The first film of the ‘Hood Trilogy,’ John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood finished shooting on this day in 1990. As Singleton’s debut effort, the story pulled huge influence from the writer-director’s experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles and gathered together a talented cast—including Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut—to tell the story of three friends struggling to find the right path inside and outside of the ghetto.

Quotable: “I write when I am inspired. If I come up with an idea, right then and there I’ll write it on a piece of paper. I may write for hours at a time on a given day. I’ll do a first draft in the course of three months. I just attack a story like that and pick at it until I get the first draft.” (John Singleton on the writing process in MovieMaker Magazine, Hands on Pages Issue #5)