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Oscar-Winning Romcom Wordsearch

Bringing together Valentine’s Day and Award Season, have a little film fun with this wordsearch! Each of these romcoms has won at least one Oscar, and some of them have won so many awards that I’ve only listed one or two.

(Silver Linings) Playbook – 2012 Best Actress

Shakespeare (In Love) – 1998 Best Picture

As Good (As It Gets) – 1997 Best Actor, Best Actress

Emma – 1996 Best Original Music

(Mighty) Aphrodite – 1995 Best Actress

(Mrs) Doubtfire – 1993 Best Makeup

Working (Girl) – 1988 Best Music

Moonstruck – 1987 Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress

Tootsie – 1982 Best Supporting Actress

Arthur – 1981 Best Supporting Actor, Best Music

Heaven (Can Wait) – 1978 Best Art Direction

Annie Hall – 1977 Best Picture

(The) Goodbye (Girl) – 1977 Best Actor

A Touch (of Class) – 1973 Best Actress

(The) Graduate – 1967 Best Directing

Guess Who’s (Coming To Dinner) – 1967 Best Actress

(The) Apartment – 1960 Best Motion Picture

Some Like (It Hot) – 1959 Best Costume Design

Gigi – 1958 Best Motion Picture

Roman (Holiday) – 1953 Best Actress

(The) Philadelphia (Story) – 1940 Best Screenplay

(It Happened) One Night – 1934 Outstanding Production

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How many of these romcoms have you seen? What’s next on your “to watch” list?

… and if you want to look up what Oscar wins any film has won, here’s a link to the Oscar Awards Database: https://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/?search=Basic

Cheers & a good shoot or writing session to you,
Deb

Image thanks to Unsplash

The Oscars are Coming, the Oscars are Coming!

Love movies, do ya? Well then ya gotta love the Oscars!

In prep for the Academy Awards on Sunday, are you seeking out and watching the nominated films? Well, how about some different kind of prep this year to add depth to your Oscar experience this year…

 

1. Read the Oscar-nominated screenplays. You can find all the links you need on Slate.com to read them for free:
https://slate.com/culture/2019/02/oscar-academy-award-screenplays-scripts-buster-scruggs-star-born-reformed-beale-spider-man.html
Doing so, not only will you experience the noms in a whole new way, you’re bound to absorb a tip or two about how to write a better screenplay or story.

 

2. Attend the MWP Online Pre-Awards Bash at 2:30pm PST on Friday for predictions and excellent conversation about the Academy Awards. Great studying up for your Oscar Night ballot!
https://www.facebook.com/events/907078086129557/

 

3. And – of course – host or attend an Oscar Watching Party on Sunday. Dress black tie or creative black tie (this is an artistic industry after all!), have plenty of nibblies, bubbly beverages (they don’t have to be alcoholic), and Oscar ballots. Perhaps even buy a strip or square of red carpet so you can strut your stuff on the red stuff yourself.
https://www.oscars.org/oscars // https://twitter.com/TheAcademy
Above all, have fun!

Cheers & a great awards show to you,
Deb

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Deborah (Deb) Patz is the author of Write! Shoot! Edit! for teens and Film Production Management 101 for the industry – both books are published worldwide by MWP. She’s also part of the editorial board for Prism International. She’s walked the red carpet at a few festivals, but not at the Oscars… yet. 🙂

WHERE IS DEB? (upcoming events and appearances)
July 2019 – UFVA Conference, Minneapolis, MN

WHERE TO FIND DEB’S BOOKS?
Paperback or eBook: AmazonBarnes & NobleChapters/IndigoWaterstones, direct from the publisher and from plenty of other great bookstores worldwide.

Are You A Filmie? What Do You See…

 

You’re a Film Buff if you see a movie light and a coffee.

You’re a Film Buff Who’s Particular if you see a studio light and a Starbucks coffee.

However…

You’re a True Filmie if you see two Blondes.

Cheers & a good shoot to you,
Deb

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Deborah (Deb) Patz is the author of Write! Shoot! Edit! for teens and Film Production Management 101 for the industry – both books are published worldwide by MWP. She’s also part of the editorial board for Prism International. She once dressed as a Blonde (studio light) for a Halloween party, but unfortunately lost the photographic proof.

WHERE IS DEB? (upcoming events and appearances)
Sat.Feb.17 – Author Participant – Digital Media Youth Expo, North Vancouver, BC
Mar.26-28 – Instructor – Write! Shoot! Edit! Screenwriting Workshop for Teens – VPL
Aug/2018 – UFVA Conference – New Mexico

WHERE TO FIND DEB’S BOOKS?
Paperback or eBook: AmazonBarnes & NobleChapters/Indigo, direct from the publisher, and plenty of other great bookstores worldwide.
*NEW* AWESOME SALE IN FEB/2018: At the Digital Media Youth Expo, Deb will be selling her book Write! Shoot! Edit! for a special event price of $10… that’s more than 50% off the cover price. Come on by, meet Deb, enter the raffle, make some homemade foley sounds, enjoy the expo!

The Three Heads of Write! Shoot! Edit!

I.

Wild Inventor Brain

Shy in a world lopsided

Teach me creativity

 

II.

Doctor Structure Editor

Vocal critic analyzes too soon

My creative problem-solver

 

III.

Nit-picky Copy Editor

Reveres logic, form and detail

Polish work creatively

 

Poetry about the creative process? Am I serious?

Yes, I am.

Well, serious in just-have-fun-with-it sort of way.

I found a poetic form that’s really fun to play with: The Lune. There are two forms of lunes, actually. Both are three-lines long (which I totally love, because I see the creative process as being three stages). The original lune goes: 5 syllables, 3 syllables, 5 syllables and when done on the page it looks a bit like a crescent moon in shape. The lune variant is a little different: 3 words, 5 words, 3 words – which I find a bit more flexible for play, and I suppose looks like a gibbous moon.

So, using the variant, I created lunes for the Three Heads of Creativity from my book Write! Shoot! Edit! A Complete Guide for Teen Filmmakers. Really? Yes. Because each stage of the creative process is just that… creative! Why not write a poem for each of them? It is a creative process.

Try it out yourself. Use either lune structure and write your own version of one or all three of the creative heads. Which head is easiest for you? Which one do you gravitate toward?

If you don’t really understand what I’m talking about regarding the Three Heads, there’s more info on the 3-step creative process along with lots more info on how to craft your own stories and movies using that creative process in my book; here’s a link to the book’s webpage (and preview inside the book): www.debpatz.com/book/write-shoot-edit.

When you’ve created your lune(s): use them as a memory aid; or share them online; or share with me! I’d love to read them. But whatever you do, enjoy flexing your creative muscle… three ways.

Cheers & happy creativity to you,
Deb

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Deb Patz is the author of Write! Shoot! Edit! for teens and Film Production Management 101 for the industry – both books are published worldwide by MWP. She’s also part of the editorial board for Prism International. She loves to watch the crescent, gibbous or full moon on a clear night… especially from the bow of a boat at anchor.

WHERE IS DEB? (upcoming events and appearances)
Sat.Feb.17 – Author Participant – Digital Media Youth Expo, North Vancouver, BC
Mar.26-28 – Instructor – Write! Shoot! Edit! Screenwriting Workshop for Teens – VPL

WHERE TO FIND DEB’S BOOKS?
Paperback or eBook: AmazonBarnes & NobleChapters/Indigo, direct from the publisher, and plenty of other great bookstores worldwide.

Write Shoot Edit and Playmobil

Playing With Toys When Making A Movie

Write Shoot Edit and PlaymobilIf you know me, you know I love Playmobil. Having had two kids over a long span of years, I’ve had the excuse to collect and play with Playmobil long after the recommended age on the packaging.

Yesterday, however, I found a particularly fabulous piece: a teen with a cell phone and what at first thought was a plain, white book (it turned out to be a computer folded closed, but that’s just an e-book, isn’t it?). Well, I bought the figure, took it home and modified the ‘blank’ book cover with a mini-version of my book Write! Shoot! Edit! A Complete Guide for Teen Filmmakers.

Okay, so I’ve made the gal an obvious filmmaker by the modification. So what?

Here’s what…

I’ve worked on professional sets where the art department built models of their sets to the scale of Playmobil toys so they could place in the figures and let the director and DOP previsualize camera  angles and shots before committing to building full-scale sets or modifying locations. Sure a lot of previz happens on computer now, but why not use scale cardboard sets and Playmobil figures if that’s what you have access to on a low budget production?

Alternatively, if you don’t plan to (or can’t) build full-scale sets, but still love crafting models and playing with toys, design and construct model sets for toy figures and test out shots or sequences you want to film some day in the future. Still photos of each angle build an instant storyboard and visual shot list. Once assembled you can see your story coming closer into being. The point is: use what you have right now to experiment, create and learn (about the activity and about you)… right now!

This Playmobil figure I modified is a 3D representation of exactly that point, exactly what my book is aiming to inspire: whoever you are, start making their your stories with whatever technology is available to you right now!

And when you do, let me know what you’ve done; I love to hear your production, prep, previz and writing adventures.

All the best and great previz to you,
Deb

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Deb Patz is the author of Write! Shoot! Edit! for teens and Film Production Management 101 for the industry – both books are published worldwide by MWP. She’s also part of the editorial board for Prism International. She has enough Playmobil to recreate the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie in a fan fiction storyboard format… and has done so!

WHERE IS DEB? (upcoming events and appearances)
Wed.Nov.22 – Graduate Reader – UBC Graduate Reading Event
Sat.Feb.17 – Author Participant – Digital Media Youth Expo, North Vancouver, BC
Mar.26-28 – Instructor – Write! Shoot! Edit! Screenwriting Workshop for Teens – VPL

WHERE TO FIND DEB’S BOOKS?
Paperback or eBook: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, direct from the publisher, and plenty of other great bookstores worldwide.

The Mentor Dies… Oh No!

How often do we see it in the movies? The mentor dies and so the protagonist has to take on the (powerful) antagonist alone. Not only that, but training is rarely complete! Well, the mentor usually thinks there’s enough training, but the protagonist sure doesn’t. At any rate, the mentor is right, and the protagonist goes on to save the day.

Well…

In my new book, “Write! Shoot! Edit!”, I position myself a mentor to new filmmakers (teens and young adults). BUT I DON’T WANT TO DIE!!

So here’s the deal: you can read the book, no problem. But when it comes to making your actual movie, I ask that at a strategic moment during the filmmaking process, you put the book down before reading the final chapter and finish making your movie. In that case, I – as mentor – will have left you alone on your shoot day and you can become the filmmaking hero you already know you are.

Save a mentor.

I’ll be every grateful. 🙂

Cheers & a good shoot to you,
Deb

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Deb Patz is the author of “Write! Shoot! Edit! A Complete Guide to Filmmaking for Teens” (new in 2017) and “Film Production Management 101” both published by MWP Books. She’s seen a lot of mentors die on-screen.

DEB’S LATEST NEWS:
Her new book, “Write! Shoot! Edit!” was reviewed in:
(1) the Vancouver Sun and other papers across Canada, including the Montreal Gazette,  The Provincethe Ottawa Citizenthe Saskatoon Star Phoenixthe Windsor Star, on Canada.comand News Lockerand now also: the Edmonton Journal, the Calgary Herald
(2) SF Crowsnest (in the UK);
(3) the Midwest Book Review Library Watch list (on the Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf)