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Deborah S. Patz

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Author of the internationally successful books, Film Production Management 101 and Surviving Production and new in 2017 Write! Shoot! Edit! (for teens), Ms Patz has been a professional in the film and television industry since the mid-80s and continues to conduct seminars and workshops for adults and youth.

Her filmography is diverse, spanning digital video, 16mm, 35mm and IMAX 3D, family & children's programming, low budget features and science fiction extravaganza, and including: L5: First City in Space, William Shatner's TekWar, Maniac Mansion, The Boys Club, The Big Comfy Couch, and the International Emmy award-winning The Magician's House.

Currently, she's balancing the completion of her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC, specializing in writing for children and YA, with business affairs work at cultural financing agency Telefilm Canada. She resides in the Vancouver BC area with her family and two adorable-but-stubborn Westies.

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Surviving Production. Michael Wiese Productions, 1997
Film Production Management 101: The Ultimate Guide for Film & TV Management & Coordination. Michael Wiese Productions, 2002
Film Production Management 101: Management & Coordination in a Digital Age (2nd Edition). Michael Wiese Productions, 2010
Write! Shoot! Edit! A Complete Guide for Teen Filmmakers. Michael Wiese Productions, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Fiction, Screenplay, Visual storytelling (filmmaking)
Grades 6 - 12
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GST not applicable