Even if it was shot with my digi.....but it counts. self portrait with 35mm toys

self timer 10-sec on a Rebel XTi 18-55mm non IS kit lens with an external shutter trigger.....I would stand where I wanted to be in the image hit the trigger once to set focus then all the way in to set the timer.

I want to do this in film (duh because it will look 157 times better and my film lenses own the shit out of anything for my Canon outside of an L-series) but have absolutely no clue how the hell I'm going to pull it off unless I put something where I'm going to be set the focus to it stand in its place and the camera does all the work.

suggestions? other than shoot it in film next time lol