Viewers don't think about this very much when they watch a movie, but the moviemakers do. First you get an idea for a film, then you're all giddy and excited and talk endlessly about whether it's a good idea or not. You decide it is, launch a funding campaign for it, get money, and spend a few weeks walking on clouds reflecting on how lucky you are to do work you enjoy for a group of backers who seems pleased by it. Then you get excited about planning the thing - where you're filming, how, with whom, when, in what car, interviewing anyone? Then you film, which is a great deal of fun even though it's exhausting as all get out (we do not spend our backers' money on luxury hotels or relaxed travel schedules; we stretch every dollar as far as it will reasonably go). Then there's the dreaded "post-production" phase, where you edit the mass of footage into a coherent narrative, add b-roll, pictures, illustrations, maps, graphics, music, special effects, etc., etc., etc. Then you go around the movie seventy million times looking for typos and imperfections, then you watch it again maybe another 1600 times just because you're not sure you saw everything properly and then for no reason at all you start hating it. Because it's consuming your life. Because you have to neglect other important chores to get that #^%@ movie finished. Because you have to stay up nights to make sure the machine encodes it properly instead of waking up in the morning to a computer crash and no movie. That's when it's important to take a wee breather. We did that. We finished our Constitution documentary late last week and put up a "beta" version online for our backers to take a look. (Hey, if we can crowdsource the funding, we can crowdsource the proofing too, right?) Our backers, who are the most awesome people on the planet, obliged and reported a few, fortunately small issues that we have done our best to fix. This was done by late Monday.
We re-encoded the movie and uploaded it again privately to YouTube (no, you can't see it yet - soon, real soon). That was Monday night. I refused to look at it again until late Wednesday. I'm now 1/3 of the way through it on my last pass before hitting the "publish" button.
And guess what?
Now that I see it in final form like that, I like it. A lot. I hope you will, too.