At this meeting we were delighted to host Deborah (Deb) Patz, author & filmmaker, as our special guest. She writes guides about movie-making both for professionals working (or aspiring to work) in the film industry and for young adults who dream about one day becoming a filmmaker. Write! Shoot! Edit! A Guide for Teen Filmmakers is published worldwide this summer.
Deborah’s presentation was two-fold. She first spoke about what she calls the 3-Headed Approach to Creative Writing, guiding us through the creative process from draft to final copy.
In the second part of her presentation she walked us through the 3-Act Structure so commonly used for movie stories. It was insightful to see the traditional peaks and valleys of story and we will never watch a movie the same way again.
Deborah closed her presentation with a reading from Write! Shoot! Edit! her latest book and from her unpublished thesis novel of her MFA – a fantasy adventure story for young adults.
It was a long session so for the practical part of the evening Deborah conducted a brief session on writing short poetry inspired by objects around us. It was amazing the imagery we each managed to write. The activity sparked our interest to have a poetry meeting in the future.
Many thanks go to Deborah for all that she shared. It is an evening we will always remember.
Books by Deborah S. Patz (published by Michael Wiese Productions):
- Surviving Production (1997)
- Film Production Management 101 (2002, 2010)
- Write! Shoot! Edit! (July 2017)
Deborah’s website: www.debpatz.com
Her FILM & INK Blog: http://debpatz.wordpress.com
Deb on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebPatzBooks
Deb on Twitter: https://twitter.com/debpatz