Take Peter Jackson, director of the blockbuster movie trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings.” His special-effects technicians literally created new ways of making motion-picture images, largely because of their compulsive perfectionism.
Example: In the first movie, the computer-generated character of Gollum appeared in only two shots.
“We kept him in the shadows,” Jackson told Wired. “He wasn’t good enough for dialogue or a close-up in daylight. We worked on him for another year, and he was in 300 shots in ‘Two Towers.’ A month before delivery of that film, [visual effects supervisor] Joe Letteri insisted on redoing all of it because we’d finally gotten the [computer-animation] code [for Gollum] right.”
In the final analysis, though, Jackson never truly faced the evils of perfectionism because he and his team had to live with the one great brake on their passion for perfection: deadlines. How perfect is that?