Interview with 'Delicious' Producer - Max Seiler
How did you first break into the industry?
At 19, I was recruited by fellow classmates at film school to be 1st Assistant Director on a feature film (that was later picked up by Lifetime). They offered me the “key” role of keeping an impossible schedule and I had very little idea of what I was doing – but the cast and crew were incredible and we all managed to make it out the other side with a finished film. It was a huge learning experience and incentive to find out how to get better at the position. Since then, I have been given truly amazing opportunities to work on dozens of innovative projects as a part of the A.D. / Production department.
Who/What inspires you as a Filmmaker?
My inspiration as a filmmaker comes from artists and stories that break the mold in a genuine, enjoyable way. When I read a book, watch a short film or go to a theater and my expectations are subverted in a fun way, and not in a way that the writer/filmmaker/artist is using that subversion to be superior to their audience - I think “how can I do that just as well or better?” I’m inspired by and in awe of those who know the craft well enough to break the rules to get a good story across.
What was your best set moment on ‘Delicious’?
As a horror enthusiast my favorite moment on any set is always when the blood and makeup effects are brought out. But as an Assistant Director I think my favorite moment had to be when we finished the day only a half hour over schedule (haha).
What sort of person is going to love this short?
There’s a bite of something for everyone here. It’s comedic at times, but overall, creepy and unsettling; encompassed in a slow burn with a little splash of blood peppered in.
What advice would you give aspiring Filmmakers?
The best advice is to just keep doing it, whatever aspect of filmmaking you want to do. Don’t be safe; make a lot of bad projects and huge mistakes so you can move on to bigger projects and whole new sets of mistakes you never even imagined could be made. Along the way try to learn a little bit of everyone’s job on the set, so you have empathy when you have to wait on a certain department. Also - if I can give myself a some credit - a good schedule is everything.