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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Second Edition, Revised edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907773
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Film Production Management 101 and Patz’ previous Surviving Production were quickly adopted as “the” essential road map to the business and logistics of on-the-job film & television production since 1997. Originally developed from practical tools Patz created for her film and television production career, this new edition has undergone a comprehensive update to address the shifting balance between digital and film technologies and to pave the way as we progress further into the digital age. The book includes everything from budgeting, to managing the production office, to script revisions, to cost reporting, to copyright, to publicity, and much, much more. With Patz’ penchant for sharing knowledge and her knack for communicating concepts, Film Production Management 101 continues to be the book you have to have open on your desk for every prep, shoot, and wrap day. The more than 50 useful forms and checklists which are included (and downloadable) will save you time, money, and headaches, working like a pro right from day one. 

 

 

About the Author

Deborah S. Patz has been a filmmaker on award-winning productions since the mid-1980s, 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.  A peek at her filmography includes L5: First City in Space, Mission to MIR, William Shatner’s TekWar, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ewoks & Droids, Maniac Mansion, The Magician’s House, and The Big Comfy Couch, to name a few. Her first book, Surviving Production (on coordination) was published by MWP in 1997, and was then incorporated into this, her second book, which was published in 2002 and remains on sale around the world.


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I have been in a professional in film and television production since the 80s - primarily in management and coordination. My production background is diverse, spanning digital and film formats all the way up to IMAX 3D, family and children's programming, low budget features and science fiction extravaganzas.

Selected filmography includes:
L5: First City in Space, William Shatner's TekWar, Maniac Mansion, The Boys Club, The Big Comfy Couch, Ewoks/Droids, and the Emmy award-winning The Magician's House.

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Great A-Z on production management.
atiyamh
Patz developed much of the book for her own use while working in the industry.
Tony Levelle
This book is very specific and very complete.
Paul Chitlik

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Levelle on September 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
An essential reference for anyone working (or hoping to work as) a production manager. Patz developed much of the book for her own use while working in the industry. She wrote down what actually happens, and she created checklists for everything.

Systematic, useful and well written. The second edition is comprehensively updated for the new technologies resulting from the digital revolution.

The book is becoming a standard in the production management world. Practical, useful, and comprehensive, it demystifies production management.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Chitlik on August 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Film Production Management 101, 2nd Edition, by Deborah Patz
Okay, Production Manager is one of the hardest jobs in the industry, followed closely by Production Coordinator. But PPP,PPP - Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. And Deborah Patz's book is the best prior planning I've ever seen for both jobs.
Ms. Patz asks all the right questions and gives all the right answers. She thinks of everything, and I do mean everything, from how to interview to get the job, what to ask in the interview, how to answer questions, how to start up a production office, how to keep one going, and how to close one down. She has forms for reports and scheduling, budgets and even envelope distribution in the book and via links to the net, so you have practical tools and can get down to business the moment you start work.
The subtext of this book is how to save money on every kind of budget from a studio mega-pic to an ultra-micro budget student film. She even includes hints on how to tailor your script to suit the budget available. One of the great features is how she examines hidden costs, especially in post production, that can be avoided with a little pre-planning.
This book is very specific and very complete. I've produced everything from movies for television to reality shows to Travel Channel specials, and I wish all my production managers had followed the tenets in this book and used her forms. It would have made my life easier - and theirs, too. Highest recommendation.
Paul Chitlik, author of "Rewrite: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in Your Screenplay."
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By David Fineberg on January 24, 2014
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I have been around the Motion Picture Film Industry for the past 30+ years, mostly in Post Production Film Laboratories. After reading Ms. Patz's book, I found out how much is involved in putting together T.V. shows, Motion Pictures and Documentaries. She compares the differences between performing a function using motion picture film and its surrounding duties and doing it digital and its surrounding duties. I, also, enjoyed her stories before the start of each chapter, very entertaining. I highly recommend this book.
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