Joe Swanberg keeps this journal in an effort to document the LOL making process and figure out where all his time and money went.


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  • Monday, July 18, 2005


    Logging footage has to be the absolute worst thing involved with the process of making a movie. You basically take the stuff you watch, look at it, decide what's best, and then capture that stuff into the computer. It's terrible. The only benefit to logging and capturing footage is that you get to look at the stuff again and eveluate it one more time, but the actual process of logging the time code and capturing it into your editing system is just brainless and soul sucking. I always dread it. Once it's in the computer, I love editing, but getting it there is like a 40 foot tall hurdle that I know I have to jump. As soon as I can consider the thought of having an intern without wanting to laugh at myself, I will get someone who can come over to my place, look at my timecode notes, and then sit down at the computer and capture everything. This is my dream.

    So, if you can't tell, I jumped the 40 foot hurdle this weekend and captured all the stuff we've shot so far. I captured the stuff with me, Chris, and Brigid in the car, and I captured the freshly shot "Airport Pick-Up" scene that we did Sunday morning. Chris and I drove out to Midway Airport and I pretended to be dropping him off for his flight, but really we shot a scene for the film, then he got back in the car and we left. I must admit that I was nervous about shooting at an airport without permission. The last thing I wanted was to be arrested as a suspected terrorist during the second shoot. That would have been a bad thing. But luckily we found a spot behind a bunch of shuttles and stuff where the security people couldn't see us, and we spent about 10 minutes there shooting what we needed. Then we split, and I breathed a big sigh of relief.

    Now I have to edit the stuff. For some reason, I'm super nervous about cutting. I've looked at the footage, and I think it's totally fine, but cutting it together will reveal if it's working or not, and part of me is terrified to find out. I'm confident it will be fine, but the chance that the edited footage will just sit there like dead weight is scary enough to have kept me at bay this long. Tonight I will bite the bullet and cut.


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