Sometimes you just have to give up and finally, finally own up to the existence of a higher, more powerful being. Give up and go, “Fine! I know you’re there, you god of external hard drives, you invisible force that determines if FCP wants to play ball today. Fine, we concede that you’re bigger and stronger than us. Now give us back our film!

How else to explain why FCP refuses to open our project? Why one hard drive goes kaput, another one crashes and our camera packs up, all in the space of one weekend? It’s six days to our premiere in Hong Kong. Maybe we should get in touch with the Lianain. Get them to make an animal sacrifice. Chew some betel nut. Appease the high-ups.