Edith Head holds the record for the most Oscars won by a woman: eight.

The costume designer best known for her work with Alfred Hitchcock received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her M.A. from Stanford. Here is a short list of stars who she dressed over her 50-year career:

Mae West, Frances Farmer, Dorothy Lamour, Veronica Lake, Barbara Stanwyck, Ingrid Bergman, Loretta Young, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, Olivia de Haviland, Hedy Lamarr, Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Carmen Miranda, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jane Wyman, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Natalie Wood, Tippi Hedren, Shirley MacLaine, Katharine Hepburn, Jill Clayburgh, and Steve Martin

Independent film is, on the entry level, a game that revolves around reputation, recognition, and, for lack of a more decorous term, the filmmaker’s ‘brand.’

Zachary Wigon

This week’s Racking Focus explores why emerging filmmakers should be concerned with visibility, not dollar signs, as they seek distribution

(via tribecafilm)

(via tribecafilm)

So, to all the girls wanting to get behind the camera, I see only one viable solution: Inundate the industry. Make your work amazing. Give them no other choice, other than you. And when you know that you were the top candidate and they still didn’t pick you, then know that their work will suffer for it and try again.

Art is subjective; hard work and talent are not.

— Mia Galuppo
David O. Russell on the set of American Hustle.  I love this photo.

David O. Russell on the set of American Hustle.  I love this photo.

[Your experience making the film might be an] experience that can’t be predicted, but for anyone who’s ever tried to make a creature feature starring a shark only to make a Hitchcockian thriller about a shark that features almost no shark, it’s clear that the process can shift out from underneath you for reasons beyond your control. How you respond is what will define you and the movie. — 6 Filmmaking Tips From Steven Spielberg by Scott Beggs
Any act of film creation, no matter how banal or ridiculous, starts as nothing and exists only because dedicated individuals decided it was worth their time and effort to make it exist. Before you quickly dismiss something as “hack” or “garbage,” remember that someone made something that was previously not in the world. Adam Epstein, an editor for SNL, on the creative process (via kickstarter)
I don’t like the idea of “understanding” a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it. Frederico Fellini (via theonlymagicleftisart)