How to Fire Someone
(with Jules and Jonas)
Jonas turns to his sister Jules for advice on how to fire someone.
Credits / Collaborators / Cast
Directed by Mike Lars White
Starring Lanie Lim and Michael James Wong
Written by Mike Lars White, Lanie Lim, and Michael James Wong
Canon HF Vixia R62
Ski Coach Films
The story behind the film
I dislike how a lot of American comedy is being written, performed, lit, and shot. So I’ve been working on a more organic, DIY approach—working with the actors to develop their characters first, then crafting stories to fit what we’ve created.
“How to Fire Someone (with Jules and Jonas)” is a short film that came out of the early stages of this process, even before scripting. What you see in the film was improvised off a premise/prompt that I gave the actors. There was only one take. I knew something great was happening, so I was holding onto the camera for dear life.