Joe Swanberg keeps this journal in an effort to document the LOL making process and figure out where all his time and money went.


  • May 2005
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  • Tuesday, May 24, 2005


    I got a call from Ryan T the other day, letting me know that he's been thinking about the film, and is getting some ideas. He's busy promoting and screening his own film, A FAMILY FINDS ENTERTAINMENT, and a new one he has in the works, so he's not sure yet how much time he can devote to LOL, but he thinks he'll know more in the next week or two. I'm really hoping his film plays the Chicago Underground Film Festival, which would give him a reason to be here in Chicago in August. That would be ideal. Then we could talk in person, rather than over the phone. I have only shared physical space with Ryan for about an hour, when I was in New Orleans a few months ago. Other than that, all my communication with him has been via email and cell phone, and I guess in a sense, through his film, which I have watched multiple times over the past few months, and which continues to inspire me.

    Since Kevin left for Berlin at the beginning of the year, I haven't even heard his voice other than through his songs that he posts on his site. All my communication with him has been through email. But he will be back in the states in July, and we can talk on the phone again until he comes to Chicago in August.

    I think these long distance relationships with my collaborators are getting the film off to a good start, and hopefully we can all come together and share the same space in August.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2005


    I've been emailing with Kevin Bewersdorf about the music for the film. Music was one of the areas that I really had trouble with for KISSING ON THE MOUTH. I never really felt comfortable with how much to use, where it should come from, what it should sound like, etc. So this time around, I'm really happy to be working with someone right from the beginning, who will compose original music specifically for the film, and it will be an organic process like everything else. I will be editing as we go, and the music will change and grow along with the film, because Kevin will be part of the production.

    I'm going to try and do some camera tests over the next week or two to try and get the look I want for photographing a computer screen. I need to get a feel for it, so I can start to see what I can do with the visuals, and how much room I have to play when I'm working with a screen within a screen.

    Saturday, May 14, 2005


    I'm getting to work on this new film, which will deal with internet addiction, physical relationships vs. virtual relationships, and a lot of other pros and cons that come along with spending too much time in front of the computer.

    This will be a comedy of sorts. I'm still working out the details.