Youre here: Home » Famous Quotes » Debbie Allen Quotes


» Famous Quotes Home

» Quote Topics

» Author Nationalities

» Author Types

» Popular Searches

 Browse authors:

Debbie Allen Quotes

Page 1 of 2
Debbie Allen
January 16, 1950 -
Nationality: American
Category: Actress
Subcategory: American Actress

But it was not possible to do this movie, in this matter of time, without a solid rehearsal period.


It's kind of dangerous to cut in the camera, but that's the only way I know how to direct.


I'm always moving forward.


It goes back to a style of moviemaking I remember seeing as a child, in movies like The Man With The Golden Arm, which I think was shot all on a sound stage.


That's the only way I can control my movie. If you shoot everything, then everything is liable to end up in the movie. If you have a vision, you don't have to cover every scene.


A director just pushes them a little this way or that way.


The production team's first meeting took place at my house. I had ideas and a color scheme in mind, how I wanted the movie to look, because that has to be a real collaboration.


The clothes back in those days were made so much better than clothes are today. They actually took time to make clothes to fit a woman's body. Today they make clothes that fit sizes, so it stretches to fit this and that.


I design my shots. I walk the rehearsal as the camera and say 'this is where I want to be... I want this look.


There are some scenes that work beautifully in a moving, sweeping master, which is how I like to work.


Michael Ralph brilliantly plays the street prophet, a West Indian who foreshadows the Harlem riot.


But out of limitations comes creativity.


The radio for these women is like television is for us today, which is really like looking at the radio.


I got my dailies every day, although I couldn't always look at them because I was usually preparing for the next day's shoot, both as an actress and as the director.


As far as pacing the shoot is concerned, I know when I've got it. I don't think there's any reason to take ten takes unless you need them.


Time management is a big part of the director's job.


Everything has to be well thought out - what do you really need, when can you do with less coverage.


You have to examine a scene on the page first. Then you get into the basics of acting: Who are you? Who are you talking to? How do you feel about that person?


The biggest challenge was that we had to shoot so quickly and with such a limited budget.


The riot isn't seen in the movie, but it is alluded to. He has this one speech that gives a great sense of texture and paints a picture of what was happening in Harlem then.


Page:   1 | 2

Privacy Policy
Copyright © 1999-2008 All rights reserved.