"The role of the editor is critical and I had a wonderful editor, Lillian Benson. This project is the first that Lillian and I worked on together. I wanted to work with her not only because she has a wealth of experience but also because of the documentary nature of the other projects she has worked on.
This movie needed to have a sense of then and now, and I knew she would understand what I was reaching for as we went along."
"I basically shoot the movie the way I think it should be cut, so my directives to the editor are in the camera.
It's kind of dangerous to cut in the camera, but that's the only way I know how to direct.
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 and the editor, Lillian Benson, discuss a cut
DP John Simmons sets up a scene with Debbie Allen as Quilly