Be part of the “Magic of Movies”
Write! Shoot! Edit!
By Deborah S. Patz
From the first word to the last Write! Shoot! Edit! by Deborah S. Patz is a jam-packed script with solid, reliable information and complete details geared to teens about how to make a film from dream to premiere. The author is a skilled, seasoned professional with forty years or so of experience in all aspects of film-making, beginning with her very own first movie at age nine and then persuading her school to start its own course. Now she writes and teaches about making movies, and mentors teens and others through workshops, seminars and ultimately this very special book.
Conversational in tone and style, reading it is much like having your very own mentor peering over your shoulder to give you some hints and/or technical know-how about next steps from the very first page to the last when she states that’s a wrap!
And indeed it is, a wrap that is, as it includes all the information and encouragement a prospective and potential film–maker could want. Several people involved in the industry for years have indicated they wished they had had a book like this to help them in their early days, and it has been recommended as a text for film-making courses in high school, or a gift from a knowing parent.
Patz sets out the rule of three – she takes the three key roles in movie-making: writer, director and editor – and explains each role. As well she talks about how they inter-twine and work together. And also offers many other instances of where the rule of three applies.
She encourages the “wannabe” to have fun with his/her ideas and visions as well as Patz’ own suggestions. She warns about what to watch out for in terms of legal issues and of the many pitfalls and unexpected events that can challenge the best of us.
It’s an easy read, in fact it’s a fascinating read as Patz takes you through the steps from visionary to achieving your very first premier. And the information is invaluable whether you are a first timer, a parent, or a coach/teacher yourself.
And a bit about the writer of this review - I am a writer and have had experience in film – first as the manager of a popular location for film and television companies and followed by some years as a location-manager and scout. Deb Patz was my mentor in my early days.
Me in Florida taking a break from writing this past February.... fun times.