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Warner Bros. Launches Digital Imprint 'Inside the Script': Read 'Casablanca' and 'North by Northwest'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 30, 2012 at 1:44PM

Film buffs rejoice. As the publishing industry copes with its transition to a digital Ebook universe, one of Hollywood's major movie studios is getting into digital publishing. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) is launching “Inside the Script,” offering movie fans the chance to own enhanced copies of classic film scripts.
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Casablanca

Film buffs rejoice.

As the publishing industry copes with its transition to a digital Ebook universe, one of Hollywood's major movie studios is getting into digital publishing. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) is launching “Inside the Script,” offering movie fans the chance to own enhanced copies of classic film scripts. Warners already has a jump on the other studios with its successful Warner Archive, which allows you to "demand" a movie and generate a digital copy to buy.

The “Inside the Script” series of illustrated eBooks contain each film’s "actual" shooting script plus extra materials from the Warner Bros. Corporate Archive.  The first series of “Inside the Script” titles are such classics as Howard Koch, Philip G. Epstein and Julius J. Epstein's “Casablanca,” Karl Tunberg's “Ben-Hur,” Alan Jay Lerner's Gene Kelly musical “An American in Paris” and Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman's “North by Northwest.” The script packages are available now at iBookstore, Kindle and NOOK by Barnes & Noble for $9.99 each.

Every “Inside the Script” title includes the film’s complete shooting script in a customizable eBook format; dozens of chapters about the script and the film that detail the movie’s development; studio in-house documents such as production notes, storyboards and candid photos; and an interactive image gallery of costumes, on-set stills, movie posters, set designs and behind-the-scenes photos.

This will only serve to further market and promote the classic library titles that Warners is selling on DVD and at Warner Archive.

Highlighted elements from “Inside the Script” titles include:

“Casablanca”
- Jack Warner’s telegrams and memos
- Producer Hal Wallis’ script and production notes
- Production Code Administration letters, notes and seal of approval
- Telegram from producer Hal Wallis refuting his fight with Jack Warner


“Ben-Hur”
- Rare behind-the-scenes materials including makeup and wardrobe tests, production design sketches, sample matte paintings
- A forward and captions written by Charlton Heston’s son, Fraser C. Heston
- Excerpts from Charlton Heston’s acting and shooting journals during filming
- Details about the development of Panavision and MGM’s proprietary widescreen process (MGM Camera 65)


“An American in Paris”
- Full shooting script
- Detailed descriptions from continuity script’s musical numbers
- Treatment for the ballet sequence from Vincente Minnelli’s papers
- Set design paintings from the MGM production design collection
- Tickets to the film’s Hollywood premiere from MGM makeup artist John Truwe


“North by Northwest”
- Director Alfred Hitchcock’s editing and main title sequence notes
- Composer Bernard Herrmann’s music notes
- Photos and documents from Alfred Hitchcock’s papers:
            - story department photos
            - storyboards and photos of crop duster sequence
            - production schedules and daily scene reports
            - hair and makeup tests
            - costume sketches
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.