Meet the Filmmaker: John Aden, “Against Sand”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JA: A school friend showed me his claymation of a dinosaur eating a man’s head and then pooping. I said to myself, “That’s what I want to do!” I went home and used my father’s home video camera (relatively new technology at the time that cost him $3,000) to make my own claymation – of a dinosaur eating a man’s head and then pooping.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
JA: On the soon-to-be-lost island of Atlantis, citizens are protesting an unpopular government mandate. Do sandbags mean safety or a loss of freedom? Find out in this COVID-themed toon by Shocking Beyond Belief Films.

Q: What else are you working on?
JA: We at Shocking Beyond Belief Films are in pre-production for the pilot of Anomaly, a TV show of Steampunk meets The Love Boat meets Star Trek.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JA: We try to make sensational films with a political theme. Here Come the Brides!, for instance, was gay marriage meets Reefer Madness. It is important for us to be able to be relevant in the day’s political climate.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JA: shockingbeyondbelief.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
JA: We love screening our projects at EFP and truly appreciate the support it gives to local filmmakers. We also have our premieres at the Bug.

Against Sand will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at The Bug Theatre.