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By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

The art model of problem solving is incredibly efficient because ideology has no place there.There's only the thing and what the thing needs to be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I have a friend whose theory is that you're from wherever you went to high school. I think that's mostly true.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

We all get outraged by things and there are things that make us angry and maybe for a while we get angry enough to actually go do something about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I know why we can't have a frank discussion with our policymakers - if you're in the government or in law enforcement you cannot acknowledge that drugs are anything but inherently evil and morally wrong.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I'm probably more character-driven than plot-driven. It's rare for me to attach myself to an idea for a story.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Everything is the director's fault - you can quote me on that. There are no excuses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I think that music is a very difficult art form in which to be avant-garde. When we sit down to listen to a piece of music, I think our implicit hope is that we're going to find it beautiful, or at least emotional, on some level.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I'm not precious about anything. The effort it took to get something means nothing to me in post. It means nothing to the audience. I'll chop limbs off. I'll put an arm where a leg should be. I'll do anything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I'm a grinder. I'll beat you because I will not sleep.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I think about art a lot only in two contexts. One is narrative... The other thing that I'm interested in, which is tangential, but not unrelated... All art to me is about problem solving.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

When I look around the world and think why is everything working or not working, it's because it's entrenched ideology. You can't solve a problem if you're sitting down with people who say, "All these ideas are off the table because of what I believe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I've never been a snob. It [movie] is just about stories. And I've never felt just because it's a big screen and you plop down your eight bucks that gives it a special meaning. It's just "Are you good at telling a story?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I guess why the Ocean's films are hard for me is because on the one hand you have to make sure the performances are there, but on the other hand it's a film that demands, to my mind, a very layered and complex visual scheme. That takes a lot of time to figure out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

When a film like Chris Nolan's Memento cannot get picked up, to me independent film is over. It's dead.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

If I'm a director and I read a script and I say yeah I really want to do this, I would never walk away because the deal wasn't very good - that I wasn't getting paid very much or that the chances that I would see anything on the back end were remote because of the financial waterfall and the way it's structured. I would never use that as a reason not to do something.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

You should never assume anything coming from a critical standpoint. You should go into everything assuming you're going to get crushed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

The ought to be a worldwide cultural taskforce that just stops you when you have ideas like combining The Red Desert with an armored car heist movie.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Anytime you've got something that can take you into the political realm then you've opened up the conversation a lot.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

So I think that life is sort of like a drumbeat. It has a rhythm and sometimes it’s fast and sometimes it’s slower, and maybe what’s happening is this drumbeat is just accelerating and it’s gotten to the point where I can’t hear between the beats anymore and it’s just a hum.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I guess I didn't feel confident enough to be searching in a big public way. I was very content at the time to toil in obscurity on things that I thought might point me in certain directions or teach me certain things - not knowing what that would be.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating...anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us-I think this world would be unlivable without art and I thank you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment, but thats not reality, its just another aesthetic form of fiction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

It's become absolutely horrible the way the people with the money decide they can fart in the kitchen.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I look at other filmmakers and see skills in them that I wish I had but I know that I don't. I feel like I have to work really hard to keep myself afloat, doing what I do. But I find it pleasurable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

We have to have a version of our own story that we keep telling ourselves that allows us to get up in the morning. This version of yourself is what you sell to yourself. I think it necessarily includes ... not looking at certain things. Everybody's got some blind spot.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I come from a generation that was surrounded by popular music, but I don't know if anybody's ever going to move the ball forward as far and as fast as the Beatles did.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I've begun to believe more and more that movies are all about transitions, that the key to making good movies is to pay attention to the transition between scenes. And not just how you get from one scene to the next, but where you leave a scene and where you come into a new scene. Those are some of the most important decisions that you make. It can be the difference between a movie that works and a movie that doesn't.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Never had a cup of coffee in my life. Dr Pepper is my caffeine delivery system of choice.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Sometimes I might feel like [a movie] is kind of a weird idea and if I'm going to get enough money to execute it properly I've got to get somebody in it that is going to justify the expense.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Warner Bros. has talked about going out with low-cost DVDs simultaneously in China because piracy is so huge there. It will be a while before bigger movies go out in all formats; in five years, everything will.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I think I'm good at amplifying an actor's strengths, and minimizing their weaknesses. And they all have strengths and weaknesses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

The great thing about the business is how Darwinian it is. We have to swim or die - if you are found wanting over a period of time, you've either got to change what you're doing or find something else to do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Never done an explosion, but I have had explosive diarrhea, and that was very, very real. Good thing I have my trailer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I'm obviously really opinionated, but as a producer, you don't necessarily want the person you're working with to try to impress you - you want them to just be themselves.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I was lucky that I was getting exposed to a lot of different kinds of films, and I was liking them all. So it seemed logical to me that you could - as in the style of the studio directors of the 30s and 40s - jump from one genre to the next, with the same satisfaction.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Any time I think out loud, 'I can't believe this is my job,' and remember I am a very lucky duck. Whether marshalling hundreds of zombies, doing crazy stunts or shooting big music numbers, I just feel fortunate to have made my passion my vocation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Once I had a potentially heart attack-inducing eight double espressos in one day. I think my assistant secretly swaps my coffees for decaf as she doesn't want me to die of caffeine overdose.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard - that's the weird irony of it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

What's great about things like Kickstarter is that it enables me, finally, and without any bad feeling at all, when people come up to me now saying, "I want to do this." I can just go, "There are no excuses anymore.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I think the feeling that we're going to work together again usually starts to come up before the first project's even done. The Black Keys and I have already talked about starting on something new.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Everybody, including me, has to submit to what it needs to be. The thing is at the top of the pyramid, the best version of the thing; we all have to serve that. You forget that at your own risk. And I think movies are too long, in general.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I'm mystified by the stuff that doesn't work. I'm mystified by what's going on in the critical side, too. Stuff I like is getting trashed and stuff that is being praised I think is terrible. I don't really feel in sync with what's happening, but at the same time, what I think keeps me afloat is that I try not to be, and don't want to be, very indulgent. I try to make the films as lean as possible, and to not spend a lot of time crawling up my own ass creatively.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

American movie audiences now just don’t seem to be very interested in any kind of ambiguity or any kind of real complexity of character or narrative - I’m talking in large numbers, there are always some, but enough to make hits out of movies that have those qualities. I think those qualities are now being seen on television and that people who want to see stories that have those kinds of qualities are watching television.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Nobody's talking about movies the way they're talking about their favorite TV shows.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

We're all standing on the shoulders of what other people have done. But you're supposed to take that and add your own sauce. It can be intimidating, believe me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

It takes one asshole to ruin the whole thing. That's it. One. The problem with the world is one asshole comes up with a really bad idea and now we're all taking our shoes off at the airport.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

You can't change who you are, so I think that the only thing you can do is just never talk to people about stuff and then hope that maybe does something.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

Truth and facts have to trump partisanship. There has to be something that's true regardless of what your angle is on it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

If you're going to make a movie for ten thousand you can talk everybody into doing it for free. You could make a really good-looking movie right for ten grand, if you have an idea.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steven Soderbergh

I like to make all kinds of movies. I'd do 'Ocean's Thirteen' with the right script.