Who We Are: Dean Patrick
As an educator I have had the privilege of guiding the careers of some of the most impressive young people in the motion picture and television business today.
The real measure of a teacher is what happens to his or her students after they leave your program. That is a huge indicator of: Was this career-valuable?
Here is their track record of their career achievements.
Dean Patrick's film resume is at the bottom third of this page, because:
The true measure of a Dean or a teacher is the career success his or her students enjoy after they have completed the program.
Patrick Kriwanek has been the Dean of four successful film schools, which also included building what was, at the time, the largest degree-granting accredited 4-year undergraduate film program in the United States.
Dean Patrick was the founder and Director of the S.F. Academy of Art University's film program for six years, where he was its director during
it's period of record growth and output, from 1993 to 1999.
During that period, the film program grew from 79 students to over 950 students, to become the largest 4-year undergraduate film program in the United States, and students in the program went on to win many national and international awards, including 3 National Clios: 2 Gold; and 1 Silver.
Graduates of that former program currently work, or have done significant work with, more than 30 of the nation's most prestigious film and media-related companies, including:
LucasFilm Lucas Digital Lucas Learning
Skywalker Sound Francis Coppola American Zoetrope
SKG Dreamworks PBS "Frontline" Fox Sports Network
The Matrix The Matrix Reloaded Shrek I and II
Warner Brothers NBC/Universal Disney Corporation
Fox Searchlight Pixar Toy Story I and II
NFL Films MTV Music Video Leverage Management
Radical Media Pacific Data Images E! Entertainment TV
Showtime HBO Ridley Scott/RSA
These graduates were also Producers, Directers and/or Directors of Photography on music videos for
Jay Z 50 Cent Rhianna
U2, Green Day, Kanye West,
Audioslave, Gnarls Barkley, The Killers,
Modest Mouse, Courtney Love, The Chemical Brothers,.
Chris Brown Kendrick Lamar Lil Wayne
Their career successes in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and worldwide have been exceptional.
The results achieved by students and former students of The Berkeley Digital Film Institute, a second program founded by Dean Patrick, are extraordinary and also speak for themselves.
In 2016, The Wrap magazine, one of the most prestigious online magazines in the film business, published its first survey of the Top 50 Film Schools in the United States.
The results were tabulated from the input of over 500 industry professionals who rated the schools by performance in the marketplace.
Even though it only existed for six years, and only graduated a total of 190 students during that time, the Berkeley Digital Film Institute was ranked The 20th Best Film School in the United States.
By 2013, students (and former recently graduated students) from that program had also achieved the following career-changing results:
They had been nominated for and had won a National Emmy award for their network PBS/Frontline documentary on Ghana;
They had been nominated for and had won a National Emmy award for their network documentary on A Band Called Quest.
They have had 11 films accepted for competition into seven major film festivals including;
The San Francisco International film Festival,
The Palm Springs Short Film Festival,
The LA Short Film Festival,
An Irish national film festival,
A UK national film festival
The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival and
The Sonoma Film Festival.
They have gone on to enter and be accepted at more than 100 major film festivals, winning in 11 categories.
The most famous graduate of the Institute, Colin Tilley, has directed more than 100 music videos for the most famous musicians in the world over the last seven years, including:
Colin Tilley (born June 27, 1988) is a Grammy-nominated American music video director, commercial director, and filmmaker who has created award-winning work with other artists and companies. He is a graduate of the the Institute.
He has written and directed music videos for numerous artists including Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex, DJ Snake, Alesso, Enrique Iglesias, Zendaya, Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, Tyga, Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo Diddy, Usher, Rita Ora, Keri Hilson, Cheryl Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears, Future and The Band Perry.
Tilley directed, produced, and executive produced his first short film, Mr. Happy, starring Chance the Rapper, in 2014 and is developing several other film projects in Los Angeles, California. He has also directed commercials for Balmain, Reebok, Yves Saint Laurent, Antonio Banderas, Kylie Jenner's "Glosses," Fresh Empire, Audi, and Nicki Minaj's perfume "Pink Friday."
Awards and NominationsYear Work Award Result 2011 "Look at Me Now" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes BET Award for Video of the Year Won MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video Nominated MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration Nominated "Deuces" by Chris Brown MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration Nominated "U Smile" by Justin Bieber MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video Won 2014 BET Award for Director of the Year Nominated 2015 "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj BET Award for Video of the Year Nominated MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video Won MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video Nominated "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar Grammy Award for Best Music Video Nominated MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction Won MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year Nominated MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video Nominated MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video Nominated MTV EMA for Best Video Nominated Camerimage Film Festival for "Video of the Year" Won Camerimage Film Festival for "Best Cinematography" Won UK Music Video Award for Best Urban Video Won UK Music Video Award for Video of the Year Won UK Music Video Award for Best Cinematography Won UK Music Video Award for Director of the Year Nominated BET Hip Hop Award for Director of the Year Nominated 2016 "M.I.L.F. $" by Fergie MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction Nominated "I Wanna Know" by Alesso MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography Nominated MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing Nominated 2017 "Wild Thoughts" by Khaled feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year Nominated MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration Nominated MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction Nominated "iSpy" by Kyle and Lil Yachty MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects Nominated "Mask Off" by Future MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing Nominated
And students in this program recently worked for a year at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) on the production team of IronMan 2, Terminator 4, and many other major films and television shows.
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Patrick Kriwanek began his career as a cinematographer, where he shot over 1 million feet of film with his Eclair NPR camera over a period of 7 years.
He was a shooter of original footage which was later included in Berkeley filmmaker Mark Kitchells' Academy-nominated People's Park film "Berkeley in the 60's", and was also a shooter at the infamous Altamont concert in the Rolling Stones documentary film by the Maysles brothers: "Gimme Shelter".
He then transitioned into live theater with the One Act Theater Company in San Francisco, where he once directed Danny Glover, and later, he did staged readings at the Eureka Theater and the Berkeley Repertory Theater.
In 1982, he sensed that MTV was going to be a huge phenomenon, and formed his own company "Video Caroline" with his friends Juanita Diana and Mike Feeney, where they filmed a now-famous video for The Call: When the Walls Came Down, and four other videos.
Dean Patrick went on to produce and direct more than 58 music videos and music-related clips for MTV, BET, VH-1, NHK Japan, Polygram, CBS, Epic and many other smaller independent labels, including Priority Records, for the following bands:
Smashmouth Ice Cube Ice-T NWA The Notorious B.I.G.
Def Leppard M.C. Hammer The Call and many, many others.
He went on to produce and direct more than 500 commercials and other corporate projects, for Apple, Oracle, IBM, and Sun Microsystems, and has produced and directed two pilots for Fox Television. They were:
Making of a Raiderette: The Story of the Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders
The American Muscle Cars: "The Man and the Snake: Carroll Shelby's Cobras, King Cobras, and GT40's."
Over the years, he volunteered to work for George Lucas at LucasFilm's SkyWalker Ranch, on the development of the Editdroid (the precursor to Final Cut and Avid) and the development of the SoundDroid (the precursor of ProTools) where he was a "test pilot" editor on both systems.
He also worked as an independent contractor for Producer Saul Zaentz, in Berkeley, on Amadeus and The English Patient, in various commercial and DVD collateral production, and was an informal in-house editing liason resource for those films, and many others for visiting directors.
Finally, in between running film schools, in 2013, he began developing a $60 million feature film on the Carroll Shelby American Racing Team in Venice, California from 1962 to 1966, a project which is currently in development. He will be the writer, producer, and director of the project.