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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  • Sunday, October 30, 2005

    The Light Of Day

    Last night I cracked the lid of LOL and let some light in. I showed it to 5 people, the first to see it. I also watched it all the way through for the first time myself. It was great to get a sense of the flow. The movie previously existed as little snippets for me. Now it's a movie. Albeit, a movie that needs some fine tuning, but a movie none the less.

    I can't say much about the reaction. We all talked for a while afterward, about the good and the bad, and I know what needs to be worked on. That's about it. Some things are working, and some aren't. I guess that's pretty much what's to be expected. Nobody hated it, so that's good. But I don't think anyone loved it either. I think everyone fell into the "liked it" camp. So now I need to go above and beyond and add the extra little details that move people to love. Some of that falls into Kevin's lap, and he is currently working on a lot of the audio elements that are going to smooth this thing out. The rest falls into my lap. I must scrutinize every frame to decide if it belongs.

    So here I go. I have another two days before the film takes a long flight to the Netherlands. Fingers crossed.


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