"Catch a break, grab a different take"

Bud is in need of a quick fix, and fast. What he gives out is reflected in how Eddy responds as a tense standoff grows.

Community is a short film about acceptance, multi-ethnic integration, and being true to yourself.

  • Cameron Jean Laing
    Our Friend Andrew, Speaking in Tones
  • Cameron J Laing
  • Cameron J Laing
  • Pejman Khorsand-Jamal
    Key Cast
  • Karim Theilgaard
    Key Cast
  • Theresa Mangara
    Key Cast
  • Sussie Nøhr
    Key Cast
  • Cameron J Laing
    Hush, Dread
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    Drama, fiction, short, narrative
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Cameron Jean Laing

Film bio

After studying music and being scouted, Cameron signed a publishing deal whilst still at the academy with Jackie Davidson MBE and Wayne Hector. Immediately he was thrust into the industry working with major label acts, top level producers and other writers as a top line writer, lyricist as well as a multi-instrumentalist in the studio and live, internationally.
In 2008 he came to the attention of Theo Green (Blade Runner 2049, The Gambler) and was brought in to work on Warp X’s feature; “Hush” directed by Mark Tonderai. Shortly after he was called upon again by Theo to assist in scoring work to pitch for a new Clive Barker feature called “Dread” starring “Twilight” lead - Jackson Rathbone. He played and wrote his own parts for the movie which was released in cinemas across Europe and North America.

From here, he decided to work less exclusively in music and focus on combining his other skills where he was already starting to become revered for his work as a professional artistic photographer in London, in addition to his work as a writer and music producer. To understand the filmmaking process better, he took on crew roles as well as acting work through his agent on TV commercials, music videos and films. His crew roles included work as an AD, lead stand-in and tonemester on various productions including numerous Hollywood feature films such as “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”.

Deciding to go his own creative way, after living in Thailand in 2012/13 while writing and recording the second album with “Hugo” on Jay Z’s - “Roc Nation” label, Cameron settled in Denmark. To broaden his network in the industry and bring awareness to his work, he went back to audio and score work for a short period, working on a number of Danish and international productions including 2 feature films.

His fiction directorial debut has just been selected for the 2021 BAFTA-qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival which he co-wrote and completed all post-production.

He presently works primarily as a director, writer and photographer and is represented as a conceptual artist in addition to commercial based productions.

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Director Statement

In the casting process a multi-ethnic and diverse age range was sought. There was a coming together of young and old in one scene so a character of a more senior age had to be included. For “Lena” and “Lady” the intention was to show the zest for life that another person can hold and to be open to new things, to respect younger/older generations with an open-mindedness and to not feel that age and experience is a given for wisdom and knowledge. As we become more globalised and integrated with those of different ethnic backgrounds and race through technology as well as travel, “Lena” had to be non-white. The openness of the “Lady” was to show that age is not a barrier to being able to change one’s perceptions or viewpoint; irrespective of how one might have been brought up or the attitudes of others around.

The coins are references to the neatness and safety of what people know and conformity through linearity; even and odd. Striking out and taking risks are a gamble and to not match up in a “square peg in a round hole way”, showcases a suspicion towards the unknown.

Main characters

“Lady” - The more mature character in the short was the vehicle for positivity.
Her attitudes to the various things that she experienced was intended to show a more considered, calm response at all times. She was someone who was non-judgemental in her outlook, showing how it had served her well to this point in her life.

“Eddy” - The barista was written to show the energy that we give out is reflected in how it is received as we react to situations. Here, it was pushed to a more extreme level. The dialog that is seen in the two different sections between Lady and Bud show contrasting emotions using subtitles to give a more “open” interpretation to what is going on with the scene rather than the direct way straight dialog leaves you in little doubt as to how the situation actually is. Eddy is inherently good, but as humans we are susceptible and guided by at times,external influences. This could be lack of sleep, stress or bad news..

“Bud” - The tone set from the moment that he arrives in the coffeeshop is one of an implied tension and an immediate change of atmosphere. His body language is one that incites an element of weariness in the viewer or those around whom he does not know. This sets off a series of awkward exchanges with Eddy that become more amplified with each interaction or development with Bud, escalating to a point (until the penultimate scene), in how Eddy views the scene, rather than any significant change in dynamic.

On the surface, the idea was to was to approach how he is and how he is responded to in a more realistic and less Hollywood way. The ending aside, it was an honest and genuine intention to show the way in which he enters the shop and the way it might appear as he is ordering. It is ultimately the viewer who might
perceive him as barging into the shop. We are not always at our best all the time and this was done to question this – when we are
distracted, we miss things. Did he even see Lady? Why should we
assume that he did? Although it doesn’t become clear until after he
has sat down, he has just received some worrying news. When this
happens and panic sets in, how we come across might not be
something we are necessarily aware of through our distraction. After the call ends, his acceptance of the situation and the bigger picture allows him to calm down and start to process the information in a more logical fashion.

The score for the film was done in a way to guide the viewers emotions as well as to give it a more contemporary feel. The way the music changes is used to give a sense of the atmosphere of the location and it is directly related to how Eddy senses it.
When the film starts to build to its climax, through the music and camera work, the heightening of the drama is emphasised through these two elements. With the music taking a darker turn again, it is purposefully made with the viewers implied feelings of the situation. This however, does not necessarily mean that what is being experienced is actually real. As the viewer are you taking the situation at face value just because it is being presented in a certain way? Are you because of this, being judgemental yourself?

The visual aesthetic of the film was inspired by 90’s indie cinema using primarily a 16mm sensor as well as a ratio of 1:1.33; drawing the viewer in to a more intense and at times slightly too close for comfort focal point. These elements were used to give a more “gritty” and raw feeling. The relative lo-fi treatment was decided to make it more human to emphasise the realness as opposed to the superficial technological gleam of modern day cinema.