Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen have an in-depth interview with the Huffington Post talking about their new movie ‘Liberal Arts, which Radnor both wrote, directed, and starred in. In the interview, one of the topics Radnor talks about is whether it was difficult to direct himself, to which he replies it was.
He says, “It is [difficult]. But I surrounded myself with a great team of people who function as these external eyeballs. Jesse Hara, he's a dear friend -- we grew up together -- and he's my producer now. He really has a sense of what I'm going for. He had to encourage me to not undershoot myself.”
He also adds that Ben Affleck helped him with this as well, saying, “I actually read this interview with Ben Affleck. He called Warren Beatty and Robert Redford and different people who directed themselves and said, "What's your one bit of advice?" And they said, "Make sure you get enough coverage on yourself." Because you start looking at the clock, and you've given everyone else a lot of takes, and it's time for you and you say, "OK, two or three takes, let's go. Let's move on." They reminded me, "Give yourself enough time." My director of photography, Seamus Tierney, who I've worked with twice, has a really great eye. Every once in a while, I think we'd be moving on and he'd say, "You might want to do another one." I would trust that. You get different eyes on it. The script supervisor was terrific on this. You figure out who you can ask opinions from.”