“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

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Postproduction schedules in contemporary feature film production have become brutally condensed. This is mostly because of economics. The longer it takes a film to be completed, the more it costs, not only in terms of crew and facilities, but also in interest payments on the tens of millions of dollars of production costs until the studio or production company starts to see a return on its money. In addition, studios are constantly juggling their release schedules to beat out their opposition at the box office.

Another factor driving these condensed postproduction schedules—one not usually admitted to by producers—is the ...

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