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Ah, the international flavour of film festivals – from the movies themselves to the filmmakers and fans! When producing an international copro, communication and courtesy are essential to working successfully with business partners. A small (but appreciated) detail is to use the correct accents in those communications – especially when those accents are on someone’s name.

Typing accents on an English keyboard with Windows is a challenge. Pin a reference chart near your computer screen of keyboard short cuts for many of the accents you may use. For event faster reference, highlight the ones you’ll use the most.

Laura K. Lawless at About.com has a great list of ALT keyboard short cuts for accents that I refer to all the time. Here’s a modified chart of some of the ones I use the most.

While holding down “Alt,” type the number next to it (using the number keypad), and then release.

á ALT 0225 Á ALT 0193
à ALT 133 À ALT 0192
â ALT 131 À ALT 0194
ä ALT 0228 Ä ALT 0196
       
é ALT 130 É ALT 144
è ALT 138 È ALT 0200 
ê ALT 136 Ê ALT 0202 
       
í ALT 0237 Í ALT 0205
î ALT 140 Î ALT 0206
       
ó ALT 0243 Ó ALT 0211 
ô ALT 147 Ô ALT 0212
ö ALT 0246 Ö ALT 0214
       
ú ALT 0250 Ú ALT 0218
û ALT 150 Û ALT 0219
ü ALT 0252 Ü ALT 0220
       
ç ALT 135 Ç ALT 128
ñ ALT 0241 Ñ ALT 0209 
     ß ALT 0223
       
« ALT 174  » ALT 175 
 ¿ ALT 0191 ¡ ALT 0161

 For even faster typing, some programs allow you to add accents using CTRL with the logically similar punctuation mark (like an apostrophe for an accent grave), but not all programs acknowledge these CTRL commands. ALT commands take a little longer to type, but tend to work in all programs (on a PC).

For accents not included in the reference lists above, look for the “insert a symbol” or “insert a special character” menu to find a complete list of international symbols available to you on the software of your computer.

Cheers & a great international shoot 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 ):
* Booksigning/USA launch at the Writers Store in Burbank – 11am Sat.Oct.23

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The PM may write the budget and monitor cost reports, but it’s the whole crew who is spending production’s money… so doesn’t that make you wonder what – as a crew member – you should know about production budgets?

Deb with PM101 2ndEdBright and early on Tuesday, September 21, I’ll have the honour of being the guest speaker at the Women in Film Networking Breakfast in Vancouver. I’m going to talk about what the crew (and PM’s) need to know about production budgeting… and spending. I’m also going to cover what’s creative about the PM’s job, budget hot spots, why the PM hangs out on the set, plus discuss career planning your way to – or past – production management.

The event is open to members and non-members… so if you’re in the Vancouver area, I hope can make it!

Cheers & all the best,
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 ):
* 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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Overheard On Set (on Facebook)

What a fun FB group this is! There never seems to be a shortage of posts to add to entertain us with what’s been “Overheard On Set“!

One of my entries was hearing the Director order the 1st AD to hold the sunset! Needless to say, the 1st AD was unable to comply. 🙂

Have you joined me yet on Facebook at DebPatzBooks? Beyond the blog, I have fun contests and giveaways now and then.  Hope to see you there!

Cheers & best wishes overhearing on set,
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):
* 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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As part of the update to my book, I’ve made the free, downloadable production forms into interactive documents. You can find them over at MWP Books (along with a lot of other great, downloadable resources):

http://www.mwp.com/virtual-film-school/resources

Enjoy!

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):
* 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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