Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Allison Schroeder

I interned at NASA for five years, and I grew up in Cape Canaveral, and my grandfather was an engineer on the Mercury capsule, and my grandmother was a software engineer. I literally grew up playing on the Mercury capsule prototypes.
Allison Schroeder
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When I switched to screenplays - 'cause I had done musicals and plays - the first assignment in film school was, you have to write a silent film. And it's tremendously helpful to learn how to do that because dialogue can be a crutch. If you can master a silent film, you're golden.
Allison Schroeder
There was an email forwarded to me from a first-grade teacher, and she said she was teaching them civil rights for MLK weekend, and a little first-grader stood up, and he said, 'I can explain segregation,' and proceeded to explain all the scenes from 'Hidden Figures.' And I died because that's everything.
Allison Schroeder
There's so many gatekeepers to getting in front of showrunners or executives. If we pull those middlemen out, and we get women in rooms with the executives, the people hiring, it seems to break down barriers. Because they can no longer say, 'There just aren't any women to hire,' when you're surrounded by fifty of them.
Allison Schroeder
You want to have a good cake? Get two engineers to build it.
Allison Schroeder
You think NASA is going to be cutting edge, but they've got so many buildings that are just left over from the '60s. It's old.
Allison Schroeder
We need to redefine what a hero looks like.
Allison Schroeder
I walked into an international economics tutorial, and the professor said, 'I don't know how to teach a woman.' I said, 'It's the same as teaching a man.' I just sat down, and he had no choice but to start teaching. When I handed in my first paper, I think that shut him up.
Allison Schroeder
In high school, I was selected for NASA's Math & Science program. I'd hop on the yellow school bus and head up to Cape Canaveral.
Allison Schroeder
I think a broader audience is really amazing. If there's no need for curse words or darkness, why go there? Why not make it PG?
Allison Schroeder
History is a certain way, but you just change the point of view a little bit, and you discover a whole new side of it.
Allison Schroeder
I think a lot of times people look at me and say, 'Well, we can't possibly hand a show over to her to run.' It seemed like executives would be worried about me controlling a room and having power, and I'd say, 'Oh, I can control a room. I can give an order like nobody's business.'
Allison Schroeder
I think you leave your imprint on every screenplay. I like to bring my experience as a woman to all my female characters that hopefully makes them a little more layered and complex.
Allison Schroeder
I've been rewritten on past projects and thought, 'That's not what she was - she was this really powerful woman, and there's nothing wrong with that.' I'm going to keep writing them, and hopefully people will start making them.
Allison Schroeder
People tell me I'm very ambitious right now. But I just have a lot of stories in my head, and why can't I do them all?
Allison Schroeder
In a lot of movies, African-Americans are either maids or slaves, but that's not all they were. We need to show that. And we can't keep erasing history.
Allison Schroeder
Little girls and little boys need to have role models to look up to and know that, 'I'm not the first one. I'm not having to do this for the first time ever. Others have blazed the trail before me, and I can follow in their footsteps and do the same thing.'
Allison Schroeder
I'm a stickler for structure. So I tend to make sure I'm hitting certain points in the script and that I'm progressing and moving things along. You know, are the characters keeping the plot moving along? And are they true, and do I know their motivations?
Allison Schroeder
My first break was becoming a staff writer on the rebooted '90210.' And then I got stuck writing in the teen genre for a while.
Allison Schroeder
In my general meetings, I certainly tell producers and executives that I'm interested in writing action films, but I think there's still a very specific set of writers they look at. And I don't think there's a lot of female writers on that list.
Allison Schroeder
I don't think I've ever been called up for an action film with a male lead - which is a shame. I'd love to take on Bond.
Allison Schroeder
I'm pursuing film and TV, and it's exciting because I feel I can write in almost any genre now.
Allison Schroeder
We need more diversity - we need more African-Americans on screen, Latinos, Asians, different religions. We have to be better about reflecting what our world looks like.
Allison Schroeder
When you start early, and you're writing for free, there's a lot of producers that will take advantage of you... It is seared in my brain forever.
Allison Schroeder
Sometimes you feel all alone. You come out of a meeting, and something sexist has been said to you: That movie will never be made with that female lead. And you think, 'How am I ever gonna get another job?' When you hear other women having the same experiences, it makes you feel like, 'Well, I'm gonna keep going, and we're gonna fight this system.'
Allison Schroeder
I write in my pajamas on my sofa surrounded by my cats. It's a bit isolating.
Allison Schroeder
I can't tell you the number of stories I've told with a female protagonist don't get bought, or they do get bought and get changed drastically. Or, I will literally write into the script different races, and they get cast all-white. I hope that stops and it opens the door for more voices to be heard in movies.
Allison Schroeder
They used to time our elementary fire drills so we could watch the launches. I thought that was normal. I thought every kid watched every NASA launch.
Allison Schroeder