The first film of the â€˜Hood Trilogy,â€™ John Singletonâ€™s Boyz n the Hood finished shooting on this day in 1990. As Singletonâ€™s debut effort, the story pulled huge influence from the writer-directorâ€™s experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles and gathered together a talented castâ€”including Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube and Morris Chestnutâ€”to tell the story of three friends struggling to find the right path inside and outside of the ghetto.
Quotable: â€œI write when I am inspired. If I come up with an idea, right then and there Iâ€™ll write it on a piece of paper. I may write for hours at a time on a given day. Iâ€™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.â€ (John Singleton on the writing process in MovieMaker Magazine, Hands on Pages Issue #5)