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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  • Friday, July 08, 2005

    Gung Ho

    More meetings today, and two new cast members added to the team. We now have all the main roles filled, and we're looking for some additional smaller roles. I'm really excited about the cast! For me it's the most important element. Eventually I will spend a lot of time shaping the film through the editing, but having the right people to begin with is the key. No amount of fancy editing will make up for the wrong cast. That's why I'm glad we have the right cast!

    I feel hesitation from the first time actors, but I think it's a natural phase. I feel the same hesitation that Kevin Pittman had, when he agreed to do KOTM, but wasn't quite sure what he was getting himself into. But Kevin got over it once we started shooting, and everyone else will too. One of my main jobs as director is to help people feel comfortable on camera. I cast everyone because I like who they are, and I know they will be great, and I just have to get them to feel comfortable enough to be their great selves on camera.

    I am gung ho. I am ready to make this movie. Chris told me that he is gung ho as well. So we will be gung ho, and if I am successful, the people who are hesitant now will also be gung ho soon. And that's where we want to be. All gung ho together.

    It's fun to be living and working in a city that isn't overexposed. There are so many fresh locations, and people aren't burnt out on the idea of movies. Restaurants and stores are helpful, not suspicious or annoyed. People are nice about stopping on the street so that they don't walk through your frame. Permits aren't necessary if you're just running around with a video camera. It's great!

    I bought a wireless microphone tonight. In addition to being gung ho, I'm also poor. This was not a cheap purchase. I will put it to good use. I needed to get it tonight so that we can have it for the shoots next week. I also need to buy crickets for my frogs. Frogs do not care that you are a busy making a movie.

    1 Comments: said...

    Good luck, Joe!! I know you guys are going to kick ass!

    6:21 PM  

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