ATLFF 2011 - Make ‘em LAUGH.

Make ‘em LAUGH. Anthony McHie’s short film LAUGH. takes place in a familiar cinematic world these days. A post-Apocalyptic Zombie world. However, he tells the story of a human survivor unlike many we’ve seen in the genre.

From a script by Olufemi Sowemimo, McHie tells the story of a young comedian who is trapped with only a camera at his disposal. What he does with that camera in this situation makes up how the story is told.

I talked with Director Anthony McHie about LAUGH. Questions

How do you get involved with this film?

Olufemi Sowemimo (the writer of LAUGH.) sent me the script and asked if I was interested in making it.  I was drawn to the challenge of working with a single actor and a single camera with no cuts.  This was a thoroughly challenging piece on many levels.

How many films have you directed? Have they all been short films?

I've directed 14 films.  They've all been shorts or pilots.  At this point, I've committed to stop shooting my shorts and start developing a feature to direct.

What challenges did you face in this production?

I avoid reshoots as much as possible but I forced a reshoot on this project because I was unhappy with what we originally captured.

Is this your first film at the Atlanta Film Festival?

This is the first film that I've submitted to the Atlanta Film Fest and am thoroughly humbled that it was selected. This is the first film that I've submitted to the Atlanta Film Fest and am thoroughly humbled that it was selected.

What’s next?

Since I'm paying back the favors I've accumulated through the course of making all the films I have, there are several projects that I'm committed to. One very exciting venture is a series called Victim which we're pushing through the concept phase.  I'm also developing a script that will serve as my first feature.

LAUGH. screens as part of the Other Worlds Shorts Program at the Atlanta Film Festival May 2 at 9:45pm and again May 3 at 1:30pm at the Landmark Theater in Midtown.