Patrick Smith (artist)

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Patrick Smith
Director Photo Smith.jpg
Smith in Singapore 2013
Born (1972-02-18) February 18, 1972 (age 45)
San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Nationality American
Education University of Massachusetts
Known for Animation
Notable work Daria, Masks, Puppet, Drink.
Patron(s) MTV, PBS Digital Studios

Pat Smith (born 1972 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an installation artist, animator and filmmaker. Smith studied at University of Massachusetts Amherst and has since then been working as an animator in Los Angeles and New York City. The beginning of his animation career has been told by himself like this:

In 1994, I was in college, and one night decided to animate something strange. I didn't know how to draw, let alone animate, so I just did something abstract. A friend of mine told me I should put an logo on it and send it to MTV. So I mailed a VHS of it to "MTV Networks" the address I got from the phone book. About two weeks later I got a call from a guy named Abbey, who said that they wanted to buy it. I remember the day he called, because it was the same day that I got my rejection letter from Cal Arts. I re-animated the same thing, a bit tighter. The spot won a BDA award (Broadcast Design Association) and a Jury Prize at the 1995 Holland Animation Festival. After I finished the ID, MTV offered me a job on Beavis and Butthead, which was my first ever studio job, and which brought me to New York City.[1]

His directorial debut was for the Emmy-nominated series Down-Town, continuing on to direct the popular animated series Daria. Since then he has directed a handful of short films which earned him much reputation at film festivals worldwide as well as numerous awards. Currently, Smith and his studio are producing the third season of the PBS digital studios series "Blank on Blank" an innovative animated show that visually illustrates rare audio interviews of famous artists, actors and musicians. His formative years were spent as a storyboard artist for Walt Disney, and other major studios in New York and Los Angeles. During the past decade, he has animated, directed and produced six award winning short films as well as many iconic television commercials, namely, Zoloft, Visa, and AOL. Smith spent five years in Singapore as a professor at the graduate film program for New York University, under artistic director Oliver Stone. Patrick is a fellow of the New York Foundation of the Arts and a curator for multiple international film and animation festivals. He lives and works in Montauk New York with his wife, Kaori Ishida.

  • Oblivious (1994)
  • MTV Swallow-Face (1995)
  • Safety Queen (1996)
  • Life (1999, collaborative)
  • Drink (2001) 5 min.
  • Chicken (2002)
  • Delivery (2003) 8 min.
  • Moving Along (2004) 3 min.
  • Handshake (2004) 5 min.
  • Puppet (2006) 7 min.
  • Masks (2010)
  • Pittari (2017)

Selected Awards[edit]

• Emmy Nomination, Wynton Marsalis, Outstanding New Approaches. • Streamy Nomination, Best Animation. • Best Animation, Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival. • Jury Award, Durango Film Festival. • Jury Award, Anima Mundi, Brazil. • Surreal Animation Award, Dragon Con Film Fest, Presented by Ralph Bakshi. • Excellence in Animation, ASIFA-East. • Best Animation, Naperville Independent Film Festival. • Best Animation, Wild Rose Independent Film Festival. • Best Animation, Back Seat Independent Film Festival. • Best Animation, Arizona Underground Film Festival. • Best Animation, Dragon Con Film Festival. • Best Animation, Great Lakes Film Festival. • Best Animation, Phoenix Film Festival. • Best Animation, First Sundays Film Festival, New York City. • Honorable Mention, Smogdance Film Festival. • Second Place, ASIFA-East (Assoc. Internationale du Film d'Animation). • 3rd Place, Lake Havasu Film Festival. • 1st Place, Dragon Con Film Festival, Atlanta. • Best Music Video, No Exit Music Video Festival. • Best Animation, Northampton Independent Film Festival. • Best Animation, Action on Film Festival, Los Angeles. • Best Animation, Griffin International Film Festival. • Honorable Mention, Signals International Film Festival, UK. • Best Animation, Grand Festival Award, Berkeley Film Festival. • Best Animation, Garden State Film Festival. • Best Animation, Myrtle Beach Film Festival. • 3rd Place, First Glance Film Festival, Los Angeles. • Second Place, Asheville Film Festival. • Honorable Mention, Smogdance International Film Festival. • Best Animation, Temecula Valley International Film Festival. • Best Animation, Myrtle Beach Film Festival. • Best Animation, Golden Film Festival. • Best Animation, Spindletop Film Festival. • Best Animation, Long Island Film Expo. • Bronze Award, Kalamazoo Animation Festival. • Best Animation, Black Point Film Festival. • Best Music Video, Oxford Film Festival. • Jury Award, Savannah Film Festival. Presented by Producer Don Bluth. • 1st Place, ASIFA-East (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation). • Pulcinella Award Nomination, Cartoons on the Bay, Italy. • Honorable Mention, Tribeca Underground Film Festival. • Honorable Mention, ASIFA San Fran. • Best Animation, Northampton Film Festival. • Jury Prize, China International Cartoon Animation Festival. • Best Music Video, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival. • Winner, IMVF, International Music Video Festival. • Winner, Sponsored Films, ASIFA-East Animation Festival. • 1st Place, ASIFA-East(Association Internationale du Film d'Animation). • Winner, "The One to Watch" Award, Chicago Animation Festival. • Gold Pencil Award, The One Club. • DTC National Communication Bronze Award. • 2nd Place, ASIFA-San Francisco Animation Festival. • 2nd Place, ASIFA-East(Association Internationale du Film d'Animation). • Best Debut Film, New York Film Expo. • Jury Award, Holland Animation Festival. • Fellowship Grant. New York Foundation for the Arts. • Bronze Award. BDA(Broadcast Design Assoc.) • Fellowship Grant. Cable Endowment of Springfield Public Service Grant.

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