The Hollywood Masters: Alan Horn

“If you’re going to make a small movie that won’t be competitive internationally, you have to be either very lucky or very, very good,” said Horn.

William Friedkin: Hollywood Master

“You have to follow your vision and you can do more than I could ever do at your age. You have at your fingertips, all of you guys, the grammar of cinema available to you. The best source of where it’s going to come from is from you – not from somebody else, from you. Maybe somebody else you’re working with. You can make it and you can get it shown,” said Friedkin.

John Singleton: Hollywood Master

“I think that because films are being made in a different vein now, there’s not just a committee of people making them at the studios. Films are being made outside of the certain norm, people are putting in and financing. That’s a liberating thing. You’re going to get different types of stories made,” said Singleton.

Judd Apatow: Hollywood Master

“I think immature or awful behavior is funny because it’s so wrong and we don’t want to behave that way so the best thing we can do is laugh at it. But nothing is off limits if your heart’s in the right place. For me, the best comedy is very personal, honest and balances humor with heart. When someone reveals their truth to me, I respond to it,” said Apatow.

Sherry Lansing: Hollywood Master

Her first producing success was the box-office smash Fatal Attraction in 1987. She eventually landed the chairmanship of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group in 1992, and during her tenure the studio had its longest and most successful string of hits since the 1930s including Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic.

David O. Russell: Hollywood Master

“You have to do a lot of bad work before you do good work,” Russell assured the audience. “I tried to be a novelist but I couldn’t find my voice and it was too lonely. Filmmaking by its very nature is a more social endeavor.”

Alfonso Cuarón

Calling himself and his compatriots who got kicked out of film school “arrogant brats” who clashed with the old regime, Cuarón followed a winding road to become the successful director he is today.