The Making of Marco Polo
By Derek Handley


Part 6 - Progress





Towards the end of 2000 my contract at work came to an end and I had several months off work while my wife had our third child. This time off work was good news for the reconstruction as I was able to devote quite a lot of time to it. By the end of 2000, after just a few months of work, I had reconstructed first drafts of episodes 1, 3, 6 & 7. These episodes were quite well covered for photos, so were relatively easy to tackle. The available photographic material was the governing factor in the production order of the reconstructed episodes. Episode 2 was a real problem as the only photos actually from that episode were a few shots of Tegana in the desert at night, all the other pictures from the episode had to be made up as composites. Similarly episode 4 and the first half of 5 have virtually no original pictures. The shortage of material for these episodes was the main reason that it took another 6 months to get first drafts of these episodes completed. So the actual order that the episodes were produced in was 1, 6, 7, 3, 2, 4, 5.