Today in our "Meet the..." series, we chat with Todd Strauss-Schulson, creator of the hilarious lemonade diet comedy THE MASTER CLEANSE, which will be tearing audiences up when it screens in Official Selection: LOVE HURTS.
We chatted with Todd, who recently directed A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, about the ins and outs of filmmaking, and weight loss via spooky beverages.
WSFF: What were Amanda Walsh and Will Greenberg really drinking from those jugs?
TSS: They were drinking lemonade or water.
WSFF: “The Master Cleanse”, would you ever do one?
TSS: I actually did one the week before we shot the short to get a sense of what it would do to me. I invited Amanda and Will and Ken the producer to do it as well, as a team building exercise. None of them lasted more than a few days but I did the whole week.
WSFF: Do you have any advice for budding filmmakers?
TSS: I feel like the trick is to earn confidence through experience. Make a bunch of stuff, make stuff all the time, make bad stuff and good stuff and learn from what you just did right or wrong. My favorite quote is, "Just because you've eaten a thousand fancy meals at great restaurants doesn’t make you a chef". Just like watching a thousand movies doesn’t make you a filmmaker. You have to actually physically make stuff.
WSFF: What is your favourite short film?
TSS: For my money the best short i have ever seen is Life Lessons which was Martin Scorsese's contribution to NEW YORK STORIES, which was a movie from 1989 where Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Scorsese each made 30 minute shorts. Richard Price wrote this one and it stars Nick Nolte as a painter who is falling to pieces. It’s incredible. Stylish, emotional, poetic even.