Category: Inspiration

Inspiration at the Movies: Ocean’s Eleven

tgp“…and uh, I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place and I’ll never forget it.”
– Reuben (Ocean’s Eleven, 2001)

What a brilliant line!

Writing-wise, in but a few words, we immediately get Reuben’s style of character. We know he has a history with Danny and Rusty, and he believes in giving and remembering favours… even if he hasn’t seen them in a while. And since we, the audience, don’t really care what that history is, we don’t have to hear the detail!

It’s also a great line to remember in our own lives. We as people are interconnected through favours given and collected… even if we don’t keep in touch as much as we’d like. Makes you think about your own network. Who are you connected to because of “the thing with the guy in the place?”

Cheers & a good shoot to you,

Movies To See Again: Picasso Would Make A Glorious Waiter

waitrFilm festival season, and though I’m seeing new and terrific films now, I’m also remembering gems of festivals past.

Picasso as a waiter? Huh? Great image, no?

Well, this movie is a documentary that follows the wait staff at Glorious Catering… but, boy, does the movie go deeper than that!

What I really like about this doc is that without any talking heads, we follow each member of the serving staff at a catering event. Each one is adept in their role and we are a spy with backstage access.

Then we sneak a peek into each person’s “other life” and we discover each member of the team is vastly different and uniquely the same: painters, musicians, sculptors, and so on. A mosaic of talented artists!

You start to question your own identity as you re-label them. They are not wait staff who do art… they are artists that wait to pay the bills.

Who are we, then? We don’t have be the job that pays the bills. We can be… whatever we choose. We just have to do it.

So… what are you going to do?

Cheers & good on ya,

Words to Ponder: Blaise Pascal (and contest winners)

“I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”

– Blaise Pascal

How efficiently Pascal describes the usefulness of an editor!

… makes me think about that Budgeting/Writing Pencil again. Happy first day of summer to the winners of the spring contest to win one! Thank you all for participating! I decided to randomly select more than one winner after all (just because!), and will be in touch with you shortly to send you your pencil. It’s interesting to see where people access the blog. The winners are:


#1 = Dan (Canada)

#2 = Rona (USA)

#3 = Louise (Canada)

… plus honorable mention goes to Barbara, who so often comments!

Cheers and good editing to you,

P.S. The actual pencil is NOT the same size as in the picture. 🙂

Ink Wisdom: “The Golden Age”

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

Deb’s FILM Blog to add INK

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:

Fun posts.. need I say more?

New Technology Quiz

Wordsearch: In Honour of Coordinators!

CU on Set

How movies and books inspire our lives…

Magic Movie Moment: North of Superior

Inspiration at the Movies: The Count of Monte Cristo

Tail Credits for VE Day: Black Adder Goes Forth

How aspects of our lives affect filmmaking or the craft of writing…

3 Things I Learned About Filmmaking from… Kids

Home Office… Treat It Right!

The Serendipitous Cuppa Tea

The business of filmmaking and writing.

Cine-Surfer: About Delegation

Tattoos & Copyright

Free Film Budget (thanks to Deke Simon)

Cheers & all the best,

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

Inspiration at the Movies: Downtown Abbey

tlpfn“Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”

– Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Gratham (Downtown Abbey, Season II, Episode 5, 2011)

How true that when new technology is upon us there is an element of pain as we adopt it, learning its ways and learning how to work it into our lives!

The Dowager Countess is, of course, talking about the telephone here, but I’m sure you can insert any new technology today and feel the same way. We must hang on to the benefits of the new device and find our way through the change cycle… for it’s change that’s the constant, isn’t it?

Cheers and a good shoot to you,