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Family Film School: The Howards


Ron: THE FIRST TIME
BRYCE APPEARED ON BROADWAY, SHE HAD THIS SCENE WHERE SHE’S WEEPING
AT HER FATHER’S FEET. AND WE’RE SITTING CLOSE ENOUGH THAT I CAN SEE
REAL TEARS ARE COMING DOWN. AND I LOOKED OVER AT CHERYL,
MY WIFE, AND SHE’S SMILING. SO AT INTERMISSION, I SAID, “WELL, HOW COME YOU’RE NOT
A LITTLE MORE BLOWN AWAY? I REALLY AM.” AND SHE SAID, “SHE WAS GIVING
THE SAME PERFORMANCE SHE GAVE EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE
WHEN SHE WAS 17.” [ LAUGHS ] ♪♪ Bryce: I’VE LEARNED
A LOT OF THINGS FROM MY DAD AS IT PERTAINS TO LIVING
THE LIFE OF A FILMMAKER. THIS IS A REALLY DYNAMIC
INDUSTRY TO BE IN, BUT IT’S ALSO A VERY CONFUSING
INDUSTRY TO BE IN. HE’S BEEN A WONDERFUL PERSON
TO GO TO TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF, LIKE,
NAVIGATE THOSE SORTS OF THINGS. I MEAN, HE’S SOMEBODY WHO HAS BEAT
SOME PRETTY SIGNIFICANT ODDS. THE FACT
THAT HE WAS A CHILD ACTOR, THE FACT THAT HE’S HAD SUCH
A LONG MARRIAGE WITH MY MOM. THEY’VE BEEN TOGETHER
SINCE THEY WERE 16 YEARS OLD. Ron: I GREW UP IN A FAMILY THAT WAS, AT LEAST PARTIALLY,
INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS. AND I LOVED IT.
I ALWAYS — I ALWAYS LOVED IT. ALWAYS KNEW IT WAS FOR ME. MY FATHER, RANCE HOWARD, HE WOULD MANY TIMES SAY,
“ARE YOU ENJOYING THIS? IS THIS SOMETHING YOU WANT
TO BE DOING WITH YOUR TIME? BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO.” I TRIED TO PASS THAT ALONG
TO MY KIDS. BRYCE IS THE ONE
WHO’S MADE IT HER LIFE’S WORK. Bryce: MY FAVORITE FILMS
THAT MY DAD HAS DONE, IT’S “COCOON,” “PARENTHOOD,”
AND I THINK “APOLLO 13.” THOSE WERE SUCH HUGE MOMENTS
FOR ME PERSONALLY AS A CHILD, GROWING UP, AND I REMEMBER
ALL OF THOSE MOVIES REALLY WELL. I MEAN, “PARENTHOOD,” THOUGH,
IN PARTICULAR, WAS SUCH A BLAST. BECAUSE I WAS 7 YEARS OLD.
I WAS ON SET EVERY SINGLE DAY. I GOT TO BE SURROUNDED
BY KIDS ALL DAY. I MEAN, IT WAS —
IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. Ron: SHE WANTED TO HELP OUT. AND SHE WOUND UP REALLY
KIND OF BEING A PART OF IT. SHE HELPED OUT
IN THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT. THAT WAS KIND OF THE BEGINNING
OF BEING A P.A. SHE ALSO DID IT AGAIN
ON A COUPLE OF OTHER MOVIES, INCLUDING “APOLLO 13,” WHERE WE HAD THE GREATEST
P.A.s OF ALL TIME, IF YOU WERE TO PROJECT AHEAD. IT WAS COLIN HANKS
AND BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD. Bryce: SOMETHING I REALLY
LEARNED EARLY ON, IN TERMS OF BEING ON A SET, WAS JUST IT CAN BE
A REALLY PLAYFUL ENVIRONMENT, BUT THERE IS A STRICT HIERARCHY. BEING ABLE TO LEARN THAT
AND FUNCTION WITHIN THAT AND NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY THAT, I THINK THAT WAS A HUGE GIFT
THAT I WAS GIVEN. Ron:
I DON’T OFFER A LOT OF ADVICE. IF SHE ASKS ME ABOUT SOMETHING, IF SHE WANTS ME TO READ
SOMETHING, WHICH ISN’T ALWAYS. ISN’T EVERY PROJECT. I ASK BRYCE ADVICE. SHE’S, YOU KNOW,
DEVELOPED GREAT INSTINCTS ABOUT THE MEDIUM,
WHAT IT CAN BE, WHAT IT CAN MEAN TO AUDIENCES. IF I’VE LEARNED ANYTHING, I AM SHOCKED AT HOW MUCH
MORE COMPLICATED IT IS TO BE A FEMALE IN THIS BUSINESS. I REALLY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND
THE ADDED LEVEL OF PRESSURE. IT’S INFORMED MY WORK WITH WOMEN
