Guillermo del Toro has made a name for himself as the CGI generation’s answer to Ray Harryhausen. With films such as Pan’s Labrynth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim under his belt, he has emerged as the 21st century’s premiere creator of cinematic monsters both terrible and wondrous.
And he’s prepared to share his secrets to building a better monster with the viewers of the recently launched Hispanic-Interest network El Rey–brainchild of Robert Rodriguez, acclaimed director of such films as Spy Kids, Sin City, and From Dusk Til Dawn. Rodriguez hosts a show on El Rey called The Director’s Chair where he sits down with fellow filmmakers, and discusses the art of cinema. Watch a trailer for an upcoming edition of Rodriguez’s show where he chitchats with del Toro after the jump:
Del Toro advises would-be monster makers to build “elegant” creatures, and reminds them that it’s:
“just as important what you put in as what you leave out.”
He also offers a bit of advice regarding what to avoid–del Toro apparently has an aversion to huge, sharp teeth.
Guillermo del Toro’s interview on The Director’s Chair will air Wednesday, July 30, at 9 p.m. EST on the El Rey Network.