Patrick David first fell in love with visual effects at the young age of 14, creating designs on his parent’s home computer. This passion later evolved to filmmaking, with Patrick directing several short films and earning a BFA in Film Production from the distinguished Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal.
Fresh out of film school, Patrick applied his on-set guerrilla-style filmmaking and VFX skills to ‘Higglety Pigglety Pop’, a fantasy short film that featured puppets, miniature sets, live-action photography, and computer-generated images. The film, produced by Spike Jonze, Warner Home Video and The National Film Board of Canada, accompanied Jonze’s 2009 film ‘Where the Wild Things Are’.
Patrick’s talent for seamlessly combining real-world photography with synthetic images led to a successful compositing career at Rodeo FX. For the past 7 years, he has contributed his sharp eye and sense of cinematic composition to some of the award-winning studio’s most challenging projects.
As compositing supervisor and associate VFX supervisor, Patrick’s achievements include creating massive two-dimensional sprite crowds in Now You See Me; making Birdman fly; bringing photo-real hippos to life in The Legend of Tarzan; destroying ships with dragon fire in Game of Thrones (Season 6); and most recently, contributing his magic touch to Luc Besson’s upcoming space adventure Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets.