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Black Production Baby SweaterIf you’ve ever been to a wool shop in search of “black baby wool” then you’ll know what shock and horror looks like (it’s seen on the shop assistants’ faces). The next phrase typically heard is “You CAN”T dress your baby in BLACK!”

Well, if you perservere and you can find black baby wool and create a baby sweater so that your baby can fit in on a film set. I’ve knit a very few of these baby sweaters for the babies of colleagues in the industry.

So, in honour of Halloween, go ahead and imagine your baby dressed in black!

Cheers & a good shoot to you,
Deb

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There are some really great film terms out there! For a bit of fun, here’s a wordsearch of some of my fav’s…

Deb's Favourite Film Terms Wordsearch

…can you find the hidden words? Let me know if you do!

Cheers & a great shoot to you!
Deb

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“Film Production Management 101:
Management & Coordination in a Digital Age”
** SECOND EDITION IN BOOKSTORES AUGUST 2010 **

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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Sometimes you don’t want to use the 3-digit currency code when typing references to money. If you only need to refer to your own country’s currency – that’s easy – because your currency’s symbol is bound to be easily found on your keyboard.

Here are some keyboard short cuts for other currencies too:

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

$ ALT 36 USD, CAD, AUD… Dollar (various countries)
£ ALT 156 GBP Pound Sterling 
ALT 0128  EUR Euro
¥ ALT 157 JPY Yen

For symbols 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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BachelorDegree.org has included Deb Patz’s F.I.L.M. Blog in its Top 60 list! Very cool!

Here’s the link to their site if you’d like to see the entire list:

http://www.bachelorsdegree.org/2010/10/12/60-best-blogs-for-aspiring-screenwriters/

Cheers & happy surfing!
Deb

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1. Writing A Budget = Making Production Decisions
2. Where Is The Story?
3. Budgeting Starts With The Bottom Line (Financing)
4. Drafts of Budgets are like Drafts of Scripts – as Input is Incorporated
5. Where Are the Expensive Elements?
6. You Need E&O Insurance… and the Changes it Demands
7. There Will Always be Costs that are Out of Your Direct Control or Influence

These points come from an article I wrote for the Writers Store Expert Series. A bit cryptic, maybe? Visit the Writers Store site to read the whole article and all will be clear:

http://www.writersstore.com/7-things-writers-need-to-know-about-production-budgets

Also… I’ll be at the Writers Store in Burbank on Saturday, October 23 for a special appearance with my new book; if you’re nearby, I hope to see you there!

Cheers & good writing to you,
Deb

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“Film Production Management 101:
Management & Coordination in a Digital Age”
** SECOND EDITION IN BOOKSTORES AUGUST 2010 **

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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“Someone always know more.”
– Miyagi (The Karate Kid, 1985)

Miyagi gives us a good perspective… especially in this digital age where technology keeps changing – as soon as we learn a new system, the upgrade or new technology comes along. How can we keep up? Someone else is always bound to know more.

The hope here is that “someone” is not one person. There is no one person who knows “more” about everything. So let us relax and each of us learn the best we can, realizing our own potential. Then we can come together in a diverse and dynamic team to create something that’s bigger than all of us put together.

That would be pretty amazing, don’t you think?

Cheers,
Deb

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“Film Production Management 101:
Management & Coordination in a Digital Age”
** SECOND EDITION IN BOOKSTORES AUGUST 2010 **

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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