Early on, Ron Howard was a TV icon, but needed the support of a filmmaking icon to become a producer.
Thanks to that aid, at an early age, Howard was able to start directing. Here’s a look at the biggest obstacles he faced when making his first movie.
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The most famous actors of all time are Jack Nicholson, William Shatner and Sylvester Stallone.
The most famous directors of all time are Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron and Martin Scorsese. What do both of them have in common? On their path to fame, the same symbol supported them.
Roger Corman is the symbol.
Corman is a director of films and a producer who started his career in the 1950s. A number of popular films have been directed, including the original version of Little Shop of Horrors, A Bucket of Blood and Death Race 2000, and a number of films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, almost always starring Vincent Price.
Corman remains one of the best-known directors of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and has had a tremendous impact on the film industry.
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It also had a substantial influence on the career of Howard.
Howard said in an interview with the Directors Guild of America that Corman offered him the chance to direct his first movie, Grand Theft Auto.
The movie has no relation with the video game series of the same name.
“The first day of shooting was the day after my 23rd birthday,” Howard said. I admit I was behind my personal schedule, I was late. When I was a teenager, I really wanted to make a movie. Young people’s hubris. The first day I was very nervous. A few years ago, I read an article where Corman said I was one of the coolest, calmest first-day directors he’d ever seen.
But I was very nervous, and it didn’t go so well in the first half of the first day; I only had about four or five setups done. At lunch, Gary Graver, the cameraman, sat with me and we worked out how to avoid some issues and simplify a few things. He saved my butt. I thought I was going to get fired at lunch, literally.
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Has “Grand Theft Auto” done well, then? It cost $602,000 to make, Box Office Mojo estimates.
Corman is known for his frugality, after all.
According to Ron Howard’s book: From Mayberry to the Moon… and Beyond, $15 million was grossed by Grand Theft Auto, a big amount for a low-budget film. Moreover, for a whopping $1.1 million, broadcast rights were purchased. Howard made a great deal of money, even though at noon he was almost shot.