Set Decoration and Production Design

Online Portfolio

Salmon Chanted Evening (2001)

Window Theory (2003)

Art Department Biography

I have been set decorating and production designing films since my first gig in 2001 as Co-Key Set Decorator and On-set Dresser for Salmon Chanted Evening (IMDb entry). This short film began as one of three winners in the inaugural CBC screenwriting contest and would eventually be nominated for several Leo Awards, including Best Production Design. Heckuva start, eh?

The second gig was Art Directing For My Father, (IMDb) an NSI Drama Prize winner, followed by Lingering, an SFU 4th-year student film project which I production designed. I finished off 2001 by set decorating another short, Metaphor, an Indepent Film Center production. In addition to primary duties as dresser and designer for all these films I also acted as On-set Dresser.

2002 began with my first feature, Shattered Souls (IMDb) as Key Set Decorator and On-set Dresser. The rest of the year yielded credits in 7 more productions including shorts, commercials and features with various art department responsibilities and, more often than not, duties as On-set Dresser.

2003 added IATSE 891 set dresser permittee status and continued the trend to larger productions beginning with three television series (The Eileen Chang Story -- Set Decorator, John Doe -- Set Dresser/Onset Dresser and Battle Star Gallactica -- Set Dresser). I finished the year with two feature films (Window Theory -- Production Designer, and Chestnut: Hero of Central Park -- Onset Dresseer).

2004 .... well, it was a bad year for everybody. I did earn a Production Design credit for Floored by Love, a 1-hour TV Drama and had fun and success with a number of shorts including Flush (Winner Best Short PEI Flim Festival and a Leo for Best Actress in a short).

2005 picked up again with six Onset Dresser credits for FBI: Negotiator, Gray Matters (Heather Graham, Tom Cavanaugh and Bridget Moynahan), The Tooth Fairy, Wickerman (Nicholas Cage), Murder on Pleasant Drive and, finally, Connor's War (AKA "Eyes").

2006 is running along smoothly and still in Onset Dresser mode, which I like. After a couple brief projects the hit ABC Family television series Kyle XY came calling followed by Last Chance Cafe (Kevin Sorbo of Hercules and Andromeda). and a short stint filling in on Luna: The Way Home. The next project, Diary of a Binge Drinker, starts shooting in Victoria the last week of August.

As much personal and professional fulfillment as Production Design brings, that sense of creating a world, I just love being on set and working with the unique aesthetic problem solving conditions around the camera.

Web links:

IMDb :: Patrick's Internet Movie Database Entry