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  • Robert Bresson
    Prefer what intuition whispers in your ear to what you have done and redone ten times in your head.
    Robert Bresson
  • David Yates
    You can have a thousand consultants, but if you want a successful film find the favor of God.
    David Yates
  • Andrei Tarkovsky
    Perhaps our capacity to create is evidence that we ourselves were created in the image and likeness of God.
    Andrei Tarkovsky
  • 1 Chronicles 16:24
    Declare his glory among the nations; his marvelous deeds among all people.
    1 Chronicles 16:24
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
    Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Isaiah 61:3
    … Give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…
    Isaiah 61:3
  • Frank Capra
    My films must let every man, woman, and child know that God loves them, that I love them, and that peace and salvation will become a reality only when they all learn to love each other.
    Frank Capra
  • Cecil B. DeMille
    My ministry has been to make religious movies and to get more people to read the Bible than anyone else ever has.
    Cecil B. DeMille
  • Peter Paul Rubens
    I am just a simple man, standing alone with my old brushes, asking God for inspiration.
    Peter Paul Rubens
  • Isaiah 49:6
    I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
    Isaiah 49:6
  • Albert Einstein
    I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
    Albert Einstein
  • Psalm 19:1
    The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.
    Psalm 19:1
  • Ingmar Bergman
    Art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from the glory of God.
    Ingmar Bergman
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Tones sound and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.
    Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Pablo Picasso
    God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.
    Pablo Picasso
  • Plato
    God is truth and light his shadow.
    Plato
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew
    Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations… and be sure of this, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
    Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew
  • Stephen Grellet
    I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
    Stephen Grellet
  • Alphonse de Lamartine
    Man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
    Alphonse de Lamartine
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    At the moment of commitment, the entire universe conspires to assist you.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • John Frankenheimer
    Casting is sixty-five percent of directing.
    John Frankenheimer
  • Martin Scorsese
    More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting.
    Martin Scorsese
  • Aristotle
    The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
    Aristotle
  • Genesis 1:31
    Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
    Genesis 1:31
  • Ansel Adams
    Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter.
    Ansel Adams
  • James Cagney
    You walk in, plant yourself squarely on both feet, look the other fella in the eye, and tell the truth.
    James Cagney
  • Henry Fonda
    The best actors don’t let the wheels show.
    Henry Fonda
  • Stanley Kubrick
    A film is – or should be – more like music than fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings.
    Stanley Kubrick
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Tell your own story, and you will be interesting. Don't get the green disease of envy. Don't be fooled by success and money. Don't let anything come between you and your work.
    Louise Bourgeois
  • Roman Polanski
    Cinema should make you forget you’re sitting in a theatre.
    Roman Polanski
  • John 17:21
    That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me.
    John 17:21
  • Bono
    I am suspicious of Christian art because it lacks realism.
    Bono
  • Dick Staub
    Hollywood cares about money and many Christians care only about evangelism. I think God also cares a lot about the excellence of our art and craftsmanship. I must be in the minority on this, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.
    Dick Staub
  • Abraham Lincoln
    In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • Robert Bresson
    I try to catch and convey the idea that we have a soul and that the soul is in contact with God. That's the first thing I want to accomplish in my films.
    Robert Bresson
  •  Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • George Frideric Handel
    I should be sorry if I only entertained them, I wish to make them better.
    George Frideric Handel
  • Jesus in the Gospel of John
    For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but the will of him who sent me… For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
    Jesus in the Gospel of John
  • Karen Blixen
    Throughout the world sounds one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me the chance to do my very best.
    Karen Blixen
  • Paul Cézanne
    A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
    Paul Cézanne
  • Michelangelo
    Lord, let me always desire more than I think I can do.
    Michelangelo
  • Ecclesiastes 3:11
    He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…
    Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • Vincent van Gogh
    I have a terrible need of – dare I say the word? – religion. Then I go out at night to paint the stars...
    Vincent van Gogh
  • Cristóbal Krusen
    There are many kinds of “filmmakers” and most filmmakers consider themselves emissaries of one sort or another. I am a missionary filmmaker and my passion is to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Cristóbal Krusen
  • Daniel Burnham
    Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood…
    Daniel Burnham
  • 1 Samuel 16:7
    Man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
    1 Samuel 16:7
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu
    Cinema is universal, beyond flags and borders and passports.
    Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Werner Herzog
    I would travel down to hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary.
    Werner Herzog
  • Walt Disney
    We don’t make movies to make more money. We make money to make more movies.
    Walt Disney
  • Isaiah 52:7
    How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news…
    Isaiah 52:7
  • Alfred Hitchcock
    Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
    Alfred Hitchcock
  • Orson Welles
    A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
    Orson Welles
  • J. J. Abrams
    I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that ultimately end up happening.
    J. J. Abrams
  • John Huston
    I don’t try to guess what a million people will like. It’s hard enough to know what I like.
    John Huston
  • Wim Wenders
    Before you say "cut," wait five more seconds.
    Wim Wenders
  • Akira Kurosawa
    Being an artist means not having to avert one’s eyes.
    Akira Kurosawa
  • Psalm 45:1
    My heart is stirred by a noble theme… my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
    Psalm 45:1
  • George Lucas
    You have to be able to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks.
    George Lucas
  • Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
    Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
    Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

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Cris shares the motivation behind his new film, The Puzzle Factory.