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

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.

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

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

In scoring we have a lot that was not evident in the shooting. The radio is on all the time.

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

I use something that is a real staple in the directing world. It's called a dance floor. You lay it down so that it's so smooth you can roll around, and you can put furniture on top of it. It's seamless and you don't see it.

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.

Making this movie was a great opportunity for me to explore high-definition. I'm glad I got to see what the challenges are, what makes it better. It works wonderfully.

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.

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.

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

Even when you have a big budget, you can't just shoot everything.

I'm always moving forward.

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

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

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

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

I didn't need the insurance. I do it again if my DP tells me it didn't look good in the camera or if the actors didn't hit their marks. But if everything was working why do it again?

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.