DARK LAUGH

Egg Man a Japanese market trader specialising in other worldly items and mysterious objects in London.

This bizarre Egg...Man carries with him a yo-yo, a magical YO-YO, a TELEPORTING YO-YO!

Hunter a wannabe crook wants the YO-YO all for himself. His God like mind set makes him feel invincible and unstoppable in his quest to retrieve the YO-YO.
Only to find that his self obsessed flair is NO MATCH!

For our blundering helpless hero Dominik, who was only supposed to be doing a favour for a friend. Coincidentally Dominic who is now caught up in the energetic adventure must always remember one thing...
Never...!
Ever !!
Throw the Yo-yo at a mirror...
Why you ask? Well...
More Trouble !

  • Michael J. McCarthy
    Director
  • Michael J. McCarthy
    Writer
  • Craig Mckearney
    Writer
  • Michael J. McCarthy
    Producer
  • Masashi Fujimoto
    Key Cast
  • Craig McKearney
    Key Cast
  • Michael J. McCarthy
    Key Cast
  • Jordi Castan
    Director of photography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    comedy, action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    hdv 1.78
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Michael J. McCarthy

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, ACTOR
Originally starting his professional life as a concept storyboard artist for BBC Birmingham,
Michael continued working on visual effects for several short motion pictures that have
been screened internationally, varying from comedy to horror. Michael has also taken on
the role of assistant director in the world of on-line comedy for WildSeed and Paramount
before going onto challenging himself with directing promo music videos.
This previous work gave technical knowledge and inspiration to bring his own projects to
life, starting with the forthcoming Dark Laugh.

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Director Statement

My inspiration for the short film
Dark Laugh, stems from watching
various adventure fantasy films as a
boy. In particular, Back to the Future,
The Terminator and Ghostbusters.
I’ve always been fascinated by the
idea of time travel, Science fiction
and the supernatural plus a little bit of
comedy and I feel that I have applied
these concepts to my short film.
I wanted to set the film in London,
namely China Town and Soho.
Craig, my collaborator and I researched
these areas and we agreed it was
the ideal background for the chase
scenes. We managed to gain access
to the Centre Point building, a thirty-
three storey sky scraper, one of
London’s iconic buildings. I organised
cast and crew and the film took three
weeks to film with three days a week
filming with the main cast and the
remaining days were used for
pick-ups, additional shots for VFX.
Egg Man is our key character, so
named because of the mysterious
artifacts he carries around with him in
his suitcase. If you’re quick enough he
can be seen zipping around London.
We see him come face to face with his
mirrored evil self, and have yet to
understand what this means.
Egg Man possesses the much
coveted magical Yo-Yo, which gives
him speedy access to all destinations
via the wonderful British red telephone
box. Hunter, our wannabe crook, has
his own plans for the powerful but
elusive Yo-Yo once he gets his hands
on it.
Dominik is our innocent in this story,
just your everyday man trying to earn
a living. Somehow he gets caught up
in the Yo-Yo chase and finds himself
trapped in the mirrored world along
with Egg Man and Hunter.
Michael J. McCarthy