10 Great Producer Quotes


In honor of our "Producer Week" here at SSN, we're taking a look at ten inspiring quotes from some of our favorite producers, past and present. At times, producing can be a thankless job, but great producers press on, working tirelessly to protect their directors and get a film made, sometimes against great odds. You can't be the kind of person who throws their hands up at the first sign of trouble and be a successful producer. These ten people understand that (and they have some wise words about the industry as a whole), so let's take a look at some of their best quotes for inspiration:

"Consider this 're-make' business that is taking away opportunities for new ideas and new films to happen. If the movie was made right the first time, why make it again? The only reason this is happening is it has become a safer way for the Studios." – Bernie Brillstein

"You can tell a film that has been shot at a brisk pace with lots of energy. It comes through in the dynamics of what you see on the screen. Somehow, it's easier to create when you're out there in real places on real streets, no matter what the hardships are while you're shooting. There's much more camaraderie when you're out there in the elements." (on the benefits of shooting on real locations). – Gale Anne Hurd

"If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless." – Darryl F. Zanuck

"I always find that when I do something I like, from the heart, then it works." – Harvey Weinstein

"In every place there are 100 people who can say no and only one person who can say yes. You have to get a good piece of material to the right person." – Robert Evans

"I just don't believe that you can't make anything happen. I think if something's good and you believe in it, and you care about it, and you give it love and nurture it, it's going to happen." – Jerry Weintraub

"When I started, the most important thing was the movie. You made a good movie and you didn't really worry about opening weekend, because you knew that with word of mouth, the second-weekend gross would be bigger than the first. Today I believe that the marketing is more important than the movie, and that, to me, is tragic." – Sherry Lansing

"One of our jobs is to keep women working, which we do by keeping women coming to the movies. And doing that means making good, smart, often funny movies that women can identify with—with terrific dialogue we all remember and cherish, and stories that illuminate our lives and decisions and turning points." – Lynda Obst

"If you're going to spend two or three years of your life working on something, you've got to be making the kind of movie that discusses and influences the culture and is engaged in the world you're living in." – Scott Rudin

"It doesn't have anything to do with the budget of the film. It has to do with the scope and scale of ambition, and the skill that people brought to it to realize that ambition."- James Schamus

Let us know if you agree with their advice, and sound off in the comments if you have some favorite producer quotes to share.