We have made some great progress since our last update. First, as we mentioned, the initial rough cut was way too long – just shy of three hours! So we went through the documentary scene-by-scene and did a lot of trimming. We managed to cut it down by forty minutes and also make some significant improvements to the story. It is still too long, but it is much closer to what we want now.
We sent the rough cut off to some advisers for review and are eagerly awaiting their feedback. Hopefully, they will have some good ideas on what else to cut. While we are waiting for them, Ahlam is taking a final pass on all of our transcripts to see if there is anything we missed and also polishing up some translations. Andy is going through our extensive archival film and photo collection and adding it to the documentary.
Adding the archival material is so satisfying. The documentary is really starting to come together now. And some of the footage we have found is incredible – we have shots of Haifa and Jaffa right after the fall of those towns… Jerusalem in the middle of the war… fighters on both sides… Israelis cheering for the founding of their state… and Palestinians living in squalid refugee camps.
Most exciting is that a lot of this footage is available from the National Archives, which means it is in the public domain. So all we have to pay for is the fee for transferring it from film to video, which is a very reasonable $150 a minute or so. There are a few old newsreels we want to use from British Pathe that cost a lot more – $6,000 a minute!
Speaking of money, we are very excited to say that we recently received an additional $2,000 contribution from one of our Kickstarter supporters. That will make a huge difference. If you’re looking for an end-of-the-year donation to help out with your taxes, we would be honored to put your money to good use.
We look forward to showing you the finished project.
Andy and Ahlam
Andy Trimlett, Director/Co-Producer
Emmy Award-winner Andy Trimlett has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. He has a decade of experience in public television, having served as senior producer, associate producer, editor and camera operator on a wide range of productions. He has worked on PBS programs in the United States, Hungary and Austria.