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orgdeskNeed to know your skills and strengths for your resume? Notice what people say around you.

I was working in the production office as a coordinator at the time. As usual, I was in the middle of several activities at the same time. I slid a note about credits into the blue file folder in the fan of coloured folders on the left side of my desk. I was talking with set on line two at the same time. The “set square” made of masking tape by the phone only had 3 more Post-it notes in it with messages and questions for set. I was happy to have wheels on my chair as I rolled a bit closer back to the phone side of my desk.

At this point, the Assistant to the Executive Producer came in. She stood beside my desk, not in front, so no doubt had something urgent to discuss, perhaps even confidential.

Set put me on hold, so I took the moment to find out. “Hi. How can I help you?” Was it another note for the screen credits? A question about the star’s contract? A restaurant recommendation? I was alert and ready.

“I just want to watch you organize.”

But not ready for that request.

“Oh.”

Her pen was poised above the steno pad in her hands. Her expression expectant. Was she really going to make observations and take notes?

“Okay,” I said. “Go ahead!”

I almost forgot I was still on the line with the set, until they said my name a second time. I turned back to my desk, peeled up the next Post-it and asked my next question.

I should really mention that I’m organized on my next resume…

Cheers and a good shoot to you,
Deb

P.S. This event also inspired me to write my first book “Surviving Production” – how to coordinate film and TV productions.

What do you see?

(a) A sound blanket, of course!
(b) Uh, a moving blanket, yes?
(c) I got it. It’s both! A sound blanket AND a moving blanket!

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If you answered (a), you’re definitely “of the industry” (a filmie). If you answered (b), that’s ok, you’re perspective is just different from filmies. If you answered (c), then you’re a filmie who – I’m sorry to say – has moved too often.

Cheers & all the best,
Deb

gldImagine being a kid with the vocabulary of an adult. You would have the word power to really explain to adults what it means to be a child! To remind them that as a kid your journey is different than that of your parents’, that inside you feel that you are as old as you are ever going to be. In a way you are already grown up.

What wisdom we could learn about our own forgotten childhood. We’ve all been there, but some have crossed that bridge into adulthood and can only now glimpse back at what life was like.

Kenneth Grahame captures childhood with exactly that (adult vocabulary provided to child characters) in “The Golden Age.” It’s a superb insight into life from a child’s POV. The parents are “the Olympians,” affecting the outward lives of children with the same effect and distance as Greek gods, and the children are “the Illuminati,” the enlightened ones who really know what life is all about. You can’t help but want to dive into the pages and learn the “ink wisdom”!

Cheers & all the best,
Deb

Deb Patz, author – “Film Production Management 101” and writing for children

cineqllIt’s time to come back from hiatus! Time to get back to blogging. Since starting my MFA in Creative Writing last year, work-life re-balancing with my full time job has been a challenge. It was time to pull back for a while, and it’s been good. But I’ve missed the blog and my connection with you, so it’s time to find a way to make the blog happen again.

Rather than return as it was (why more of the same, eh?), the F-I-L-M blog is undergoing a bit of an expansion. With so much inter-connectivity in life, I’m adding some I-N-K! What that means is basically, yes, more film/tv industry topics, but also now more writing topics… for both I-ndustry N’ K-ids… which includes kids-at-heart.

So, let’s get started with a little glance back at “The Best Of” before we venture into the territory of the future. Gives you the change to re-familiarize yourself with the blog’s flavour and to introduce other friends you think would enjoy it. So, from your feedback, here are some favourites:

F-un:
Fun posts.. need I say more?

New Technology Quiz
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/new-technology-quiz/

Wordsearch: In Honour of Coordinators!
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/wordsearch-in-honour-of-coordinators/

CU on Set
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/cu-on-set/

I-nspiration:
How movies and books inspire our lives…

Magic Movie Moment: North of Superior
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/magic-movie-moment-north-of-superior/

Inspiration at the Movies: The Count of Monte Cristo
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/inspiration-at-the-movies-the-count-of-monte-cristo/

Tail Credits for VE Day: Black Adder Goes Forth
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/tail-credits-for-ve-day-blackadder-goes-forth/

L-ife:
How aspects of our lives affect filmmaking or the craft of writing…

3 Things I Learned About Filmmaking from… Kids
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/3-things-i-learned-about-filmmaking-from-kids/

Home Office… Treat It Right!
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/the-home-office-treat-it-right/

The Serendipitous Cuppa Tea
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/the-serendipitous-cuppa-tea/

M-anagement:
The business of filmmaking and writing.

Cine-Surfer: About Delegation
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/cine-surfer-about-delegation/

Tattoos & Copyright
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/tattoos-copyright/

Free Film Budget (thanks to Deke Simon)
https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/free-film-budget/

Cheers & all the best,
Deb

Deb Patz, author – “Film Production Management 101” and writing for children

Another spring is rolling around, and I’m off to L.A. this weekend for the MWP Books Publishing Summit. Basically will be getting together with my fellow MWP authors – a rare occurrence since we live in so many locations around the world. Very much looking forward to connecting with old friend face-to-face and making new ones! Lookin’ forward…

Speaking of looking forward (and therefore trying new things), I thought I’d try to post from mobile this time and see how it works. It’s quite a different interface, but I have to admit, I reach for mobile-first now more and more. You too? What did we do before mobile??

All the best and a great shoot (or prep or development) to you!

Deb

grwflrsSpring brings the birth of a new year of nature, new possibilities and new directions… This year I am thrilled to be starting an MFA in Creative Writing. Ironically, it will mean that I will have less time for blogging F.I.L.M. about our industry as I concentrate my efforts on other, longer works.

In keeping with my life’s passion, I plan to be crafting stories primarily for children and youth… no doubt with the film industry involved in some way or another!

Please note that this new direction doesn’t mean I won’t blog at all… just not as often, and not regularly. Thank you so very much for your support and interest in my F.I.L.M. blog! I’ll keep you updated on the development of my new works.

What new spring beginning are you planning for yourself?

In the meantime…

All the best and a great shoot to you,
Deb

Spring and the birth of new trees… happy sigh.

Though books don’t grow on trees, they are made of trees… well the hard copy is, at any rate.

If you love to browse through through bookstores – especially to be re-inspired in your craft – surf over to MWP.com and peruse the books now available in the:

MWP Spring 2014 Catalogue

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My book (Film Production Management 101) is on page 33 along with other excellent production books.

Which one(s) catch your fancy? Something for your craft now… and something for what you plan to do in the future? Spring is a time of new beginnings. Perhaps it’s time you explored that untrodden path.

Cheers & happy browsing and exploring to you,
Deb

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