • Take your fate into your own hands.
  • Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
  • Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
  • Walk straight ahead, never detour.
  • Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
  • Don’t be fearful of rejection.
  • Develop your own voice.
  • Day one is the point of no return.
  • A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class.
  • Chance is the lifeblood of cinema.
  • Guerrilla tactics are best.
  • Take revenge if need be.
  • Get used to the bear behind you.

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