“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” – Mel Brooks
Yes. I agree. There’s a lot that goes into making a joke work in a film. Not only do you need to start with a funny idea, but then you need to write it well, act it well, shoot it well, edit it well, then pray that no one’s cell phone goes off during the screening. So when an audience laughs, it’s a great accomplishment!
During my adolescent years, there were a handful of comedies that I watched over and over again: Airplane, Under the Rainbow, The Naked Gun, The Three Amigos, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. That’s just a sampling. Through osmosis, I definitely received an education in comedy. And through reading and film school and discussions and more movie-watching and trial and error (lots of trials and lots of errors), I started to understand what I can do to increase my chances for a laugh. It’s a subtle thing, and the slightest change in timing or expression or music can make or break the joke. But the challenge of comedy is one of my favorite parts of telling a story, and at JMK Life Films, we want to bring out those comedic moments in your film.