WHO I’VE DIRECTED SINCE. I JUST WOULDN’T HAVE HAD
THE SENSITIVITY. Bryce: THE THING THAT I ALWAYS
NOTICE IN EVERY SINGLE FILM IS THAT THERE’S A GENUINENESS
TO THE CHARACTER THAT TRIUMPHS. AND, YOU KNOW,
THAT’S VERY MUCH WHO MY DAD IS. I THINK THERE’S SOMETHING KIND OF INHERENTLY AMERICAN
ABOUT MY DAD. I THINK HE ALWAYS, IN A WAY,
UNDERSELLS HIMSELF. HE NEVER REALLY TAKES CREDIT
FOR HIS SUCCESS, HIS OWN SUCCESS, AT ALL. YOU KNOW, HE ALWAYS TALKS ABOUT JUST HAVING A STRONG GROUP
OF COLLABORATORS AND HOW IMPORTANT
THAT IS TO HIM. BUT HE’S GOT IT COVERED. LIKE, HE REALLY —
HE REALLY KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING. Ron: I THINK
“LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND” IS ONE THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT
TO ME. KNOWING WHAT I NOW KNOW, THAT NONE OF US
REALLY UNDERSTOOD THEN, WAS THAT SHE WAS BATTLING
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION TO A VERY ACUTE DEGREE. WHEN I THINK ABOUT
THE WORK SHE DID WITH THAT VERY CHALLENGING
CHARACTER, I THINK SHE WAS ABLE TO CHANNEL
SOME OF WHAT WAS GOING ON INTO THIS CHARACTER. BUT I THINK IT ALSO JUST SPEAKS
TO HER SENSE OF COMMITMENT, HER SENSE OF PROFESSIONALISM,
KIND OF HONOR FOR THE MEDIUM. Bryce: SOMETHING THAT
HE’S CONSISTENTLY REMINDED ME OF IS ABSORB YOUR ENVIRONMENT, BECAUSE EACH DIRECTOR
WORKS VERY DIFFERENTLY, AND IT IS A PRIVILEGE
TO GET TO BE WITNESS TO EACH PERSON’S
OWN WAY OF SOLVING THE PUZZLE. Ron: BRYCE IS IN IT BECAUSE
IT FEEDS SOMETHING IN HER. THAT’S WHAT’S GOT TO BE THERE.
IT’S NOT JUST A BUSINESS. IT’S NOT JUST A WAY
OF MAKING A LIVING. IF THAT’S WHY YOU’RE IN IT,
YOU WON’T BE HAPPY. YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT
FOR THE PROCESS. AND YOU HAVE TO LOVE
THOSE INTERACTIONS AND THOSE KINDS OF CHALLENGES. ♪♪

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11 thoughts on “Family Film School: The Howards

  1. Having support from family or anyone is so important to any dream-  Wish I had had some- my family did everything to discourage anything but menial  labor "if you loved what you were doing it wasn't real work" , I didn't start to follow my dream until my late 40's but 10 yrs later I'm still learning and loving every minute of it– (I still get the "it's not real work" lecture but I'm past falling for the guilt trip schemes.   Ron you are film genius, just keep spreading the art.

  2. She talks about Ron underselling himself by claiming he has a strong collaborators. But I think that's the key to everything. Even if you are a manager at a small business, you need to collect a good group of workers, treat them right, support them and trust them to do their job. The difficult part is finding those good workers and recognizing them.

  3. My parents are wonderful, but they never would support me (which I don't need now that I'm an adult, obviously) in my creative dreams…It must be so nice to have that solidness behind you, even if you never end up being any good. Love these two together!

  4. I would have died for this girl if I born at her place really my goddess I love love love Bryce and thanks for her parents for creating such real amazing goddess no words enough to praise her beauty.

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