new project: Monkfish Feature Film
I want to point you all in the direction of my latest project. It's a feature centered around the same character from the short. I hope you'll take... Read more
First batch went out today!!!
After a long battle with Fed Ex, in which I came out sort of victorious and only slightly more pissy towards the stupid world, I received a giant box filled... Read more
DVDs are coming soon!
Hey friends, family and supporters,
I am very excited to announce that all has wrapped on Monk Fish and DVDs will be coming soon. Look for them in April. I'm... Read more
new trailer for The Big Fiddle
Check it out. I cut a new trailer for my film The Big Fiddle.
The Big Fiddle Trailer from Willi Patton on Vimeo.
Progress Report plus A Documentary I directed
Hope you are all well. We are getting so close to finishing Monk Fish. I handed it off to my sound dude, Wade about a month ago and... Read more
My friends on Kickstarter
These guys are doing something really cool: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/353756356/a-portrait-of-america-through-the-eyes-of-a-photo.
I supported them, and thought I'd give a quick shout out.
Their photo booths are really amazing.
Where I am at
I have a rough cut that I am very happy with. I've started showing it to the musical types who are busy working on a score. There's a big big... Read more
The footage is here!!!
I'm so excited. It looks awesome. Here are some intentionally misleading stills.
We are wrapped!
Just got back from dropping the film off at the lab. The three day shoot went so smoothly, and we all had so much fun on set. I am more... Read more
Some really great news
I'm gearing up for the final Monk Fish shoot on October 16th through the 18th. It's coming together very nicely. I can't wait to get it going.
I... Read more
The first two days
Approximately 80% of the screenplay for Monk fish takes place in one apartment location. This weekend we shot the other 20%. Mostly exterior shots all around New York City as... Read more
I'm so happy and excited right now. I want to make this film right away, but I will have to wait until the October shoot date. Until then, (and after)... Read more
"As a film-maker, you must work alone, and yet you must handle actresses, you must deal with producers who may work against the best interests of your picture, you must... Read more
The BBQ was a success!
Thanks to all of you for coming. I got to catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones, and well... those are two of my favorite things.... Read more
Added incentive - Drew Sellers
Drew is awesome. He has offered to help me out here by offering a copy of his brand new CD as a gift for the $25 donations. That means that... Read more
Art inspired by the script
My good friend, Brian Dunn agreed to help me out with this Kickstarter campaign by donating some art inspired by the script. He sent me this pic recently and it... Read more
Monk Fish BBQ
If you're in NYC this weekend come on by my place and hang out for a little while on Saturday. We'll be cooking food and relaxing. Seriously. Email me for... Read more
Meet my actress
First of all, I admit to withholding some details about Monk Fish here on Kickstarter. Collin is not the only character in it. He's one of two. Don't worry, it's... Read more
The Big Fiddle Jam Session
As I mentioned before, we have fun on set. This video captures a full cast and crew jam session on the second to last day of The Big Fiddle production.... Read more
Meet my friends
Reading over my updates and the list of backers (32!) is like a who's who of people that I love and spend most of my time with here in NYC.... Read more
New Poster Art!
My good friend Mitch Paone designed this awesome new poster art. You can check out Mitch's other work here: http://www.dreamersinkaesthetics.net/
I'm pretty excited about this new design. This will most... Read more
Modest Mouse Video
I made this music video for a competition sponsored by the band and their record company back in 2007. It received second place (again!) in the competition. The video is... Read more
4 Years of Solitude
Man, I fought with myself over posting the whole thing but decided to just go with a few clips. I mean, it's 40 minutes long, and well... a bit imperfect... Read more
Collin and I have fun on set.
I feel pretty confident saying that compared to many productions that I've seen firsthand, my sets are pretty laid back. It's a combination of being prepared before the actual shoot... Read more
Cooking with Monk Fish
As we mentioned in the video on the home page, Collin and I are putting alot of thought into what kind of meals we want this character to make on... Read more
Movie Music 3
Wes Stannard and Peter Campbell created this track for my film Maybe It's the Weather. I remember hearing this for the first time and feeling so excited. It perfectly captures... Read more
Peter and Courtney Campbell
My best friend and bandmate Peter was married this past weekend. Peter has always been a huge support for me making my stuff, and we've collaborated several times. I'm posting... Read more
me and Cassavettes...
...or how I unsuccessfully tried to pay homage to (or just blatantly steal from) the great director in The Big Fiddle.
Cassavettes is an influence. On The Big Fiddle, specifically... Read more
The Big Fiddle and finding Aidan Kohler
This video goes into a bit of detail about the casting process with The Big Fiddle and how I went about finding Aidan. Mostly, I got lucky.
Drew Sellers put... Read more
The Big Fiddle at SXSW
I just stumbled on this brief but complimentary blurb about my last film, The Big Fiddle:
"The tense, ambitious drama The Big Fiddle is an assured directorial debut from Willi... Read more
Collin's Magazine Cover
Alot of folks asked me how I did this for The Big Fiddle so I thought I'd talk a little about the process. Nothing all that crazy, but I was... Read more
Movie Music 2
Working with my excellent sound dude, Wade Vantrease, Aidan Kohler created this beautiful track for the intro to The Big Fiddle. Several layers of violin combine to make a haunting,... Read more
Chop Chop is a tiny little film I made when I was studying 3D Animation a few years ago. I think you should look at this as a pre-visualization, something... Read more
I love this track from the latest Ola Podrida album. It was a huge inspiration to me while writing Monk Fish. David Wingo is a friend and my older brother... Read more
I have collected a ton of original music over the years. Some of it made it into various projects, some didn't. I'm really excited to collect it for the CD... Read more
When I show people my work for the first time, this is always their favorite. It shares alot of themes with Monk Fish- memory and loss with the everyday pushing... Read more
Maybe It's the Weather
We shot this film in early 2008. Collin's in it, along with a couple of other awesome actors Pauly Cotton and Laurence Cantor. It was shot by RJ Glass on... Read more
Music in the Presentation Video
I want to share the full length tracks of the music I used in the presentation video. They are both by No Man No Eyes, the band I joined as... Read more
Did you think I looked nervous in the little presentation video? I was! Cameras freak me out. That's part of the reason I want to be a director and not... Read more