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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  • June 2006
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2005

    New Addition To The Team

    I have been working with a writer named Chris Wells, who will also be acting in the film. I met Chris last year in Telluride, and we have been in touch through email. This summer we finally had time to talk and hang out and get to know each other better. Through our discussions, we have started to shape the direction that LOL will head in.

    Chris and I have started to keep notecards with scene ideas that we like, and we're planning to start shooting pretty heavily beginning next week. I already shot one scene with a girl from Madrid who was visiting a friend of mine. I'm not sure whether it will make it into the final film, but it's a nice little moment, and it was an excuse to get things officially underway.

    I just got an email from Kevin, who is in London, and about to get on a plane to Chicago. Hopefully I'll get to see him before the end of the week, and we can get a better grip on the character he will play in the film.

    Here we go!

    Saturday, June 18, 2005

    Taking Shape

    Things are starting to take shape. I'm still waiting for input from Kevin, but I've started to wrap my head around the characters, and some of the shape of the film. The more I think about it, the more I'm attracted to the loose structure. It's something that I wanted to try with KOTM, but the more we worked on it, the more traditional the narrative became. I'm kind of figuring the same thing will happen here. But I need to start thinking there's going to be no narrative structure, that way what we end up with will still be pretty loose.

    Kevin gets back to the states pretty soon, and I'm waiting for him to send me some sample music that he's been working on. I want to hear his music and get a feel for where he's going with it before I make any strong decisions about the sound.