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This is a list of chapters that may be changed.

  1. Overview of the Codex
  2. Arithmetics, number operations.
  3. The Long Count
  4. Haab and the Moon calendar.
  5. Tzolkin
  6. Dates in the Codex
  7. On the Maya Writing System
  8. The Lunar Tables
  9. The Venus Tables
  10. Mars Tables
  11. The Divination Pages
  12. Painted Vases and Other Sources
  13. 100 Years of Research


The following are different types of scenes that form the documentary. There will be many animated codex graphs and computer generated math parts for explanations. Some painted vase animations to reconstruct scenes depicted in the codex, but better done in painted vases. The filmed scenes are without acting or structured dialogue, and represent people working on different activities. Filmed in well controlled light, and using green screen to place the scene in a computer reconstructed background. These scenes are more of photographic interest and show the objets around. How many of these scenes has to be determined. But one single shot can be used at different moments of the documentary, following the cheap practises of TV documentary.

Animation of the codex drawings.

Hand made calligraphy design, imitating the codex style. Moving around glyphs and numbers, animating math operations, puppet like movement of characters, fake 3D panning trough palace scenes. At least the most visible scenes should be covered, to optimise the chances of recognition of the passages.

Animation of graphic design glyphs

The goal of this different design is to separate the complexity of the calligraphic codex style, from the complexity of the content. Computer animation of vector glyphs. Screens, operations, compositions. This is more useful for the data tables, and mathematical operations.

Animation of Painted Vases and other Sources

Famous palace scenes animated. Some codex scenes are better illustrated in painted vases that can be used for the animation instead of the simple, bare codex style. Other significant scenes come from stelae and lintels. Some of the famous scenes related to astronomy are:

The vase of the 7 gods, 2 other black background painted vases with mythological motifs. The lintels at Temple 4 in Tikal. (The view from temple 4 itself being a Must for the documentary). The lintels at Yaxchilán showing sophisticated palace life events. The carved inscriptions at Palenque with long texts. Madrid codex scenes.

Reconstruction of daily life of scribes and artists

Film: Palace scene with scribes working on books. Illustrating the process of painting vases or codex style books. Ceremonial scenario, with ritual masks. Making chocolate, carving a wooden mask, honey production, or other activities mentioned in the codex. Divination using the codex. Making a codex from the original materials.

The making of the art objects, costumes, textiles, etc. Can be filmed properly (with green screen and arranged settings, etc.) to use the scenes as reconstructions of the past. Also, with the music instruments, scenes with music performances can be filmed.

Background: Computer 3D render views of Tikal (a couple of famous views: Temple 4 to Acropolis. South acrópolis to temple 5. Inside palace views, with temples in the background).

Computer animations

Of the moon orbiting the earth, motion of the earth around the sun. Sunrise, and other star events as seen in the horizon of Tikal or some other place.

Mythological Scenes

Reconstruction of some of the supernatural beings depicted in the codex. (Think of a science fiction TV set like star-trek, with latex masks for costumes, armours, animatronix, or whatever.) A Vision Serpent, comes out of the smoke morphing into the vision serpent, that brings the ancestor inside its jaws. The Paddlers crossing to the other world. God L presiding the other gods in the construction of the universe, as in the vase of the 7 gods.


Special soundtrack will be made with reconstructions of classic period instruments. And archaeologically recovered instruments, Beat patterns derived from the numerical structure of the divination tables. Having the instruments, another scene can be filmed of a performance. Sotzil has already made two classic period instruments appearing in the codices.

Sketch Storyboard

Each chapter will be 30 to 45 min long. (what´s the standard?) This is a list of ideas to present on each chapter. Not necessarily in this order. The goal is to construct a fluid narrative that interlaces naturally the different ideas, instead of a presentation of a list of things.

Overview of the Codex

  1. Identifying the different sections in the codex.
  2. The characters on each section
  3. Subjects treated

Arithmetics, number operations.

  1. Number system.
  2. Addition.
  3. Substraction.
  4. Multiplication.
  5. Division.
  6. Modulo Operation.
  7. The Serpent Numbers.
  8. Examples of addition and substraction of dates.
  9. Distance numbers.
  10. Ring Numbers.

The Long Count

  1. The modified base 20 system.
  2. The beginning of the last Era.
  3. Long Count in place and time.
  4. Higher orders of magnitude.

Haab and the Lunar Calendar

  1. Months.
  2. Moving around the sun.
  3. The Moon calendar.


  1. 20 Nawales.
  2. 13 Energies.
  3. Relations in the cycles.
  4. Numerology.

Dates in the Codex

  1. Correlations in the calendars.
  2. Dates written in the codex.
  3. Dating the codex.

On the Maya Writing System

  1. Some general remarks
  2. Examples of important inscriptions
  3. Reading aloud parts of the codex.

The Lunar Tables

  1. The motion of the Moon.
  2. Eclipses.
  3. Following the count in the codex.
  4. The scenes with the Moon Goddess

The Venus Tables

  1. Motion of Venus.
  2. Morning Star.
  3. Evening Star.
  4. Lower conjunction.
  5. Upper conjunction.
  6. The Tables.
  7. Iconography.

Mars Tables

  1. The Mars apparent movement.
  2. Two cycles.
  3. Iconography.

The Divination Pages

  1. The Almanacs.
  2. Numerical structures inside the Tzolkin.
  3. Different scenes.
  4. Predictions.
  5. How to use them.
  6. Similarity to contemporary divination.

Painted Vases and Other Sources

  1. Lintels.
  2. The vase of the 7 gods
  3. Mythology related to the sky.

100 Years of Research

  1. The history of the codex.
  2. Research done up to this day.


We have to arrange the schedules according to the Mayan calendars, but this is an approximation, it may take longer. But it shows that part of the research, and the writing of storyboards is part of the project. (In order to claim the value of research and pedagogy as contributions to the project):

First 3 Months

Redraw of codex scenes. Redraw of Pottery scenes. Computer 3D Renders of places. Backgrounds and picture composition. Storyboards. Research for clothing and other artefacts.

Second 3 Months

Production of clothing, masks, and other sculptures. Filming making of objects. Animation of glyphs.

Third 3 Months

Edit. Filming scenes with costumes. Animations. Sound recordings.

Fourth 3 Months

Edition. Post Production.

Costumes and Objects

  1. Reproduce Yaxchilan lintel scenes.
  2. Tikal temple 4
  3. Palenque Temple Inscriptions
  4. One bundle of cloth with special astronomy design. (The TaqK´uch so we all in the project dress properly with this cloth)
  5. 2 Female 2 Male full costumes.
  6. Several supernatural creatures, armours, makeup, and special effects.
  7. The Kaawil Ceremonial Bar.
  8. The small Kawil figurine sceptre with one foot.
  9. The "hand" spear.
  10. The codex itself made of bark of tree and painted with stucco.
  11. Other small sculptures seen in the codex.
  12. Some incense burners.
  13. Artefacts.
  14. Belts
  15. Shoes
  16. Jewels.
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