Five years after its intial release, Vancouver filmmaker David C Jones is releasing his 2009 film short Laugh to the world via video-sharing website Vimeo.
“The film has played all the festivals it can play and for shorts once they have played out their festival time it is time to set them free on the interweb,” says Jones of his decision to put the film in the public realm.
The five-minute film uses the 1965 Sonny Bono song “Laugh at Me” to tell the story of a young man who is verbally assaulted and how a community comes together in response. A one-hit wonder for Bono, the song was originally written after Bono had been refused entrance to a Hollywood restaurant because of his “hippie attire”.
“I happened to be listening to other songs by Sonny and Cher and when I heard “Laugh at Me” I knew it would totally translate to gays,” says Jones.
While filmed in a single take using 22 actors around two blocks of Vancouver’s Davie Village, Laugh was actually edited from three different takes. But while the final product came from these three takes, Jones was adamant that even if something were to go wrong during a particular take, they kept going.
“I had no mentor to tell me how to make the film and it was a lot of f$cking guess work,” admits Jones of the process, which saw actors collide during one take and the ending accidentally deleted in another.
Having now completed many more films since, Jones says Laugh holds a special place for him in his filmography. “It is one my favourite little projects. It is very powerful.”