Werner Herzog is one of my favorite filmmakers. Happy People, his movie about life in Siberia, with all its hardships and stark, hard beauty, is one of my all-time, desert-island favorites.
Today I stumbled across this gem from back in the day: “24 pieces of advice from Werner Herzog for filmmakers.” I don’t agree with every single one—”take revenge if need be,” for example—but I adore his badass worldview. Here are a few of my favorite bits:
- Always take the initiative.
- Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
- Learn to live with your mistakes.
- Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
- Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
- Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
- Don’t be fearful of rejection.
- Thwart institutional cowardice.
- Get used to the bear behind you.