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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  • Wednesday, July 27, 2005

    Screen Test

    I don't really do any screen tests or rehearsals before I cast people for movies. I just kind of know them and spend time around them and figure that they would be good in a movie. But once people are cast, one thing I like to do is interview them on camera and talk about the themes of the movie. I sat down with Tipper last night to talk about cell phones, Instant Messenger, and other communication technologies. I wanted to get her take on these subjects before I develop that character anymore. It was also an excuse for me to see how comfortable she is on camera, and to see how she comes across.

    Later I got together with Chris Wells to plan out our schedule for Thursday and Friday. The goal is to get all of his remaining scenes shot in these two days, with Saturday as a fallback day in case we don't get something done. Then he leaves on Sunday. Yikes! But there's not much left to shoot with him, so I'm not too worried.

    I also cast the final role last night. It's a small part, but it is a speaking role and I had to find the right person. So now the cast is locked down. There is still room for additions, but all the roles that we initially thought up have been filled. There are a lot of new faces. It's exciting. Everyone will be good, but I'm sure a few of the people will shine and really jump off the screen. I can't wait to work with them all.


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