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“Let’s create more support networks for the crew behind the scenes” With Director Patrick Ryder

I think there are already a lot of good people and movements happening in the film industry at the moment. There is a lot of change…


I think there are already a lot of good people and movements happening in the film industry at the moment. There is a lot of change happening in the film industry too, which is very exciting as the industry is taking a better shape. Moving forwards I would want the support networks not only for actors, but for other crew behind the scenes to keep expanding. At times it can feel quite an isolated industry and everyone needs the support of others around them, that is key, not only for success but for everyone to keep burning bright.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Ryder, a multi award winning director, writer and producer from North West London. He is also an award winning digital artist, creating art for mainstream channels such as BBC, ITV and SKY. He has worked hard over the past 8 years to not only create critically acclaimed films, but also set up Little Glass Pictures with his wife Christine and award winning actor Kevin Leslie. In the past 8 years the company has won over 50 worldwide awards, Patrick has also been a judge at the New York Film Festival for the past 3 years.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

My love of film, plain and simple. As a kid I was fascinated with film, as a medium, its ability to create a mood, to develop a journey that an audience can feel like they are part of. For someone to be able to switch off from their own lives for 2 hours and enter another world. I always dreamt that one day I would be able to create a film myself, to give that reaction to a whole new generation.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

I think filming one of our film recent films ‘The Code’, an epic World War II journey was full of great moments and great challenges. In my very first film ‘Cerberus’ in 2010, we had a dream sequence whereby the main character witnesses a car explosion which we created with VFX. Cut to 8 years later, we are on set shooting a sequence where the two main soldiers having to run to a huge explosion by a car. It felt like we had really taken a personal journey as filmmakers to be able to do things practically with much bigger budgets on a relatively short space of time.


Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I filmed an award winning Sci-Fi film called ‘Human’, the film was very well received and has a lot of love and fans but it was full of challenges. One of the biggest mistakes I made was having a very limited crew on set. This actually left me for one sequence, controlling the cameras pan with my knee whilst holding the boom mic in my hands. I certainly learnt from that point that I cannot do everything myself, that on future shoots to get more established larger crews behind the scenes to focus on specifics a bit more.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

We are very excited to be working alongside the brilliant guys at ‘West One Entertainment’ Glen Kirby and Jed Tune on our first feature, a really exciting sci-fi drama called ‘Paladin’. We have been working behind the scenes on getting everything in place for this one and are very proud to be working alongside West One who are making huge waves in the film industry. Alongside that, myself and Kevin are also setting up our very first Little Glass London Film Awards in 2019. I have been lucky enough to have many films involved in many festivals over the years, and feel I have a really good grasp of all the best attributes of those moments to put into our very own special film event.




Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

In 2017 I filmed a psychological thriller called ‘Chimera’ — we were lucky enough to be able to cast some very well established actors such as ‘Andrew Lee Potts — The Innocents / Primeval’ and Angela Dixon ‘Never Let go’. Two of the most lovely actors to work with, but also fascinating to see peoples different acting styles and work ethics. Angela in particular is a very much method actress, and she was absolutely astonishing on set, she gave everything to the character and having her acting alongside the likes of Nadia Lamin, Andew, Rachel Warren and Marc Zammit all in one since scene was an absolute joy.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Be part of a team and to surround yourself with people you trust and care about. It is a collaborative process, You cannot do everything yourself so having a strong team, a film family who all believe in a project and all give input and support will always get you through even the toughest of times.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I think there are already a lot of good people and movements happening in the film industry at the moment. There is a lot of change happening in the film industry too, which is very exciting as the industry is taking a better shape. Moving forwards I would want the support networks not only for actors, but for other crew behind the scenes to keep expanding. At times it can feel quite an isolated industry and everyone needs the support of others around them, that is key, not only for success but for everyone to keep burning bright.


What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  1. Sound. It is one of the most important parts of a film, make sure you find a good sound team on set. It is by far one of the most key things to get right. I worked alongside Michael Lambert on The Code and he opened my eyes to just what is possible with great sound design.
  2. Flexibility. I have learnt over the years that filmmaking, especially early filmmaking is about thinking on your feet. If something doesnt work, don’t panic, there is always another solution.
  3. Teamwork. I know I have banged on about it a few times but surrounding yourself in a great team changes everything. This will not only raise your film quality but also will reduce your stress on set with the right team.
  4. Believe in yourself. I started my career with the mindset ‘I might not be able to do this’. You can. You can achieve anything if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.
  5. Network. Meeting people and getting your face out there is very important. It is a very good thing, you will find fantastic connections, those can lead to new projects, new possibilities and it strengthens your support network.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

I like the one from Finding Nemo “Just keep swimming”. Keep going, never give up.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

For me it is my family, my wife and kids. They have always supported me, from the very beginning. They give me the drive to fight on and succeed. I cannot thank them enough.



Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

For me it is Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg are my biggest influences. They constantly create great work, They create the sort of films I absolutely love and beautifully filmed. I would absolutely love to sit and just discuss all things film.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Twitter : @littleglassfilm

Instagram: Ryderpatrick

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

Originally published at medium.com

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