“As a first time director, the idea of learning how to talk to actors terrified me. On the insane laboratory of a film set, where 200 people would be standing around waiting for me to give the right direction before we lost our light, how would I know what to ask for? What would I do when an actor couldn't reach the emotional place I needed them to get to?
Nancy and I started by breaking down the script, scene by scene, so that I could distill each character's intention down to one simple, playable objective. She challenged me to be clear with myself about what I wanted, which made it easier to go into the rehearsal process with an open mind. The trust Nancy showed me allowed me to extend the same trust to my cast, and they in me. By the time we were shooting, they felt free enough to give honest performances and I felt confident enough to explore with them, all the while knowing that if things strayed too far, I could bring it all back to the simple objectives Nancy helped me identify.
In a nutshell, Nancy Banks is my hero. I mean it when I say I couldn't have done it without her. She taught me to be so prepared that I was confident enough to throw all that prep out and live in the moment – which, I now understand, is the whole point. I can't imagine ever making a movie without her again.”