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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  • Friday, January 20, 2006

    New Look

    The new site is up and running, and we're trying to get the word out about the trailer. The film world is Sundance crazy right now, so there's not much use trying to get any attention. In about three weeks, when everyone is back home and caught up with stuff, we'll do a promotional blitz and try and get people to blog about the site and trailer. New festivals will be on the horizon, and announcements will be made that should hopefully direct some eyes our way.

    For the time being, I'll be working on finishing this bad boy up and getting it ready to put in front of audiences. Kevin is almost finished with the music, and once he is, I'll be able to do the final sound mix. On my end, I'm working on the final credits and editing in some final footage that I shot with Chris.

    Monday, January 16, 2006


    Check out the LOL Trailer, hot off the presses.



    Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    Coming to America

    I talked with Kevin for a while on the phone today, and bought him a plane ticket back to the States. He'll be back on March 1, which will give us a week before we leave for Austin. This will be a good time to get ourselves organized to make the most of the Festival.

    We set some deadlines for getting things done, and we'll both be working like crazy to meet those goals.

    Friday, January 06, 2006

    Big Secret News

    OK, well, we didn't get into Rotterdam, so boo, but we did get into another Festival, so yay! And the Festival we got into is probably the coolest Festival in the world, so nuts to Rotterdam anyway. Who needs them? What Festival has decided to host the World Premiere of LOL? That's secret for now (unless I've already told you). Stay tuned for the announcement in a little over a month.

    Firstly, a new version of this website will be launching. Once we have the trailer and all the new content up, we'll switch it over to the new fancy version. I'm thinking the launch of the new site will be on Monday, January 16th, but that's hinging on us getting everything finished in time. We're working on it.

    We stole one more shot at the airport yesterday, and thanfully were not hasseled. I was nervous again, but it went off without a hitch, and this shot will greatly improve the film in my opinion. It'll just be a little 20 second shot, but I think it will do wonders for the film.

    That just leaves one more shot to grab while Chris is in town. We're either getting it tonight or tomorrow evening. And then it's over. That's it. No more shooting. I can't even believe it's January and I'm still grabbing shots. There was once a time when I told people the film would be finished in late August. Ha. Not even close.

    Here's to an exciting new year!