It's rare to find parts where you see two women who relate to each other in that very natural way, with a lot of humor and pathos at the same time.
There's always a certain degree of physical attraction between people and the rest either happens or it doesn't.
The biggest challenge was that we had to shoot so quickly and with such a limited budget.
The first thing that goes into shooting a scene is understanding what's on the page.
Even when you have a big budget, you can't just shoot everything.
I think a good director casts a film so that the actors bring a lot to the table.
There are some scenes that work beautifully in a moving, sweeping master, which is how I like to work.
In the film world you don't often get much rehearsal time. Only on big-budget films do you have the opportunity to rehearse for a week or two.
I'm respectful of other artists and I think there is a way to talk to actors to let them know they are making this. It all has to come through them.
As one who loves literature, art, music and history, I've been deeply rooted in the Harlem Renaissance for many years.
But out of limitations comes creativity.
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.
But it was not possible to do this movie, in this matter of time, without a solid rehearsal period.
In scoring we have a lot that was not evident in the shooting. The radio is on all the time.
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.