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LOVE AND BASKETBALL BY GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD OPENING TITLES SLOW MOTION. . Monica puts the cake down on a box, does a couple of kicks and hand movements. .. LENA So what's going on with the Spring Dance?. The movie Love and Basketball is a modern day love story that portrays the joys, as well as hardships, that come with young relationships. In this way, basketball becomes love, connection and even estrangement. In one sequence, Monica and Quincy slow dance at their prom with.
That was just dope to me. She was dating, Epps, her would-be co-star and romantic interest. A fact both decided to keep from Prince-Bythewood until the roles were cast. She had asked and we said no. She had asked and we said no Once I got the part, there was still a lot of basketball training to do, so we would do our training together. I just wanted her to be judged on the merit of her talent and I thought that if that was out in the process when they were auditioning her, that could possibly work against her.
But I knew she had the chops and the main thing was could she pull off the basketball.
Lathan, Epps and Prince-Bythewood filming on set. Once we started shooting [Gina found out] I think that once she saw the dailies, it was so clear that chemistry was not an issue We tried USC and they said yes pretty quickly and were so open and gave us the run of that campus and let us use their name.
Very, very blessed and grateful to them. So that sticks out. I still remember that so many years later. And the crowd was a real crowd. I just knew that if she sucked, that crowd was going to give it to her. And I know she was nervous, but she stepped up. She got on the court and all that training, all the work that she put in was all there. It became one of those lines that is repeated often, and I remember feeling very intimidated and nervous and green and lucky that I was even allowed to the party.
All the people in college, some of them I played ball with, were all real ball players, who played in college or overseas. So there was a great camaraderie. They really became a team and they really pulled Sanaa into that. So to see that was a beautiful thing, being so supportive and wanting her to do well because they knew she would reflect them.
Lathan and some of her "USC teammates. That becomes taxing after a few hours and then going to lunch and then getting right back at it.
Even Prince-Bythewood stepped onto the court for a cameo Prince-Bythewood: My thing was to dive on the floor for the ball against Sanaa. It took 13 takes because I kept beating Sanaa to the ball. And I could not not get the ball, so my knees were jacked by the end of that day. Of course, while filming a basketball movie, with tons of professional basketball consultants and players, what are you going to do, but play even more basketball?
Oh yeah [we played pick up games]. We just had a great deal of fun and nothing was serious. We were cognizant about the health and well-being of everybody on the film, nothing got crazy, but we had our little pick up games and everything else. Omar and I used to play as a team against the guys. Yeah, I remember doing that a few times. Even though they were pick up games. They threw me into them all the time, that was part of my training.
But I never picked up another basketball after that. Because it was such a traumatic, emotional experience the whole auditioning process, like it really was. My outfits were really hoochie, you know, girl with questionable moral fiber outfits, so, no, it did not lend itself to anything other than me keeping those fake boobs in place against my flat chest.
It may well have been a comment by one of my colleagues I remember loving that scene and I have a vague recollection that she shot some additional footage to help that scene, I think to make it clear that she was enjoying it.
But I thought the scene was great. But I finally got a chance to make the movie and we put it over the love scene and it was -- like, it could not have been more perfect. We kept it in for Sundance, and the reaction was pretty amazing and the studio was there. I tried, kept trying different songs, nothing felt as good. But obviously the discomfort works for the characters because it was their first time -- or her first time.Gina Prince-Bythewood and Sanaa Lathan ('Love and Basketball' and 'Shots Fired'
We shot more footage and I actually got some really good stuff between the two. And once it was cut together, there was no more of that question. It was so devastating because I wanted younger girls to be able to see this film. But to trim that scene down, I felt, was compromising my vision. So I kept having to trim things and trim things from the scene. Two other scenes that came to define the film were Quincy and Monica's game of strip basketball So the strip basketball. In every college dorm room, I have that hoop.
And then honestly, my first house, my apartment, I had that hoop. So it just popped into my head one day while writing: I gave them a couple lines, but I just really wanted them to be in the moment and play. And their final game of one-on-one. It was that same thing. Just be real with it. So goad him and push him the only way you know how. And piss him off enough to start fighting back and fighting for her.
The Meshell [Ndegeocello] song was interesting because we had a different song in there. They finally realize at the end of their high school career they really have feelings for each other and become a couple.
They both sign with the college of USC and continue to date throughout college until, Quincy's relationship with his father takes a turn for the worse and cost the relationship to end as well. After college, Monica goes over seas to play WNBA basketball; she doesn't stay there long because she has such strong feelings for Quincy. Monica comes home to find that Quincy is about to get married; so she offers him a game one on one for his heart.
He agrees and they end up falling in love again and continue their life together. Again a favorite quote of mine "nothin' but net", meaning they made their life together just as three point shot with only four seconds left in the game.
Monica only had one day to get Quincy's heart back and she succeeded just like all the basketball games she won. The theme of this movie is Love and Basketball. I believe it is through tough love they develop a relationship and both develop a passion for basketball.
The actors of the movie are starring: The writer and director of the movie is Gina Prince. Monica is the young girl who moves by Quincy in the beginning of the movie and develops a relationship with also a main character throughout the entire movie.
Quincy is the young boy who begins a relationship with Monica; Quincy is a main character throughout the entire movie. Throughout the movie there are so many moments when we just see Quincy and Monica simply looking at each other. I think the way they captured those subtle but powerful moments between the two of them was so perfect.
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It may have been a little melodramatic and cheesy, but that is really what happens in relationships. My favorite part of getting close to somebody is being able to just be around them and look at them and just have silence.
That non-awkward, comfortable silence. It is one of my favorite things! Quincy looks at himself and sees the big man on campus and sees a future NBA star that is going to have it all. Monica looks at herself and is so confident in her basketball skills, but not in her social presence. I think they look at their futures with a lot of confidence and know they can succeed in their endeavors.
The two of them also seemed to be raised in supportive and economically stable families and that allowed them to have a little more confidence in their interactions with others. Throughout the movie, you see all these girls chasing after Quincy and you just see that he knows the effect he has on girls around him. He also is a very good basketball player, so all in all Quincy talks the talk and walks the walk.
But as we see at the dance, she definitely gets noticed.
The thing I learned the most about relationships from this movie is that communication is key. Monica kind of initiated their intimate relationship because she had the guts to finally say something to him. Women always think that they need to sit back and wait for the man to come around.
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We have to give them some kind of clue or indication that we are interested so that they can make their move. This movie had so much sexual tension and finally it was resolved because of their communication. Although the majority of it was completely nonverbal. They mainly just stared at each other a lot and then started their relationship.
My love language is all about touch and physical proximity. I think it was the way I was raised, but I am such a cuddly person. And from then on I would always being sitting in his lap or hugging on him. Even in just my platonic, friendly, relationships I am very touchy.