There is little doubt that working on a Star Wars series is an amazing experience. Bryce Dallas Howard certainly confirms that she learned a lot while directing an episode for The Mandalorian. Interestingly, her experience on the Disney+ show actually helped her become a better director on a completely different project.
Howard recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about directing an episode for The Mandalorian where she admitted that she learned a lot from show creator Jon Favreau.
"Getting to be a director, part of The Mandalorian, it's been like…Jon didn't even know that about me," Howard said. "It was a dream come true on so many levels. He's a brilliant filmmaker, but a better mentor — he just wants to share in the excitement and passion of filmmaking and what's possible."
In addition to that, Howard revealed that Favreau's approach to filmmaking helped her bring her own documentary Dads to another level.
"Nothing about it that's proprietary. It's 'let's push this forward and see what else can happen.' I was doing Dads at the same time I was shooting Mandalorian and the stuff I was learning from Jon Favreau was completely applicable to a documentary," she said.
Not surprisingly, Howard's new documentary features several celebrity fathers including her own dad filmmaker Ron Howard. However, getting Ron on board was not as easy as Howard had hoped for.
"My dad straight up when I first pitched this, he was like, ‘Not with our family.' When it came to telling a version of my family story, that was something that my dad wasn't interested in," she said.
Luckily, she was able to get around that. Dads has been acquired by Apple at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ on November 12.