Jack of all trades Tony Ahedo has tried his hand on jobs across the board in the art of filmmaking. He’s edited, produced, written, and directed his own series Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer. Most recently, he worked as the cinematographer on Ryan Swantek‘s debut short White Willow. This week, PopHorror got the chance to pick Ahedo’s brain about his favorite horror movies, who – or what – inspires him and what he has going on next.
PopHorror: When did you first realize that you wanted to be in the filmmaking business?
Tony Ahedo: The first time I walked onto a film set. Something about the energy of a group of people creatively collaborating to make something draws you in. Once you experience it, you’re hooked.
PopHorror: I bet he does! Tell me about Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer. What inspired you to make it?
Tony Ahedo: Working or watching any type of new film. I never stop learning, and seeing what other people are creating usually inspires me to make something new of my own.
PopHorror: Who inspires you?
Tony Ahedo: My family above all. They support me and, while none of them are filmmakers, they all inspire me with their work ethic and passion.
Tony Ahedo: Tough question for sure, but probably Will Forte (Saturday Night Live!). He’s so damn funny and I’d love to collaborate on something.
PopHorror: You’ve worked in different positions in the filmmaking process – directing, editing, producing, DoP and even sound department. What’s your favorite job to do? What job would you never want to do?
Tony Ahedo: Directing is my favorite, hands down. DoP as a second. I work all the time as a cinematographer and it really has helped translate to my directing style, so they kind of go hand in hand for me. I definitely think makeup or production design would probably be the two I wouldn’t want to do. Not because I don’t enjoy them, but because I’m genuinely terrible at those things.
Tony Ahedo: We’re currently in production for our fourth and fifth episodes of Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer. We just wrapped up a little 7 day stint of shooting and will continue later this summer on it. It’s awesome because we’ve hit our stride with the show and things keep getting crazier. It’s really fun to write and direct some of these gruesome, comedic scenes. Also, I’m developing a horror short for the summer which will be a lot smaller scale than the show. It’ll be my first stint into directing an actual horror film instead of comedy-horror. I’m really excited about that.
PopHorror: What really scares you?
Tony Ahedo: Dolls and the deep ocean creep me out but also people. People are the scariest monsters you can create.
Stay tuned to PopHorror for reviews of Ahedo’s show Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer, which is available to stream on Amazon Prime.