In Their Word — Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Capra and Jimmy Stewart on the set of 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1946)
Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart on the set of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

I think of the medium as a people-to-people medium, not cameraman-to-people, not direction-to-people, not writers-to-people, but people-to-people… You can only involve an audience with people. You can’t involve them with gimmicks, with sunsets, with hand-held cameras, zoom shots, or anything else. They couldn’t care less about those things. But you give them something to worry about, some person they can worry about, and care about, and you’ve got them, you’ve got them involved.

—Frank Capra