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, October 03, 2005

    The Last Push

    By the end of this week, LOL will be in the can...hopefully. The Chicago International FIlm Festival starts on Friday, and KOTM will be playing, so I'll be super distracted. The goal is to get the remaining scenes shot by Wednesday night, so I can at least take one of the pots off the stove, or something. Just tying up even one of the loose ends in my life would be a huge relief.

    I finished shooting with Tipper on Friday. I'm really sad that I won't get to film any more scenes with her. It was always a lot of fun. I only have one more day of shooting with Kevin, and then it's a wrap for him as well. It's definitely drawing to a close, and while it will open up a lot of needed free time in my life, it will also close the book on a really great summer.

    I'm trying to be smart and I'm starting to plan for Festivals. After my KOTM experience, I'm very aware of how delicate the Festival circuit is, and I want to play my cards right with LOL. I need to hit the right Festivals and get everything submitted early. There were a lot of programmers who rejected KOTM, but were anxious to see my next film. I have to decide which of them will get that opportunity. I need to figure out whether I want to play the distribution game, or put the film up for sale myself. There are a lot of options, and I'm a lot better prepared to handle them.

    For now, my only goal is to do the best job possible with the remaining scenes. I will be acting in most of them, which always adds a level of stess, but I've put them off long enough. It's time to forge ahead into the unknown and capture what I can.


    Jacob Vaughan said...

    Good luck, Joe! And thanks for all the support you've given Bryan and I. We're drawing near to a finished cut of The Cassidy Kids and life is getting very interesting once again.

    Take care.

    11:23 AM  

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