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CCCT | 27 APRIL - 1 MAY |CTICC 2 | CAPE TOWN

CCA | 26-29 SEPT | JHB EXPO CENTRE | JOHANNESBURG

Patrick Garcia

Patrick Garcia

Director, Producer, Cinematographer

Patrick Garcia is an award-winning film director, producer, writer and all-round animation and VFX Guru. Patrick Garcia has sold his films worldwide to some of the largest studios and platforms globally such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Lionsgate and has been in the film and television industry for over Twenty years having specialized in both live-action and animated feature films. Known for turning productions on a micro to medium budget platform into lucrative and successful productions, Patrick is characterized by his unique vision and way of storytelling, his rapid pace edits, stylistic visuals and pragmatic use of special effects makes him one of the world's most dynamic and creative directors. Specializing in both film and animation, Patrick started out directing television commercials (100+) which led him to work for many international high profile companies e.g DeBeers Diamonds, PlayStation, Sony, BMW to mention but a few. He has also worked alongside some of the most talented animators and artists in the industry such as Jessica Abrams (Pixar Animation) Jijo Sujathan, (DreamWorks), Tessa Comrie (Triggerfish Animation), Alex Mandel (Pixar Animation) who has worked on award winning animated shorts and epic box office hits such as Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Brave, Up, and Cars 2. He also directed and produced his first animated series which was sold to the US entitled "The Zens". Patrick's current films include the cult horror film, "Hell Trip" which showcased at Comic Con Africa in 2018, and was a major success selling to over 20 Countries globally and landing on the top 10 most viewed films on Netflix for 2 consecutive weeks. The spine-chilling thriller "Last Sacrament" which also released on Netflix among a multitude of streaming platforms world-wide. The sci-fi thriller "The Construct" (post-production), the multi-million-dollar 3D animated Sci-fi, "The Body Defenders" (in-production) and "Killsite", a high pace action film comparative to the likes of John Wick meets Mission Impossible, with pre-production of Killsite 2 already underway. The mind-bending horror, "Psychosis" (post-production), The Sci-fi Action/Horror, "The Entity" (pre-production) and the pop culture sci-fi adventure, "RCADE" (pre-production) along with the action-adventure sports film "Arms of Legend" also in (pre-production.) Apart from a fruitful career as a film director and producer, Patrick has also worked as a DOP on numerous co-productions working on titles such as the period drama "The Magician" starring John Savage, the martial arts/action film "Red Cargo" the Swaziland and Bangladesh co-production "Palladin" and the short film "Night Terrors" as a Producer on the New Zealand post-apocalyptic sci-fi, "Northspur" released by Lionsgate. In addition, Patrick Garcia is the Founder of ACT Animation Studios, a visual effects and animation studio based in Johannesburg, and has since produced numerous visual effects for many top production companies in the USA, UK and Australia. Patrick has also been at the forefront of both live-action and 3D animated feature films as both a world class DOP (Director of Photography), and as a consultant in animation, lighting, texturing and visual effects. He is president of Master 3D and has been widely acclaimed for his 3D seminars and tutorials on animation and visual effects. Patrick is often asked to attend international Film Conferences as an executive guest speaker such as Film-com, The Ugo Film Festival, Comic Con 2018, 2019 & 2020 and many other major animation and film festival arenas. Patrick is also the CEO of Filmsinvest, an online film investment platform which allows investors to diversify their investment portfolio in a slate of feature films "digital assets." Patrick continues to work with many of Hollywood's celebrities. Since Patrick Garcia started out in the industry he has had the honor of working with some of the best actors, producers, directors, VFX artists and animators in the industry, some of which include: legendary bodybuilder and celebrity actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Jackman, John Savage, Michael Jai White, Emmy award winner Eric Roberts, Travis Fimmel known from Vikings/Warcraft, Jamie Campbell best known from Netflix's Stranger Things, director, Darrell James Roodt, world famous master magician and illusionist Dynamo, animal behaviorist, Kevin Richardson, Navy SEAL and survivalist, Joel Lambert, Hollywood producer, Gilbert Adler known for Superman Returns (2006), Valkyrie (2008) with Tom Cruise, Ghost Ship (2002), Starsky & Hutch (2004) and Constantine (2005) with Keanu Reeves to mention but a few. Jeanne Adler, co-writer Tales from the Crypt (1991-1996). Clayton Jacobson, director and actor, known for Kenny (2006), Mordy Koots (2009) and The Pin Drop (1999). Jessica Abroms and Alex Mandel from Pixar Animation. Actor and producer Rapulana Seiphemo, known for Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008), Tsotsi (2005) and White Wedding. Actor Malcolm Gooding, known for Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target (1998) and In Pursuit of Africa's Maneaters (2000), actor & producer Kenneth Nkosi, known for his performance in District 9 (2009), Tsotsi (2005) White Wedding (2009) and many others films. Clayton Boyd, Jay Anstey, Stevel Marc, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Ryan Flynn, Ivan Nedeljkovic, Graham Clarke, Jade Hubner, Michelle Van Der Nest, Candice Weber, Tom Fairfoot, Jo Galloway, Amie Botes, and Mark Elderkin. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Mark Clemens IMDb : https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5579237/?ref_=nmbio_ov_i

