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Film Bulletin (05/Jan/1948) - Warner Bros.





10 Day Shooting Schedules!

Alfred Hitchcock's ten-day shooting schedule for "The Rope," which goes into production here shortly, is a precedent-making project in the new "economy wave" program. If this one works out, the studio will adopt the policy insofar as possible on all of its production. If Hitchcock, long known for his hyper-devotion to detail, camera angles, etc., can do the trick, others will have to follow his pattern.

First step in the program is a period of pre-production rehearsals. Three weeks will be given to such rehearsing before a camera turns. Scripts are being tailored to fit this new schedule—with only the necessary plot development sequences being filmed. Implication will be used instead of example where that use can eliminate the building of an expensive set for a brief scene. Warner executives insist that this method will tie used only up to the point where full production quality can be maintained. The cutting of shooting time and other corner-trimming devices will not, they insist, lessen the value of a picture. No, but it will surely cut the costs of pictures if intelligently and assiduously practiced.


Eighteen films for the 1948-49 schedule have already been set here' by Jack L. Warner, studio chief, and a possible seven more will be added. Six independent productions are already set for release and if present plans go through, several more will be added to the schedule. Among those already set to go in addition to the pair each from Michael Curtiz, United States Pictures, and the Hitchcock-Bernstein unit, are "One Sunday Afternoon," "John Loves Mary" and "Until Proven Guilty." Warners will have the Danny Kaye picture this year, also, and if the Cagney move hold, "Time of Your Life" will be an important Warner release, also.