Patrick Milling Smith

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Patrick Milling Smith is a film, theater, music video, commercial and experiential producer. He co-founded production company Smuggler with Brian Carmody. In 2014 Patrick co-founded experience studio Here Be Dragons with Chris Milk.[1]


Smuggler has been awarded the Cannes Lions Palme d'Or three times (including most recently in 2015) and has also won several Cannes Lions Grand Prixs, the Titanium Grand Prix, and two Emmy Awards.[2] It has been awarded Production Company of the Year by several leading commercial industry magazines and award shows over the past few years, including 2010 by Creativity magazine.[3] Smuggler was awarded 2011 Clio Awards Production Company of the Year and received a 2011 Made in New York Award by Mayor Bloomberg.[4]

Patrick produced Greetings from Tim Buckley and executive produced both Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian starring Benicio Del Toro and Electric Slide starring Jim Sturgess, Chloe Sevigny and Patricia Arquette.[5][6] Upcoming film projects include Beautiful Ruins to be adapted by Todd Field,[7] Weightless written by Enda Walsh and starring Alessandro Nivola, a remake of cult classic The Wild Geese written by William Monahan and the adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s play Becket written by William Monahan and to be directed by Michael Mann.[8]

In November, 2011, he produced the play Seminar starring Alan Rickman which premiered on Broadway and was eventually extended with Jeff Goldblum taking over the lead role.[9]

Patrick adapted the film Once for the stage. Once was adapted by Enda Walsh and directed by John Tiffany. It premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop on December 6, 2011 and is produced in association with Frederick Zollo and Barbara Broccoli.[10] After a successful run in previews Once moved to Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and officially opened Sunday, March 18, 2012.[11] Once is the fastest recouping musical to hit Broadway in over a decade, recouping its initial $5.5 million investment after only 21 weeks and 169 performances.[12]

Once won the Best Musical Award from The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics' Circle, Drama League, and The New York Drama Critics' Circle.[13] It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2012 and won 8 including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and Best Sound Design of a Musical.[14] On February 10, 2013, Once also took home Best Musical Theater Album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.[15] The musical toured the US, Toronto, Australia, Korea and London's West End where it was nominated for six Olivier Awards including Best Musical in 2014. It picked up two Olivier awards for Best Achievement in Music and Best Actress. The Toronto production of Once won Outstanding Production of a Musical at the 2015 Dora Mava Moore Awards.[16][17]

In 2017, Patrick produced The Kid Stays in the Picture, based on the memoir of the same name by Robert Evans.[18] Adapted and directed by Simon McBurney, the play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in March, 2017 and focuses the rise and fall of Robert Evans (born in New York in 1930 and still going), former head of Paramount Pictures who produced Love Story, Rosemary's Baby (film), Chinatown (film) and The Godfather.[19]

Here Be Dragons[edit]

Here Be Dragons has created virtual reality experiences for the United Nations, Nike, Apple, U2, Muse, NBCUniversal and The New York Times, for which the later it created The Displaced. The VR film tells the stories of three children from Syria, Ukraine and the Sudan whose lives have been upended by conflict and follows them as they move forward, trying to rebuild in the aftermath of earth-shattering events. Over one million subscribers to the New York Times received a special edition Google Cardboard on November 8 to experience the film.[20] The Displaced was awarded The Cannes Lions Entertainment Grand Prix, Best in Show at AICP’s Next Awards and was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy.[21]

In July 2016, Here Be Dragons debuted a 13-minute virtual reality experience at San Diego Comic-Con for Mr. Robot. Written and directed by creator and showrunner Sam Esmail, the experience takes viewers on a flashback journey with lead character Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) as he remembers an early encounter with his dealer-turned-love-interest Shayla (Frankie Shaw). On Thursday July 22, 2016, fans, including a large crowd at Comic Con, got a chance to watch the experience when it was briefly made available for viewing through the Within app.[22]

The experience studio most recently released four projects at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Amongst those four were The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoe, created by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow and Imraan Ismail and made in partnership with National Geographic, Annapurna Pictures and African Parks Network. The documentary short shot in VR chronicles a day in the life of a ranger in Garamba National Park, managed by African Parks Network, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.[23] On April 22, 2017, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival to join a panel hosted by the film’s creators’ Kathryn Bigelow and Imraan Ismail, National Geogrpahic’s Rachel Webber, and African Parks Network’s Andrea Heydlauff.[24]

The Last Goodbye was featured as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes competition which celebrates innovation in storytelling. The experience allows viewers to walk alongside Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter as he toured the Majdanek Concentration Camp where his parents and sister lost their lives during World War II. Considered the first testimony captured in room-scale VR, the experience was created in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation, Here Be Dragons, Moving Picture Company and OTOY which a physical installation created by designer David Korins.[25]

Milica Zec and Winslow Porter brought their latest iteration of Tree to Tribeca which featured more elements of mixed reality. Tree featured wind, fire, and smells, helpfully provided by a team member who stage manages the real world elements to enhance the immersion of the experience.[26] Here Be Dragons also launched the final episode Hover Board of its The Possible series directed by David Gelb, which gives viewers direct access to visionaries who are making the future happen today.[27]



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