October 9, 1997

Robin and I staggered into Lab-Link at the ungodly hour of 7:30 a.m. to look at a projection of the answer print with the lab timer, a friendly fellow named Pete who made notes while we talked about color adjustments we wanted. It's always a great pleasure to see how intense the film's colors look on a real screen; some of the problems we saw on the video monitor yesterday simply didn't bother us today.

We dropped the optical track off with Tony at Lab-Link; they now have all the elements to make the first corrected print, which they say will be ready early next week. I very much hope that the first print will also be the last, but there are so many things that can go wrong: the timer might not get all the corrections just right (I wonder how he can identify all the shots just by taking notes), the optical might have defects, the processing of the print might be imperfect, our improvised strategy for minimizing the sync problems might fail.

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