Directors of some of the most successful movies of the year share some great advice.

As 2017 comes to a close, we looked back on recent interviews with directors of the year’s top films. Giving their advice on everything from breaking into the industry to the writing process, Christopher Nolan(Dunkirk), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Patty Jenkins

“Pick the Right Projects” – Patty Jenkins

Possibly one of the most important things about being a filmmaker is working on a project that is just as suited for you as you are for it. In a “Close Up” interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins stresses the importance of working on the right film, so as not to have major problems later on, and then making sure to have clarity about what is going to be done before filming. She says:

 

“Be Tough, Fragile, and Open” – Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro emphasizes the need for directors to be tough but also fragile at the same time. At a Q&A at the London Film Festival

“Stick to Your Guns” – Christopher Nolan

With it becoming more and more difficult for filmmakers to break into the business, it’s easy to feel tempted to compromise on creative choices for the sake of getting a movie produced. There those who want to change the story and the way it’s told to maybe fit a more mainstream audience or reach a certain demographic, and it’s difficult in the moment to say no to those requests. However, during a Q&A at the Film Society of Lincoln Center following a screening of Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan told aspiring filmmakers:

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