“The best education in film is to make one. I would advise any neophyte director to try to make a film by himself. A three-minute short will teach him a lot. I know that all the things I did at the beginning were, in microcosm, the things I’m doing now as a director and producer. There are a lot of noncreative aspects to filmmaking which have to be overcome, and you will experience them all when you make even the simplest film: business, organization, taxes, etc., etc. It is rare to be able to have an uncluttered artistic environment when you make a film, and being able to accept this is essential. The point to stress is that anyone seriously interested in making a film should find as much money as he can as quickly as he can and go out and do it. And this is no longer as difficult as it once was. When I began making movies as an independent in the early 1950s I received a fair amount of publicity because I was something of a freak in an industry dominated by a handful of huge studios. Everyone was amazed that it could be done at all. But anyone can make a movie who has a little knowledge of cameras and tape recorders, a lot of ambition and — hopefully — talent. It’s gotten down to the pencil and paper level. We’re really on the threshold of a revolutionary new era in film.” —Stanley Kubrick
“One of his films… is equivalent to ten of somebody else’s. Watching a Kubrick film is like gazing up at a mountaintop. You look up and wonder, “How could anyone have climbed that high?” — Martin Scorsese on Stanley Kubrick
Happy 88th birthday, Stanley Kubrick! 2001: A Space Odyssey was pretty great, but according to this stamp enthusiast, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is one of the best films ever made.
Stamp details: Issued on: May 13, 2014 From: London, England MC #3603