In a flash, Colin Trevorrow has gone from being a struggling director to landing a high-profile deal with Disney to make big-budget sci-fi movies.
That's on the strength of his feature debut Safety Not Guaranteed, a low-fi adventure made on a shoestring budget with writer pal Derek Connolly. It stars Mark Duplass as an amateur time traveller looking for someone to share the journey with.
"It was written for Aubrey Plaza, Derek [Connolly, screenwriter] wrote it for her," he said. "Jake is a friend of mine, so I said I've got to have him in the movie. Those two we had right away.
"Mark came on as a producer first and was just going to help us get the movie made. We were going to go through this whole process of auditioning people. We hadn't done this in a cynical way, we hadn't gotten big movie stars to play these roles. We'll continue to not be cynical and let's bring in someone who's going to be real and honest.
"I think Mark's performance is the thing that really grounds the whole movie and what makes it work the way that it does."
Safety Not Guaranteed is out in UK cinemas on December 26.