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Deborah S. Patz

Deborah Patz has been a filmmaker on award-winning productions since the mid-80s, primarily as a production manager and coordinator, and then as production executive.

She has worked with Lucasfilm, IMAX, MCA/Universal, Alliance/Atlantis, Nelvana, BBC, CBC, the Disney Channel, and the list goes on. She has shot on everything from 3D to 35mm to digital video.

Having worked on numerous international coproductions and shot in several countries around the world, Deborah has even sent a camera into space.

Her first book Surviving Production (on coordination), published by MWP in 1997, was incorporated into Film Production Management 101, which was first published around the world in 2002 and is now completely rewritten for the digital age in 2010.

Articles by Deborah S. Patz

7 Things Writers Need To Know About Production Budgets

Why should a writer bother to learn about production budgets? Isn't that the Production Manager's responsibility? Let me tell you why. Though the writer may not be directly involved in the business side of making the film, the script that he or she writes will be.

A completed script is not a finished product unto itself; it is the production's road map ... (read more)