Filmmaker Interview: Aaron Rudelson
Filmmaker Aaron Rudelson is the sicko mastermind behind FOODIE, showing in the Laugh Track Comedy Shorts block. He told us about making his film, and the nastiest thing he ever ate.
Festivus: We loved Foodie. Can you tell us where you got this disgusting idea from?
Aaron: That’s a good question, since it’s a pretty weird idea. I was actually editing a film for another director and there was a scene in it where a woman was eating some ramen noodles. I was moving the play head backwards and forwards looking for the cut point and couldn’t help laughing watching perfectly intact noodles come out of her mouth. So I thought there must be a way to develop a story around that. As it turns out, there was.
Festivus: The short could have easily turned into a gross-out-fest. What stopped you?
Aaron: It may not be apparent, but I’m really not into being gross for gross’s sake. I’m more interested in anxiety. In this case, the anxiety of the characters and the anxiety of the audience who is never really quite sure how much they’re going to see. Personally, I think it’s that anticipation which makes the film engaging.
Festivus: What’s the nastiest thing you’ve eaten?
Aaron: Sea Urchin. Never again!
Festivus: What’s next on your “plate”?
Aaron: I have two features in development. One is a dark comedy called NORMAN PINSKI COME HOME. The other is a comic B-movie horror film called ATTACK OF THE MAN EATING SEWER SLUG. One of them may manifest itself first as a short film in the near future. More info is available at www.savantfilms.net
FOODIE SCREENS TONIGHT AT 9PM @ THE ORIENTAL THEATER