All Sessions by Patrick Garcia

DAY THREE POP CULTURE CONTENT 29 Apr 2024
13:00 - 13:45

MOVIES AND FILM: THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE - WHAT ITS LIKE SITTING IN THE DIRECTORS CHAIR

POP CULTURE STAGE

What is it like being at the helm of a major film production? In this exclusive session, three highly accomplished directors will give you a firsthand look into the exhilarating challenges of sitting in the director's chair. Donovan Marsh, Patrick Garcia, and Ryan Kruger will provide rare insights into their directorial processes - from working with actors and crew to making creative decisions that bring stories to life on the big screen. Learn how they manage high pressure shoots, collaborate with department heads, and navigate the studio system.  Whether you dream of calling the shots on set someday or simply want to understand the director's indispensable role, this session pulls back the curtain on the art and logistics of filmmaking at the highest level. Claim the best seat in the house as these celebrated directors detail the creativity and problem-solving that brings movie magic into focus

DAY TWO POP CULTURE CONTENT 28 Apr 2024
11:30 - 12:15

MOVIES AND TV: TALES OF A SHOW RUNNER -WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GOOD PRODUCER

POP CULTURE STAGE

What does it take to succeed as a producer in entertainment? This session provides an inside look at the world of TV and film production. Gain insights into breaking into the industry, pitching studios, and landing your first gig. Discover how to earn respect as an up-and-coming producer while managing planning, coordination, casting, directing, editing, finances, marketing and distribution. Learn tips for juggling the many moving parts of production while meeting expectations across teams, studios, and audiences. Whether you're an aspiring producer or simply interested in the behind-the-scenes process, this session uncovers the key skills and traits successful showrunners need to bring captivating stories to screens big and small.

DAY ONE POP CULTURE CONTENT 27 Apr 2024
14:30 - 15:25

VILLAINS' DEN: PITCH YOUR FILM/TV IDEA

POP CULTURE STAGE

Aspiring writers, pitch your most creative idea for a new film, TV show, or other media concept to our supervillain judges! In this interactive game show, writers and audience members will present original pitches to a panel of celebrity "villains." Their villainous personas will provide edgy feedback as you pitch any genre of story. To get a head start, you can pre-submit your pitch to jordan@comicconafrica.co.za. Preference will be given to presubmitted pitches! To visualize narratives on the spot, an AI system will generate concept posters from pitches. If the villain judges love your idea, they may offer to mentor you on developing the full concept! We’ll also turn select pitches into 5-10 minute test footage videos. Whether your idea is comedy, drama, sci-fi or something unique, share your vision and get guidance from the panelists as they look for fresh, engaging stories told in bold new ways. This is your chance to brainstorm and get feedback on pitching original film/TV ideas from the supervillains themselves! Dare to impress them with creativity.