To make the film I need to know the story. And to know the story I need to have all my information organized chronologically.
I started seriously working on the timeline on december 5. Here it is January 23 and I'm more or less through the thousand or so documents I have from the French archives.
I Google translated quite of bit of them so I get the gist of what's being said. If there was anything critical, I'd send it to my translators Yvette Jordan, Daniel Hachard or Eileen White (French) or Lola Scarpitta, Marco Ferretti or Natalia Sarkissian (Italian)
Putting things in order helped me connect quite a few dots. For example, I actually know now why he picked August 21 as the day to steal the painting. There's a very logical reason. (You'll have to see the film.)
There are now 1675 3x5 cards. Probably will have a few hundred more before I'm through.