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Debbie Allen Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- Debbie Allen

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

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

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

 

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.
- Debbie Allen

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

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.
- Debbie Allen

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I'm always moving forward.
- Debbie Allen

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

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.
- Debbie Allen

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

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.
- Debbie Allen

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

But out of limitations comes creativity.
- Debbie Allen

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

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

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

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.
- Debbie Allen

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?
- Debbie Allen

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.
- Debbie Allen

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

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

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?
- Debbie Allen

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.
- Debbie Allen

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.
- Debbie Allen

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen PHOTO

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche PHOTO

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke PHOTO

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life only
appears to be
rushing toward us
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When you argue with reality,
you lose - but only always.
- Byron Katie

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose...
only then will you learn the game.
- Winston Churchill

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

It takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
- Anonymous

The only source of knowledge is experience.
- Albert Einstein

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles
possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
- Albert Schweitzer

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Yesterday is dead. Tomorrow is a dream.
Today - each today - is where the action is
where all of life occurs.
Today IS your life - your only life.
Life today to the fullest.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God doesn't require us to succeed;
He only requires that you try.
- Mother Teresa

Know that miracles are the natural way of the Universe
Your only job is to move your doubting mind out of the way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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