24 maxims by Werner Herzog:

1. Always take the initiative.
2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
5. Learn to live with your mistakes.
6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
7. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.
8. There is never an excuse not to finish a film.
9. Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
10. Thwart institutional cowardice.
11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
12. Take your fate into your own hands.
13. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
14. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
15. Walk straight ahead, never detour.
16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
17. Don’t be fearful of rejection.
18. Develop your own voice.
19. Day one is the point of no return.
20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class.
21. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema.
22. Guerrilla tactics are best.
23. Take revenge if need be.
24. Get used to the bear behind you.

Werner HerzogA Guide for the Perplexed” by Paul Cronin


Will’s Beaver by Rebecca Smith
Via Flickr:
If you’ve seen the movie “Grizzly Man,” you should recognize this plane.


Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog - 2005)

Werner Herzog listened to the audio tape that records the last moments of Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard as they’re killed by grizzly bears. Contrary to some beliefs, he never owned the tape. It is owned by one of Timothy’s friends who has never listened to it. However, out of respect for the late couple, Herzog declined to feature it in the film although there is a scene with Herzog listening to the footage. 

His rage is almost incandescent, artistic. The actor in his film has taken over from the filmmaker. I have seen this madness before on a film set. But Treadwell is not an actor in opposition to a director or a producer. He’s fighting civilization itself.
—  Werner Herzog, “On Timothy Treadwell vs. Klaus Kinski” from Grizzly Man, 2005
I beat your fucking asses!
I protected the animals!
I did it! Fuck you!
Animals rule.
Timothy conquered.
Fuck you, Park Service!
…‘Oh, Timothy, I’m getting
a bad feeling about you.’
…'I saw you on David Letterman.
You’re fairly entertaining.’
…Animals rule.
All right.
That’s my happy stuff.
Let’s do a couple
of nice takes now.
Oh, man, did I get angry!
Fuck them, right?
They do not watch these animals.
They don’t care about these animals.
All they wanna do
is screw people like me around.
It’s amazing. 'Let the fishermen
fucking shoot the animals.
Let the fucking poachers
come in here and fuck 'em.
Let the fucking commercial
people fuck them around
with their fucking cameras
and the tourists.
But we’re gonna go screw
with Timothy Treadwell
because he loves animals
and teaches kids for free.
Let’s go. Let’s do that.
That’s what we’re gonna do.’
Well, fuck them. Fuck them.
I beat you, motherfuckers. I beat you.
Beat ya, so fuck you.
I beat you. I beat you.
I’m the champion.
I’m the fucking champion.
I beat you.
I beat your fucking asses.
Fucking losers!
Fucking nobodies!
Fucking fucks!
—  Timothy Treadwell