SYFY Wire just released an outstanding interview with filmmaker Eli Craig. If you don’t know who Craig is, well, he’s the genius behind Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. He also just released ‘Little Evil‘ on Netflix, which has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics.
In this interview, Craig gives out some fantastic advice to aspiring filmmakers, and talks about how it wasn’t exactly easy for him to “hit it big” in Hollywood.
He was asked what the best creative tip/advice he ever received was…
“I had this small role in this Clint Eastwood film called Space Cowboys. It was right when I was trying to figure out — I knew I was a decent writer but I really wanted to be directing my own stuff. I would always watch what Clint Eastwood was doing. I had this moment to be on set with this legend. I was sitting next to him at video village. I don’t think he even noticed I was there.
Finally, he looked over at me and I just had this moment. He started talking to me and he said, ‘What do you really want to do?’ I said, ‘You know what I really want to do? I want to figure out how to direct my own stuff.’ Clint looks at me and he kind of pulls his shades down, he goes, ‘You want to be a director?’ I was like, ‘Uh huh.’ He was like, ‘Then go be a director.’ Then he put his shades back on and called ‘Action.'”
It’s simple advice, but coming from someone like Eastwood, it was probably a bit more powerful. Anyone can say “Go do it,” but it means more when coming from an already successful person.
Craig also talked about his next project, which sounds very promising. He’s teaming up with Blumhouse Productions and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour company to create another horror/comedy…
“I’m working right now with Blumhouse. It’s actually a funny one because it’s Blumhouse and Red Hour. Red Hour is Ben Stiller’s company and everybody knows who Blumhouse is. It really is a comedy giant and a horror giant mushed together to do a corporate retreat disaster. I think it’s time to skewer the corporate world a bit. It’s basically a corporate retreat gone wrong.”