Ron Howard: ‘Movie-making is challenging’

Ron Howard finds it challenging to make an original film, but thinks the hard work he puts in benefits the audience.

The actor-turned-director has helmed countless successful flicks over the years, from sci-fi movie Apollo 13 to drama thriller The Da Vinci Code. While he’s had no trouble gaining popularity with his work, Ron is wary of how much is required of filmmakers looking to shoot a fresh story.

“It’s a real challenge to get a film made, especially if you’re not making a sequel, a film from a comic book or a title that’s a massive bestseller,” he sighed to Britain’s The Big Issue magazine. “There was a period of time where if you were established, your name and the cast you could pull together could make a package that was very easy to find funding for.

“Filmmakers have to work harder and run a real gauntlet to get a film that they care about made. In an odd way I think it’s benefiting the audience. When films do get made they reflect an extra measure of passion, more so than five or six years ago.”

Ron’s 2013 movie Rush proved to be extra taxing, as it wasn’t an easy topic for him to market. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, the movie centres on the competition between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Ron was so impressed with Chris’ performance that the actor stars in his latest movie, In the Heart of the Sea, based on the real events that inspired author Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick. If it weren’t for the modern equipment available to filmmakers these days, Ron doesn’t think the feature would have come to life.

“I wouldn’t be able to approach this film in an authentic, immersive, experiential way without digital technology,” he added. “For a while, 3D was almost a cheap visual gimmick. No longer is the thinking, ‘Put it out on 3D and it’ll make a lot more money’, that doesn’t hold any more. Audiences are becoming more discerning.”

– Cover Media

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