Some of you may remember I went to an 'in conversation with' between Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack. And recently I was lucky enough to hear Minghella again at the launch of the Screen Academy.
The academy has put up this article but I thought I'd pick out my own personal highlights.
1: There are no such things as acts. Follow the emotional story and the reasoning of your characters.
2: As a director you only get paid for your taste. Do not compromise.
3: The script (and remember he is a writer) is a guide to allow exciting things to happen.
4: Directing is a balance between 'playing the game' and being an anarchist. Ask difficult questions. From the asking comes interesting things.
5: Why do we do all this? Why tell stories? Cinema and storytelling is there to smash the jail that we've put ourselves in.