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Patrick Osborne — Animator, Writer, and Director

Patrick Osborne grew up with a passion for Nintendo, Jurassic Park, and Wavefront—and he got to see behind the scenes of movie merchandising via his dad’s job as head of design at Kenner Toys. After attending the prestigious Ringling College of Art + Design, he joined Sony Imageworks, then Disney, and polished his skills as an animator.

While at Disney, Patrick directed the short film “Feast,” which won an Academy Award, and then moved into directing full-time on the sitcom Imaginary Mary. Patrick talks about the tools he’s used throughout his career, what it’s like to become a Hollywood director, and his favorite part of the filmmaking process. He also gives a sneak peek into his upcoming experiments with real-time, VR, and in-progress shorts for Love, Death & Robots, and Apple.


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Podcast Episodes >


4:30 How Patrick got into animation

12:45 Starting at Sony Imageworks

17:30 Stopping animating, starting directing

24:29 Pitching short films

28:28 Advice from John Lasseter on “Feast”

33:00 Google Spotlight and becoming a director

36:54 Trying to make “Nimona”

41:04 Returning to LA for Google Spotlight

49:04 Involvement in “Love, Death & Robots”

52:26 Thoughts on the future of entertainment

56:44 Patrick’s most joyful moment of filmmaking

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: June 14, 2021.
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