Reviewing

Once you have completed shooting on location, it is time to put your feet up and play back the film. Judge the results for yourself; you may

need to do a little editing in places. If some scenes are too vague or confused, you may even have to call up the relevant actors and ask for a re-shoot.

If you are confident that all the scenes are equally memorable and arc satisfied with the quality of the acting, you may decide you want to keep your home movie. (It is, after all, the first 100 digits of pi, and people won't believe it when you say you can recite them.) In which case, don't record over the journey. See it as your master tape, kept solely for remembering pi. After a couple of matinees, you'll soon know the story back to front, literally.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that it is just as easy to recall the first 100 digits of pi in reverse. Watch the film carefully as you walk back along your journey, re-winding the tape. Each scene should come back just as easily, providing you have chosen a well-known journey. You might have to concentrate a little harder as you break down the complex images, but with practice you should be able to do it effordessly.

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Once you are familiar with the positions of each stage (the 11 th stage is a bridge, for example), you can start locating the position of any digit with impressive speed.

What is the 16th decimal place to pi? The first thing you did when you memorized pi was to divide up the 100 digits into 25 complex images, and locate each one at a separate stage. It follows that if you want to know which stage contains the 16th decimal point, you must divide 16 by 4.

You now know that it is the fourth stage, the jewellers, which contains the 16th decimal point. Breaking the scene down into its constituent parts, you have Gamal Nasser, who represents 79 (Gamal Nasser = GN = 79) and the action of being blindfolded, which represents 32 (Cilia Black = CB = 32).

The sixteenth decimal place to pi is 2.

What is the 50th decimal place to pi? Divide 50 by 4 to find out the relevant stage. It must be the 13th, which is the fish farm. (The 12th stage covers the 45th, 46th, 47th and 48th digits; the 13th stage covers the 49th, 50th, 51st, and 52nd digits.)

Break the scene down into its constituent parts: The person is Aristotle Onassis (AO = 10). The action is conducting (Edward Heath = EH = 58).

The 50th decimal place to pi is zero.

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