498 times the camera started rolling and the signer began signing–114 of those were good takes–and in the end, 725 verses were captured.
Those are just numbers though. Four of the five days we were working until very late, and the amount of mental energy it took to process all that information on camera so many times with no mistakes is just incalculable.
Often the week after recording is slow-down time. But the team hardly missed a beat–everyone pitching in, working overtime to get Luke 1-2 available in time for Christmas, they dove into post-production. Editing each good take, adding verse references to the top corner of the frame, adding our version of italics (an * for information that is clearly implied but not actually stated in the original text), and text for specialized vocabulary (names and technical words). After struggling with workflow and equipment alike, Luke 1-6 landed on the app December 19. For the first time ever, Japanese Deaf people would have the whole Christmas story in their language. By Christmas Sunday.
Leviticus is now undergoing the same detailed care, and we should see it on the app before the new year.
PS Check out the JSL Bible project’s facebook page December 9 and 19 for some fun videos: https://www.facebook.com/japandeafevangelmission/