I am moving back a forwards between the whiteboard and the laptop as I sort through footage and try more and more to break down my footage.
Momentum is beginning as I build on my routine. My main goal is to be in the best position possible to start editing at the beginning of the year.
There are three weeks before we take off for Czech for Christmas and as much as I would love to say that I could do some work there. I am certain it will never happen. And probably shouldn't being a family holiday and all.
My goal is to have all of my footage sorted and as much as I can translated and in a state where I can start editing it in a time line also full of english speaking footage.
This is my biggest and most confronting stumbling block at the moment. How to get through such a massive amount of Arabic footage. I like to think that I have a handle on what is going on but in reality I am reading nothing more than body language and the knowledge of the situation I am in. Anything more specific than that and I may as well be deaf.
However I am in a better situation now, I think than I was before, as I am now in a studio with other Egyptian filmmakers who have offered to help me in regards to understanding what is being said on a more specific level. This will help in getting the right footage translated rather than just all of it.
Still a long way to go and there has been a lot of time waiting at the start line preparing. I am excited to get really started with some measurable success.