Below we have put together a list of our favorite quotes from film directors on working with a crew. Hopefully these crew quotes will give you a better insight on how to manage your set on your next film.

I don’t go on set with an army of people because the most expensive elements of a movie production are the plane tickets, the hotel rooms, food and gasoline. If you’re willing to discover new colleagues in the place that you are, you can save a ton of money.

Francis Ford Coppola

I think, at the end of the day, filmmaking is a team, but eventually there’s got to be a captain.

Ridley Scott

I always argued against the auteur theory; films are a collaborative art form. I’ve had some fantastically good people help me make the movies.

Alan Parker

I like to work with the same people when I can, and you want to get people with the same interests that you have, and the same aesthetic.

Spike Lee

So far as directing the actors and the crew is concerned, well, I direct just as little as possible and I get as much from others as I possibly can. Some of the best ideas I’ve ever had have come from other people.

John Huston

A poet needs a pen, a painter a brush, and a director an army.

Orson Welles

If somebody has a better idea than me, I’ll take it if it surpasses what we have on the page because at the end of the day, it’s me that takes the credit anyway!

Guy Ritchie

I mean, you have to be able – you have to have made the commitment within yourself to do whatever it takes to get the job done and to try to inspire other people to do it, because obviously the first rule is you can’t do it by yourself.

James Cameron

Whatever we accomplish is due to the combined effort. I am in no sense of the word a great artist, not even a great animator; I have always had men working for me whose skills were greater than my own. I am an idea man.

Walt Disney

Deep down, all directors feel like frauds – because it’s built into the nature of the job. You’re the jack of all trades and the master of none. The cameraman knows the camera, the sound man knows the sound equipment – and you? You can’t do anything: You can’t do the acting, you can’t dress the set, you don’t record the sound or shoot the images.

Paul Greengrass

At some point during the filmmaking process, you lose objectivity, and you need the eyes of someone who understands the process and has been in the trenches.

Sydney Pollack

I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job.

Samuel Goldwyn

I’ve always collaborated with the crews as much as I could at the very beginning. I was still learning at the very beginning, and before my first big success, which was Jaws, everybody helped me and they had tons of ideas. And if they were good ideas, I would use them. If you want to get the best out of your crew, you’ve gotta get them to not be shy and come forward and tell the director what they think. I’ve done that my entire career.

Steven Spielberg (Interviewed by Edgar Wright, 2018)

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