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If you love stats – especially box office stats – enjoy…

North America or International – BOX OFFICE MOJO – Daily, weekly, all time…

USA Domestic – BOX OFFICE.COM – Stats and projections

Canada – TRIBUTE.CA – North America and Canada-only box office info
Canada – FILM CHAT BLOG  – Go to “Film Comparison Stats” to see which films are above/below the “10% of North American” estimates

EuropeLUMIERE – Database on admissions for film released in Europe (choose by film title)

India – BOX OFFICE INDIA – Many lists of top earning films over the years – more specifically coded as “semi-hit”, “hit”, “super hit”, “blockbuster” and “all time blockbuster”

Do you have other site(s) you’d include in this list?

Cheers & happy stats to you!
Deb

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“Film Production Management 101:
Management & Coordination in a Digital Age”
** SECOND EDITION IN BOOKSTORES NOW **

UPCOMING EVENTS (more details at www.debpatz.com):
* Getting Your Ducks In A Row – Free Book Virtual Event – in August at FB/DebPatzBooks
* Booksigning/Canadian launch at Indigo Marine Drive, N.Vancouver – Sat.Sep.11
* WIFV Networking Breakfast with Deb Patz in Vancouver – Tue.Sep.21

* Booksigning/USA launch at the Writers Store in Burbank – Sat.Oct.23

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In celebration of my updated book coming to the market, there are a series of events over the next few months:

1 to 31 August 2010 = The virtual launch (on FB/DebPatzBooks – event page)

11 September 2010 = The Canadian launch & book signing (at Indigo, N.Van)

21 September 2010 = Women in Film Networking Breakfast (in Vancouver)

23 October 2010 = The USA launch & book signing (at Writers Store, Burbank)
[see debpatz.com for more details of the in-person events]

It’s already well into August and the virtual launch. “Like” the page, and you get a chance to win the first autographed copy of “Film Production Management 101, 2nd Ed.” Add your interpretation (in prose or pix) of “getting your ducks in a row” and you earn another chance at the free book. Great to see people gathering this month on the “virtual porch” of FB/DebPatzBooks to share their intepretations in words and pix!  Some of my favs are:

Likening “ducks” to “ducats“… and then, most naturally to “money

… and some great pix* like:

 

*thanks to folk (you know who you are!) for the permission to re-post the pix here

… so, come and join us on the “virtual porch” of FB! What does “getting your ducks in a row” mean to you (in this film industry)?

Cheers & a good prep to you!
Deb

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Can you imagine a production where nothing in the budget was extraordinarily expensive? No, of course you can’t. There always happens to be expensive line items in a production budget: kids, animals, special effects; period settings; night shoots; etc. Why? Because you need them.

Expensive elements make the production something special… but – importantly – the right expensive elements are more than just flash. The best ones have at least two purposes for their existence, one of them being a direct connection to the storyline or characters.

The trick is not to to have too many expensive elements in a production. Too many and the budget will be stretched too thin, leaving you with insufficient resources to accomplish any of them well. Narrow down to the one(s) that really matter – that solidly contribute to the story – and then allocate enough production money to them to really excel.

Do that, and the production will indeed be something special, plus you’ll have a lot to talk about during publicity and marketing.

Here are links to my previous blog entries talking about all those lovely expensive elements… just pick and choose!

See https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/5-expensive-budgetary-items/ for a discussion on:

1. Period scripts
2. Animals & Children
3. Night Shoots
4. Distant Shoots
5. Anything CG

See https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/5-expensive-budgetary-items-ii/ for a discussion on:

6. Stunts & Special Effects
7. Prototype Equipment
8. Large Vistas
9. International Coproductions
10. Music Rights

And see https://debpatz.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/5-expensive-budgetary-items-iii/ for a discussion on:

11. Lots of Set-Ups
12. Lots of Unit Moves
13. Name Stars
14. Weather-Dependant Scenes
15. Rush Hour, Hockey Season & Other Fun Times

Cheers & happy budgeting to you!
Deb

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“Film Production Management 101:
Management & Coordination in a Digital Age”
** SECOND EDITION IN BOOKSTORES NOW **

UPCOMING EVENTS (more details at www.debpatz.com):
* Getting Your Ducks In A Row – Free Book Virtual Event – in August at FB/DebPatzBooks
* Booksigning/Canadian launch at Indigo Marine Drive, N.Vancouver – Sat.Sep.11
* WIFV Networking Breakfast with Deb Patz in Vancouver – Tue.Sep.21

* Booksigning/USA launch at the Writers Store in Burbank – Sat.Oct.23

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 A second edition… what’s new about it, you ask? Well, let me tell you!

“Film Production Management 101: Management & Coordination for a Digital Age”

Since 2002 there have been a lot of changes in the tools we use to produce film and television. It’s definitely time for an update to the book! Digital is the first choice for filmmaking format with film stock coming now in second. That alone is a 180 degree turnaround. This new edition only starts with that 180 degree turnaround in coming up-to-date! Inside you’ll also find a whole new chapter on publicity in this digital age, and lots of new information on money-saving tools like previs, and ISAN and much more.

The new edition is over 500 pages now… so, I guess in short: it’s bigger, it’s better; and it’s written for today’s production world!

As for what’s the same? It’s still a terrific on-the-job resource for both Production Managers and Coordinators. Not only that… when you look at Amazon, it’s all for the same price! Whattadeal.

So, read it and make up your own mind, and then share your thoughts with others on Amazon.

I also invite you to connect with me and the PM101 community on Facebook at DebPatzBooks. At the moment there’s a “Getting Your Ducks In A Row” Free Book Virtual Event going on. “Like” the page, write on the wall and/or post a picture of your interpretation of “getting your ducks in a row” for a chance to win the first autographed copy of the new book! Looking forward to connecting with you there!

Cheers,
Deb

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“Film Production Management 101:
Management & Coordination in a Digital Age”
** SECOND EDITION IN BOOKSTORES NOW **

UPCOMING EVENTS (more details at www.debpatz.com):
* Getting Your Ducks In A Row – Free Book Virtual Event – in August at FB/DebPatzBooks
* Booksigning/Canadian launch at Indigo Marine Drive, N.Vancouver – Sat.Sep.11
* WIFV Networking Breakfast with Deb Patz in Vancouver – Tue.Sep.21

* Booksigning/USA launch at the Writers Store in Burbank – Sat.Oct.23

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