The last 5%

Some people say that the last 5% of a project takes 95% of the work. I’m not sure I completely agree, but I am starting to see the point.

We’ve been working for months (in some ways, for years) to build toward a demo that we will show in about a week at the Siggraph conference. The work has gone through many phases.

But this last phase is different. It’s the polishing part, the part when we make final choices, when we time things out.

This is when we need to make the hard decisions about what to leave on the cutting room floor. No matter how much work we had put into things.

As Chekhov sort of said, creation is easy. Editing is hard.