5 Lessons Filmmakers Can Learn From Guy Ritchie

“If you change the rules on what controls you… you will change the rules on what you can control.”

Brock Swinson
2 min readApr 1, 2024


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Guy Ritchie is a renowned British filmmaker known for his dynamic crime comedies.

He gained widespread acclaim with films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch, which showcased his sharp dialogue and intricate plotting.

Here are a few things filmmakers can learn from Guy Ritchie…


Collaboration is the essence of the filmmaking process. “I’m not under too much of an illusion of how smart or un-smart I am because filmmaking ultimately is about teamwork.”


You won’t always be able to do JUST what’s fun. “It’s not easy to strap yourself down to a desk and bash on a keyboard when you know you can direct lots of films, because directing films is fun and interactive and gregarious. Writing isn’t.”


Make sure to establish who your character is. “I think everything you do, characters I always find, have their own voices, and once you establish who that character is you find a different voice. I think it’s just a question of establishing that character and the voice speaks through that character.”


Your job is to make an interesting film, how you do that doesn’t matter. “My principal job is to make interesting and entertaining films, and I’m not proud of which format or which particular technique I use. I just wanted the film to look good.”


You have to free yourself from self-limiting beliefs. “It’s OK to have beliefs, just don’t believe in them.”




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