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Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I often have a theme in mind when I’m starting. I know that I want everything to be in a world of, say, evolution, or guilt.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “She was nice. Nice is good.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “There’s a point I can get to where I start writing character and then through the dialogue, after all of this preparation, the thing starts to feel like it’s a character developing through the dialogue. A lot of character traits do come from writing dialogue, but I have to be ready to do it.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I’m interested in art, and I think about the process of making art. It’s part of my personality, my experience of the world, so it ends up in the movies. It’s where my head is.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “And then to see the whole movie, you’re pretty much waiting until the end of production. And the major lifting in terms of editing and all that stuff is done before you shoot the movie. That’s an unusual way to work.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “If you ever got me, you wouldn’t have a clue what to do with me.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I don’t think I’ve had a lonely moment in my life.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I really don’t have any solutions and I don’t like movies that do.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “And also the idea of not making it apparent that it’s different from the rest of the film, even though there are visual differences, the audience is supposed to think that they are with him when he wakes up in the morning.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “As a kid, I had a background in theater.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I can talk endlessly about characters, or why someone did this or that, and what that dynamic and interaction is. I really love it, and I think that actors really respond positively to the fact that I like to talk about that stuff, because I’m not sure that all directors do.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “We’re all subjective beings and trapped in our own realities and our own biographical stories and physical bodies and our histories – and that’s the only way we can experience the world.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “Directing is a more pragmatic experience, where you have to deal with the restrictions of time and money that force you to make certain decisions you don’t have to make when you’re writing.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “You’re dealing with the body, and you’re dealing with bodily functions. We romanticize everything about people in movies.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “We’re all one thing, like cells in a body. ‘Cept we can’t see the body. The way fish can’t see the ocean. And so we envy each other. Hurt each other. Hate each other. How silly is that? A heart cell hating a lung cell.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I was trying to figure out what a memory feels like.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “If I read something somebody wrote 300 years ago, and it’s me, what I’m going through now in my head, it sends chills down my spine, and I feel like that’s what I want to be able to offer – that if I offer myself, there’s a chance somebody else will feel connected.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “Seriously, I don’t consider myself a writer. I don’t think I have writing talent. But I will continue to do it.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I choose to write characters from the inside because I feel like that’s the way I’m gonna get the most honest version of them.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I actually think I’m probably more interested in structure than most people who write screenplays, because I think about it.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I’m not into extreme sports or something. I just live a quiet life.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I’m Jewish, and my family is Jewish. I was very interested in Woody Allen when I was growing up, but I don’t think of myself as a Jewish writer. I’m more from suburbia, American suburbia. I’m more from the ’70s than I am from Judaism.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “There are things that aren’t represented in movies that are a big part of everyone’s life. This is a movie about health and about the body.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “People will say things after a screening that it affects them in a certain way, which is why I don’t like to explain what certain things are about. I want them to have that. It limits people’s ability to understand something if I say it’s “about this.” That’s happened to us a bunch on this.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “There is truth and there are lies, and art always tells the truth, even when it’s lying.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “My time on the set is the least of my involvement. Most of my time is in pre-production and post-production.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I try to make things interesting and thought-provoking.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “Every day of your life, you have information that enters your head, and that information informs your understanding of things, or shifts it, or changes it, or deepens it, or confuses you. Every day, every moment of every day – it’s like this thing that happens.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I don’t have a style. I wouldn’t say I have a style as a writer, either. I know people have said “This is what he does,” but when I’m writing, I don’t think about that. I don’t think about a style.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “Sometimes I feel my thoughts are not my own, that I am thinking wrong things, stupid things, ridiculous things, for the amusement of an unseen audience.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “The sad thing about working on a movie is that you can never see the movie.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “Sometimes I don’t like the books that I’m reading.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “As I’m writing, I start to see connections, and themes I didn’t see, and that sparks other things. So then I go back and rewrite things or alter them. It’s a combination of intuition and a lot of finessing. It becomes a combination of the rational and the irrational.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I think generally I’m kind of interested in subjective experience, what goes on inside someone’s head, that being all they really know of the world.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I spend a lot of time in preproduction working with authors, and a lot of time in postproduction.: editing, music, all that sort of stuff. Casting. On the set there’s not a lot for me to do.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I do throw out a lot of ideas, and I forget completely about them.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I do a lot of things intuitively. I’m not often consciously aware of what I’m doing. It’s like in a dream: There’s something going on that’s powerful but you don’t know exactly why.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “There is so much crap in the world, both in show and other businesses, that I try to be vulnerable myself, in the hopes that there is some truth I can get to, that makes people feel less alone in the world.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “The biggest thing that I came across, right off the bat, was that you can’t shoot this like a regular movie with multiple takes. You have to, because it’s such a protracted process, break it down to the frame and pretty much get one shot.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I try when I’m writing to leave enough “space” for people to have their own interpretation, and not to direct it toward one conclusion. Then the audience would not be reacting, because they are being preached to or lectured at. I don’t have that much to say that I think people should listen to me.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I love working with actors. I love visual things. I always intended to be a writer who directs and a director who writes.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I’ve had to deal, a lot, with my own sense of intimidation at meeting famous people – especially actors, but really any famous people.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I don’t write genre stuff in any form. I’m not interested in it. I always try to do the opposite of that.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I want to create situations that give people something to think about.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I don’t think screenwriting is therapeutic. It’s actually really, really hard for me. It’s not an enjoyable process.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “As a writer, or as a filmmaker, you have to present yourself, and part of what yourself is is what you’re interested in, or what you think is funny, or what you think is sad, or what you think is horrible.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I can never watch anything I’ve been involved in, because I know it, and I know what the making of it was like, and I know what’s been cut out and changed. I just know it.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “The difference between a movie and a play is that the production you end up with is the production. If a movie that I spent time on turns out to be crap, it’s never going to be made again.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I know that as a very young child, I was afraid of death. Many children become aware of the notion of death early and it can be a very troubling thing. We’re all in this continuum: I’m this age now, and if I live long enough I’ll be that age. I was 20 once, I was 10, I was 4. People who are 20 now will be 50 one day. They don’t know that! They know it in the abstract, but they don’t know it. I’d like them to know it, because I think it gives you compassion.”
Charlie Kaufman Quote: “I have a tendency to hire people who tend to be unattractive to the studios. Maybe this is a bad idea.”
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