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, December 05, 2005

    Three Heads Are Better Than One

    We have reached the home stretch. LOL is in the kind of shape where Kevin is going to take a pass at some music, I'm going to do some final mixing and color correction, and we're going to call it a day.

    With me in Chicago, Chris in NY, and Kevin in Berlin, the Internet has become especially crucial to this collaboration. We're relying on email for a lot of the communication, and files are constantly being transfered via our different websites. This project could not have been done in this way even 5 years ago. The storage and bandwidth would have been much too expensive for our tiny budget. But today, we can quickly send each other 35Mb files without hesitation, and everything is getting done much quicker. Kevin might as well be in the suburbs still, as we are tranfering files and communicating in much the same way we did then, though he is now on another continent.

    Though it may have gotten easier to transfer files over long distances, it's still a challenge to collaborate with other artists. The only hurdle we have left to face is each other. Between the three of us, we need to come to some common ground and make a finished film that we all like. This will be the task over the next week or two, as we put the finishing touches on the project that was supposed to be quick little summer thing, but has turned into a 6 month beast.


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