Derek Cianfrance on Ideas vs. Execution (2013)

“Ideas are very frustrating because they don’t exist, y’know. It’s like in comic books, when you see the thought bubbles around people, it’s in smoke that evaporates. Ideas evaporate. So the [area] where I feel very blessed is that I’ve had an opportunity with some of my ideas to be able to execute them. The 12 years I spent on Blue Valentine, I was just going crazy because I had these thoughts that were just smoke. They weren’t there. They didn’t exist. There’s nothing in an idea. It’s in execution. It’s in doing. It’s in making. So to me, it’s all about making.”