Basic skills any filmmaker must have according to Werner Herzog

From: esperanza collado (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jul 04 2007 - 10:50:41 PDT

Cant help sharing this with frameworkers, hee hee:

...but let me say that there are some very basic skills that any
filmmaker must have. First of all, learn languages. One also needs to
be able to type and to drive a car. It is like the knights of old who
had to be able to ride , wield a sword and play the lute. At my
utopian film academy I would have students do athletic things with
real physical contact, like boxing, something that would teach them to
be unafraid. I would have a loft with a lot of space where in one
corner there would be a boxing ring. Students would train every
evening from 8 to 10 with a boxing instructor: sparring, somersaults
(backwards and forwards), juggling, magic card tricks. Whether or nor
you would be a filmmaker by the end I do not know, but at least you
would come out as an athlete. My film school would allow young people
who want to make films to experience a certain climate of excitement
of the mind. This is what ultimately creates films and nothing else.
It is not technicians that film schools should be producing, but
people with a real agitation of mind. People with spirit, with a
burning flame within them.

(From Herzog on Herzog)

Esperanza Collado Sánchez
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