10 Screenwriting Quotes From Legendary Writer/Director Akira Kurosawa

10 Screenwriting Quotes From Legendary Writer/Director Akira Kurosawa

Industrial Scripts posted a fantastic article featuring 10 great quotes from writer/director Akira Kurosawa.  I’ve included a few of my favorites below.


“In order to write scripts, you must first study the great novels and dramas of the world. You must consider why they are great. Where does the emotion come from that you feel as you read them? What degree of passion did the author have to have, what level of meticulousness did he have to command, in order to portray the characters and events as he did? You must read thoroughly, to the point where you can grasp all these things. You must also see the great films. You must read the great screenplays and study the film theories of the great directors. If your goal is to become a film director, you must master screenwriting.” (Akira Kurosawa)

“With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece. With the same script, a mediocre director can produce a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can’t possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. The script must be something that has the power to do this.” (Akira Kurosawa)

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