Before I shoot a scene, I go onto the set and kind of act it out to myself. Then when the actors come in we start running it, and running it, and running it so they all get the rhythm of it—the rhythm of the language and the rhythm of the scene’s energy. Then once it’s basically blocked out and the rhythm is right, I want to get the camera going pretty fast. I don’t want there to be a lot of time for people to go over and over how the scene’s going to play, they just have to jump in and give themselves to it.
- David O. Russell